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3:55 PM ET, November 3, 2015


 Top News: 
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Jon Stewart inks four-year deal with HBO, will create short-form digital content for HBO GO, HBO Now, includes first-look option for other film and TV ventures  —  Jon Stewart Inks Four-Year Deal With HBO, Will Focus On Digital Content First  —  Jon Stewart and HBO have concluded …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Political candidates refuse to sign letter to TV networks making demands about debates  —  GOP debate talks in disarray as consensus collapses  —  After several campaigns refused to sign a protest letter to TV networks, the debate revolt appeared to founder.
Jay Greene / The Seattle Times:
Amazon Books, the digital retailer's first brick-and-mortar store, to open in University Village Seattle on Tuesday with 5K-6K titles  —  Amazon opens first brick-and-mortar bookstore — at U Village  —  Two decades after it started selling books online, Amazon opens a shopping center storefront with books for sale on actual shelves.
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica UK:
Entire editorial staff of Elsevier journal Lingua resigns over high price, lack of open access  —  Editors planning to launch their own open access rival early next year.  —  The entire editorial staff of the prestigious academic title Lingua have resigned in protest over the high cost …
Discussion: Inside Higher Ed, Fortune and TeleRead
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice and A&E Networks confirm new TV channel, to be called Viceland, launching in February with Oscar winner Spike Jonze as creative director  —  The new channel, with the working name Viceland, will launch as early as February with Oscar winner Spike Jonze as creative director.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Chromecast Can Now Stream Live Television With Added Sling TV Support  —  Sling TV, Dish's streaming live TV service that offers a variety of cable TV channels, including ESPN, is now available on Google's Chromecast.  The forthcoming addition of Sling TV support was first announced in September …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
20 new projects are awarded $35,000 Knight Prototype Fund grants  —  The Knight Foundation announced today that it was awarding $700,000 in new funding to 20 new projects focused on media or information through its Knight Prototype Fund.  —  Each project will receive $35,000 in funding.
Discussion: Knight Foundation, @zseward and Poynter
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Bloomberg Media hires M. Scott Havens from Time Inc. as digital chief  —  Bloomberg L.P. has nabbed a veteran digital executive amid recent changes to the leadership team responsible for its consumer-facing brands.  —  Bloomberg Media, a division with properties including Bloomberg Businessweek …
Leslie Picker / New York Times:
When asked if Netflix would create a live evening newscast, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he doesn't “invest in things that are dying”  —  Netflix's Reed Hastings Sees Need for More Content  —  Attention cable cord-cutters: Do not expect to see live sports or evening newscasts on Netflix anytime soon.
Discussion: The Wrap and LostRemote
Ed Sherman / Poynter:
ESPN's mistake was not killing Grantland earlier  —  Each Sunday, ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. and Jacob Feldman send out an email newsletter called “The Sunday Long Read.”  With input from readers, they select the week's best in longform journalism from a broad range of subjects, including sports.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
News aggregation app News Republic receives 12M uniques a month  —  News Republic's Amazing Mobile Firehose  —  News Republic is built on a unique model: Instead of exploiting publishers' RSS feeds, it shares revenue with them.  A risky option that begins to pay off as the company lands deals with cell phone makers.
Discussion: Digiday
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Viacom, TiVo partner to give TV advertisers more data  —  Nov 2 Media company Viacom Inc and set-top box maker TiVo Inc have formed a partnership designed to help advertisers better target their TV commercials and determine if their ads led to store visits or purchases, executives said.
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
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Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
Hulu Offers No Commercial Interruptions for Viewers Who Interact With One Ad Upfront
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Localore launches 15 new public media projects to cover diverse communities across America
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