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4:00 PM ET, October 8, 2015


 Top News: 
Ev Williams / Medium:
Medium adds publishing API, @mentions, updated apps, improved editing options, custom domains for all, and a new logo  —  Taking Medium to the Next Level  —  Two years ago, we opened up Medium for anyone to write.  It was a new, well-lit place for an old idea: letting people share their stories …
Sarah Jeong / Motherboard:
Matthew Keys found guilty of hacking under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; US attorney's office may seek less than five year prison sentence in January  —  Former Reuters Journalist Matthew Keys Found Guilty Of Hacking, Faces 25 Years  —  On Wednesday, a jury in Sacramento, California …
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Gannett to buy Milwaukee-based Journal Media Group for $280M in cash deal, expected to close in early 2016  —  Gannett to buy Journal Media Group for $280 million  —  Gannett, the publishing company that owns USA TODAY and media businesses in 92 local markets, said late Wednesday …
Martin Vacher / Spotify:
Discover Weekly reaches one billion tracks streamed in 10 weeks  —  It seems we've found a cure for “a case of the Mondays.”  In just 10 weeks, 1 billion tracks have been streamed from Discover Weekly playlists.  It's the best-ever recommendations delivered to you as a weekly mixtape of fresh music each Monday.
Discussion: RAIN News, BuzzFeed and Billboard
Piya Sinha-Roy / Reuters:
InStyle to send branded cardboard VR headsets to subscribers for its November 360-degree cover  —  InStyle, Jaunt VR target fashion audience with virtual reality cover  —  As makers of virtual reality content get ready to enter the mass market next year, one company is hoping to appeal …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Digital display advertising up 27.5% in first half of year, £3.98B spent on all forms of digital ads  —  UK digital ad spend soars despite fears over ad blocking  —  Display market rises by more than a quarter as total digital advertising hits record £3.98m in first half
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Digg Dialog tool that allows conversations between journalists and readers to launch Friday  —  Digg wants to build the internet comment section of the future  —  Digg has a plan to save the online comments section.  Yes, that Digg, the pre-Reddit social news site that has evolved to become …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC rules out funding digital radio switchover  —  Corporation says in its response to government green paper that costs of switchover could put at risk stations such as 6 Music and Radio 4 Extra  —  The BBC has ruled itself out of funding digital radio switchover, saying the cost of the project …
Discussion: Politico
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Tasneem Raja, digital editor of NPR's Code Switch, talks about the race and culture beat, using Twitter to shape stories, launching a potential podcast, more  —  Tasneem Raja on how NPR's Code Switch navigates increasingly crowded race-and-culture beat  —  Freddie Gray.  Sandra Bland.  Rachel Dolezal.
Discussion: @justinnxt
Colin Dwyer / NPR:
Belarusian Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins Literature Nobel  —  Investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy announced Thursday.  Alexievich is the first writer from Belarus to win the prize.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Gawker gets one-third of its revenue from native and e-commerce  —  Gawker Media has an advertising problem.  In addition to the industrywide problem of declining ad rates and reader response to standard display ads, the edgy editorial content on its flagship vertical, Gawker …
Discussion: @digiday
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO to Launch Standalone Streaming Service in Latin America, Caribbean  —  NY Digital Editor @xpangler  —  HBO, opening a new international front in its battle with Netflix, plans to roll out HBO Go as a standalone online subscription service in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
TV Guide Magazine is sold for the third time in less than 10 years to NTVB Media  —  TV Guide Magazine, once the unrivaled bible for television fans and a powerhouse in the publishing business, has been sold for the third time in less than 10 years.  —  NTVB Media, the Troy, Mich. …
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Enhanced Harry Potter ebooks with animated or interactive illustrations and pop-up annotations released for Apple iBooks
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Medium launches Ghost Boat, a series that invites readers to help solve the mystery of 243 refugees who vanished in Mediterranean
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Emily Guendelsberger / Philadelphia City Paper:
Broad Street Media CEO Darwin Oordt says he'll keep Philadelphia City Paper's archives accessible after paper ends publication Thursday
Wall Street Journal:
FanDuel, DraftKings Ban Employees From Playing Daily Fantasy Contests for Money
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Amazon weighs creating a live online TV service, holds preliminary talks with CBS, NBCUniversal

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
With Reactions, Facebook adds 6 empathetic emoji to the Like button; initial test in Spain and Ireland only

Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV & iPad Pro to hit stores early November after late October online launch

Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
Amazon launches Handmade, an Etsy rival for handcrafted goods with over 80K items from 60 countries

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