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6:40 AM ET, October 4, 2015


 Top News: 
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
A look at multiple motivations behind Amazon's move to stop selling Apple TV, Nexus Player, and Chromecast devices  —  What's behind Amazon's baffling decision to ban Apple TV and Chromecast?  —  Amazon's decision to ban sales of Apple TV and Google's Chromecast and Nexus Player from its retail store …
Discussion: Fortune and Variety
Spencer Soper / Bloomberg Business:
Amazon to stop selling Apple TV and Google Chromecast Oct. 29 as devices don't “interact well” with Amazon Prime video streaming  —  Amazon Will Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices  — Inc. is flexing its e-commerce muscles to gain an edge on competitors …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
‘No Notoriety’ campaign to not name mass murderers sees progress  —  The family members of shooting victims who launched a campaign called “No Notoriety,” aimed at discouraging news coverage of mass murderers, are starting to feel like they're succeeding.  —  There has been a noticeable pullback …
Discussion: Washington Post and KCBY-TV
Polly Mosendz / Medium:
What It's Like To Report on Mass Shootings Routinely … On Thursday, my news desk and I spent seven hours reporting on a mass shooting that left 10 dead and 7 injured at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.  I wrote our liveblog, three reporters gathered information …
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
Reporters Are Rude During Tragedies Because They're Reporting
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Using Crowdtangle to find and tap into audience altruism in missing-person stories raises questions about emotional exploitation vs. real civic benefit  —  Nancy Grace And The Viral Milk Carton Kids Of Facebook  —  On June 18th, 2014, just before leaving the house for an evening shift …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Why Bloomberg's Josh Tyrangiel quit, and what it says about Michael Bloomberg's vision for the company  —  Why Bloomberg's Top Editor Quit—and Why It Shows Mike Bloomberg Is Back in Charge  —  Today, the controversial Josh Tyrangiel leaves his jobs as editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Media's chief content officer.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Michael Bloomberg denies he's cooled on Bloomberg Politics venture
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
AP explores more automation to check government data, report elections, create digests, and edit video  —  How The Associated Press is using automation to rethink the way it does news  —  When The Associated Press announced last year it was using software to write investment stories …
Discussion: @benmullin
Ari Goldman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Editors of ultra-Orthodox newspapers discuss their digital growth and Hillary Clinton's possible impact on “no women in photos” policies  —  For ultra-Orthodox newspapers, women and the Web present growing challenges  —  The biggest nightmare the country's major ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspapers …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Tumblr now allows users to hide their blogs from the web, making them accessible only via dashboard and native mobile apps  —  Tumblr now lets you hide your blog from the internet  —  Tumblr today introduced a feature that lets you hide your blog from the web so its content can only be viewed …
Matt Donnelly / The Wrap:
Snapchat, Conde Nast Team for Live Events Including Vanity Fair Oscar and GQ Grammy Parties  —  Snapchat just got added to one of the most exclusive lists in Hollywood, thanks to a new partnership with Condé Nast.  —  The publishing company, which counts iconic titles like Vogue and GQ …
Discussion: Ad Age, @liahaberman and WWD
Martin Petty / Reuters:
Vietnamese journalist sentenced to six years after being found guilty of spying for China  —  Vietnam jails journalist for spying for China  —  A Vietnamese journalist has been found guilty of spying for China and sentenced to a six-year jail term by a Hanoi court after a three-hour trial, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Dolan family spins off Madison Square Garden sports and entertainment divisions from regional TV group, MSG Network  —  Madison Square Garden Splits Off Sports and Entertainment Divisions, Wall Street Yawns  —  Madison Square Garden arena in New York, U.S., on Friday, May 8, 2009.
Discussion: Deadline
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Dan Kennedy / Nieman Lab:
The Worcester Sun plans to add a Sunday paper to its paywalled $2/week hyperlocal news site for an additional $1/week as early as next spring
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Telemundo launches 2016 election coverage, positions itself as straight news without an agenda, in a shot against rival Univision
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Rhapsody rolling out Kids section in its apps with design, content, and features aimed at children
Discussion: TechCrunch, Billboard and Engadget
 Earlier Picks: 
Hannah Miet / Los Angeles Business Journal:
BuzzFeed no longer in talks to lease former Ford factory in LA but still seeking space for expansion within the city
Discussion: Curbed LA and LA Observed
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
DirecTV, Media General Reach Agreement After Marathon Negotiations
Hannah Kuchler / Financial Times:
Sources: Snapchat to sell “sponsored lenses” for selfies which will cost advertisers up to $750K for peak days like Halloween, Thanksgiving, or Black Friday