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7:30 AM ET, November 2, 2015

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Washington Post:
GOP presidential campaigns map out rules for more control of TV debates  —  GOP contenders demand greater control over crucial debates  —  Several Republican presidential campaigns began mapping out new demands Sunday for greater control over the format and content of primary debates …
Jonathan Lansner / Orange County Register:
Freedom Communications, owner of Orange County Register, files for bankruptcy, second time in 6 years; CEO Rich Mirman, local investors hope to gain control  —  With bankruptcy filing, local group bids for ownership of Freedom Communications  —  Freedom Communications Inc. …
Bob Lefsetz / Lefsetz Letter:
Distribution without talent sets up companies for failure, which is why ESPN had to shut down Grantland  —  Grantland  —  We can debate the financial viability of “Grantland” all day long.  But we cannot debate the fact that the site was synonymous with Bill Simmons, and without him it's toast.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Grantland's journalistic innovations: a focus on the “so what” and “now what” of news, and writers who roamed across subject areas  —  Why Grantland mattered to journalism  —  ESPN shut down Grantland, its boutique sports and pop culture site, on Friday.
Discussion: @rmc031 and @jayrosen_nyu
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Instagram Builds Its Own Version of Snapchat Live Stories  —  Instagram is taking cues from Snapchat and Twitter with its latest update — curated content streams for specific events, in this case, Halloween.  —  If you open the Instagram app in the U.S. on Saturday, you'll see a new prompt …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO Europe names Herve Payan as CEO starting 1st Jan 2016, HBO Europe, HBO Netherlands and HBO Nordic to be consolidated  —  HBO Europe Names New CEO, Rejigs Organization  —  Herve Payan will take over on Jan. 1 and consolidate HBO Europe, HBO Nordic and HBO Netherlands under his leadership.
Discussion: Variety
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Harvard's Law School Library is digitizing more than 40M pages of legal decisions, free access to the entire collection to be available online in 2017  —  Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital Age  —  Shelves of law books are an august symbol of legal practice …
Discussion: TeleRead, Beyond Search and Techdirt
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
2 Men Who Published Writings Critical of Extremism Are Stabbed in Bangladesh  —  NEW DELHI — Two businessmen who had published the works of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American known for his critical writings on religious extremism, were stabbed on Saturday by groups of men in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, the police said.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
German daily Die Welt wants to bundle print, digital, and TV into a single newsroom (and brand)  —  BERLIN — When The New York Times announced that it would create a separate, centralized group of editors and designers to focus on producing its daily print product, those at the German …
Storyful / Medium:
How WhatsApp and similar closed networks challenge newsgatherers seeking to verify eyewitness accounts  —  Navigating eyewitness news amid closed networks  —  How WhatsApp and similar networks are challenging newsgatherers when it comes to verification of eyewitness content, by Storyful News Editor Joe Galvin.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
For Philly's durable Daily News, it looks like the beginning of the end  —  Newsroom cuts at the Philadelphia Media Network's Inquirer and Daily News, announced at a staff meeting Friday, look at first to be just one more chapter in the decade-old opus of the industry's deteriorating finances and reduced news capacity.
Sarah Jeong / Motherboard:
How US copyright law limits internet radio and why Pandora paid $90M to the RIAA  —  Internet Radio Copyright Is Bad and Dumb: A Comprehensive Explainer  —  Pandora has just agreed to a $90 million settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America.
 
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Critics question LA Times' funding its education reporting through foundations, including charter-school advocate The Broad Foundation
Chialun Huang / World News Publishing Focus by WAN-IFRA:
French documentary website Spicee has attracted 800 subscribers in its first four months, 35% are under 30, 20% outside of France
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Forget short attention spans, The Economist is going long on digital video
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Simon Houpt / Globe and Mail:
Rogers is pulling premium fashion magazine Flare from newsstands next year, says that channel isn't effective for reaching younger readers
Discussion: Canadian Magazines
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Ranks Last of 65 Nations in Internet Freedom
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Starz and CEO Chris Albrecht sued by former senior vice president who claims the pay-TV network inflated revenue and subscribers
Discussion: Fortune and Consumerist