Tuesday news day

Oct 06, 2015

"Even fake football is corrupt!" comes the sober realization from The Information's Tom Dotan, now that the New York Times has uncovered that fantasy sports employees have been betting using insider information (at 20,000+ shares for now). "Predictable, if stupid--where was investor oversight?" wonders Wall Street Journal's Deborah Gage. "Literally just last night I was watching commercials for these sites and thought 'Man, this seems really sketchy,'" divulges Matt Singer with ScreenCrush.com. Although ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger points out, "Having never done fantasy football, I don't understand why knowing how many players have picked a guy helps you." Meanwhile, Sam Laird with Mashable admits, "My daily fantasy is never hearing about 'daily fantasy' again."

Politico is out with an exclusive that Vice President Joe Biden himself appears to have leaked word of his son's dying wish. "Biden himself told MoDowd the Beau deathbed story, per @politico. Did he offer unsolicited? Did she ring him & ask?" tweets Catherine Thompson at Talking Points Memo. Another nugget of fascination introduced in that article: "A Biden-Warren ticket would intriguing for the Dems," notes AP's Kyle Hightower.

In tech, Twitter has unveiled Moments, "the best of Twitter in an instant," or, as you might better know it, the Project Formerly Known as Lightning. "Twitter's new @TwitterMoments project is a great evolution of sharing news with people who aren't power users," explains Vox's Margarita Noriega. "Twitter is literally having a Moment rn," jokes Washington Post's Gene Park. Here's how some news orgs are participating and the guidelines to using it. Also, here's a bit of irony in tech: Reddit isn't allowing comments on its brand new Upvoted news site. In other words, WSJ's Christopher Mims explains, "Reddit is tired of other sites finding stories on Reddit, aims to eliminate the middleman with news site."

And while we're on the subject of media, Al Jazeera America's digital journalists have overwhelmingly voted for union representation.

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