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Morning Media Newsfeed: CBS Launches Web Service | Guardian Accuses Whisper of Tracking

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CBS ‘All Access’ Includes Local Stations in Subscription Service (TVSpy)
CBS Thursday announced the launch of “CBS All Access,” a digital subscription service that allows viewers — with or without a pay TV subscription — access to CBS programs, live TV, and CBS’ owned-and-operated stations. LostRemote The service is available for $5.99 a month. At the time of launch, consumers in 14 cities will have live access to their local CBS stations, allowing them to stream programs as they air. CBS News The service is accessible through CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android. THR In addition to serving up current-season episodes the day after they air, it will offer previous seasons of several CBS-owned shows as well as a vast library of classic CBS series. The service is planned to be added to connected TVs at a later date. All Access marks a considerable move for a network that has long been selective with regard to its digital dealings, famously staying out of the Hulu pact its broadcast rivals made many years earlier. Capital New York On Wednesday, HBO announced that its HBO Go service would be available to all customers next year. The service, which provides access to HBO’s current programming and shows from the past, is currently only available to HBO subscribers.

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Ahead of Guardian Expose, Whisper Rewrites Terms of Service

Want to read a most acute spark for a corporate PR crisis?

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Here it is, from an investigative report shared today by Guardian reporters Paul Lewis and Dominic Rushe:

Approached for comment last week, Whisper said it “does not follow or track users.” The company added that the suggestion it was monitoring people without their consent, in an apparent breach of its own terms of service, was “not true” and “false.”

But on Monday – four days after learning The Guardian intended to publish this story – Whisper rewrote its terms of service; they now explicitly permit the company to establish the broad location of people who have disabled the App’s geolocation feature.

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BuzzFeed Announces Plan to Publish Secrets

BuzzFeed content is currently 75 percent “This is Why The Internet is Horrible” and 25 percent “This is Maybe Worth Reading.” Soon, that split will be more like 80/20. According to The New York Times, BuzzFeed is joining forces with Whisper, an app that allows users to post anonymous secrets.

As part of the deal, BuzzFeed writers will scour Whisper for secrets that they can then turn into articles. Think “17 Moms Who Regret Having Daughters” or something headache-inducing like that.

The secrets shared on Whisper are mostly emotional vomit. Here are a few examples:

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App Claims to Scoop Vanity Fair by Publishing Gwyneth Paltrow Affair Allegation

proxyTypically, the “secrets” shared on Whisper — an app that allows uses to share their thoughts anonymously — are from whiny, overly emotional teens confused by the cruel game that is love. However, the app just posted a bombshell: That Gwyneth Paltrow is cheating on her husband Chris Martin with Kevin Yorn, a lawyer.

The note is especially interesting because Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair, recently released a long-winded explanation of why Vanity Fair didn’t follow through with a big Paltrow story that had the actress upset. If you recall, Paltrow didn’t want the piece published, but no one knew exactly why. Carter, in his note, explained that there wasn’t much to the story so he decided to stall (read: Paltrow’s pressure on the magazine worked).

Neetzan Zimmerman, the editor-in-chief of Whisper (we suppose an editor is needed when you’re dealing with millions of tweens) claimed that the app’s Paltrow secret is exactly what kept Vanity Fair from publishing its piece on the actress. Not only that, but the secret was vetted.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Romney Responds to MHP | Zimmerman Out at Gawker | Post Spurs Outrage

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Romney Addresses Melissa Harris-Perry Comments: ‘People Make Mistakes’ (TVNewser)
Mitt Romney has accepted an apology from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry after she and several guests mocked a Romney family photo that included his adopted black grandson, the former presidential candidate said on Fox News Sunday. “I recognize that people make mistakes, and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it, and that’s all you can ask for. I’m going to move on from that; I’m sure they want to move on from it,” Romney said. The Root When asked about the so-called attack on the baby, Romney said, “If you get in the political game, you can expect incoming. But children, you know, that’s beyond the line, and I think they understand that, and feel that as well. I think it’s a heartfelt apology. I think for that reason, we hold no ill will whatsoever.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Harris-Perry offered a tearful and passionate apology to the Romneys on Saturday for remarks she and her panelists made about the family’s adopted black grandchild. In her apology on Saturday, Harris-Perry said she had intended to say “positive and celebratory things” about the photo. “But whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context of the segment was poor judgment,” she said. Daily Caller Harris-Perry’s apology to Romney drew derision from yet another one of her former colleagues. “If I cry, will I be forgiven of all my transgressions?” actor Alec Baldwin tweeted on Saturday night, before quickly deleting it.

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