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1:10 AM ET, November 30, 2015


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Rupert Murdoch tweets that Tribune Publishing is about to be sold, with Los Angeles Times going to Eli Broad  —  Murdoch tweets that LA Times about to be bought  —  Newspaper owner and noted Twitter user Rupert Murdoch is hearing that the Los Angeles Times newspaper is about to change hands.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Twitter removes share counts in sharing buttons, but publishers say data was important internally and as a signal to readers  —  Frustrated publishers to Twitter: Give us our share counts back  —  It seems like Twitter and other social platforms are always making changes to their platforms …
Michele McLellan / Knight Digital Media Center:
Study of 287 local, independent news sites shows 60% are 5 years or older, demonstrating staying power  —  Local independent news operations demonstrate staying power  —  When I first started studying an emergent group of local online news startups in 2009, it was because I was skeptical …
Brendan James / International Business Times:
Profile of MSNBC host Chris Hayes, whose show All In has an increased viewership of 32% over the last year  —  Chris Hayes Is Still ‘All In’ At MSNBC, Even As Everyone Counts Him Out  —  “You want ratings; you want people to like you,” the host told International Business Times.  “You can lose yourself.”
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
The talk of the Web: How The New Yorker grew its digital audience by focusing on quality … It has been more than a year since The New Yorker took down its paywall and triggered a frenzied run on its archives.  Slate and others compiled lists of The New Yorker's greatest hits …
Discussion: @michaelrkingjr and @margaltes
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Joe Weisenthal about Bloomberg's podcast Odd Lots and its daily online finance show, What'd You Miss?  —  Bloomberg TV's What'd You Miss? thinks of linear TV as “a source of content for online video”  —  What'd You Miss? is a daily, hour-long show from Bloomberg TV that airs …
Discussion: @jyarow
Joe Zadeh / Noisey:
How Kane Robinson, who ran the obscure music forum Dancing Jesus, became the target of the UK's biggest piracy case  —  How a Kid Running an Obscure Music Forum Became the Target Of the UK's Biggest Ever Piracy Case  —  It's 5pm on a Friday and Kane Robinson is sat in his parents home in North Shields …
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
Malaysia using 1948 sedition law to seize phones and prosecute government critics who use social media  —  Malaysia invokes British-era law to stifle critics' voices  —  KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Online critics of the Malaysian government would be well advised not to spend too much money on cellphones.
Washington Post:
South Africa's student protests saw hashtags and social media eclipse mainstream media like #BlackLivesMatter did in the US  —  The day mainstream media became old in South Africa  —  The date Oct. 21, 2015, will be remembered as the day mainstream media became old in South Africa.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with America's Test Kitchen's David Nussbaum on paywalls, social media, and videos  —  America's Test Kitchen, “the Consumer Reports of cooking,” wants to grow to new platforms  —  Many home cooks, when they think of Cook's Illustrated, think of the bow-tied, bespectacled Christopher Kimball …
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Tor launches its first crowdfunding campaign as it seeks to be less reliant on US government funds
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Fusion announces distributed news team of 12 to work on platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Vine
Discussion: @digiday
 Earlier Picks: 
Montreal Gazette:
Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi's sentence of 1K lashes suspended, pardon possible
Discussion: The National and CBC News
Interview with Dan Peres, outgoing editor in chief of Details on his 15 years with the magazine
Tim Peterson / Ad Age:
Mashable Shop Is a Native Ad That's Also an Online Store
Discussion: The Drum
Didi Tang / Associated Press:
China sentences activist Yang Maodong, known as Guo Feixiong, to six years in prison after his 2013 protests against censorship
Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:
If Alibaba buys the South China Morning Post, the Hong Kong-based paper would be under Chinese rule, possibly limiting its press freedom and coverage ability

From Techmeme:

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Thanksgiving/Black Friday Online Sales Hit $4.5B, 34% Of Purchases Made On Mobile

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Servers of Chinese tech toy maker VTech breached: data of 4.8M parents and 200K kids may have been accessed

Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Amazon shows off new Prime Air drone with hybrid design, is part helicopter, part airplane, can cover over 15 miles, fly over 55 mph

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