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1:30 AM ET, May 15, 2014

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New York Times:
Jill Abramson unexpectedly leaving as executive editor at NYT, to be replaced by Dean Baquet  —  Times Ousts Its Executive Editor, Elevating Second-in-Command  —  In an abrupt change of leadership, The New York Times on Wednesday dismissed Jill Abramson as executive editor and replaced her with Dean Baquet, the managing editor.
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Ken Auletta / Currency:
NYT's Abramson was fired after confronting “top brass” about being paid less than male predecessor  —  Why Jill Abramson Was Fired  —  At the annual City University Journalism School dinner, on Monday, Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the New York Times, was seated with Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the paper's publisher.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times: Abramson's compensation ‘was not less than’ Bill Keller's  —  The New York Times is pushing back against a report that Jill Abramson was fired in part because she complained that her salary was less than that of her male predecessor, Bill Keller.
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
The New York Times owes the audience an explanation  —  Jill Abramson's departure as the executive editor of The New York Times and Dean Baquet's appointment as her replacement was abrupt.  —  Times Company Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. told senior editors at a 2 p.m. meeting and the rest …
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Warner, Universal, Sony Buy Stakes in Music App Shazam  —  Shazam Entertainment, the music-identification app, landed small investments from the world's biggest record companies, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Warner Music Group owner Access Industries …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
NCM to Bring Disney's Maker, Twitter, Shazam and Grammys to In-Theater Ad Network
Discussion: TechCrunch
Nathalie Tadena / Wall Street Journal:
NYT Readers Spend Same Amount of Time on Paid Posts as News Stories  —  Readers of the New York Times are spending roughly the same amount of time on advertiser-sponsored posts as on news stories, according to Meredith Levien, the executive vice president of advertising for The Times.
Discussion: PandoDaily
Mary Ann Badavi / The Atlantic Online:
Choire Sicha, co-founder of The Awl, shares his concerns about how we digest information online  —  Choire Sicha, co-founder of The Awl, shares his concerns about how we digest information online.  —  “You want [writers] to flower into their floweriness,” said Choire Sicha, smiling slyly at the audience at last week's New York Ideas.
Discussion: @niemanlab, @mthomps and @kashhill
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
James Risen Recalls ‘Game Of Chicken’ With New York Times Editors To Reveal NSA Spying  —  NEW YORK — In the fall of 2005, New York Times reporter James Risen invited a colleague, Eric Lichtblau, to his house to read a chapter from his forthcoming book, State of War.
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Sony Pictures buys film rights to Glenn Greenwald's book on Snowden and the NSA revelations  —  Sony Pictures Buys Film Rights to Book on Snowden  —  LOS ANGELES — After a long, slow haul, the film rights to Glenn Greenwald's book about Edward J. Snowden and his revelations …
Howard Finberg / Poynter:
Why newsrooms don't embrace digital tools  —  Many newsrooms in the U.S. are still not taking advantage of the low-cost digital tools for gathering and distributing journalism, even when journalists and producers know about the alternatives to traditional technologies.
Charlotte Higgins / Guardian:
From David Kelly to Jimmy Savile, how does the BBC deal with a crisis?  —  The Smith review into the handling of the Savile allegations, leading to the demise of its director general, is just the latest scandal to hit the corporation  —  On Thursday 29 January 1987, Alasdair Milne …
Discussion: @charliebeckett and @peterjukes
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NowThis News, a leader in mobile/social/video, shifts its strategy and its personnel  —  So what's going on with NowThis News?  —  Less than two years old, NowThis News immediately grabbed attention for what seems like a bold new proposition for news: short digital video that was built for mobile devices and social media.
Discussion: CNN
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple's Beats Deal May Not Be Finalized Until Next Week  —  More time for people to speculate about what it all means: Apple's planned deal to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion may not be finalized until next week, according to people familiar with the transaction.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and 9to5Mac
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Walmart's Vudu Now Allows UltraViolet Users To Share Their Movies With Up To Five Friends  —  Walmart's Vudu announced that it will introduce a Share My Movie feature that will allow its customers to share their UltraViolet collections with up to five friends or family.
Daniel Solomon / Source:
How FiveThirtyEight Got the Nigerian Kidnappings Analysis Wrong  —  How FiveThirtyEight Got the Nigerian Kidnappings Analysis Wrong  —  On the evening of April 14, more than 100 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Chibok, a small town in northeast Nigeria.  Days later, the reported number …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Washington Post cites resources and editorial judgment for not covering Amazon-Hachette fight  —  Pressure on Post to cover Amazon-Hachette  —  The Washington Post is drawing attention from media critics who question whether the paper's new owner Jeff Bezos is influencing coverage of his company Amazon.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time Inc. execs line up at spinoff trough  —  As Time Inc. insiders brace for a new round of pre-spinoff layoffs that are expected to begin next week, recently unveiled numbers show the top brass at the publisher are not sharing in the pain.  —  Norman Pearlstine, the executive vice president …
Discussion: MediaWire Daily
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Hayley Dixon / Telegraph:
Journalist shot by Syrian kidnap gang  —  Anthony Loyd and Jack Hill were held captive and beaten before a rebel group demanded their release  —  A journalist and a photographer have been kidnapped, beaten and shot by a rebel gang in northern Syria.  —  Times journalists Anthony Loyd and Jack Hill …
Discussion: Guardian and @sophia_mjones
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET:
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Discussion: @stshank and The Mozilla Blog
Gavin J. Blair / Hollywood Reporter:
Sony Annual Film Profit Down 1.6 Percent, Movies Partially Offset by TV
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