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1:40 PM ET, May 15, 2014

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Ken Auletta / The New Yorker:
A pay dispute, friction with new CEO and hiring disagreements led to the firing of NYT executive editor, Jill Abramson  —  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 …
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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
What Might Leadership Change Mean for Times Readers?  —  Secrets don't normally last long at newspapers.  But this was different: Most of the hundreds who gathered in the Times newsroom Wednesday afternoon were stunned by Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr.'s announcement that Jill Abramson had been fired.
Discussion: @mathewi, @fmanjoo, @edgecliffe and @dkthomp
Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
Jill Abramson's Firing Was Singularly Humiliating  —  Trying to explain a singularly humiliating firing  —  So far, accounts of why Jill Abramson, the first woman executive editor of The New York Times, was abruptly fired on Wednesday, don't leave us with a firm sense of what happened.
Chadwick Matlin / FiveThirtyEight:
Jill Abramson Wouldn't Be the Only Female Editor to Face a Pay Gap  —  On Wednesday afternoon, The New York Times replaced Jill Abramson as editor-in-chief.  She had been on the job for less than three years, and the newsroom was caught off guard: … Among media wags, the question quickly became why Abramson was dismissed.
Kate Aurthur / BuzzFeed:
Jill Abramson's Firing And The New York Times' Chaotic Future  —  The abrupt dismissal of the executive editor portends a bumpy road ahead for her successor, Dean Baquet, and the rest of the newsroom.  —  Brad Barket / Getty Images for WIRED  —  When the news broke that Jill Abramson …
Amanda Hess / Slate:
Jill Abramson was everything to young women at the New York Times.
Discussion: @alexis_ok and Politico
New York Times:
Jill Abramson unexpectedly leaving as executive editor at NYT, to be replaced by Dean Baquet
Politico:
Why Jill Abramson's departure will ricochet
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times: Abramson's compensation ‘was not less than’ Bill Keller's
Discussion: Gawker, Jezebel, @petersterne and Mediaite
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
The New York Times owes the audience an explanation
Discussion: @lexinyt, SocialTimes, @drudge and @lexinyt
Myles Tanzer / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: Times Internal Report Painted Dire Digital Picture  —  “Our journalism advantage is shrinking,” a committee led by the publisher's son warned.  A call to get rid of the metaphor of “Church and State.”  —  A 96-page internal New York Times report, sent to top executives last month …
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Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
The homepage is dead, and the social web has won—even at the New York Times  —  Traffic to the New York Times homepage fell by half in the last two years, according to the newspaper's internal review of its digital strategy.  Here's the very stark chart:  —  That's not necessarily …
Discussion: @antderosa, @dkthomp and @nycjim
Richard Prince / Quartz:
Yes, it's a huge deal to have a black journalist run the New York Times  —  It's a long time since 1945, when the New York Times hired George Streator as its first African American reporter.  Streator's tenure did not end happily.  In their 1999 book, The Trust, Susan E. Tifft and Alex S. Jones write …
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The unceremonial rise of Dean Baquet
Discussion: New York Times
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:   The Times' new editor must navigate business-side challenges, and still match the great journalism …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC votes for Internet “fast lanes,” but could change its mind later  —  Chairman: “There is one Internet: Not a fast internet.  Not a slow Internet.”  —  The Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor of a preliminary proposal to allow Internet “fast lanes,” …
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Guardian:
Guardian, Associated Press and local Missouri papers sue state over lethal injection secrecy  —  Guardian challenges lethal injection secrecy in landmark Missouri lawsuit  —  Challenge brought by Guardian, AP and three newspapers says US public has a right to know about how drugs are being used
Financial Times:
Financial Times appoints Gillian Tett US managing editor  —  Distinguished editor Martin Dickson to retire  —  The Financial Times today announces the appointment of Gillian Tett to the role of US managing editor.  Tett returns to oversee the FT's print and online editions in the Americas from 1 September.
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Jonathan Zittrain / New York Times:
Don't Force Google to ‘Forget’  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — THE European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that Europeans have a limited “right to be forgotten” by search engines like Google.  According to the ruling, an individual can compel Google to remove certain reputation-harming search results …
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
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Fox and Apollo Global Management in talks on TV joint venture  —  Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and the private equity firm Apollo Global Management have entered into a preliminary agreement to create a joint venture consisting of several leading television production companies, people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: Variety, Business Wire and @jbflint
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Huffington Post Founders Settle Lawsuit Over Its Origins  —  A three-year-old lawsuit over the origins of the Huffington Post, involving claims that stretch back over a decade, has been quietly settled.  —  Arianna Huffington and her cofounder, Ken Lerer, have insisted all along that Daou …
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.
 
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Agence France-Presse:
Digital companies demand new Google anti-trust probe
Discussion: MyBroadband and Financial Times
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast, Charter Appoint Cable Veteran Michael Willner CEO of Spinoff MSO
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Sacked BBC technology boss claims he was the fall guy for £100m DMI debacle
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Police didn't publicise scale of hacking to protect victims, says NoW reporter
Discussion: thedrum.com
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Trinity Mirror reports 3 per cent revenue decline and notes ongoing investigation into hacking at Mirror titles
Mercy Pilkington / Good E-Reader:
IndieReader Launches First of Its Kind App and eBookstore for Self-Published Works
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear: ‘We are like an ant versus Goliath when it comes to the BBC’
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC pay offer of 1% ‘completely unacceptable’ say trade unions
S.P. / Economist:
French newspapers: Blood on the cutting room floor
Discussion: New York Times and Reuters
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Contextly Launches Its Editorial Tools To Find “Related Content” That's Actually Related
Discussion: Context
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
David Miranda allowed to appeal against ruling on Heathrow detention
Jack Shafer:
The (misguided) passion of Glenn Greenwald
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
James Risen Recalls ‘Game Of Chicken’ With New York Times Editors To Reveal NSA Spying
Discussion: RT and Washington Post
Mary Ann Badavi / The Atlantic Online:
Choire Sicha, co-founder of The Awl, shares his concerns about how we digest information online
Discussion: @mthomps