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8:25 AM ET, May 20, 2014

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Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Arthur Sulzberger's First Interview About the Turmoil at The New York Times: “I Would Have Done It Differently”  —  A week after the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times, the newspaper's publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., sat down with V.F.'s Sarah Ellison for an exclusive interview about the controversy.
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Amanda Wilson / Guardian:
Amanda Wilson on the disruption of the news industry, and the challenges she faced as the first female editor of the Sydney Morning Herald  —  Life and death as a female editor  —  After the departures of Jill Abramson from the New York Times and Natalie Nougayrède from Le Monde …
Stephanie Lamm / Poynter:
Jill Abramson says she plans to stay in journalism  —  Abramson at Wake Forest: ‘honor of my life’ to lead NYT newsroom  —  Ousted New York Times editor Jill Abramson took the high road in a Wake Forest University commencement speech Monday, saying it “was the honor of my life to lead the newsroom.”
David Yanofsky / Quartz:
5 years later, only 2 of New York Magazine's 5 “renegade cybergeeks” are still at the NYT  —  Here's what's left of the team trying to “save the New York Times”  —  Aron Pilhofer, the associate managing editor for digital strategy at the New York Times, has just been named to a similar position at the Guardian.
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Guardian News & Media appoints Aron Pilhofer as executive editor of digital
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube to Acquire Videogame-Streaming Service Twitch for $1 Billion: Sources  —  Deal would be biggest ever for YouTube  —  Google's YouTube has reached a deal to buy Twitch, a popular videogame-streaming company, for more than $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the pact.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter Is Considering a Deal to Buy SoundCloud  —  Twitter may try to buy its way out of its growth problem by making another move into music.  —  The company is considering a deal to acquire SoundCloud, the music and audio-sharing company, according to people familiar with both companies.
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Hale Global's Patch is pared down to 65 journalists; on track for $21M in revenue this year  —  Patch Sites Turn Corner After Sale and Big Cuts  —  In January, when AOL announced that it was handing over the majority stake in Patch, its troubled hyperlocal news division, to an investment firm …
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
What the FCC's net neutrality ruling means for journalism  —  The battle over regulation of the Internet moves to Congress this week.  Until now, the question of whether the Federal Communications Commission should have the power to force Internet service providers to treat all customers equally …
Dan Lyons / Billboard:
Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs' Biographer, Predicts Jimmy Iovine Will Run Apple's Content Business  —  It may not be the headphones or the streaming.  Does Tim Cook think Jimmy Iovine is the next Steve Jobs?  Apple is reportedly acquiring Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion …
P.J. Bednarski / MediaPost:
Chernin Group's alliance with AT&T for over-the-top video gains significance with DirecTV deal  —  Connect The Dots: AT&T/DirecTV Merger Leading To Major Over-The-Top Play?  —  The media world is just now digesting AT&T's proposed $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV but people …
 
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