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4:40 PM ET, November 19, 2013


 Top News: 
Felix Salmon:
The evolution of Bloomberg News  —  Yesterday was a big day for layoffs over at Bloomberg, and Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke has the official memo from editor-in-chief Matt Winkler.  In typical Bloomberg style, the defenestrations seem to be taking place in much the same way as they would on Wall Street …
Evan Osnos / The New Yorker Blog:
What Will It Cost to Cover China?  —  The Chinese Communist Party generated hopeful headlines this month by acknowledging that it faces a time of reckoning: to prevent economic peril and rising unrest, the Party promised to overhaul the economy, to allow more parents to have two children instead of only one …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Michael Forsythe out at Bloomberg News  —  Michael Forsythe, the Bloomberg News reporter suspected of leaking allegations that his outlet spiked investigative reports on China, has left the company, he confirmed on Tuesday.  —  “I can confirm that I have left Bloomberg News.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Winkler's note to Bloomberg staff: We will grow in 2014
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Atlantic Wire’ relaunches this morning as ‘The Wire’  —  Website relaunches are notorious for creating headaches in the days and hours before they go live, between staff training, functionality testing and inevitable last minute design fixes.  —  But the relaunch of The Atlantic Wire …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Quora Will Push Its Most Link-Baity Content to BuzzFeed (Though It Would Never Call It That)  —  On Quora, answers to the question “What are the most surreal places one can ever visit?” are a fantastical mix of caves and mountains and formations and reefs.  The page has more than half a million views.
Discussion: The Quora Blog
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Twitter backtracks and removes option to let users receive direct messages from any follower  —  Last month, Twitter quietly rolled out a new feature to give users the choice to receive private messages from any of their followers, but that option has now been removed.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Music Streaming Startup Rdio Lays Off Staff To 'Improve Cost Structure And Ensure A Scalable Business"  —  The music streaming business can be tough, with market leaders like Spotify growing like weeds but still loss-making.  Today, some bad news from competitor Rdio, the music streaming service startup …
Discussion: The Verge, @jherskowitz and @panzer
New York Times:
Murdoch Divorce Said to Be Almost Final  —  Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng Murdoch are negotiating the final details of their divorce settlement, a deal that will officially end the 14-year marriage of the media mogul and his third wife, according to people with direct knowledge of the negotiations.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Deadline owner Jay Penske takes Nikki Finke to arbitration  —  The battle between entertainment journalist Nikki Finke and Jay Penske, the owner of Deadline Hollywood, the website she founded and has since left, has been turned up a notch.  Late Monday, Penske Media Corp. (PMC) …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple TV Adds Yahoo, PBS  —  Apple has signed on more video providers for its Apple TV box: Yahoo is now offering its Yahoo Screen service on the Web video gadget, and PBS has created an app that lets users watch some, but not all, of its shows.  —  Apple, which has kept a tight grip …
Steven Waldman / Knight Foundation:
New report on foundation funding of media shows focus on education and tools  —  Report on foundation funding for media ignites crucial discussion  —  As senior adviser to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Steven Waldman was the lead author of “Information Needs of Communities …
Discussion: @kljdavis and @knightfdn
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Fear And Anxiety At Bloomberg TV  —  Big changes are ahead after another management overhaul of the financial news outlet's TV operation.  Problem is, no one is really sure what they are — or where they stand.  —  When new Bloomberg Media Chief Executive Justin Smith announced just 12 days ago …
John Paul Titlow / Co.Labs:
How Journalists At The Guardian Built That Epic NSA Story  —  The Guardian knew it had a massive story on its hands.  Its NSA surveillance scoop was one of the biggest national news stories in years.  But the team quickly realized that the story would spiral out of control because of its complexity …
Discussion: @natgeocreative and @emptywheel
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Howard Kurtz Cracks 1M Viewers On Fox News' ‘MediaBuzz’
Discussion: Mediaite and
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
LA Times president leaving the building *
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Vimeo Just Revealed Its Revenue For The First Time
Andrew Crook / Crikey:
Catalano appointed CEO of Fairfax's Domain
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
GateHouse restructures Mass. weeklies
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Warner Bros. Admits To Issuing Bogus Takedowns; Gloats To Court How There's Nothing Anyone Can Do About That
Discussion: @laurenweinstein
Bill Mickey / Folio:
Salon Media Group Revenues Continue to Rise
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