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2:20 PM ET, July 14, 2014

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Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Julia Turner Is Named Editor in Chief of Slate  —  The online magazine Slate on Monday named Julia Turner its editor in chief, replacing David Plotz, who is stepping down after six years in the job.  —  Ms. Turner has served as Mr. Plotz's deputy editor since 2008.
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Under Larry Kramer, USA Today focuses on breaking news fast and going viral  —  USA Today Goes Viral  —  TYSONS CORNER, Va. — “Today is a good day to be here because we are starting Social Media Tuesdays,” exclaims Larry Kramer, the publisher of USA Today.
Ryan Roslansky / Official LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn acquries Newsle, a tool for monitoring mentions of people in news stories  —  Stay In The Know On Your Network: Newsle Joins The LinkedIn Family  —  We know LinkedIn is a place you visit to stay up-to-speed on your network, showcase and strengthen your professional identity …
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
BitTorrent launching paywall and using crowdfunding to finance new sci-fi series  —  BitTorrent to Try a Paywall and Crowdfunding  —  LOS ANGELES — This might be the latest twist on crowdfunding — or the web equivalent of seeking a ransom.  —  BitTorrent, a purveyor of file-sharing technology …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Time chief content officer Norman Pearlstine on the spinoff, The Awl, Twitter, and more  —  Norm Pearlstine on Standing in Checkout Lines and The Awl  —  Norm Pearlstine.  (Illustration by Paul Kisselev) … What does the spinoff mean for Time Inc.?  We were very much defined …
Discussion: @annehelen
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
News Corp calls for piracy crackdown in Australia  —  Rupert Murdoch company requests toughening of laws to force internet service providers to act on copyright theft  —  News Corp, owner of film studio 20th Century Fox, has called for the toughening of piracy laws in Australia.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T-Chernin Group's Otter Media Online-Video Venture Acquires Creativebug for $10 Mil  —  Otter Media, the newly named online-video joint venture of AT&T and Chernin Group, has acquired how-to crafting video site Creativebug from Demand Media for $10 million in cash.
Discussion: The Wrap, VentureBeat and Re/code
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Feminist Times ‘put on ice’ after failure of crowdfunding  —  The Feminist Times, an online magazine founded by Charlotte Raven and launched last October, has produced its last “issue”.  —  It would appear that money has dried up.  Too little has been raised through crowdfunding …
Discussion: Feminist Times
John McDuling / Quartz:
The music industry's newfangled growth business: vinyl records  —  The equation facing the music business is now well understood: Sales of CDs and digital music downloads are in what looks like a death spiral, while streaming music services are adding subscribers and increasing revenues but not yet profits.
Discussion: @prasanto and @tedgioia
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Newspaper revenue experiment throwdown: crowdfunding vs underwriting  —  Crowdfunded beats might not work, but there are good reasons for newspapers to give them a try  —  CHARLESTON, SC — Last week, we wrote about a deal between the News & Record in Greensboro, NC, and a local arts group …
 
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