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10:55 AM ET, October 14, 2014


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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
BuzzFeed growth chief Dao Nguyen promoted as Publisher, to head tech, product, data, platform  —  BuzzFeed's Growth Czar Is Now Its Publisher  —  For the last couple of years, Dao Nguyen has been the person in charge of data and growth at BuzzFeed, which means she has done a very big job very well …
George Packer / New Yorker:
The story behind the making of Citizenfour, Laura Poitras' film about Edward Snowden's leaks  —  The Holder of Secrets  —  The Holder of Secrets Laura Poitras's closeup view of Edward Snowden.  From the garden terrace of a sixth-floor walkup on a quiet Berlin street, there was a clear view to the TV Tower, in Alexanderplatz.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Aereo to the FCC: Let us join the cable companies we tried to replace  —  It's been weeks since we last heard from Aereo, the shuttered streaming video service that lost big at the Supreme Court this summer.  Now it's back, and the company is rolling over in its fight against TV broadcasters …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Google May Lead $500 Million Round in Magic Leap Virtual Reality Tech  —  Google and other investors are planning a huge investment in Magic Leap, a secretive but boastful company building hardware and software it says will deliver “cinematic reality.”  —  Sources say Google is leading …
How an FBI Informant Ordered the Hack of British Tabloid ‘The Sun’  —  In July of 2011, the website for the British tabloid The Sun announced that media mogul Rupert Murdoch had been found “dead in his garden.”  —  It was a lie, of course; a fake article planted by hackers who spent …
Gabriel Kahn / Mediashift:
Q&A with ex-Gigaom CEO Paul Walborsky on how it built a media business around free content  —  How Gigaom Built a Media Business Around Free Content  —  Last month, Paul Walborsky stepped down after seven years as chief executive of Gigaom.  During that time, the tech site grew enormously …
Discussion: @mathewi
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Sources say NYT staff unhappy with Guardian's total control over Snowden's document cache  —  Is The Guardian Holding Back The New York Times' Snowden Stories?  —  A source at the Times tells The Daily Beast the paper feels ‘shackled’ over The Guardian's total control over the cache …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Maker Studios CEO says Disney had to buy it to ‘remain relevant’  —  Above: Ynon Kreiz of Maker Studios speaking at the 2014 VidCon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.  —  When Disney plopped down $500 million earlier this year to buy Maker Studios …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney's Maker Studios Teams with Disney-Backed Fusion to Produce Block of TV Programming
Eric Calouro / NEWSBTC:
Dorian Nakamoto seeking donations for legal fight against Newsweek, will accept bitcoins  —  Man Pegged By Newsweek as Satoshi Nakamoto Plans Legal Action  —  The man pegged by Newsweek as bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto is poised to take legal action for what he claims to have been a false story …
Alastair Reid /
How are journalists at risk of vicarious trauma from UGC?  —  This summer saw some of the most brutal news stories of recent years.  The Syrian Civil War, the rise of Islamic State in Iraq, conflict in Gaza, civil unrest in Ukraine, the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and the beheading …
Discussion: @marklittlenews and @mjenkins
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Lee Hyo-won / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. Korea to Debut Some Films Via Streaming Services