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11:05 PM ET, October 30, 2014


 Top News: 
The Intercept:
First Look Media opens up about Matt Taibbi's departure, details months of internal turmoil  —  The Inside Story Of Matt Taibbi's Departure From First Look Media  —  Matt Taibbi, who joined First Look Media just seven months ago, left the company on Tuesday.
What Are The Odds These New Media Brands Will Survive?  A Power Ranking  —  It was a sunny morning like any other (it was yesterday) when the shocking news fell on Mediatown: The future of a much-ballyhooed web startup, Racket, was in Limbo's grasp, due to warring egos, shifting amounts of start-up capital …
Rafat Ali /
It's About To Get Ugly in Media Startupland  —  As I look out to 2015, so much froth in the media-tech market, and it is still all on the up, mostly Newton's law, but the cracks are beginning to show in medialand, and it will likely get ugly.  The big-funded sub-standard media startups & brand …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
9 takeways from the New York Times Co. 3rd quarter earnings call  —  The New York Times Co. joined McClatchy yesterday in booking a rare operating loss for the third quarter, $9 million or about 2.5 percent on revenues of $364.7 million.  —  But the many moving parts of the Times digital …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Al Jazeera America Viewers Down Nearly 50 Percent From Current TV's Numbers  —  The winner and loser of the lawsuit between Al Jazeera America and former Current TV CEO Al Gore is yet to be determined, but ratings comparisons between the two show a clear winner.  —  See photos: Is One of These the Next Al Jazeera America Chief?
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media Pacts with Rogers for $100 Million Canadian Studio Venture  —  Vice Media and Canada's Rogers Communications, a media and communications conglom, have formed a $100 million joint venture to create a multimedia production studio dedicated to original programming from the Great White North.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Industry vet launches Global Music Rights promising 30% higher royalties from radio and online  —  New Venture Seeks Higher Royalties for Songwriters  —  Smokey Robinson, the Eagles, Bruno Mars, John Lennon and Megadeth would not seem to have much in common.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Washington Post will soon have an all-male masthead  —  The Washington Post announced today that Usha Chaudhary, its chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administration, would depart Nov. 21 to take a leadership post at the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Ramin Setoodeh / Variety:
ABC News Takes Over ‘The View’ As Ratings Dwindle (Exclusive)  —  Incoming president Ben Sherwood steers franchise to division's non-fiction arm  —  For 18 seasons, “The View” has been one of the crown jewels of ABC Daytime programming block.  But in a significant restructuring …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Newsquest cuts 20 jobs at Oxford as it switches production to south Wales  —  In yet another round of cutbacks, Newsquest is set to make 20 staff redundant at its Oxfordshire titles.  The official announcement was made this afternoon.  —  It is part of the group's strategy of transferring …
Discussion: @mediaguardian
Pamela Rolfe / Hollywood Reporter:
Spain passes LPI law allowing publishers to charge aggregators that link to news stories; effective January 2015  —  Spain Passes Much-Debated Intellectual Property Law  —  Critics complain of an unenforceable Google tax and missed opportunity for clear anti-piracy law
Kate Abnett / The Business of Fashion:
Telegraph Lays Off 55 Employees, Including Senior Fashion Staff  —  LONDON, United Kingdom — BoF has learned that The Telegraph is laying off 55 people from the newspaper's staff, as part of a round of cuts being made today and tomorrow.  The redundancies will heavily impact …
Discussion: @sambaker
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Wall Street Journal:
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Clifford Coonan / Hollywood Reporter:
China's Baidu Ups Investment in iQiyi Video Website
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Colin Dwyer / NPR:
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