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12:00 PM ET, October 31, 2014


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Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
New York Times-Texas Tribune content partnership to end Dec. 31, after four years  —  T-Squared: Trib, Times Will End Partnership … This was supposed to be a proud and grateful acknowledgement of the anniversary of our content partnership with The New York Times, which began four years ago today.
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 …
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 …
Micah L. Sifry / Mother Jones:
Before 2012 election, Facebook increased hard news stories in 1.9M feeds, which added measurably to civic engagement and voter turnout  —  Facebook Wants You to Vote on Tuesday.  Here's How It Messed With Your Feed in 2012.  —  The social network tries to promote voting …
Chris Johnston / Guardian:
BBC now has more staff outside London than in the capital  —  Corporation has hits target set in 2004, with 8,169 based in capital after relocation of more than 2,000 posts to Salford  —  The BBC now has more staff outside London than in the capital for the first time following the relocation …
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
You can now connect to Facebook despite Internet censorship via new Tor link  —  In an early morning blog post, no doubt targeted at overseas users, Facebook said it is experimenting with providing direct access to it social network over the Tor network.  —  Tor is a secure network …
Discussion: Gigaom, The Verge, Engadget and The Next Web
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.
John Ribeiro / Computerworld:
FCC's Wheeler mulls hybrid approach to net neutrality  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commission appears set to reclassify broadband so that it comes under the agency's authority, but without explicitly prohibiting special access deals between broadband and content companies, according to a news report.
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.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing completes purchase of Sun-Times suburban properties  —  Tribune Publishing, parent of the Chicago Tribune, has closed a deal to acquire all of the Sun-Times Media suburban properties from Wrapports.  —  The agreement, confirmed Friday, brings six daily and 32 weekly suburban newspapers …
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
This Is The Suicide Info Whisper Gave To The Department Of Defense  —  Last month, the Guardian did a hard-hitting piece on Whisper, reporting that the start-up that offered users the cover of anonymity to voice their deepest secrets was actually tracking interesting users …
Tracey Xiang / TechNode:
Chinese Users Now Can Shop Alibaba When Watching Videos on Youku  —  Alibaba Group and Youku Tudou, the leading Chinese video site (in which the former has a 16.5% stake), have jointly announced two programs for retailers on Alibaba marketplaces to market themselves on the video platform.
Globe and Mail:
Behind the CBC's decision to fire Ghomeshi  —  The axe fell on Jian Ghomeshi's career last Sunday, around noon.  —  The popular host of the hit radio show Q with Jian Ghomeshi had been summoned to a meeting with his employer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, away from its Toronto headquarters and inquisitive staff.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
On Obama's Asia trip, members of media will have to pay $60,000 each for flights  —  President Obama's trip to Asia next month should prove to be reasonably newsworthy, given its regional summit meetings in China and Burma and a stopover in Australia.  For the news media, however …
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 …
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
With nontraditional contributors and strong luxury market, NYT's T mag shows value of print
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Pamela Rolfe / Hollywood Reporter:
Spain passes LPI law allowing publishers to charge aggregators that link to news stories; effective January 2015
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Patrick O'Rourke /
Bell announces new video streaming service called Project Latte
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Reuters
Wall Street Journal:
HBO Sees Potential Opportunity to Offer Service Through Apple TV, Microsoft's Xbox, Roku and Others
Clifford Coonan / Hollywood Reporter:
China's Baidu Ups Investment in iQiyi Video Website
Discussion: TBI Vision, Reuters and Variety
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Newsquest cuts 20 jobs at Oxford as it switches production to south Wales
Discussion: @mediaguardian
Kate Abnett / The Business of Fashion:
Telegraph Lays Off 55 Employees, Including Senior Fashion Staff
Discussion: @sambaker