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1:35 PM ET, November 14, 2014


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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Everyone Fails at Local News Online.  Former TechCrunch Boss Eric Eldon Thinks He'll Get It Right.  —  There are lots of successful tech news sites.  Eric Eldon used to run a really big one.  —  There are barely any successful local news sites.  But that's what Eldon is trying do now.
Eric Eldon:
Eric Eldon joins Hoodline, a San Francisco neighborhood blog, as Editor-In-Chief  —  I'm now a local news editor!  —  Here's some personal post-tech media job news.  I'm joining San Francisco neighborhood blog Hoodline as editor-in-chief.  I'll be doing deeper reporting on neighborhood topics …
Discussion: @caseynewton
Owner of the Onion, A.V. Club, and Clickhole sites hires GCA Savvian bankers to explore sale  —  Satirist Onion Inc. Said to Hire Adviser for Sale  —  Everything in this story is actually, honestly true.  —  Onion Inc., owner of the satirical news site the Onion and the entertainment site the A.V. Club …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Trinity Mirror to close seven regional newspapers with loss of 50 jobs  —  Trinity Mirror has announced the closure of seven regional newspapers, with the loss of 50 jobs expected.  —  All three of the publisher's Berkshire titles - the Reading Post, GetReading and the Wokingham and Bracknell Times …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Say Media selling content sites including XoJane and ReadWrite, which never achieved the scale needed to compete  —  Platishers, beware: Say Media gives up on publishing  —  Three years ago, Jane Pratt celebrated the launch of her new site XoJane with Say Media by throwing a party at the Jane Hotel …
Pip Bulbeck / Hollywood Reporter:
Rupert Murdoch Confirms Foxtel Interest in Australia's Ten Network  —  The News Corp chair also described son and co-chair Lachlan as the man who will “lead us to a very prosperous and bright future”  —  News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch confirmed that the company is looking at buying a stake …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
StoryTracker is a new tool to track how news homepages change  —  Hopefully you know about PastPages, the tool built by L.A. Times data journalist Ben Welsh to record what some of the web's most important news sites have on their homepage — hour by hour, every single day.
Discussion: @jbenton
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Streaming Video Alliance Trade Group Launches, Without Netflix or YouTube  —  A group of 17 service providers, content companies and tech vendors has formed the Streaming Video Alliance, aimed at formulating industry-wide standards and establishing best practices for high-scale Internet video services.
Discussion: MarketWatch and The Next Web
Paul Bradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
3 reasons why journalists are wary of gamification: an interview with Al Jazeera's Juliana Ruhfus  —  Al Jazeera's gamified project's symbol  —  Click on the player above to listen to full audio of Alex's interview … Why is gamification, one of the greatest forms of interaction available …
Dan Singer / American Journalism Review:
Music Critics See Their Role and Influence Waning in The Era of Digital Music  —  Nate Patrin's career trajectory in music journalism was once the norm.  —  Patrin grew up reading Spin and Rolling Stone in the 1990s and wrote music reviews for his high school newspaper.
Discussion: @simonretromania and @keyescore
New York Times:
NYT technologists issue friendly challenge to site owners to convert to HTTPS by 2015  —  Embracing HTTPS  —  In light of a growing number of cyber security and data privacy concerns, replacing HTTP with its secure alternative, HTTPS, is becoming increasingly important.
Mica Rosenberg / Reuters:
Condé Nast agrees to $5.8 mln settlement in suit over intern pay  —  Condé Nast agreed on Thursday to pay $5.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by thousands of former interns at the publisher who said they were underpaid for work at the company's high-end magazines.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
CBS, Disney, Viacom, other media firms ask appeals court to keep contracts private in FCC merger reviews of Comcast-TWC and AT&T-DirecTV  —  TV Networks Ask Courts to Keep Contracts Private in Comcast Merger Review  —  CBS, Walt Disney Co. and other media companies asked …
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
In Amazon/Hachette deal, ebook agency pricing is a winner  —  In the deal that Amazon and Hachette Book Group finally reached Thursday after months of bitter negotiations, we don't really know which side “won,” if one side did.  But one survivor — perhaps surprisingly — was agency pricing for ebooks.
Discussion: CNET, Re/code, CNBC, SiliconBeat, Bloomberg and Gigaom
Irish Independent:
Six Sun journalists cleared of conspiracy charges in corruption case  —  Six journalists and senior staff at the Sun accused of corrupting public officials have been cleared of an “overarching” conspiracy, a court has heard.  — Google  —  Judge Richard Marks QC ruled at Kingston Crown Court …
Discussion: Guardian and Telegraph
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Kindle Software Update Lets You Share Your Amazon Library With A Partner And More  —  Kindle has a new update rolling out to its Kindle e-reader device hardware, which includes new features for the latest Kindle, Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite devices.  The update includes …
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
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Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
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