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4:05 PM ET, November 14, 2014


 Top News: 
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 …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Onion CEO: Sure, We're for Sale.  But Mostly We Just Want Money, So Make an Offer.  (Memo)  —  Yes, The Onion is for sale.  But also, it might just raise some money.  —  That's what the head of the satirical Web publisher is telling his staff, in a memo you can read below.
Discussion: @edmundlee, @kitson, @joshmedia and @nwquah
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
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 …
John Malone's Liberty Global in talks to buy 50% of Germany's video-on-demand service Maxdome  —  Liberty Global eyes stake in ProSieben's streaming service -paper  —  Cable group Liberty Global is in talks to buy a 50 percent stake in broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1's streaming service Maxdome …
Discussion: Variety
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
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 …
Stephen Hall / 9to5Google:
Google says Play Music subscribers automatically get access to YouTube Music Key starting next week  —  When YouTube Music Key was announced earlier this week, we were left with many details about the service unexplained.  Of these, was the question of whether or not current Google Play Music subscribers …
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
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 …
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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Irish Independent:
Six Sun journalists cleared of conspiracy charges in corruption case
Discussion: Guardian and Telegraph
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
BuzzMyVideos Closes $2.5M Series A Funding As Eyeballs Switch To Online Video
Discussion: @buzzmyvideos
New York Times:
NYT technologists issue friendly challenge to site owners to convert to HTTPS by 2015
 Earlier Picks: 
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Say Media selling content sites including XoJane and ReadWrite, which never achieved the scale needed to compete
Kent Gibbons / Multichannel News:
Nielsen: TV Industry Needs New Ratings Standards
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Rdio matches Spotify by lowering the price of its family subscription plan to $5 for each extra member