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12:05 PM ET, November 17, 2014


 Top News: 
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Vice Hires Alyssa Mastromonaco, Former Official in Obama White House, as Top Executive  —  Vice Media, the news and entertainment group, is expected to announce Monday that it has hired Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former Obama administration official, as its chief operating officer.
Jacqui Shine / The Awl:
The history of the Styles section of the New York ‘Times’—and the real New Journalism  —  Bonfire of the Inanities  —  The story arrived in November of 1992—more than a year after the video for Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit” premiered on MTV's “120 Minutes.”
Grady Smith / Guardian:
Forgoing streaming and iTunes sales, Garth Brooks sees meager sales for his comeback album  —  How Garth Brooks took on the internet - and lost  —  The poor sales of his comeback album Man Against Machine show that taking a stand against the modern music business only works if you're Taylor Swift
Capital New York:
As NYT buyout deadline nears, speculation mounts about who is leaving the newsroom  —  New York Times buyout watch, 2014  —  With a looming deadline for New York Times buyout applications, details about employees who have taken the package—or are believed to be strongly considering it—are starting to trickle out.
Chris Amico / Homicide Watch DC:
After announcing it is shutting down, Homicide Watch DC is now seeking a local owner  —  Request for Proposals to Continue Homicide Watch D.C.  —  A week ago, we announced that we would close this site at the end of December, after covering the District of Columbia for more than four years.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Vevo Confirms Rio Caraeff To Step Down As CEO This Year, CFO Alan Price Steps Up For The Interim  —  Music video streaming service Vevo today announced that Rio Caraeff is stepping down from his role as the CEO — formally confirming news that was reported twice this past weekend …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Uber Confirms Spotify Integration  —  The companies made the news official Monday  —  Uber is bringing personalized music to its on-demand car service.  —  CEO Travis Kalanick on Monday announced a partnership with Spotify that will allow Uber customers to play their music when they take a ride.
Uber Integrates With Spotify To Let Passengers Become Backseat DJs
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Hidden In Spotify's App Code Alongside Uber, Plans To Launch Podcasts And Something ‘Magic’  —  Spotify's upcoming integration with Uber — getting announced formally today — is not the only development the music streaming service has planned to grow its business.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Press Association appoints Microsoft's Darren Waters as social media editor  —  UK news agency says former editor-in-chief of MSN UK is tasked with ‘putting social media at the heart of the newsroom’  —  The Press Association has appointed Darren Waters, editor-in-chief of Microsoft UK, to the new role of social media editor.
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
What can Jim Brady's new site do for Philadelphia journalism?  —  DETROIT, MI — “Can it last?”  That was the question we asked a year ago about AxisPhilly, an ambitious nonprofit journalism outlet in Philadelphia.  The answer, sadly, was no. Over the summer, it went the way of Metropolis …
Discussion: @sacmcdonald, @cjr and @jimbradysp
Bill Keller / The Marshall Project:
Nonprofit news site The Marshall Project, edited by Bill Keller, launches to cover America's criminal justice system  —  A Letter from Our Editor  —  In March I left The New York Times after 30 years there as a reporter, editor and columnist to help launch something new …
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John Herrman / The Awl:
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