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2:20 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.
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Vice is expanding into science fiction with a new section called “Terraform” for Motherboard  —  Vice Media adds science fiction section called ‘Terraform’  —  Vice Media tech vertical Motherboard has launched a science fiction called Terraform, Publisher's Weekly reported this morning.
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Jane L. Levere / New York Times:
Airbnb launches Pineapple, a quarterly print magazine focused on travel; $12 at select stores  —  Airbnb Introducing Print Magazine, Pineapple  —  Following in the footsteps of other digital brands like CNET and WebMD, Airbnb is getting into the print magazine business.
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Podcast network Radiotopia raises over $620K on Kickstarter  —  Kickstarter Campaign Focuses on Public Radio  —  A Kickstarter campaign offering backers the opportunity to participate in “remaking public radio” through podcasts raised $620,412 by the time it ended Friday …
Discussion: @kickstarter, @prx and @radiotopiafm
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.”
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.
Discussion: @joepompeo
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
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 …
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
Patrick Smith / BuzzFeed:
Russia Today UK reaches 395K, or 0.7% of Britons, faces questions about impartiality  —  Everything You Need To Know About Russia Today UK  —  RT UK is the newest part of a Kremlin-funded news network with more money than the BBC World Service.  It's already facing the possibility of Ofcom sanctions for its lack of impartiality.
Discussion: BBC, @maxseddon and @lukelewis
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.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Hidden In Spotify's App Code Alongside Uber, Plans To Launch Podcasts And Something ‘Magic’
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Press Association appoints Microsoft's Darren Waters as social media editor
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom investigating Vine spin-off TV show following complaints
Discussion: Press Association, Chortle and BuzzFeed
Michael Rondon / Folio:
How magazines like Scientific American, The Atlantic, and Vogue are monetizing their archives
Discussion: @foliomag
 Earlier Picks: 
Bill Keller / The Marshall Project:
Nonprofit news site The Marshall Project, edited by Bill Keller, launches to cover America's criminal justice system
John Herrman / The Awl:
A comparison of the number of social interactions on web sites embedding John Oliver videos
Discussion: New York Times
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
With theBomb, The Makers Of theChive Aim To Create A Viral Video Hub
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Why Is Investor Shervin Pishevar Amassing a Stake in Demand Media? He Likes the CEO.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal