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5:55 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
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
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: @prx, @kickstarter and @radiotopiafm
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.
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.
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: Poynter and @joepompeo
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Economist EIC: We're no different from Sky or HBO - we all make most money from subscriptions  —  Micklethwait: 'Merkel listens to the Economist's audio app in the car'  —  The Economist's editor-in-chief on his big-name readers and rumours that the FT will sell its 50% stake
Discussion: @mediaguardian
Simon Owens / Nieman Lab:
New York magazine's designers increase emphasis on online design with gifs, footnotes, video  —  It's small touches that can make a difference in New York's layouts  —  In a recent long New York magazine interview with Jon Stewart, the Daily Show host made an offhand reference …
Paul Linford / HoldTheFrontPage:
Mirror editor to oversee group's regional brands  —  The editor of the Daily Mirror is to have overall editorial responsibility for Trinity Mirror's regional news brands in a bid to create a “more streamlined structure.”  —  Lloyd Embley has been promoted to the role of group editor-in-chief …
Discussion: Guardian
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
Jeff Elder / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Agency Looks to Meet With Twitter, Facebook on New Laws  —  The Russian government agency looking to enforce new restrictions on the Internet has asked Twitter and Facebook to send representatives to Russia to discuss the laws.  —  A spokesman for Russian government media regulator Roscomnadzor confirmed the planned meetings.
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: @maxseddon, @lukelewis and BBC
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
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Vevo Confirms Rio Caraeff To Step Down As CEO This Year, CFO Alan Price Steps Up For The Interim
Discussion: RAIN News and The Wrap
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom investigating Vine spin-off TV show following complaints
Discussion: Chortle, Press Association and BuzzFeed
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
ESPN's new mobile strategy: fewer apps on more screens
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and MediaPost