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3:55 AM ET, November 18, 2014

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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Uber exec, at NYC dinner with CEO present, suggested digging up dirt on critical journalists  —  Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists  —  Emil Michael floated making critics' personal lives fair game.  Michael apologized Monday for the remarks.
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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Sarah Lacy, the journalist named as a target by Uber's Emil Michael, says Uber went too far  —  The moment I learned just how far Uber will go to silence journalists and attack women  —  A big debate among the Pando staff for the past two years has been over just how morally bankrupt Uber is.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Podcasts are neither exploding nor dying - they've been steadily growing for a decade  —  Why podcasts are suddenly “back”  —  Did you hear?  Podcasts were dead, and now they're back!  —  This story is suddenly everywhere.  It's not extremely accurate, but I'll take it.
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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google has free speech right in search results, court confirms  —  A San Francisco court ruled last week that Google has the right to arrange its search results as it pleases, which confirms the company's long-held view, while underscoring the stark difference in how U.S. and European seek to regulate the search giant.
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Japan's SoftBank Launches A La Carte TV Service for Mobile Users  —  TOKYO — Softbank, the Japanese investment conglomerate that recently held acquisition talks with DreamWorks Animation, has launched a new streaming service for Japanese smartphone users.  It allows them to sign …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Brian Flood / TVNewser:
Q&A with Baratunde Thurston on his new position co-hosting TakePart Live, Twitter, and his favorite kind of media  —  5 Questions with... Baratunde Thurston, Taking a Sledgehammer to the Traditional Newscast  —  Baratunde Thurston is a modern-day Renaissance man.
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
Ronald Grover / Reuters:
Hasbro board votes to exit DreamWorks merger talks - source  —  Merger talks between Hasbro Inc and DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc formally ended on Monday morning, when the toy company's board voted to walk away, according to a person with knowledge of the board's actions.
Russ Mitchell / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. Times names Internet strategist Nicco Mele deputy publisher  —  Nicco Mele, the Internet strategist credited with pushing political campaigns into the digital era, has been named deputy publisher of the Los Angeles Times.  —  “We intend to be one of the great journalism organizations …
Discussion: @garveylatimes and @nicco
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 …
Liz Gannes / Re/code:
The Mobile Future of Wikipedia, According to Lila Tretikov (Full Video)  —  As Wikipedia's usage becomes more mobile — traffic to the online encyclopedia is now more than half mobile in North America, and even more in emerging markets — the site is adapting to the small screen.
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 and Boing Boing
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Emily Steel / New York Times:
Vice Hires Alyssa Mastromonaco, Former Official in Obama White House, as Top Executive
 
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Paul Linford / HoldTheFrontPage:
Mirror editor to oversee group's regional brands
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Jeff Elder / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Agency Looks to Meet With Twitter, Facebook on New Laws
Discussion: @jeffelder
Capital New York:
As NYT buyout deadline nears, speculation mounts about who is leaving the newsroom
Discussion: Poynter and @joepompeo
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Hidden In Spotify's App Code Alongside Uber, Plans To Launch Podcasts And Something ‘Magic’
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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