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8:40 PM ET, November 17, 2014

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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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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
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.
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Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Vice is expanding into science fiction with a new section called “Terraform” for Motherboard
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
How the 84-year-old owner of Philly newspapers is trying to save them by slimming down staff  —  Rieder: Philanthropist determined to save Philly papers  —  WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. — Gerry Lenfest never anticipated that, at age 84, he'd find himself the sole owner of a beleaguered media company …
Discussion: @ckrewson, @will_bunch, @dhm and @ckrewson
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.
 
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Jeff Elder / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Agency Looks to Meet With Twitter, Facebook on New Laws
Discussion: @jeffelder
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
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom investigating Vine spin-off TV show following complaints
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