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3:20 PM 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.
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Uber executive apologises after suggesting the firm dig dirt on hostile journalists  —  Emil Michael says he regretted saying that a female journalist should have her private life exposed after criticising the site  —  Luxury cab firm Uber has been forced to apologise after a senior executive suggested …
Staci D. Kramer / Storify:
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says exec's remarks on targeting the press “a departure from our values”  —  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Responds  —  To Buzzfeed report on comments made by Uber exec Emil Michael about targeting press, particularly PandoDailyEiC Sarah Lacey, & the ensuing firestorm
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Re/code and @travisk
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Outbrain strikes $100M deal with Time Inc. to become exclusive external provider of recommended stories  —  Time Inc. Locks in Outbrain's Headline Recommendations in $100 Million Deal  —  Content Recommendation Widgets Push Traffic Around the Web  —  An Outbrain box that appeared beneath an article on
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
ONA and Poynter announce leadership academy for women  —  The Poynter Institute and the Online News Association have announced a partnership to create the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.  —  The academy, which will be held at Poynter in April of next year …
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Huge change: No more set vacation or sick days at LA Times  —  First, a little background.  Dating to even before Tribune Company ownership of the LA Times, the cost cutters looked for a way to reduce the huge commitment on the books to pay for vacation days banked by employees.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Serial podcast breaks iTunes records as it passes 5m downloads and streams  —  Apple says real-life murder mystery from This American Life is the fastest podcast ever to reach that milestone  —  Episodes of This American Life's Serial podcast have been downloaded and streamed more than 5m times …
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 …
Brian Stelter /
Partnering with Bill Cosby puts Netflix and NBC in tough spot after NPR interview on rape allegations  —  Bill Cosby allegations put Netflix and NBC in tough spot  —  Netflix and NBC have tough decisions to make about Bill Cosby.  —  Allegations against the comedy icon …
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Facebook expands its Storyful-powered Newswire product with FB Techwire, for tech news  —  Facebook now wants to be your tech news source  —  Facebook today launched a new Page devoted to surfacing strictly tech news in your timeline.  FB Techwire, an extension of FB Newswire …
Matthew Zeitlin / BuzzFeed:
With hires like Joe Weisenthal, Bloomberg is trying to expand beyond its traditional audience  —  Can Joe Weisenthal Change Bloomberg Before Bloomberg Changes Him?  —  The hyperactive financial news addict made Business Insider a major destination for business news.
Discussion: @sapna, @mattzeitlin and @rafat
Steve Dyson / Guardian:
By closing down healthy regional papers, Trinity Mirror indicates it could ditch print soon  —  Regional newspaper group has abandoned a market-leading print position in Berkshire to chase a low-cost online-only future  —  Trinity Mirror's decision on Friday to close seven local newspapers …
Discussion: @stevedyson and @mediaguardian
Paul Linford / HoldTheFrontPage:
Mirror editor to oversee group's regional brands
Discussion: allmediascotland and Guardian
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