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6:20 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 …
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
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 …
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.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Sony to take another look at ad-supported music streaming  —  Chief financial officer says that Sony, owner of one of the world's three major labels, needs to evaluate what kind of value it's getting in allowing catalog music to be streamed for free.  —  Streaming music providers are under …
Owen Williams / The Next Web:
Netflix coming to Australia and New Zealand in March 2015  —  Netflix made a surprise announcement today that its service will be opening in Australia and New Zealand starting March 2015.  —  The company said that “users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to subscribe to Netflix …
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 …
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