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1:20 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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
Amazon and Hachette: Bad for everyone but consumers  —  The can has been kicked.  —  Amazon and Hachette have resolved a months-long conflict that had been closely watched as a dispute that would indicate the future of the publishing industry.  —  The core of the disagreement reportedly centered on e-book pricing.
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Meet PetFlow, The Retailer that Hatched a Media Business  —  Brands and retailers are increasingly trying to become publishers of sorts.  They use blogs, social media and other forms of content to attract and entertain online audiences, with the ultimate goal of selling them something.
Discussion: @jackmarshall
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Discussion: Simon Owens
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Discussion: @mediaguardian
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