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8:35 PM ET, November 19, 2014


 Top News: 
Michael Wolff / USA Today:
BuzzFeed misled by suggesting everyone present at Uber dinner heard Emil Michael's remarks  —  Behind the scenes at Uber/BuzzFeed fracas  —  Uber is at the forefront of a vast reordering of ground transportation and how we use cars.  It is also in the middle of many publicity storms.
Al Franken:
Senator Al Franken asks Travis Kalanick for answers on privacy and targeting journalists  —  Dear Mr Kalanick  —  I am writing in regard to reports of recent comments and actions by top Uber executives concerning journalists.  The report suggests a troubling disregard for customers' privacy …
Uber investigating its New York general manager, Josh Mohrer, for tracking BuzzFeed journalist's location without her consent
Alexandra Bruell / AdAge:
Condé Nast Agrees to GroupM's Tougher Ad Viewability Standards  —  Condé Nast, the publisher of brands such as Vogue and, has agreed to GroupM's demand to pay only for online ads that are entirely viewable by consumers, a tougher standard than the industry has been pushing.
Discussion: WWD and MediaPost
Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen to Measure Netflix Viewing  —  Effort Is Meant to Help Content Owners Gauge Impact of Licensing Shows  —  Even as Netflix Inc. and other streaming-video providers have expanded to reach 40% of American homes, they have largely remained black boxes.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Media critic Jack Shafer leaves Reuters  —  Media critic Jack Shafer is leaving his job at Reuters, he announced Wednesday evening. … The announcement appears to be among the final gasps of a Web strategy that started a few years back with great optimism.
Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
Scribner's Magazine to Be Reincarnated as Literary Website  —  Scribner's Magazine, a literary journal that rivaled Harper's Monthly and the Atlantic Monthly from 1887 until 1939, is being reincarnated as a new literary website launching Wednesday.  —  The new project is called Scribner Magazine.
Discussion: @sarahw and GalleyCat
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
War journalists ‘being targeted and silenced’, says Rory Peck Trust chief  —  Tina Carr warns of worst-ever conditions for freelance journalists as winners of the 2014 Rory Peck awards are announced  —  Freelance journalists are “being targeted and silenced more than ever” in warzones …
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Apple partnering with Rubicon Project to sell iAds through company's automated marketplace  —  Apple Is Planning To Turn Around iAd By Venturing Into Programmatic For The First Time  —  Apple's mobile advertising unit iAd is moving into programmatic advertising for the first time by partnering …
Discussion: AppleInsider and SlashGear
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
French journalism school executive accused of plagiarism  —  Agnès Chauveau suspended as executive director at prestigious Sciences Po school after alleged use of other journalists' work  —  The executive director of a prestigious Paris journalism school has been suspended after being accused of plagiarism.
Discussion: Poynter
Angela Doland / AdAge:
For the First Time, TV Will Account For Less Than Half of China's Ad Spending This Year  —  For the First Time, TV Will Account For Less Than Half of China's Ad Spending This Year  —  Going Native: Content Marketing Strategies  —  It was a tradition of China's ad world …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Pop Up Archive releases new audio transcription features  —  New podcasting initiatives, including “Serial”, “StartUp” and “Radiotopia” have lately attracted a lot of attention from reporters and investors.  —  But with all this new audio being gathered and posted to the Web, how can journalists and their audiences parse it?
Discussion: Knight Foundation
Amanda Meade / Guardian:
ABC and SBS funding to be cut by $308m over five years  —  Malcolm Turnbull says the Coalition's budget cuts to the public broadcasters should not affect what Australians see and hear  —  The budgets of the ABC and the SBS will lose almost $308m over five years, but it should not affect …
Discussion: Malcolm Turnbull MP
The Age:
ABC cuts: Malcolm Turnbull announces budget reduction of $250 million
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
NBC Pulls Bill Cosby Comedy Project Amid Rape Allegations  —  NBC has dropped its Bill Cosby comedy project as the scandal of rape allegations leveled at the comedian by multiple women made it untenable for the network to keep it in development, according to multiple sources.
Lynn Elber / Associated Press:
Netflix postpones launch of Cosby comedy special
Dara Lind / Vox:
An interview with founder Neil Barsky and editor Bill Keller of The Marshall Project on the state of criminal justice journalism  —  Why Bill Keller left the New York Times to put a spotlight on criminal justice  —  This week marks the launch of the Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism …
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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Xiaomi And Shunwei Capital Make $300M Strategic Investment In iQiyi, One Of China's Largest Online Video Platforms
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