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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Exodus of revived Valleywag's original team complete as Nitasha Tiku heads to The Verge to bolster Silicon Valley coverage  —  Valleywag Editor-in-Chief Nitasha Tiku Joins The Verge  —  Less than one month ago, Nitasha Tiku was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Gawker's tech lifestyle section, Valleywag, in place of Sam Biddle.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Jeff Bezos Makes His Mark on Washington Post With New Kindle App  —  WASHINGTON — In recent months, The Washington Post has been worried about reducing cognitive overhead.  The phrase, borrowed from its new owner, the billionaire Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, refers to the number …
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Washington Post launches twice-daily tablet editions on Amazon Fire app  —  The Washington Post tablet app for Kindle Fire is a highly visual news experience aimed at a national and international readership.  It offers two editions a day, as well as updates for breaking news.  (The Washington Post)
Re/code:
Re/code drops comments on its site, noting that most discussion takes place on social media  —  A Note to Re/code Readers  —  Like all websites, Re/code is in a constant process of iteration.  So, starting today, you'll notice a few changes on our site, and we wanted to let you know about them.
Johana Bhuiyan / BuzzFeed:
Uber document shows it sought to hire researcher to “weaponize facts” against incumbent taxi and limo industry, not journalists  —  Uber Sought To Hire Opposition Researcher To “Weaponize Facts”  —  A document obtained by BuzzFeed News points to taxi industry targets, not journalists.
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith Says His Uber Scoop Didn't Need a Disclosure  —  Ben Smith and BuzzFeed had a whopper of a story on Monday, when BuzzFeed's editor-in-chief reported on an Uber executive's plan to smear journalist Sarah Lacy.  —  A few days later, in some corners of the Internet, Smith and BuzzFeed are now the story.
New York Times:
Huffington Post Is Said to Be in Talks to Host a Jill Abramson Journalism Start-Up  —  Jill Abramson, a former executive editor of The New York Times, and the journalist Steven Brill are in talks with The Huffington Post to host a new journalism site that would run long articles monthly …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Google launches Contributor, a subscription service that lets users contribute to participating sites and turn off Google ads  —  Google launches Contributor, a crowdfunding tool for publishers  —  Google is launching a new service for websites called Contributor, which allows users to sign …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
David Rhodes to head CBS News as Jeff Fager steps down as chairman  —  Jeff Fager has stepped down as chairman of CBS News, leaving full command of the news division to David Rhodes, two sources at the network told POLITICO on Thursday.  —  Fager, who spent four years as chairman …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS, Dish Network Agree to Short-Term Extension to Avoid Blackout  —  CBS and Dish Network are avoiding a blackout by agreeing to a short-term contract extension Thursday evening while negotiations continue.  —  The crux of the deal involves the expiration of Dish's deal to carry CBS' 29 O&O stations in 17 local markets.
Discussion: @shaliniwsj, @jboorstin and @lucas_shaw
James West / Mother Jones:
New York Times Signals More Newsroom Layoffs Are Imminent  —  The New York Times indicated today that it's getting close to a round of forced layoffs of its journalists.  —  The newsroom-wide email sent Thursday morning, obtained by Mother Jones, details responses to employee questions …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Jennifer Preston on leaving The New York Times, joining the Knight Foundation, and spurring innovation in newsrooms  —  Jennifer Preston has plenty of experience in the journalism business: “I've worked as a city hall bureau chief, a circulation marketing manager, a deputy metro editor, a senior newsroom manager.
Emiliano De Cristofaro / The Conversation:
Lessons on censorship from Syria's internet filter machines  —  Norwegian writer Mette Newth once wrote that: “censorship has followed the free expressions of men and women like a shadow throughout history.”  As we develop new means to gather and create information...  Emiliano De Cristofaro
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Web-Video Startup Pluto TV Raises $13 Million from U.S. Venture Partners, UTA, Sky and Others  —  Pluto.TV, a startup whose service aggregates Internet video in a TV-like grid, has closed $13 million in Series A funding led by U.S. Venture Partners, with participation from UTA …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Forbes and Deadline
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Betaworks Tries to Solve the Mobile Ad Unit Problem  —  Startup Factory Pivots Tapestry, Places Focus Completely on Advertising  —  Betaworks — the startup factory responsible for hits such as Dots, Chartbeat and Bitly — is throwing its hat into the advertising game, hoping it can build a better mobile ad unit.
Dan Adams / Boston Globe:
New Media Investment Group, parent of Gatehouse Media, buys Halifax Media Group for $280M cash  —  Worcester Telegram and its parent company sold to New Media  —  The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, which was sold in May by Boston Globe owner John Henry to the Halifax Media Group of Daytona Beach, Fla., was sold again Thursday.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Music agents rely on data to identify potential hits, entrenching repetitive, derivative songs  —  The Shazam Effect  —  Record companies are tracking download and search data to predict which new songs will be hits.  This has been good for business—but is it bad for music?
Sharky Laguana / Medium:
Change How Streaming Royalties Are Calculated And Save The Full-length Album While You Are At It  —  Change How Streaming Royalties Are Calculated And Save The Full-length Album While You Are At It  —  Streaming services, most notably Spotify (by far the largest) use what could be called …
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
A Tabloid ‘Fake Sheikh,’ Bane of Crooks and Royalty, Finds He's Now the Story  —  LONDON — Mazher Mahmood was 21 when he first posed as a wealthy sheikh.  A reporter from Birmingham, England, intent on exposing a prostitution ring at a local hotel, he donned a white robe he had bought …
Discussion: Spectator
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Jack Shafer on losing his job, and the state of things  —  I called up the legendary media critic Jack Shafer after word got out he'd been laid off at Reuters.  There was some idea of putting it all together into an article but he speaks too well for himself for us to publish it any other way than as a Q and A. So here you go.
 
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Egypt's Sisi says pardon for Al Jazeera journalists ‘being discussed’
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Simon & Schuster Strips “Buy It Now” Requirement from Library Ebook Program
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Reporters Without Borders:
Freedom of information in decline for past two years in Iceland
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Closed trial for Chinese journalist Gao Yu, facing a life sentence for leaking internal CCP documents, begins Nov. 21
Discussion: Human Rights Watch, DW.DE and RFA
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
MailOnline to change to DailyMail.com in US for brand recognition, higher ad revenue
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Liat Clark / Wired.co.uk:
Human rights groups release open-source Detekt anti-surveillance software for activists, journalists; available for free, only on Windows for now
David L. Ulin / Los Angeles Times:
2014 National Book Awards go to Phil Klay, Evan Osnos, Ursula Le Guin
Discussion: GalleyCat and Guardian
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Billboard Top 200 album chart will incorporate streaming data starting Dec. 3 from services including Spotify, Beats Music, Google Play, Xbox Music
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
8tracks introducing recommendations to make the site more user-friendly to newcomers
Steve Albini / Guardian:
Music producer Steve Albini discusses how the music industry is thriving on the internet, the death of labels, and copyright law