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8:40 AM ET, November 21, 2014

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Leela de Kretser / Capital New York:
Rebekah Brooks spotted in New York Post offices as speculation grows about her future role at News Corp  —  New York gets ready for Rebekah Brooks  —  When Capital's Joe Pompeo first reported that Rebekah Brooks, famous for her role in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal …
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Andy Coulson leaves prison after serving five months of 18-month term  —  Ex-News of the World editor and Downing Street communications boss will have to wear electronic tag as condition of early release  —  Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications boss, has been released from prison.
Chet Kanojia / All Aereo:
Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, says “challenges have proven too difficult to overcome”  —  The Next Chapter  —  A little over three years ago, the team at Aereo set out to build a better television experience for the consumer.  —  We began this journey because we were frustrated …
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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Bloomberg:
Disney Expands Shanghai Media Group Partnership to TV  —  Walt Disney Co. (DIS) plans to expand a partnership with state-owned Shanghai Media Group to include co-production of movies along with development, distribution and marketing of television shows.  —  The alliance will boost local …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Variety
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Pro-independence daily paper the National to launch in Scotland  —  Pilot launch of new daily tabloid, from the same stable as the Sunday Herald, will cost 50p and have print run of 50,000  —  Scotland is to get a new newspaper, the National, which will be the first Scottish daily to support independence.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube Music Awards to Return in 2015, But Not as a Live Event  —  Vidsite pacts with Vice Media to produce original content for March 2015 event  —  YouTube, as part of its stepped-up push into the music biz, will bring back the YouTube Music Awards next March and has renewed a pact with Vice Media to produce it.
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
Yet Another Study Shows US Satire Programs Do A Better Job Informing Viewers Than Actual News Outlets  —  By now it's sadly clear that the nation's satirical news programs do a significantly better job at reporting the news than most of the nation's actual news outlets, despite a fraction of the budget and experience.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing:
Quartz and The Economist on what makes a good media business today and tomorrow  —  This article is the first in a series looking at some of the key issues and topics which will feature in our Digital Media Strategies event next March.  —  Quartz and The Economist are two quite different businesses serving broadly similar audiences.
Discussion: @miamabanta, @raju and Talking Biz News
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 …
 
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Dan Adams / Boston Globe:
New Media Investment Group, parent of Gatehouse Media, buys Halifax Media Group for $280M cash
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Web-Video Startup Pluto TV Raises $13 Million from U.S. Venture Partners, UTA, Sky and Others
Discussion: VentureBeat, Forbes and Deadline
Emiliano De Cristofaro / The Conversation:
Lessons on censorship from Syria's internet filter machines
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Betaworks Tries to Solve the Mobile Ad Unit Problem
Reuters:
Egypt's Sisi says pardon for Al Jazeera journalists ‘being discussed’
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Digital Book World:
Simon & Schuster Strips “Buy It Now” Requirement from Library Ebook Program
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
A Tabloid ‘Fake Sheikh,’ Bane of Crooks and Royalty, Finds He's Now the Story
Reporters Without Borders:
Freedom of information in decline for past two years in Iceland
John McCarthy / The Drum:
Ofcom to reclaim digital TV airwaves for mobile broadband to meet growing on-the-move data demand
Discussion: dtg.org.uk, Reuters and Ofcom
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Jeff Bezos Makes His Mark on Washington Post With New Kindle App
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Closed trial for Chinese journalist Gao Yu, facing a life sentence for leaking internal CCP documents, begins Nov. 21
Discussion: DW.DE, Human Rights Watch and RFA