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7:10 AM ET, November 21, 2014

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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.
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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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: @jboorstin, @lucas_shaw and @shaliniwsj
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 …
Rob Evans / Guardian:
London police face legal action from 6 journalists for keeping database of their activities  —  Police face legal action for snooping on journalists  —  ‘Domestic extremists’ unit kept a secret database of details on journalists including medical history of family members
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
 
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Dan Adams / Boston Globe:
New Media Investment Group, parent of Gatehouse Media, buys Halifax Media Group for $280M cash
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
Dylan Byers / Politico:
David Rhodes to head CBS News as Jeff Fager steps down as chairman
Reuters:
Egypt's Sisi says pardon for Al Jazeera journalists ‘being discussed’
Digital Book World:
Simon & Schuster Strips “Buy It Now” Requirement from Library Ebook Program
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
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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
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
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Music agents rely on data to identify potential hits, entrenching repetitive, derivative songs