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7:50 PM ET, November 25, 2014

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First Look Media:
The team Matt Taibbi hired at First Look Media is being let go  —  Update  —  Since Matt Taibbi's departure, we've been working with the team he hired to consider various options for launching a project without him.  After multiple explorations, we've decided not to pursue the project.
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Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
First Look Media ends ‘Racket’ project, fires staff  —  First Look Media has decided to pull the plug on “Racket,” its would-be digital magazine, and to fire the staff that had been hired for the project.  —  “Racket,” which was to train a humorous eye on political and corporate corruption, never got off the ground.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
NYT editor Dean Baquet's newsroom memo on the hiring of Kinsey Wilson  —  Times firms up digital leadership with Kinsey Wilson  —  The New York Times has scooped up an NPR refugee to lead digital transformation in its newsroom.  —  Kinsey Wilson, the chief content officer ousted from NPR last month …
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New York Times Company:
New York Times names former senior NPR exec Kinsey Wilson as editor, innovation and strategy
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
BuzzFeed passes $100M in revenue for 2014, promises staff Apple Watches if traffic goals hit  —  Buzzfeed passes $100 M. in revenue for 2014  —  Buzzfeed hit $100 million in revenue for 2014 “earlier this year,” according to an email sent by C.E.O. Jonah Peretti to staff at the company.
James Bradshaw / Canadian Press:
Former radio host Jian Ghomeshi withdraws $55-million lawsuit against CBC  —  The CBC says former radio host Jian Ghomeshi has withdrawn a $55-million lawsuit against the public broadcaster.  —  CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson says “the civil suit has been dismissed with costs in favour of CBC.”
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify's 2013 revenues were €746.9M, 91% of revenue coming from subscriptions  —  Spotify revenues grew sharply in 2013, but operating losses also rose  —  Streaming music service's turnover up 74% to €746.9m, with 91% coming from its paying subscribers rather than ads
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Flipboard Adds The Wall Street Journal To Its News Discovery Apps  —  Flipboard has spent the last several years tying to convince publishers the value of having their content show up in its apps.  Today the Wall Street Journal, one of the last major holdouts in the U.S., will allow Flipboard users to view its news stories there.
Discussion: MediaPost and Talking Biz News
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Rolls Out Mobile App Install Ads In The Form Of Shareable Sponsored Posts  —  Tumblr this morning is rolling a new mobile-only ad unit called “Tumblr Sponsored Apps” which will allow app publishers to target the social blogging service's largely Millennial (and heavily mobile) …
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Sir Ray Tindle launches four new local newspapers for London reviving three centuries-old titles  —  Tindle Newsapers today announced the launch four new newspapers for London.  —  The move comes just weeks after Trinity Mirror killed off seven newspapers in the South East of England including …
Discussion: Guardian, HoldTheFrontPage and Guardian
Mark Wilson / BetaNews:
GreatFire.org and BBC punch uncensored news through the Great Firewall of China  —  The Great Firewall of China is renowned for the restrictions it places on what Chinese citizens can access online.  Free speech advocates have long called for the Chinese government to allow access to the wider web …
Discussion: Slate, GreatFire.org and Gigaom
Todd Pitman / Associated Press:
Thai web editor sentenced to 4.5 years by military court for 2009 article said to defame King  —  Thai editor sentenced to jail for defaming king  —  1 photo  —  BANGKOK (AP) — A military court in junta-ruled Thailand sentenced a Web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail Monday for publishing …
 
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