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8:20 AM ET, November 25, 2014


 Top News: 
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
News organizations can rebuild by working with Facebook and Twitter, while creating their own distribution systems  —  How to rebuild journalism  — I read Emily Bell's speech and her piece in the Guardian over the weekend.  They fairly well reflect what you hear from journalism pundits these days.
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Bidding in Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion  —  WASHINGTON — A government auction of airwaves for use in mobile broadband has blown through presale estimates, becoming the biggest auction in the Federal Communications Commission's history and signaling that wireless companies expect demand …
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Amazon Prime Music Debuts First Exclusive Content  —  Amazon has made exclusive video a component of Prime Instant Video streaming service, its answer to Netflix.  Now the company is doing the same with music — sort of.  Amazon quietly debuted last week its first exclusive music release …
Discussion: Paste
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Australia's ABC cutting 400 jobs by using skills audits of journalists in competitive pools  —  The ABC Just Became “A Sick Version Of The Hunger Games”  —  Journalists given four weeks to achieve a higher “score” and keep jobs.  —  SYDNEY - Australian Broadcasting Corporation management came under fire …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Sale of Flickr images upsets some photographers despite Yahoo acting within CC license rules  —  Some photographers bristle over Flickr's selling of photos  —  According to the Wall Street Journal, some photographers are upset the Yahoo-owned site is selling prints of photos they meant to give away for free.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Newsquest's pro-independence Scottish daily sells all 60,000 copies of debut edition as title looks to recruit more staff for pilot period  —  Newsquest's pro-independence Scottish daily sells all 60,000 copies of debut edition, with 10,000 digital subscriptions sold
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
China's Tencent partners with HBO for TV show streaming  —  (Reuters) - Chinese Internet firm Tencent Holdings Ltd is partnering with Time Warner Inc's HBO network to stream its TV shows, which are known for their provocative content and may draw scrutiny from the country's authorities.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Variety
Katherine Bindley / New York Times:
Fellowship or Internship?  In Media, the Definition Has Become Fluid  —  Since graduating from Wesleyan University last year, Rachel Pincus has completed two journalism internships and one in publishing.  But now Ms. Pincus is pursuing fellowships.  —  “I'm trying at this point …
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Heavy Censorship in Pakistan Shows Why the Next Arab Spring Won't Be on Facebook  —  If you tried to access the Facebook page of one of Pakistan's most popular bands, Laal, between June 5 and 7th, you were out of luck: Facebook blocked the band's page within the country after receiving a censorship request from the government.
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Sony Paralyzed By Computer Hacker Attack With Ominous Message  —  UPDATE: While it seems that a world-leading tech company would be the last to be brought down by a hacker, this Sony thing is serious.  I've come across a still photo of the hacked message that appeared on screens, posted by a site called
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Deception?  Price gouging?  Subscription scam?  Top magazine titles won't say a thing  —  In mid-October, I wrote about the New York Times offer to refund overpayments to customers who fell for an unauthorized third-party renewal solicitation.  The Times also warned subscribers in print and via e-mail not to fall for the scam.
Rachel Zarrell / BuzzFeed:
Comedians launch parody of This American Life's successful podcast Serial  —  The Ridiculous “Serial” Parody Is Only Getting Better  —  “Hi this is Sarah Koenig, I'm trying to figure out where you were for a 20-minute window as a high school student 15 years ago?”  —  If not, WHAT ARE YOU DOING.
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Andrew Smith / Guardian:
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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Erin Keane / Salon:
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Discussion: New York Times and TODAY
Frances Perraudin / Guardian:
Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool
David Carr / New York Times:
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