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2:40 PM ET, December 1, 2014


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
What the forces of disruption look like inside NYT, where another buyout deadline is approaching  —  When the Forces of Disruption Hit Home  —  I've been around long enough to have once marveled at the improbability of the fax machine — that can't be real! — but I like to think of myself as modern.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Bill Carter, Veteran New York Times TV Reporter, Taking Buyout  —  NEW YORK — Bill Carter, who has covered the television industry at The New York Times for more than 25 years and remains one of the best known writers on the industry, is taking a buyout.  —  Carter told The Huffington Post …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Vox Media raises $46.5M from NY investment firm General Atlantic at a $380M valuation  —  Yet Another Big Funding Round for a Big Web Publisher - This Time for Vox Media  —  Remember when investors didn't want to put money into content?  —  That was a long time ago!
Jim Bankoff / LinkedIn Pulse:
Vox Media CEO lists four key areas of focus in “memo” to employees on occasion of $46M round, announces 150M monthly unique visitors across all sites  —  Building the Next Generation of Media Brands (Memo to Vox Media Team)  —  (note: Today is a big day for Vox Media as we announced …
Chris Sutcliffe / TheMediaBriefing:
Despite having similar reach, Vox is valued at less than half of BuzzFeed
Discussion: Gigaom and Mashable
Sony's New Movies Leak Online Following Hack Attack  —  Brad Pitt's ‘Fury,’ ‘Annie’ among titles being downloaded  —  At least five new movies from Sony Pictures are being devoured on copyright-infringing file-sharing hubs online in the wake of the hack attack that hobbled the studio earlier in the week.
Greg Gilman / The Wrap:
Sony Hack Attack: Studio Has Made Progress in Restoring Critical Business Systems, Insider Says
Discussion: Rolling Stone, Variety and The Verge
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Apple faces potential damages of $350M in iTunes antitrust lawsuit going to trial in December  —  Star Witness in Apple Lawsuit Is Steve Jobs  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Three years after his death, Steve Jobs is very much a presence in courtrooms across the country.  —  And that's not necessarily good news for Apple.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Number of full-time US daily newspaper journalists has plunged to 36,700 from 55,000 pre-2008  —  Taking stock of newsroom head counts  —  During an appearance at New York University in October, New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and deputy executive editor for digital Ian Fisher …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Vodafone in talks for Tesco's loss-making pay-TV service  —  Vodafone is looking to acquire Blinkbox, the video streaming service, as it gears up to move into the broadband and pay-TV markets  —  Vodafone is poised to take over Tesco's loss-making on-demand entertainment service Blinkbox …
Chris Smith / Digiday:
Inside the BBC's visual journalism unit  —  The lines between digital video and TV are blurring to the point of going away at the BBC.  —  The BBC's two-year-old visual journalism unit services its online and TV output with graphics and data visualizations for its TV and digital news channels.
Associated Press:
Murder case behind Serial podcast phenomenon heads to appeals court  —  Baltimore reporter Sarah Koenig's investigation into a 2000 conviction is running in parallel with a legal process Adnan Syed's lawyer calls his ‘last best chance’  —  A 15-year-old murder case that landed a popular teenager …
Discussion: Jezebel
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
ESPN gives Janay Rice control over as-told-to piece  —  Transparency is abundant in the editor's note appended to ESPN's story of the long weekend.  It's a first-person essay by Janay Rice, wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended from the NFL for hitting …
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