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6:20 PM ET, September 15, 2015


 Top News: 
James Warren / Poynter:
One week after ouster of Los Angeles Times publisher Austin Beutner, 80 positions to be cut in Tribune newspapers  —  Big cuts coming to L.A. Times, likely other Tribune papers amid tumult  —  Significant newsroom cuts are being planned at the Los Angeles Times one week after the ouster of its publisher.
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Two-thirds of Wired's revenue is digital, and brand content is why  —  The sponsored content market is packed to the gills with publishers looking to carve out their own niche in the space.  A core part of Wired's formula: tapping its community of editorial freelancers.
Discussion: @raju, @rafat and Media Wire Daily
Garrett Quinn / Boston Magazine:
Layoffs hit, with number estimated by sources as in the “high teens”  —  Bloody Tuesday at as Staffers Get Walking Papers  —  The turbulence at the Boston Globe-owned site continues.  —  A number of staffers at were given their walking papers on Tuesday according to multiple sources.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A profile of The Conversation, an online-only Australian news site with three international editions, for US, UK, and Africa  —  With writing by academics and underwriting from universities, The Conversation finds its place  —  In a basement at the Boston University College of Communication …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
S. Mitra Kalita, managing editor for editorial strategy, talks about how the LA Times is using new beats like Black Twitter and platforms like Snapchat  —  California dreaming: How the L.A. Times is introducing new beats and platforms to grow its audience  —  When the Los Angeles Times announced …
Discussion: @ylichterman
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cable network Epix announces offline viewing on its mobile apps for subscribers, available later this month  —  Take That, Netflix: Epix to Launch Offline Movie Viewing  —  Premium cable network Epix later this month will let subscribers watch movies on mobile devices when they're not connected …
Discussion: /Film, TechCrunch and CNET
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The New Yorker Minute newsletter condenses the magazine's must-reads  —  There is a solution to the problem of your giant stack of unread New Yorker magazines  —  The New Yorker was never a quick read, but nowadays it seems to take longer to get through an issue than ever.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Lawsuit against Twitter alleges that auto-link shortening in direct messages violates privacy laws, seeks class action status  —  Twitter Hit With Class Action Lawsuit for Eavesdropping on Direct Messages  —  Lawsuit targets algorithms that “intercept” and replace links.
Evie Nagy / Fast Company:
Creator of Dash Radio, Scott Keeney, says Apple's Beats 1 borrowed his idea; he thinks both can succeed  —  The DJ Behind Dash Radio Believes Apple Swiped His Idea For Beats 1—And That's A Good Thing  —  When Apple introduced its revamped Apple Music ecosystem in June …
Discussion: @realmandyrain, Thanks:@joncappetta
Andy / TorrentFreak:
FBI and Department of Justice shutter ShareBeast, the largest illegal file-sharing site operating in the US according to the RIAA  —  FBI Seizes Domains Of Two Pre-Release Music Sites  —  As efforts to hinder file-sharing sites gather pace around the world, in Europe in particular, criminal actions in the U.S. remain relatively rare.
Sam Kimball / Columbia Journalism Review:
After a 10-year ban and a hunger strike, one Moroccan journalist is getting back to work  —  In the courtyard of his 19th century Andalusian house among the winding alleyways of the city of Tetouan, in Morocco's verdant Rif Mountains, journalist Ali Lmrabet, 55, types slowly on his laptop …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Esquire Puts 82 Years of Past Issues Online in New Subscription Archive … This week, Esquire is publishing its one thousandth issue.  To commemorate the event, people can now pay to read every article and view every iconic photo from all issues on the Web.
Discussion: Folio
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Techmeme at 10: Lessons from a decade in the aggregation business  —  Techmeme celebrated its tenth birthday on September 12, and founder Gabe Rivera took the occasion to look back at how the site works and how it has stayed independent.  If you're a media or tech reporter …
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David Lieberman / Deadline:
Funny or Die CEO Dick Glover leaving to become CEO for Mandalay Sports Media
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
Nick Cumming-Bruce / New York Times:
Brother of Jason Rezaian, the Reporter Held in Iran, Appeals to U.N. Panel
Discussion: Washington Post and @rickgladstone
John Koblin / New York Times:
CBS Head of Entertainment Nina Tassler is stepping down, will be replaced by Glenn Geller
Discussion: Deadline, Ad Age and Hollywood Reporter
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BBC's Tony Hall defends TV chief over ‘luvvies’ letter' as Tory MP urges inquiry
Bloomberg Business:
Liberty Global and Vodafone struggle to find common ground in merger talks
Discussion: @gavinsblog
Vivienne Zeng / Hong Kong Free Press:
China's Southern Metropolis Daily prints full page of black ink after advertiser buys space to protest new digital media advertising laws