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1:25 PM ET, September 15, 2015

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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.
Discussion: LA Observed and @jimwarren55
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: Media Wire Daily and @rafat
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
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Twitter Hit With Class Action Lawsuit for Eavesdropping on Direct Messages  —  Lawsuit targets algorithms that “intercept” and replace links.  —  To most Twitter users, URL link shorteners are a convenient way to stuff more into a 140 character message.  But a proposed class action lawsuit filed …
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 …
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 …
John Koblin / New York Times:
CBS Head of Entertainment Nina Tassler is stepping down, will be replaced by Glenn Geller  —  Nina Tassler, CBS's Head of Entertainment, Is Stepping Down  —  Nina Tassler, the longtime head of entertainment programming at CBS, is stepping down at the end of the year, the network said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Deadline and Hollywood Reporter
Jeremy Barr / Politico:
Huffington Post to publish 59K word “DocuSerial” from Steven Brill, over 15 days  —  Steven Brill's next project: 59,000 words in 15 days  —  At 26,000 words, Steven Brill's 2013 exposé into the health care industry was referred to as the longest single-authored piece in the history of Time magazine.
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: Esquire
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.
Discussion: The New York Observer
 
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Discussion: @gavinsblog
Vivienne Zeng / Hong Kong Free Press:
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Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
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Discussion: PCWorld and New York Times
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