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6:11 PM ET, May 14, 2014


 Top News: 
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Jill Abramson unexpectedly leaving as executive editor at NYT, to be replaced by Dean Baquet  —  Jill Abramson Being Replaced as Top Editor at Times  —  Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times, is unexpectedly leaving the position and will be replaced by Dean Baquet …
Ken Auletta / Currency:
NYT's Abramson was fired after confronting Sulzberger about being paid less than predecessor  —  Why Jill Abramson Was Fired  —  At the annual City University Journalism School dinner, on Monday, Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the New York Times, was seated at the table of Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the paper's publisher.
Nathalie Tadena / Wall Street Journal:
NYT Readers Spend Same Amount of Time on Paid Posts as News Stories  —  Readers of the New York Times are spending roughly the same amount of time on advertiser-sponsored posts as on news stories, according to Meredith Levien, the executive vice president of advertising for The Times.
Discussion: PandoDaily
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Cord cutters use 7x more bandwidth than cable TV watchers - Sandvine  —  Here's a question that may be increasingly relevant for some of you: If you don't pay for cable, and you get all your video from the Internet instead, how much bandwidth do you eat up each month?  —  Quite a bit, it turns out.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time Inc. execs line up at spinoff trough  —  As Time Inc. insiders brace for a new round of pre-spinoff layoffs that are expected to begin next week, recently unveiled numbers show the top brass at the publisher are not sharing in the pain.  —  Norman Pearlstine, the executive vice president …
Discussion: MediaWire Daily
Howard Finberg / Poynter:
Why newsrooms don't embrace digital tools  —  Many newsrooms in the U.S. are still not taking advantage of the low-cost digital tools for gathering and distributing journalism, even when journalists and producers know about the alternatives to traditional technologies.
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Sony Pictures buys film rights to Glenn Greenwald's book on Snowden and the NSA revelations  —  Sony Pictures Buys Film Rights to Book on Snowden  —  LOS ANGELES — After a long, slow haul, the film rights to Glenn Greenwald's book about Edward J. Snowden and his revelations …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:   Greenwald to Colbert: Next NSA story will make ‘biggest impact’
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Washington Post cites resources and editorial judgment for not covering Amazon-Hachette fight  —  Pressure on Post to cover Amazon-Hachette  —  The Washington Post is drawing attention from media critics who question whether the paper's new owner Jeff Bezos is influencing coverage of his company Amazon.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The New York Times has a (lovely) new cooking site … Spring is apparently new-product-launch season at the Times: Barely a month past the debut of NYT Now, along comes its new cooking site.  (In various reports over the past year, it's been referred to as a food product, a dining product …
Discussion: @jbenton
Charlotte Higgins / Guardian:
From David Kelly to Jimmy Savile, how does the BBC deal with a crisis?  —  The Smith review into the handling of the Savile allegations, leading to the demise of its director general, is just the latest scandal to hit the corporation  —  On Thursday 29 January 1987, Alasdair Milne …
Discussion: @charliebeckett and @peterjukes
Le Monde editor quits after power struggle with top staff  —  Natalie Nougayrede says she is stepping down from role at French newspaper after ‘personal and direct attacks’  —  Natalie Nougayrede, the first female editor-in-chief of the prestigious French daily Le Monde …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Chartbeat launches paid-content tools to help publishers get better at native advertising  —  Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile built his analytical service — originally part of New York's Betaworks incubator, but later spun off as a separate entity — because he wanted to help publishers figure …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Media academic attacks press campaign against The Guardian over Snowden leaks  —  Media professor Julian Petley has written a lengthy assessment of the way in which The Guardian's revelations NSA and GCHQ surveillance were covered by the rest of the press.  —  “The State journalism is in …
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Amazon Studios director Roy Price talks about making good TV for the web  —  How to make good TV for the web, according to Amazon  —  Amazon Studios director Roy Price explains why certain shows succeed, whether to launch every episode of a show at the same time, how much a good show costs …
Sara Morrison / Columbia Journalism Review:
Promise, and potential pitfalls, as Alaska Dispatch and the Anchorage Daily News merge - See more at: project/alaska_dispatch_anchorage_daily _ news_merger.php#sthash.RsRjGqZw.dpuf  —  Promise, and potential pitfalls, as Alaska Dispatch and the Anchorage Daily News merge
Mary Ann Badavi / The Atlantic Online:
Choire Sicha, co-founder of The Awl, shares his concerns about how we digest information online  —  Choire Sicha, co-founder of The Awl, shares his concerns about how we digest information online.  —  “You want [writers] to flower into their floweriness,” said Choire Sicha, smiling slyly at the audience at last week's New York Ideas.
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Chromecast Available In Korea, Its First Asian Market  —  Google's Chromecast has launched in Asia for the first time-but it's currently only available in Korea.  In a post on its Asia Pacific blog, the company explained that Korea was chosen because of the country's high mobile penetration rate.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
London Live TV company ESTV lost more than £1m in 13 months  —  New figures reveal Evening Standard owner Alexander Lebedev and his son Evgeny invested £2m to help set up service  —  The company behind the London Live TV channel has reported a loss of more than £1m …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Gavin J. Blair / Hollywood Reporter:
Sony Annual Film Profit Down 1.6 Percent, Movies Partially Offset by TV  —  “After Earth” was one of the underperforming titles that hit Sony Pictures' profitability for the year  —  After hits like “Skyfall” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” in the previous year, the film arm was hit by the flops of …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NowThis News, a leader in mobile/social/video, shifts its strategy and its personnel  —  So what's going on with NowThis News?  —  Less than two years old, NowThis News immediately grabbed attention for what seems like a bold new proposition for news: short digital video that was built for mobile devices and social media.
Discussion: CNN and Re/code
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
The ‘new feminists’ of Joanna Cole's Cosmopolitan  —  When Cosmopolitan took home a National Magazine Award for public service journalism—the first ASME recognition in the magazine's almost 50-year history—the news echoed through headlines as signal of the state of things …
Discussion: The New York Observer
Robert Andrews / Beet.TV:
Roku Adding 90+ Channels Every Month  —  Over-the-top online video and TV device maker Roku is adding more digital channels to its gadgets whilst building out an advertising business to augment its original paid video background.  —  “We're launching over 90 channels a month,” business development VP Scott Rosenberg tells Beet.TV.
Newspaper mastheads up even though print readership down  —  Many of Australia's major newspapers have upped their masthead audiences, even though fewer people are reading the print editions.  —  Seven out of the ten main capital city daily newspapers increased their masthead audiences …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Mozilla reluctantly bows to industry pressure, adopts DRM tech required to watch Netflix video
Discussion: @stshank and The Mozilla Blog
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World royal editor: I hacked Kate Middleton 155 times
Reporters Without Borders:
Special court begins hearing contempt charges against two journalists
Discussion: New York Times
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Popcorn Time Is Now On Android  —  Hollywood's worst nightmare just went mobile.
Discussion: ZDNet, The Next Web and Ubergizmo
 Earlier Picks: 
Emma Hall / AdAge:
WPP leads acquisitions race with 6 tech firms and 10 marketing/communications companies bought in Q1 2014
Discussion: MediaWire Daily
Bradley Campbell / PRI:
Orwellian threats caused the New York Times to spike a story on NSA spying way back in 2004