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6:30 PM ET, May 15, 2014


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
What Might Leadership Change Mean for Times Readers?  —  Secrets don't normally last long at newspapers.  But this was different: Most of the hundreds who gathered in the Times newsroom Wednesday afternoon were stunned by Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr.'s announcement that Jill Abramson had been fired.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Sulzberger: ‘Not true’ that Abramson's compensation package was less than Keller's  —  New York Times publisher and Times Company chairman Arthutr Sulzberger Jr. hit back Thursday at a report the previous day suggesting part of the reason he fired executive editor Jill Abramson …
Amanda Hess / Slate:
Jill Abramson was everything to young women at the New York Times.  —  “Every executive editor stands on the shoulders of others,” Jill Abramson told the New York Times newsroom when she was named the newspaper's executive editor in September 2011.  But not all shoulders are the same.
Rebecca Traister / The New Republic:
Jill Abramson's Firing Was Singularly Humiliating  —  Trying to explain a singularly humiliating firing  —  So far, accounts of why Jill Abramson, the first woman executive editor of The New York Times, was abruptly fired on Wednesday, don't leave us with a firm sense of what happened.
Chadwick Matlin / FiveThirtyEight:
Jill Abramson Wouldn't Be the Only Female Editor to Face a Pay Gap  —  On Wednesday afternoon, The New York Times replaced Jill Abramson as editor-in-chief.  She had been on the job for less than three years, and the newsroom was caught off guard: … Among media wags, the question quickly became why Abramson was dismissed.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
NYT mishandles firing of executive editor, forces own reporters to rely on anonymous sources  —  The New York Times Is Run by a Human PR Disaster  —  The New York Times, and in particular its publisher, Pinch “Pinch” Sulzberger Jr., is taking a lot of flack for abruptly firing editor Jill Abramson yesterday.
Rachel Sklar / Medium:
Abramson was treated shockingly badly, but still walks away with power and a legacy
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times: Abramson's compensation ‘was not less than’ Bill Keller's
Myles Tanzer / BuzzFeed:
Internal NYT report on digital publishing: weak support systems, neglect of social promotion, editors “unfamiliar with the web”, more  —  Exclusive: Times Internal Report Painted Dire Digital Picture  —  “Our journalism advantage is shrinking,” a committee led by the publisher's son warned.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
The homepage is dead, and the social web has won—even at the New York Times  —  Traffic to the New York Times homepage fell by half in the last two years, according to the newspaper's internal review of its digital strategy.  Here's the very stark chart:  —  That's not necessarily …
Richard Prince / Quartz:
Yes, it's a huge deal to have a black journalist run the New York Times  —  It's a long time since 1945, when the New York Times hired George Streator as its first African American reporter.  Streator's tenure did not end happily.  In their 1999 book, The Trust, Susan E. Tifft and Alex S. Jones write …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The unceremonial rise of Dean Baquet
Discussion: New York Times and Vox
Guardian, Associated Press and local Missouri papers sue state over lethal injection secrecy  —  Guardian challenges lethal injection secrecy in landmark Missouri lawsuit  —  Challenge brought by Guardian, AP and three newspapers says US public has a right to know about how drugs are being used
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC votes for Internet “fast lanes,” but could change its mind later  —  Chairman: “There is one Internet: Not a fast internet.  Not a slow Internet.”  —  The Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor of a preliminary proposal to allow Internet “fast lanes,” …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Huffington Post Founders Settle Lawsuit Over Its Origins  —  A three-year-old lawsuit over the origins of the Huffington Post, involving claims that stretch back over a decade, has been quietly settled.  —  Arianna Huffington and her cofounder, Ken Lerer, have insisted all along that Daou …
Discussion: Gigaom and PETER DAOU
Jonathan Zittrain / New York Times:
Don't Force Google to ‘Forget’  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — THE European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that Europeans have a limited “right to be forgotten” by search engines like Google.  According to the ruling, an individual can compel Google to remove certain reputation-harming search results …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Fox and Apollo Global Management in talks on TV joint venture  —  Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and the private equity firm Apollo Global Management have entered into a preliminary agreement to create a joint venture consisting of several leading television production companies, people familiar with the matter said.
Veteran business journalist named new director of Reynolds Center  —  Micheline Maynard, Reynolds Center Director  —  Micheline Maynard, a former New York Times senior business correspondent, will be the new director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism …
Discussion: Poynter
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Warner, Universal, Sony Buy Stakes in Music App Shazam  —  Shazam Entertainment, the music-identification app, landed small investments from the world's biggest record companies, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Warner Music Group owner Access Industries …
Todd Spangler / Variety:   NCM to Bring Disney's Maker, Twitter, Shazam and Grammys to In-Theater Ad Network
Charlotte Higgins / Guardian:
The big beasts who shaped the BBC  —  It has had 16 directors general since 1922, and each one has imprinted his personality on the corporation - but what makes a good leader of such a huge institution?  And can they ever escape the fateful twist of politics?  Charlotte Higgins reports
Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
Barbara Walters retires: So long to one of America's last great listeners  —  TV newswoman Barbara Walters retires from on-air work this week on “The View” and ABC News, having lived and broadcast so long in the mass media age that she outlasted the term “newswoman.”
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Agence France-Presse:
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Discussion: MyBroadband and Financial Times
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast, Charter Appoint Cable Veteran Michael Willner CEO of Spinoff MSO
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Sacked BBC technology boss claims he was the fall guy for £100m DMI debacle
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Police didn't publicise scale of hacking to protect victims, says NoW reporter
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Trinity Mirror reports 3 per cent revenue decline and notes ongoing investigation into hacking at Mirror titles
Mercy Pilkington / Good E-Reader:
IndieReader Launches First of Its Kind App and eBookstore for Self-Published Works
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear: ‘We are like an ant versus Goliath when it comes to the BBC’
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC pay offer of 1% ‘completely unacceptable’ say trade unions
S.P. / Economist:
French newspapers: Blood on the cutting room floor
Discussion: New York Times
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Contextly Launches Its Editorial Tools To Find “Related Content” That's Actually Related
Discussion: Context
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
David Miranda allowed to appeal against ruling on Heathrow detention
Jack Shafer:
The (misguided) passion of Glenn Greenwald
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
James Risen Recalls ‘Game Of Chicken’ With New York Times Editors To Reveal NSA Spying
Discussion: RT and Washington Post
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Walmart's Vudu Now Allows UltraViolet Users To Share Their Movies With Up To Five Friends