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2:10 PM ET, October 28, 2014


 Top News: 
Lauren Goode / Re/code:
YouTube's Wojcicki says they're considering paid ad-free subscriptions, reaffirms a music service is on the way  —  Susan Wojcicki Wants to Sell You YouTube Video Subscriptions  —  YouTube is in the early stages of exploring new subscription services, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki told Re/code's Peter Kafka …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
HBO to Lay Off Over 150 Employees This Week (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Layoff fever is spreading at Time Warner.  —  Weeks after the conglom went public with job cuts at its Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting divisions, the HBO unit is expected to trim its own staff as well, according to sources.
Andrew Rice / New York Magazine:
Matt Taibbi has taken a leave of absence from First Look Media following dispute, says source  —  Matt Taibbi Disappears From Omidyar's First Look Media  —  Matt Taibbi, the star magazine writer hired earlier this year to start a satirical website for billionaire Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media …
Mike Carter / The Seattle Times:
FBI created fake Seattle Times Web page to nab bomb-threat suspect  —  The FBI created a fake news story on a bogus Seattle Times Web page to plant software in the computer of a suspect in a series of bomb threats to Timberline High School in 2007, documents reveal.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
David Gregory to Join Katie Couric for Election Special on Yahoo  —  David Gregory, who was replaced as host of NBC's “Meet the Press” in August, will appear in a Yahoo midterm election program with Katie Couric, the company said Tuesday.  —  Mr. Gregory has not formally joined Yahoo …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
The changing face of technology journalism  —  When a technology and science publication like Wired runs its own design conference, it's clear something is changing in the way the media world looks at technology.  —  Last month's California event, Wired By Design, was a two-day …
Discussion: @lauraelizdavis and @digiday
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Creates the Ben Bradlee Award for Courage in Journalism  —  Announcement from Fred Ryan, publisher, and Marty Baron, executive editor:  —  Over the past week, we have all been reflecting on the life and career of Ben Bradlee.  What emerges most clearly in all the recollections …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Kremlin-backed RT to launch UK TV news channel  —  Service, formerly known as Russia Today, has been criticised as a propaganda mouthpiece for the Russian government  —  Kremlin-backed RT is to launch a UK TV news channel.  —  The Kremlin-backed news channel Russia Today, or RT …
Discussion: @afshinrattansi and @jamieross7
Chris Johnston / The Guardian:
Former BBC and MSN executive Pete Clifton named PA editor-in-chief  —  Ex-editor of BBC News and BBC Sport websites to continue transformation of news agency into a multiplatform business  —  Pete Clifton has been appointed editor-in-chief of PA  —  The Press Association has appointed Pete Clifton …
Discussion: Guardian, Press Gazette and @marksweney
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Twitter Q3 MAU up 23% to 284M, a decline of 1% in growth compared to Q2; sales doubled to $361M, stock down more than 10% after hours  —  Twitter's Stock Drops as Its Struggles to Attract New Users Continue  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Dick Costolo, Twitter's chief executive …
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
One week later, Google algorithm change hits streaming, torrent sites hard  —  After early efforts in 2012, it appears Google's gotten the results it wanted.  —  Video streaming and torrent sites have dropped precipitously in Google rankings after the company altered its algorithm last Monday, according to reports from Searchmetrics.
Discussion: BGR and Business Insider
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Sun-Times owner says it's imitating BuzzFeed, Deadspin with national network of news sites
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Chicago Sun Times
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
USA Today, WSJ, NYT top U.S. newspapers by circulation
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Mail Online announces global expansion plans, is recruiting for a new international newsdesk
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
YouTube Space arrives in Brazil's São Paulo, its fifth video-production hub globally
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google News should favor news organizations that build trust by using clear standards, including citations and disclosures
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Amazon's crowdsourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, is now open for voting
Discussion: and VentureBeat
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
USA Today's Susan Page: Obama administration most ‘dangerous’ to media in history
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