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5:50 PM ET, October 28, 2014


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Sun-Times parent Wrapports launching 70 news sites and apps for US metros, aiming to build national news and ad network with local partners  —  The newsonomics of the Sun-Times national/local network play  —  Coming, officially today, to your hometown: A templatized, national/local …
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 …
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.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
No arrests or prosecutions were made in 90% of journalist murders over the last decade  —  CPJ: In almost all cases, journalists are still being killed with no consequences  —  On Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists released a report entitled “The Road to Justice …
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 …
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
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
FCC Kicks Off Push to Regulate Internet TV Services Like Cable  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler Tuesday circulated a proposal to regulate Internet TV providers like Aereo, a move that could make it easier for online video services to compete with cable providers.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Twitter and Etsy get high marks in report card on copyright and free speech  —  When it comes to balancing creative rights on the internet, companies like Twitter and Pinterest play an important role as middlemen.  How are they performing?  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation has expanded its …
Discussion: ZDNet and Techdirt
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Mail Online announces global expansion plans, is recruiting for a new international newsdesk
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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
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Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
One week later, Google algorithm change hits streaming, torrent sites hard
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Amazon's crowdsourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, is now open for voting
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
USA Today's Susan Page: Obama administration most ‘dangerous’ to media in history