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12:20 PM ET, October 29, 2014


 Top News: 
Pierre Omidyar / First Look Media:
Magazine journalist Matt Taibbi has left Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media: “Our differences were never about editorial independence”  —  Important Announcement  —  I regret to announce that after several weeks of discussions, Matt Taibbi has left First Look.  We wish him well.
Andrew Rice / New York Magazine:
Matt Taibbi leaves First Look Media after disagreements with management
Wolfgang Blau / Guardian:
Guardian US launches responsive, redesigned website with flexible section pages  —  Welcome to the new Guardian US  —  We are proud to introduce our 27 million American readers to the new US edition of today.  Take a look around and let us know what you think
Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing:
Guardian executive digital editor: ‘The decline of print is an absolute given.’  —  Despite all the signs to the contrary, many in the newspaper business still hold on to the idea that print will have a big role to play in the long-term future of news organisations.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Digital chief Denise Warren leaves the Times  —  Denise Warren, The New York Times' digital chief and a 26-year veteran, is leaving the company as a result of what Times brass described as “organizational changes.”  —  Warren has served as executive vice president of digital products and services since April 2013.
Theo Padnos / New York Times:
Theo Padnos, American Journalist, on Being Kidnapped, Tortured and Released in Syria  —  My Captivity: A Journalist's Years in Syria  —  In 2012, Theo Padnos, an American journalist, was kidnapped by the Nusra Front.  After months of beatings and torture, he was certain he would be executed.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Scotsman titles to merge with up to 45 job losses  —  Johnston Press announces flagship daily will share operations with Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News  —  The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Edinburgh Evening News are to merge operations with the loss of up to 45 jobs.
Discussion: The Guardian
Sarah Hartley / Prolific North:
Johnston Press ‘near doubling’ of mobile audience alongside revenue decline
Brewster / Internet Archive Blogs:
Internet Archive launches new tools to open archiving process to media-based communities  —  Building Libraries Together: New Tools for a New Direction  —  Let's work together to save all human knowledge.  Today the Internet Archive is announcing a new beta site and new tools to encourage everyone to lend a hand.
The Moscow Times:   Russia Bans Wayback Machine Internet Archive Over Islamic State Video
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson alleges network suppressed stories on ‘corporate partners’  —  CBS News declined to comment on the allegations below.  —  In an astonishing media tour following her resignation from CBS News last spring, correspondent Sharyl Attkisson sat …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
British Broadcaster Sky Invests $7 Million In YouTube Video Network Whistle Sports  —  Sky (BSkyB) is best known as a British satellite broadcaster, but it is increasingly becoming a startup investor after it announced its third deal in a month.  Fresh from putting $5 million …
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iranian journalists detained after reporting on acid attacks  —  Hardliners criticise news agency's coverage of assaults on women in city of Isfahan  —  Iranian authorities, irked by the scale of public outrage about a string of acid attacks in the city of Isfahan, have turned on the media …
E.J. Boyer / Nashville Business Journal:
YouTube heads deeper into music territory, announcing new partnership with Country Music Association  —  The Country Music Association is doubling down on its music-tech efforts, launching a partnership with the Google-owned video sharing service YouTube.  —  The new partnership …
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Twitter launches website to track the U.S. 2014 election, will share data with its news partners  —  Twitter is launching a new dashboard with data on the 2014 elections in the U.S. As a part of the project Twitter will be teaming up and sharing data with USA Today, MSNBC, Bloomberg, and KUSA-TV Denver for news coverage.
Discussion: The Twitter Blog
Paul Mooney / Reuters:
Myanmar journalist killed by army was former bodyguard of Suu Kyi  —  (Reuters) - A Myanmar journalist who was killed in army custody this month was once a democracy activist and a bodyguard for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, his wife said on Tuesday, adding she fears she won't be able …
Agence France-Presse:
Kosovo journalist stabbed by man ‘unhappy’ at being in report  —  A Kosovo journalist was stabbed at his desk on Monday by a man apparently unhappy with the way he had been portrayed in a report, police said.  —  Milot Hasimja was attacked at the private Klan Kosova television headquarters in Pristina, a police spokesman said.
Shelli Weinstein / Variety:
History Channel to Launch Online Course for College Credit  —  The college classroom is embracing television, as A&E Network's History channel has partnered with the University of Oklahoma to offer the very first television network-branded online course for credit.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK newspaper ad revenue returns to growth as digital income surges  —  Online ad spend a major factor behind second annual increase since 2007, with total figure set to rise 1% to £1.42bn in 2015  —  Digital ad spend across UK newspapers is predicted to rise 19.5% in 2014, says the Advertising Association.
Discussion: allmediascotland and The Drum
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Why the newspaper industry is leaving six-month circulation reports behind  —  For several years now, the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM) has been reporting more and more detail on print and digital audience numbers for individual newspaper organizations while saying less and less about the industry as a whole.
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Discussion: ZDNet and Techdirt