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8:45 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 …
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 …
Rafat Ali /
Why It Is Time For A Vertical Media Collective  —  For all the hype that media loves to shower on itself, vertical media companies, outlets and startups are the invisible middle child that everyone ignores.  Even media reporters writing at vertical media outlets ignore it …
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.
Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:
Verizon's tech news site SugarString won't let writers report on US spying or net neutrality  —  Verizon is launching a tech news site that bans stories on U.S. spying  —  Verizon is getting into the news business.  What could go wrong?  —  The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Tumblr adds autoplaying video ads to dashboards; 11 brands including Lexus and Universal Pictures signed up at launch  —  Tumblr Queues Up Autoplay Video Ads to Hit $100 Million Revenue Mark  —  Universal Pictures, JCPenney, Lexus Among 10 Launch Advertisers
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
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Mike Carter / The Seattle Times:
FBI created fake Seattle Times Web page to nab bomb-threat suspect
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google News should favor news organizations that build trust by using clear standards, including citations and disclosures
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
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
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