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4:20 PM ET, October 29, 2014


 Top News: 
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
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
PBS NewsHour Enters Partnership With The Atlantic Magazine  —  The Atlantic magazine is teaming up with PBS's “NewsHour” in a pact that will produce the first regular broadcast adaptation rof reporting from the periodical, which focuses on long-form journalism and ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Geoffrey King / Committee to Protect Journalists:
For journalists coming into US, policies border on the absurd  —  I was only supposed to be in Miami for the briefest of layovers.  I was en route to San Francisco from São Paulo in Brazil, where I had participated in the NETMundial Conference on Internet governance along with hundreds …
Discussion: @cpjinternet
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Behind The Scenes, Storyful Exposes Viral Hoaxes For News Outlets  —  Listen to the Story  —  At most news organizations, journalists celebrate when they get a story in print, on air or online.  —  At Storyful, editors high-five when they knock a story down.
Discussion: @mjbroersma, @mjenkins and
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 …
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
MPAA and National Association of Theatre Owners Ban Google Glass, Other Wearable Tech  —  Glasses, smartwatches and other devices must be turned off and stowed  —  Don't plan on being able to wear your Google Glass or smartwatch when heading to the movies.
Discussion: Washington Post and Ars Technica
Robert Mackey / New York Times:
Cantlie/ISIS video raises ethical questions about broadcasting material produced by kidnappers  —  Echoes of Patty Hearst in Kobani  —  A propaganda video released on Monday by Islamic State militants in Syria, recorded in the besieged city of Kobani and narrated by a hostage …
Discussion: @ravisomaiya
Berivan Orucoglu / Foreign Policy:
Turkish government wants Twitter to remove current, future accounts for Today's Zaman editor  —  Turkey's Twitter Wars Heat Up  —  As the Turkish government continues to squeeze freedom of expression, many Turks have found themselves resorting increasingly to social media in order to learn what's going on in their country.
Jonathan Kaiman / Guardian:
Hong Kong protests bring crisis of confidence for traditional media  —  Young turn to social media as newspapers and TV stations owned by local tycoons take care not to offend mainland China  —  Every time Alice Lau visits Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests, she wears two photo ID badges …
Discussion: @dangillmor and @tomgrundy
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
How Harvard Business Review wins social media  —  The phrase “clickable content” is unlikely to bring to mind thrilling headlines from the Harvard Business Review.  Despite a redesign four years ago, the niche business publication has fought a reputation of being an academic journal for the business elite …
Diana Marszalek / NetNewsCheck:
Alt Weeklies Plan To Launch Online Radio  —  To try to grow its members' reach — and revenue — the Association of Alternative Newsmedia early next year plans to launch an online radio station that reflects the medium's tradition of being “scrappy, entrepreneurial and willing to push.”
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Australia Channel Replaces ABC's Australia Network  —  HONG KONG — The Australia Channel will take to the airwaves in international markets in a place previously occupied by the Australia Network, which closed definitively at the end of September.  The...
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Google Play Movies is getting second-screen smarts for Chromecast  —  What that guy's name again?  Wasn't he in that other movie too?  Google Play Movies users can now find relevant information in the app's new second-screen experience as they watch a flick on the big screen.
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 …
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Jacob Gershman / Wall Street Journal:
Unmasking Yelp Users Would Hurt Free Speech, Warn Google and Facebook
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E.J. Boyer / Nashville Business Journal:
YouTube heads deeper into music territory, announcing new partnership with Country Music Association
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Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Twitter launches website to track the U.S. 2014 election, will share data with its news partners
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK newspaper ad revenue returns to growth as digital income surges
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Cash-Rich Asian Companies Are Looking To Pour Money Into Hollywood
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Patrick Howell O'Neill / The Daily Dot:
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