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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Exodus of revived Valleywag's original team complete as Nitasha Tiku heads to The Verge to bolster Silicon Valley coverage  —  Valleywag Editor-in-Chief Nitasha Tiku Joins The Verge  —  Less than one month ago, Nitasha Tiku was promoted to Editor-in-Chief of Gawker's tech lifestyle section, Valleywag, in place of Sam Biddle.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Jeff Bezos Makes His Mark on Washington Post With New Kindle App  —  WASHINGTON — In recent months, The Washington Post has been worried about reducing cognitive overhead.  The phrase, borrowed from its new owner, the billionaire Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, refers to the number …
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Washington Post launches twice-daily tablet editions on Amazon Fire app  —  The Washington Post tablet app for Kindle Fire is a highly visual news experience aimed at a national and international readership.  It offers two editions a day, as well as updates for breaking news.  (The Washington Post)
Re/code:
Re/code drops comments on its site, noting that most discussion takes place on social media  —  A Note to Re/code Readers  —  Like all websites, Re/code is in a constant process of iteration.  So, starting today, you'll notice a few changes on our site, and we wanted to let you know about them.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Google launches Contributor, a subscription service that lets users contribute to participating sites and turn off Google ads  —  Google launches Contributor, a crowdfunding tool for publishers  —  Google is launching a new service for websites called Contributor, which allows users to sign …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
David Rhodes to head CBS News as Jeff Fager steps down as chairman  —  Jeff Fager has stepped down as chairman of CBS News, leaving full command of the news division to David Rhodes, two sources at the network told POLITICO on Thursday.  —  Fager, who spent four years as chairman …
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Jack Shafer on losing his job, and the state of things  —  I called up the legendary media critic Jack Shafer after word got out he'd been laid off at Reuters.  There was some idea of putting it all together into an article but he speaks too well for himself for us to publish it any other way than as a Q and A. So here you go.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Jennifer Preston on leaving The New York Times, joining the Knight Foundation, and spurring innovation in newsrooms  —  Jennifer Preston has plenty of experience in the journalism business: “I've worked as a city hall bureau chief, a circulation marketing manager, a deputy metro editor, a senior newsroom manager.
New York Times:
Huffington Post Is Said to Be in Talks to Host a Jill Abramson Journalism Start-Up  —  Jill Abramson, a former executive editor of The New York Times, and the journalist Steven Brill are in talks with The Huffington Post to host a new journalism site that would run long articles monthly …
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Betaworks Tries to Solve the Mobile Ad Unit Problem  —  Startup Factory Pivots Tapestry, Places Focus Completely on Advertising  —  Betaworks — the startup factory responsible for hits such as Dots, Chartbeat and Bitly — is throwing its hat into the advertising game, hoping it can build a better mobile ad unit.
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Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Apple partnering with Rubicon Project to sell iAds through company's automated marketplace
Discussion: SlashGear and AppleInsider
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Billboard Top 200 album chart will incorporate streaming data starting Dec. 3 from services including Spotify, Beats Music, Google Play, Xbox Music  —  Billboard, Changing the Charts, Will Count Streaming Services  —  Streaming music services like Spotify have brought big changes to the music industry.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Music agents rely on data to identify potential hits, entrenching repetitive, derivative songs  —  The Shazam Effect  —  Record companies are tracking download and search data to predict which new songs will be hits.  This has been good for business—but is it bad for music?
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Still Dominates Streaming, but Amazon Is Picking Up Steam  —  Netflix is still king of the video streamers, followed by YouTube.  But Amazon, which has lagged far behind for many years, is beginning to make a move.  —  That's the takeaway from a new report from Sandvine …
Sharky Laguana / Medium:
Change How Streaming Royalties Are Calculated And Save The Full-length Album While You Are At It  —  Change How Streaming Royalties Are Calculated And Save The Full-length Album While You Are At It  —  Streaming services, most notably Spotify (by far the largest) use what could be called …
Discussion: hypebot
Jason Lynch / Quartz:
Sorry, Netflix: Serial proves that the best shows shouldn't be binged on  —  It's Wednesday, and I can barely stand the anticipation.  After six agonizing days, I'm less than 24 hours away from being able to download a new episode of my newest obsession, and fall's most riveting, addictive show: the weekly podcast Serial.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Closed trial for Chinese journalist Gao Yu, facing a life sentence for leaking internal CCP documents, begins Nov. 21  —  Chinese journalist facing life sentence for leaking to magazine  —  Trial of Gao Yu, 70, will be held in secret  —  A 70-year-old Chinese journalist, Gao Yu …
Discussion: Human Rights Watch, RFA and DW.DE
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
A Tabloid ‘Fake Sheikh,’ Bane of Crooks and Royalty, Finds He's Now the Story  —  LONDON — Mazher Mahmood was 21 when he first posed as a wealthy sheikh.  A reporter from Birmingham, England, intent on exposing a prostitution ring at a local hotel, he donned a white robe he had bought …
Discussion: Spectator
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Oyster is launching a new online literary journal, to be called The Oyster Review  —  Oyster, the e-book subscription service, is getting into the content-creation game.  —  The service, which has been likened to a “Netflix for books,” has unveiled a new online, literary journal called The Oyster Review.
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
NBCUniversal invests in analytics startup Kensho for deeper news analysis and statistics at CNBC starting Thursday  —  A Partnership With CNBC Adds Context to Its News  —  Fans of CNBC will wake up on Thursday to see a new set of sophisticated analytics putting daily financial news into historical context.
Discussion: @thedomino and PR Newswire
Reporters Without Borders:
Freedom of information in decline for past two years in Iceland  —  What with an interior ministry official seeking jail terms for two journalists in a criminal libel prosecution and major budget cuts for public TV and radio stations that the ruling coalition has accused of bias …
John McCarthy / The Drum:
Ofcom to reclaim digital TV airwaves for mobile broadband to meet growing on-the-move data demand  —  Broadcast regulator Ofcom has announced that it will transfer some of the radio bandwidth allocated to digital TV to mobile data carriers to meet the growing demand for data.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
MailOnline to change to DailyMail.com in US for brand recognition, higher ad revenue  —  MailOnline Wins Readers, Will Target Profit  —  Aggregation Approach, Focus on Scandal and Celebrities Pay Off  —  MailOnline, the website of Britain's Daily Mail tabloid newspaper …
 
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Digital Book World:
Simon & Schuster Strips “Buy It Now” Requirement from Library Ebook Program
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Liat Clark / Wired.co.uk:
Human rights groups release open-source Detekt anti-surveillance software for activists, journalists; available for free, only on Windows for now
David L. Ulin / Los Angeles Times:
2014 National Book Awards go to Phil Klay, Evan Osnos, Ursula Le Guin
Discussion: GalleyCat and Guardian
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
8tracks introducing recommendations to make the site more user-friendly to newcomers
Steve Albini / Guardian:
Music producer Steve Albini discusses how the music industry is thriving on the internet, the death of labels, and copyright law
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Al Franken:
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Angela Doland / AdAge:
For the First Time, TV Will Account For Less Than Half of China's Ad Spending This Year
Kim Willsher / Guardian:
French journalism school executive accused of plagiarism
Discussion: Poynter