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11:20 AM ET, November 20, 2014

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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)
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.
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Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
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.  —  She seemed committed, telling us that Valleywag was well-positioned …
Al Franken:
Sen. Al Franken asks Uber CEO Travis Kalanick for answers on privacy, God view tool, discipline for Emil Michael, and tracking journalists  —  Dear Mr Kalanick  —  I am writing in regard to reports of recent comments and actions by top Uber executives concerning journalists.
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Michael Wolff / USA Today:
BuzzFeed misled by suggesting everyone present at Uber dinner heard Emil Michael's remarks
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.
Corey Pein / Columbia Journalism Review:
Axel Springer chief predicts US will eventually join Europe in the fight against the dominance of Google, Facebook, and other tech titans  —  Mathias Döpfner, digital counterrevolutionary  —  Axel Springer chief predicts US will eventually join Europe in the fight against the dominance of Google, Facebook, and other tech titans
Discussion: @dgolumbia and @coreypein
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 …
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: PR Newswire and @thedomino
Steve Albini / Guardian:
Music producer Steve Albini discusses how the music industry is thriving on the internet, the death of labels, and copyright law  —  Steve Albini on the surprisingly sturdy state of the music industry - in full  —  The music producer, Shellac frontman and author of seminal 1993 essay …
Jackie Dove / The Next Web:
Moleskine launches Adobe Creative Cloud Connected Smart Notebook targeted to on-the-go designers  —  Even graphic designers who grew up in the digital age cannot help but be enamored by the tactile power of the pen-meets-paper workflow.  Moleskine gets that, and in response …
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.
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.
Discussion: Publishers Weekly and @raju
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?
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 …
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
War journalists ‘being targeted and silenced’, says Rory Peck Trust chief  —  Tina Carr warns of worst-ever conditions for freelance journalists as winners of the 2014 Rory Peck awards are announced  —  Freelance journalists are “being targeted and silenced more than ever” in warzones …
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.
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 …
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, DW.DE and RFA
 
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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
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Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
8tracks introducing recommendations to make the site more user-friendly to newcomers
Angela Doland / AdAge:
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Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
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Kim Willsher / Guardian:
French journalism school executive accused of plagiarism
Discussion: Poynter
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
NBC Pulls Bill Cosby Comedy Project Amid Rape Allegations
Dara Lind / Vox:
An interview with founder Neil Barsky and editor Bill Keller of The Marshall Project on the state of criminal justice journalism