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Morning Media Newsfeed: Google News Axed in Spain | Sony Execs Apologize for Emails

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Google News to Shut Down in Spain Over ‘Google Tax’ (Mashable)
Google said Thursday it will shut down its Google News service in Spain to prevent publishers’ content from appearing on it — ahead of a new law requiring the Internet search company to pay Spanish news organizations for linked content or snippets of news. NYT / Bits The website, which compiles headlines and summaries of news articles from various sources, will go dark in Spain on Dec. 16. Google plans to shut the site there in protest of the new law. The rules, which come into force in January, do not specify how much Google and others like Yahoo! News would have to pay per article. But they carry a potential one-time $750,000 fine if companies do not comply with the law. WSJ / Digits Google also is removing Spanish publishers from Google News world-wide. Those publications will still show up in general Google searches, but that’s less significant than it appears. That’s because the news “cluster” that appears with many general search results is fed by Google News. So if Spanish publishers are excluded from Google News, they won’t appear in the news cluster of ordinary search results — meaning much less traffic from Google. GigaOM Spain is not the first European country to pass a so-called ancillary copyright law — Germany did so in March 2013 — but Spain’s version is much more heavy-handed. Variety In Germany, the ancillary copyright law, introduced in July after lobbying by VG Media and backed by Axel Springer, obliged Google to pay publishers for news snippet texts on its search engine. After Google News removed the snippets from its search engine, traffic to publishers’ websites fell by 40 percent over two weeks. VG Media was forced to authorize the snippets. Demonstrating Google’s massive market power, Axel Springer CEO Mathias Dopfer dubbed its move to charge for snippets “the most successful failure in our history.”

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Mike Hofman Named Exec Digital Director of GQ

Mike Hofman has been named GQ’s executive digital director. Hofman comes to GQ from Glamour, where he held the same role. Prior to Glamour he served as editor of Inc.com from 2008 to 2011.

“With a proven track record of finding new and inventive ways to capitalize on smart web-centric content, Mike strikes the perfect balance of valuing great editorial ideas and applying those across various and ever-changing platforms” said GQ‘s editor Jim Nelson, in a statement. “As we move into 2015 our agenda is clear: make our digital presence faster, smarter, more nimble, and ultimately more engaging.”

Hofman’s appointment is effective December 15.

Dave Chappelle Covers GQ

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Dave Chappelle — you remember him, right? — is the latest GQ cover dude.

In an interview, the 41-year-old comedian says that he’d like to be a zombie on The Walking Dead and discusses how he used to buy pot from Idris Elba. We know you’re interested now.

Morning Media Newsfeed: YouTube Launches Paid Music Service | FNC Special Tops Tuesday

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YouTube Music Streaming Service Launches in Beta (SocialTimes)
YouTube music has faced some challenges lately; the company lost its product manager over the summer and had disagreements with indie music labels. While news of its music offering leaked in August, Google didn’t want to launch the new service until it reached a deal with indie labels. In a bid to compete with streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, Google is finally rolling out YouTube Music Key in invitation-only beta. Re/code The company is overhauling the free version of its Android app, and next week it’ll start inviting some of its users to try a new subscription feature, which it’s building into its Android and iOS apps. GigaOM For early adopters, it will cost $7.99 per month with the first six months free, and eventually it will cost $9.99 per month, the same price as Spotify Premium. YouTube Music Key’s banner feature is that it gives subscribers the ability to listen to music without ads, as well as run YouTube as a background app on mobile devices, allowing users to listen to YouTube videos while playing a game or locking their home screen. THR With the monthly fee, users also receive access to a Google Play Music subscription, which offers more than 30 million songs and playlists for streaming. Beginning Wednesday, YouTube is also rolling out new music features for free, ad-supported music video viewing. YouTube also plans to make it easier to find an artist’s discography through their official music videos and other songs uploaded to the streamer, so a user can play a full album straight through. NYT With its new service, YouTube hopes to reform its reputation in the music industry as a phenomenal free site to promote songs, but one that pays a pittance in royalties. As YouTube pushes into paid content, other online music outlets — under considerable pressure from the recording industry — are being forced to defend or change their business models to better compensate artists.

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GQ Cuts Five

CondeNast304x200As Condé Nast continues its migration to One World Trade Center, the company has lightened the load. According to The New York Post, GQ has cut five staffers on its digital side, including multimedia editor Kevin Sintumuang. Sintumuang had served at GQ since 2012.

This just the latest round of layoffs that began in early October, when Condé cut 50 staffers. The company also recently restructured its digital leadership team, and in doing so added Fred Santarpia as chief digital officer and cut CTO Joe Simon.

Additionally, Condé made Style.com’s editor and publisher report to Vogue’s editor and publisher.

Morning Media Newsfeed: CBS Launches Web Service | Guardian Accuses Whisper of Tracking

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CBS ‘All Access’ Includes Local Stations in Subscription Service (TVSpy)
CBS Thursday announced the launch of “CBS All Access,” a digital subscription service that allows viewers — with or without a pay TV subscription — access to CBS programs, live TV, and CBS’ owned-and-operated stations. LostRemote The service is available for $5.99 a month. At the time of launch, consumers in 14 cities will have live access to their local CBS stations, allowing them to stream programs as they air. CBS News The service is accessible through CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android. THR In addition to serving up current-season episodes the day after they air, it will offer previous seasons of several CBS-owned shows as well as a vast library of classic CBS series. The service is planned to be added to connected TVs at a later date. All Access marks a considerable move for a network that has long been selective with regard to its digital dealings, famously staying out of the Hulu pact its broadcast rivals made many years earlier. Capital New York On Wednesday, HBO announced that its HBO Go service would be available to all customers next year. The service, which provides access to HBO’s current programming and shows from the past, is currently only available to HBO subscribers.

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Matthew Schnipper Joins GQ

GQ has added Matthew Schnipper as a senior editor. He comes to the magazine from The Verge, where he served as deputy managing editor since March. Previously, Schnipper had served as editor-in-chief of The Fader.

At GQ, Schnipper will oversee style coverage on GQ.com. He’ll work closely with style editor Will Welch and creative director Jim Moore.

“Matt brings a wonderful wealth of knowledge, not to mention an award winning resume, to the GQ team,” said GQ’s editor, Jim Nelson, in a statement. “He’ll be instrumental in guiding, expanding and perfecting our style coverage on GQ.com.”

GQ Adds Culture Writer, Bonnier Taps PR Manager

A couple Revolving Door notes for you today, involving GQ and Bonnier Corporation. Details are below.

  • Lindy West is joining GQ as a culture writer for GQ.com. West most recently served as a staff writer for Jezebel. Prior to that she was the arts critic for Seattle’s The Stranger. West begins September 22.
  • Bonnier has named Molly Battles PR manager for its Men’s Group, which includes brands such as Popular Science and Field & Stream. She comes to Bonnier from The Rosen Group, where she had been since 2012. Prior to The Rosen Group, she worked with CBS News.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Todd Makes MTP Debut | Scarborough Joins NBC News

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Chuck Todd’s First Meet The Press: ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’ (TVNewser)
Chuck Todd opened his first Meet The Press, surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report. FishbowlDC For his first Sunday as moderator, Todd talked exclusively with President Barack Obama on topics ranging from ISIS to U.S. relations with Russia and Ukraine and the 2014 midterm elections. The interview took place at the White House over the weekend and aired during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. broadcast of MTP. Deadline Hollywood Things got testy — and Todd showed a tendency to interrupt — when Obama defended his decision to delay executive action on immigration, saying the summer’s surge of unaccompanied children at the Mexican border changed the politics of the issue. He rejected Todd’s notion the postponement is a political tactic intended to help embattled Democrats in the months before midterm elections, saying that the delay will help make new immigration policies “sustainable” when they are announced later this year. HuffPost There were other small tweaks in the show; Todd threaded his big interview with President Obama throughout the show instead of front-loading it at the beginning, turning to the panel after each portion was over. Todd’s real test will be in the weeks and months ahead. Todd has vowed to cut down on the Beltway bloviators and said he won’t book politicians unless they actually have a stake in the issue at hand. And, of course, he has to pull Meet The Press out of its ratings sinkhole. Politico In selecting Todd as moderator, the NBC News brass is gambling on the belief that a Sunday morning public affairs show can still set the national agenda, as it did under the late Tim Russert. The payoff, they hope, is that Todd can once again make Meet The Press a dominant force in American politics and — though they’d never admit it publicly — effectively erase the nightmare that was David Gregory’s final year as moderator.

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Chris Mitchell Named Vanity Fair Publisher, Howard Mittman GQ Publisher

CondeNastLogoVanity Fair has itself a new publisher. Chris Mitchell, previously GQ’s VP and publisher, has been tapped for the same role with Vanity Fair. Mitchell had been GQ’s VP and publisher since 2011. Previously he served in the same role for Condé Nast Traveler.

Mitchell is replacing the void left by Edward Menicheschi, who was named chief marketing officer and president of Condé Nast two weeks ago.

At GQ, Howard Mittman will succeed Mitchell. Mittman had served as Wired’s VP and publisher since 2009. He previously served as Wired’s associate publisher. Mittman’s successor at Wired will be named shortly.

“Many of you know Chris and Howard, and are familiar with their numerous successes at Condé Nast,” wrote Condé’s president, Bob Sauerberg, in a memo to staffers. “I am confident that in their new roles, they will continue to achieve the outstanding results that have defined their accomplished careers with us.”

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