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12:00 PM ET, December 3, 2013

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Capital New York:
Zucker plans massive change at CNN  —  After almost a year of tinkering, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has concluded that a news channel cannot subsist on news alone.  —  So he is planning much broader changes for the network—including a prime-time shakeup that's likely to make CNN traditionalists cringe.
Carl Bernstein / Guardian:
An open letter from Carl Bernstein to Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger  —  Watergate scandal journalist's letter comes as Guardian editor prepares to appear before MPs over Edward Snowden leaks  —  There is plenty of time - and there are abundant venues - to debate relevant questions …
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Ben Emmerson / Guardian:
It's outrageous to accuse the Guardian of aiding terrorism by publishing Snowden's revelations  —  Alan Rusbridger is being grilled by MPs - but he has published nothing that could be a threat to national security  —  The Guardian's editor, Alan Rusbridger, is due to appear before the House …
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Alan Rusbridger Asked Some Ridiculous Questions At Parliamentary Hearing  —  The questioning of Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger by a parliamentary committee on Tuesday was a rather sorry spectacle from a press freedom perspective, but it was also a forum for some questions that defied belief.
BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed Reaches More Than 130 Million Unique Visitors In November  —  Facebook and other social networks contribute to site's growth by propelling quality journalism and entertainment  —  DECEMBER 2, 2013 - BuzzFeed announced today that November was its biggest traffic month ever …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Readers will ‘eventually choose the juicy truth over a heartwarming hoax,’ says Nick Denton  —  In an email to staffers Tuesday, Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton sad it was “bad news” that BuzzFeed beat Gawker in traffic in November.  Upworthy, which he describes as “even smarmier than Buzzfeed …
Adam Sherwin / The Independent:
Spotify answers Thom Yorke attacks by revealing ‘$0.006 per play’ royalties figure  —  Music streaming service has received criticism from musicians, but boasts that is has paid out more than $1bn in royalties since its 2008 launch  —  A song played on Spotify can earn an artist just $0.006 …
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Being a viral genius is going viral  —  Farhad Manjoo's profile of Gawker's Neetzan Zimmerman is getting a lot of well-deserved attention and, if my Twitter feed is any indication, scaring the daylights out of more traditional reporters.  —  Zimmerman is basically Gawker's chief finder of viral content.
Alex Litel / The Wire:
A BuzzFeed in a Box: The Person Behind ViralNova  —  ViralNova came out of nowhere.  A collection of image-heavy, emotionally manipulating posts unabashedly in the style of BuzzFeed and Upworthy, the site launched in May with stories like “14 Photos That Will Warm Your Heart” and “Lioness Saves Her Cub Trapped on a Cliff.”
Discussion: Business Insider, Digits and Poynter
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
The Allure of the Print Book  —  I didn't want to start reading print books again, but I honestly had no choice.  My dog, Pixel, forced me to.  —  You see Pixel, a 35-pound clump of energy, has an obsession with shadows and reflections.  At the beach or the dog park …
Discussion: @benchten and @davidjalmond
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
The Chernin Group Buys Stake in Anime Site Crunchyroll to Build New Online Video Power  —  The Chernin Group has acquired a majority stake in Crunchyroll, a popular site for people to watch anime online, the company announced on Monday.  TCG will now build Crunchyroll into a leading provider …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Dropping the needle: the life and death of Turntable.fm  —  Meet me in the club, it's going down  —  Tonight at 10PM EST, the virtual DJs at Turntable.fm will be escorted off the stage for the last time.  Two and a half years after founders Billy Chasen and Seth Goldstein captivated music fans …
Discussion: @ashleymayer, @trakkstar and Mashable
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Comcast, Nielsen Unveil Plan to Get More Ad Money From Video On Demand  —  Placing current ads alongside older episodes could help Big TV recapture some of its eroding audience  —  More couch potatoes have turned to the TV-watching behavior known as “catch-up viewing.”
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Turning to Public to Back Investigative Journalism  —  If you suspect your local town government is corrupt, would you pay a journalist to investigate?  —  Uncoverage, a website that will be announced on Monday, will test whether the public cares enough about investigative journalism to pay for it.
Wall Street Journal:
Ratings Sag for Cable-TV Business News  —  The U.S. stock market is soaring, but ratings have sunk for the TV networks dedicated to covering it.  In the third quarter, CNBC, the dominant business-news channel, hit a 20-year low in its target demographic of adults 25 to 54 years old, according to Nielsen Holdings NLSN -0.93% NV.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Aimee Mann Wins First Round in Lawsuit Over Digital Music  —  The songwriter sued a company responsible for providing millions of songs to big online streaming services.  —  In July, Aimee Mann brought a noteworthy lawsuit over the possible existence of a massive amount of unlicensed music being streamed online.
Discussion: musicfeeds.com.au
Edirin Oputu / Columbia Journalism Review:
ONA launches $1 million Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education  —  The Online News Association is running a competition to explore new forms of journalism education  —  The Online News Association launched a $1 million micro-grant contest on Monday to help universities …
 
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Fortune:
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Facebook adjusts newsfeed algorithm; online publishers report increase in referral traffic
 

 
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