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4:05 PM ET, December 4, 2013


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Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC  —  Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's (R-AK) mouth.  Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast …
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Newsweek plans return to print in Jan-Feb next year as a subscription based 64 page weekly  —  Newsweek Plans Return to Print  —  Newsweek, the struggling weekly magazine that ceased print publication last year, plans to turn the presses back on.  —  The magazine expects to begin …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Newsweek's editor-in-chief says subscriber revenues will cover expenses, “ads will be icing”
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Guardian and @justinjm1
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Editor Describes Pressure After Leaks by Snowden  —  The top editor of the British newspaper The Guardian told Parliament on Tuesday that since it had obtained documents on government surveillance from a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward J. Snowden, it had been subjected to measures …
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
Guardian: We have published 1 pct of Snowden leak  —  You are here  —  Home » Edward Snowden » Guardian: We have published 1 pct of Snowden leak … LONDON (AP) — The editor of the Guardian said Tuesday his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received …
Media outlets cautious as Newtown 911 recordings released  —  (CNN) — Wednesday's release of audio recordings of the 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings will force news organizations to make difficult — and probably unpopular — decisions about what to broadcast and what to hold back.
Abigail Edge /
BBC News to introduce ‘NewsLabs team’ to drive innovation  —  Managing editor James Harding told staff that BBC News will assemble a NewsLabs team to establish ‘new formats’ for telling and sharing stories  —  Credit: By Horia Varlan on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Discussion: and Guardian
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CBS News chairman defends Lara Logan in staff meeting  —  CBS News chairman and ‘60 Minutes’ EP Jeff Fager held a meeting with CBS News staff on Tuesday and took questions about the fate of Lara Logan and Max McClellan, the journalists currently on a leave of absence in the wake …
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
U.S. says online ads should be clearly marked, undeceptive  —  The growing online usage of ads designed to blend in with the rest of a website's content, a practice known as “native advertising,” may be illegal in some instances, the Federal Trade Commission warned on Wednesday.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp. names Clinton White House vet as new communications chief  —  The new News Corp. is still getting its house in order, and has recruited a new executive to its senior team.  —  Jim Kennedy, a veteran of the Clinton White House, has been appointed chief communications officer …
Discussion: The Wrap and News Corp
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Joel Johnson named Gawker editorial director  —  Joel Johnson, founding editor of Kotaku, Gizmodo and The Consumerist, has been named editorial director of Gawker, Nick Denton told staff in a memo Wednesday.  —  Johnson, currently an editor-at-large of Gawker and contributing editor at The Wirecutter, will report for duty in January.
Pierre Omidyar / The Huffington Post:
WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age  —  This week, fourteen people charged by the Department of Justice in connection with a coordinated denial of service attack on PayPal's services in 2010 will appear in Federal Court.  The “PayPal 14,” as they have been dubbed …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
OMG, BuzzFeed Is Investing In Serious News Coverage!  Is It FTW? … Anyone who has hankered for a list of 10 of the most life-affirming dog rescue stories ever can rely on the social media site BuzzFeed.  —  That list of 11 classic horror films that should never have been remade?  That's from BuzzFeed too.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Beats Music Targeting January Launch  —  YouTube's music subscription service was supposed to launch this year, but will be delayed until 2014.  Now, Beats Music is playing the same tune.  —  Beats, the project championed by music executive Jimmy Iovine and backed by $60 million in funding, was supposed to debut in 2013.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Music Subscription Service Won't Show Up This Year  —  Waiting for YouTube's subscription music service?  You're going to have to be patient.  —  The video service, which is already the biggest free music service in the world, had planned on launching a paid service this year.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Dame Patricia Hodgson favourite to chair Ofcom  —  Ex-BBC executive selected by Department for Culture, Media and Sport as preferred candidate to succeed Colette Bowe  —  The government has selected Dame Patricia Hodgson, the former BBC executive and trustee, as its preferred candidate to be the next chairman of Ofcom.
Addis Ababa / Associated Press:
International rights group appeals for the release of Ethiopian reporter jailed for 18 years  —  ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - A rights group is making a global appeal for the release from prison of an award-winning journalist in Ethiopia.  —  Amnesty International this week is trying …
Michael Weinberg / Policy Blog:
Did the FCC Chairman Just Endorse a Pay-for-Play Internet Fast Lane?  —  Chairman Wheeler endorsed both two-sided markets and net neutrality.  There seems to be a conflict.  —  Yesterday, new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler delivered his first formal public address.
Dueling Arafat Reports Divide Palestinians — And Al Jazeera  —  Was the late Palestinian leader poisoned?  “This is going to look biased.”  —  A new French report has found that contrary to recent Swiss findings, Yasser Arafat was likely not killed by polonium poisoning …
Discussion: @joshmitnick and @miriamelder
The Independent:
UK Attorney General adapts contempt laws for social media, will publish court advisory notes  —  Twitter and Facebook users threaten justice system, warns Attorney General  —  After a spate of scandals where careless users have threatened fair trials and jeopardised anonymity orders …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Daily Download founder confirms site has ended publication  —  “Ashburn Media Company has decided to stop publishing,” Lauren Ashburn tells Poynter in an emailed statement. … Andrew Kaczynski wrote about the site's apparent demise Tuesday.
Discussion: Gawker, FishbowlNY and BuzzFeed
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Team Behind Dreamworks Animation Incubated Mobile Video App Ptch  —  Ptch, the DreamWorks Animation-incubated mobile video startup, has been acquired by Yahoo.  The app was launched just over a year ago and will shut down on January 2, 2014.  Until then, you'll be able …
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
HBO Extends Google Play Pact to U.K.  —  Shows in deal include ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘True Blood’  —  LONDON — Google has inked a deal with HBO to make several shows available on its TV service, Google Play, in the U.K., extending a pact in the U.S. announced in October.
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New York Times to Expand Syndication for Videos as Monthly Views Double to 12 Million  —  Videos on The New York Times have been watched a record 12 million times by some three million “unique” viewers in October, according to data provided to Beet.TV by comScore, denoting a 12 month rise of nearly 100 percent.
John McDermott / Digiday:
Does Web Publishing Have a Looming DVR Problem?  —  Publishers like to hear that their stories are being read.  But at the expense of advertising dollars?  Not so fast.  —  Increasingly popular apps like Pocket, Instapaper and Evernote's Web Clipper have been billed as a way to help publishers combat fragmentation.
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Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
Should Twitter play a part in deciding TV shows' future?
Discussion: @kirstinestewart
John Plunkett / Guardian:
NUJ apologises to BBC human resources director over false accusation
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The New Haven Independent seeks to expand its hyperlocal mission to low-power radio
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