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12:20 PM ET, December 5, 2013


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John McDermott / Digiday:
The Information founder Jessica Lessin discusses subscription models, ads, and aggregation  —  Why New Tech Site The Information Spurns Ads for Subscriptions  —  The Information, former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin's new tech news site, debuted today with a seemingly …
Discussion: @vouchey
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Media Insiders Are Laughing About New Site ‘The Information,’ But Founder Jessica Lessin Will Laugh Last
Christina Chaey / Fast Company:
With Medium 1.0, Ev Williams Tackles The Platform's Identity Crisis  —  “What is Medium?”  —  I'm far from the first to ask Ev Williams this question.  Since he launched the blogging site with fellow Twitter cofounder Biz Stone a little more than a year ago, many others have wondered …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Biden Faults China on Foreign Press Crackdown  —  BEIJING — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. sharply criticized the Chinese government's crackdown on the foreign press, telling an audience of American business people Thursday that the United States had “profound disagreements” with its “treatment of U.S. journalists.”
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is About To Officially Launch Retargeted Ads  —  Twitter is ready to roll out retargeted ads fueled by browser cookies, sources confirm.  Twitter could make the announcement as soon as tomorrow, expanding retargeted ads beyond the “experimental” phase that started in July.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Video on Demand Pushes TV Viewing Up  —  No one watches TV anymore.  —  You don't, and no one you know does, and it's just a matter of time before the TV Industrial Complex folds in on itself and disappears.  —  Except ... it turns out that people are.  Still.  Watching.  TV.
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Arguments Fly During FTC Workshop on Native Advertising  —  Ad Industry Mounts Vigorous Defense in D.C.; Detractors Including Bob Garfield Blast Practice  —  The advertising industry descended on Washington, D.C. today, mounting a vigorous defense of so-called “native” …
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
People At CNBC Are Relieved That Maria Bartiromo Left  —  The entire financial TV industry is in a state of flux.  —  The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the dismal ratings at CNBC, Fox Business, and Bloomberg.  Bloomberg, meanwhile, is in the midst of some kind reassessment of its TV business …
Discussion: Capital New York and
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Layoffs at AOL: 20 slips, mostly homepage editors, writers  —  Layoffs hit AOL yesterday, Capital has learned.  —  The majority of impacted employees worked on the editorial side of the homepage, according to sources with knowledge of the cuts, who put the total number of pink slips around 20.
Discussion: Capital New York
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
After Financing Hiccup, Maxim Sale Set to Close Friday  —  After a hiccup, the Maxim sale appears to be set to close Friday, and publishing vet Bob Guccione Jr. says he's set to take the reins as CEO.  —  Alpha Media sold the bawdy lad magazine to retired UPS exec Calvin Darden over the summer.
Discussion: bizjournals
Jihadists execute Iraqi cameraman in rebel-held Syria  —  Beirut (AFP) - Fighters linked to Al-Qaeda executed an Iraqi freelance cameraman as he was leaving Syria after a 10-day assignment in rebel-held territory, watchdogs said on Thursday.  —  Yasser Faysal al-Joumaili was shot dead …
Ivan Verstyuk / Columbia Journalism Review:
Ukraine's deep-rooted media problem  —  As the country is roiled by protest, a Kiev-based journalist looks at a long-standing problem in the media business, where fake, paid-for “news” stories are routine  —  KIEV—For Ukrainian journalists, “jeans” is not just a pair of denim pants …
Allan Sloan / Fortune:
More revelations about the Time Inc spinoff  —  Allan Sloan takes a look at the recently released Time Inc SEC filing  —  FORTUNE — There are some dishes, like homemade beef stew, that get increasingly flavorful the more times you cook them.  Some documents are like that, too …
Discussion: @edmundlee
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
New York Times brings print edition to tablets and computers with Today's Paper web app  —  The daily print edition of The New York Times now has a home of its own on digital devices.  A new web app called Today's Paper, released today for tablets and computers, offers solely the articles …
Mark Lawson / Guardian:
Survey: Britons among biggest consumers of TV in Europe but avoid news and current affairs  —  Why are British people turning off the TV news?  —  A new survey reveals that although Britons watch plenty of television, we are one of the lightest consumers of news and current affairs in Europe
Discussion: @jackshafer and @jennykleeman
Janet Reitman / Rolling Stone:
Snowden and Greenwald: The Men Who Leaked the Secrets  —  How two alienated, angry geeks broke the story of the year  —  Early one morning last December, Glenn Greenwald opened his laptop, scanned through his e-mail, and made a decision that almost cost him the story of his life.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Radio Times website hits profit with traffic-boost fueled by investment in journalism  —  The Radio Times website has more than tripled its website traffic to over 3.5m in the space of three years, with investment in news and features driving the growth.  —  The title claimed to reach 3.5m unique users in both September and November.
Thomas Stackpole / Foreign Policy:
Here's How the British Government Is Planning to Come After the Guardian  —  Every day, the National Security Agency's massive surveillance apparatus hoovers up nearly 5 billion records drawn from the location data of cell phones around the world.  That's according to the Washington Post's latest installment …
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 …
Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
Yahoo Movies, U.K. Anti-Piracy Site Team Up  — strikes a deal with the online giant to help users find legitimate sites to view films and buy movie theater tickets for current releases.  —  LONDON - U.K. anti-piracy site has partnered with Yahoo! …
Discussion: Variety
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Peter Jukes / The Daily Beast:
8 Lessons From the Murdoch Phone Hacking Trial
Discussion: @stevennott
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
Parliament hears call for UK Bill of Rights to secure press freedom from Government intrusion
Discussion: Guardian
Sophie Woodrooffe / Sparksheet:
Making Music Multiplatform: Q&A with Pitchfork's Chris Kaskie
Erik Gruenwedel / Home Media Magazine:
Study: Low Consumer Interest in Transactional VOD
Discussion: @milesmaker
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
White House taps PolicyMic to engage millennials on A.C.A.
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Jim Romenesko:
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Andrew Berg / Wireless Week:
New Rules Hasten FCC Approval of Verizon's Vodafone Buy
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Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Analyst Says Unbundling Would Destroy TV Value
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Joel Johnson named Gawker editorial director
Addis Ababa / Associated Press:
International rights group appeals for the release of Ethiopian reporter jailed for 18 years