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12:20 PM ET, December 6, 2013


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Matthew Lynch / Capital New York:
Gawker's Zimmerman gets his own corner  —  Gawker's editors are cooking up a plan to give Neetzan Zimmerman, Gawker's in-house savant of viral material, his own subvertical on the site.  And when he does, his editor, John Cook, knows what he would like to name it.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
A Settlement Between Fox News and a Former Top Executive?  Perhaps  —  The Fox News Channel has long been described as insular and buttoned up, a reputation that has been reaffirmed in recent days over the question of whether it has reached a settlement with Brian Lewis …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Interview with Facebook News Feed Manager Over Content Changes  —  In 2011, Google changed the way it ranked websites, in an effort to punish spammers and “content farms” that showed up high in search results but delivered crummy pages.  —  Google's “Panda” changes had giant ripple effects throughout …
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Al Jazeera America launches on Time Warner Cable today  —  Al Jazeera America is launching today on Time Warner Cable systems, the two companies announced this morning.  —  The deal will expand AJAM's distribution significantly, with TWC having around 11 million subscribers …
Discussion: TVNewser and Variety
Wall Street Journal:
FCC Unlikely to Bless a Comcast-TWC Deal: Regulator
Discussion: @maureenmfarrell and TheHill
Wall Street Journal:
Pursuit of Time Warner Cable Takes a Toll on Its Bonds
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify to Introduce Free Mobile Music Service  —  Free Version of Streaming Service Was Previously Only Available on Desktop and Laptops  —  Spotify AB is planning a free, ad-supported version of its streaming-music service on mobile devices, according to people familiar with the matter …
Upworthy Insider:
What Actually Makes Things Go Viral Will Blow Your Mind.  (Hint: It's Not Headlines Like This.)  —  By now it's fairly well known that we care a lot about headlines here at Upworthy.  We write at least 25 of them for each post.  We test them rigorously.  Sometimes, we even make up a word to catch your eye.
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
The World's Most Controversial Viral Site Posted A Great Defense Of Itself
Discussion: @hblodget
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Billionaire Mansueto is said to have interest in Forbes Media  —  Joe Mansueto, the mutli-billionaire founder of mutual-fund researcher Morningstar, is rumored to be looking at Forbes Media.  —  Reached via email, he declined to comment on Forbes.  —  He's no stranger to the publication …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @iwantmedia
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
AOL editor-in-chief to exit  —  More turmoil seems to be engulfing AOL.  —  The latest is that AOL editor in chief Cyndi Stivers is said to be exiting.  She only joined in May.  —  One source said it is a “slow fire” which suggests it won't go public until next year.
Gail Shister / TVNewser:
Brian Stelter: CNN's offer was ‘Irresistible’  —  “I would not leave the Times for a television job” doesn't occupy the same pantheon as “Read my lips, no new taxes” or “I never had sex with that woman,” but it still presents a bit of sticky wicket for Brian Stelter, who debuts Sunday as host of CNN's ‘Reliable Sources.’
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
Ted Sherman / New Jersey Online:
Advance Publications considers consolidation of New Jersey newspapers  —  Owners of Star-Ledger, and sister newspapers studying possible consolidations  —  star-ledger-building-unions- closure.JPG  —  Advance Publications, owner of The Star-Ledger and, is studying making changes …
Discussion: Poynter and Talking New Media
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Rolling Stone Plans a Standalone Website to Cover Country Music  —  Magazine is Opening an Office in Nashville  —  Rolling Stone plans to introduce a new website called Rolling Stone Country in the second quarter of 2014.  —  The new standalone site's aim is to cover the country music scene …
Discussion: hypebot, Thanks:@msebastian
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
When White House Photos Are ‘Visual Press Releases’  —  For Doug Mills - the longtime White House photographer for The Times - what happened on Veterans Day was more than annoying.  It was wrong.  —  He and other Washington journalists had been hearing that the oldest World War II veteran alive …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and @sulliview
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Anthony Harrup / Wall Street Journal:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Partnering with comiXology, eBay launches marketplace for digital comics
Discussion: TeleRead
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Twitter's new board member isn't the only one who rarely tweets
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: @maxseddon and @niemanlab
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Financial Times ready for global transformation under Hughes
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