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2:20 PM ET, December 6, 2013


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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 …
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.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable's Next CEO Ready to Sell If Price Is Right  —  Rob Marcus has a message for Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) shareholders: I'm the right guy to decide whether to sell the company.  —  The 48-year-old chief operating officer is replacing Glenn Britt as Time Warner Cable's chief executive officer …
Wall Street Journal:   Pursuit of Time Warner Cable Takes a Toll on Its Bonds
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
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 …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
News UK is reborn by putting a digital smile on Wapping's face  —  News UK may only be a change of name from News International but the whole “feel” of the organisation is somehow different.  —  Perhaps it's the digital age that has transformed the outfit from rugged to smooth, from frantic to measured, from wayward to way to go.
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 …
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
FCC Chair Delays Wireless Spectrum Auction to 2015  —  Few are unlikely to fault new Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for deciding to delay the planned auction of wireless spectrum voluntarily relinquished by TV broadcasters until the middle of 2015.
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.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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: 10,000 Words, Poynter and FishbowlNY
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
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
Victory For Gwyneth Paltrow!  ‘Vanity Fair’ Takedown Piece Turns ‘Soft’  —  Can Gwyneth Paltrow claim victory over Vanity Fair?  — has learned that the famed magazine, which had planned a scathing take-down piece on the actress, is making it much softer.
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 …
Ryan Glasspiegel /
Charles Davis: VICE let me call out the hypocrisy of liberal media when no one else would  —  By RYAN GLASSPIEGEL  —  Earlier this week, Charles Davis wrote a piece for VICE in which he shamed left-wing media outlets for failing to live up to their stated ideals in their practices of exploiting unpaid and poorly paid interns.
Discussion: @romenesko and The Dish, Thanks:@sportsrapport
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 …
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Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Credulous press for a report on abuse of female journalists
David Ottalini / The Philip Merril College …:
The New American Journalism Review: Student-Driven With a Focus On Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Discussion: Poynter and
Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
Buttry Sees Progress for Digital First's ‘New Model’ for Community News
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Former Times legal chief suspended by tribunal after paper deceived High Court to expose Nightjack police blogger
Michael Rondon / Folio:
Digital Ad Dollars Spike, But Still a Small Part of Total Revenue in B-to-B
Shaunacy Ferro / Co.Design:
New MIT Media Lab Tool Lets Anyone Visualize Unwieldy Government Data
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Rolling Stone Plans a Standalone Website to Cover Country Music
Discussion: Poynter, @davidmross and hypebot, Thanks:@msebastian
Liz Bury / Guardian:
Quarter of Kindle ebook sales in US are for indie publishers
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Jeremy Scahill: Obama WH Doesn't Want Journalists, It Wants Fawning ‘State Media’ Like MSNBC
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
How Intel TV failed — pay attention, Google and Apple
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Aereo to launch in Baltimore, still a dozen cities short of goal
Anthony Harrup / Wall Street Journal:
Mexico's America Movil, Televisa in Eye of Regulator
Discussion: Bloomberg and Reuters
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Partnering with comiXology, eBay launches marketplace for digital comics
Discussion: TeleRead
Jason Karaian / Reuters:
Twitter's new board member isn't the only one who rarely tweets
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Where in the world is BuzzFeed? Building foreign news around themes rather than geography
Discussion: @maxseddon and @niemanlab
Arif Durrani / Media Week:
Financial Times ready for global transformation under Hughes

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Airbnb closes TPG-led $450M-500M funding round valuing company at $10B

Kim Zetter / Wired:
Certificate Revocations Lists increase sharply in the wake of Heartbleed, hogging bandwidth

Deep Nishar / Official LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn hits 300M members, 100M in US, says mobile traffic will overtake desktop later this year

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