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2:05 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 …
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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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
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