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10:25 AM ET, December 12, 2013


 Top News: 
James Doleman / The Drum:
Ian Edmondson removed from phone-hacking trial  —  In a surprise development in the Old Bailey phone-hacking trial, one of the defendants, Ian Edmondson, has been removed from the case due to ill health.  —  Edmondson, a former news editor at the now defunct News of the World …
Discussion: National Updates and Guardian
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks and Piers Morgan ‘accused each other of hacking at party’  —  Ambi Sitham tells court tabloid editors exchanged ‘back-and-forth bantering’ at birthday dinner for Andy Coulson  —  Rebekah Brooks and Piers Morgan accused each other of hacking voicemail and email messages in front …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Ann Curry's Options Dwindle as $12 Million NBC News Contract Nears Window  —  UPDATED: The former “Today” host is testing the waters as her NBC deal ends, but a high-profile gig at a place like Al Jazeera could prove elusive.  —  What will Ann Curry do next?
Santiago Lyon / New York Times:
Obama's Orwellian Image Control  —  THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday.
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic Online:
Can Print Magazines Save Themselves?  —  Appearing on Charlie Rose in October to promote a celebratory coffee table book, Vanity Fair 100 Years: From the Jazz Age to Our Age, Graydon Carter, who has been the magazine's editor for a successful run of 21 years, paid eloquent tribute to print magazines …
Discussion: @mathewi
Yoree Koh / Digits:
Twitter MoPub Opens Up Native Advertising to Publishers  —  Twitter pulled the covers back on how it plans to make money off mobile apps besides its own.  The strategy: take its native advertising playbook to the wider mobile world.  —  MoPub - a Twitter-owned mobile-advertising exchange …
Discussion: MoPub and
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Mail Online passes 10m daily browsers  —  Daily Mail website continues spectacular growth, also attracting a record 168 million monthly unique browsers in November  —  Mail Online continues to break traffic records, topping 10 million daily average unique browsers for the first time in November.
Alastair Reid / to launch video creation tool for data visualisations  —  The team behind a free tool to create infographics revealed a prototype of the new software at LeWeb Paris conference yesterday, with a release planned for the new year  —  Credit: By Jorge Franganillo on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Discussion: The Next Web
Allan Kozinn / New York Times:
European Copyright Laws Lead to Rare Music Releases  —  Thanks to a provision in the European Union's new copyright law, fans of some musicians who made recordings in the 1960s are likely to be treated, for the foreseeable future, to annual batches of previously unissued material.
Discussion: @stevemarinucci
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify's Daniel Ek on Competition, Controversy and Crossing Over Into the Mainstream  —  Spotify has more than 24 million users, and it has converted more than six million of them into paying subscribers.  The biggest selling point for the music service: If you pay up, you can listen to us on the go.
Discussion: @pkafka, AdAge and VentureBeat
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Spotify brings free music to all devices (with caveats); snags Led Zeppelin
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Twitter becomes a better TV remote control as ABC, AMC, and Fox sign up for See It  —  It's been obvious for some time that Twitter sees television as a major way in which it can participate in, drive, and profit from the broader cultural conversation.  It's about to become an even more useful tool …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and AdAge
Comcast Plans to Add New Networks and Distributors to SEEiT Platform
Discussion: Engadget, @awallenstein and @thefoaguy
Modern Farmer Combines Serious Coverage With LambCam, Hits Jackpot  —  As mainstream media outlets struggle to balance a commitment to serious journalism with the public's seemingly insatiable appetite for cute animals, Modern Farmer and are in an enviable position.
Discussion: @jakeswearingen, @bw and @niemanlab
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
CNN outgrows its TV roots  —  PARIS — CNN is a TV network, right?  Wrong.  —  The Cable News Network did indeed get its start on cable TV, but now the news service operates on 20 different platforms ranging from the Web to Android phones to iPads, said General Manager Kenneth …
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
News sites could protect your privacy with encryption.  Here's why they probably won't.  —  “I've basically been trying to bribe media organizations at this point to turn on SSL,” jokes Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist and a senior policy analyst at the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
Colin Campbell / Polygon:
YouTube defends copyright crackdown  —  Google has responded to widespread outrage at its recent crackdown on game videos on YouTube.  —  In recent days the company has sent out thousands of copyright infringement notices to video producers of game walk-throughs and Let's Plays.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Apple TV gets content boost with Crackle, Watch ABC  —  Apple has been bulking up its content lineup on the Apple TV, and Wednesday, the company announced still more updates.  — Time Warner Cable to add another app platform: Apple TV?  — Apple TV a no-show, in any respect, at iPhone event
Discussion: AllThingsD and The Verge
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Tyler Hayes / Co.Labs:
The Revolutionary New Music Apps You Missed In 2013
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Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
The new television: How is NimbleTV different from Aereo?
Discussion: CNET, Ars Technica and Mashable
Houston Chronicle:
Chronicle names managing editor
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The U.K.'s Ampp3d thinks it knows why you want to click on charts, images, and memes
Discussion: @niemanlab and Martin Belam
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop Alum Tom Ascheim Named President of ABC Family
Discussion: The Wrap
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Josh Horwitz / Tech in Asia:
Marcus Brauchli, once of WSJ and Washington Post, invests in Taipei startup The News Lens
Discussion: @salaja and @gabbystern
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Paywalls Boost Ad Rates for Some Magazines and Newspapers, OPA Study Finds
Discussion: Business Insider
Sapna Maheshwari / BuzzFeed:
Growth Of Video Ads On Tablets, Cell Phones And Smart TVs Is Exploding
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Raises $10M To Fuel Global Growth
Discussion: Tech in Asia, MediaNama and Folio
Press Gazette:
Leaked tape reveals Pollard discussing exclusion of Savile review evidence about what Thompson knew
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