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3:25 PM ET, December 11, 2013

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Tim McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Turning the Page on Anonymity: The Future of HuffPost Comments  —  Maintaining a civil environment for real conversation and community has always been key to The Huffington Post.  From day one, our comments were pre-moderated, and we invested in the most advanced moderation technology along with human moderators.
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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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Apple TV gets live news programming with Bloomberg TV  —  Bloomberg TV launched an app on Apple TV devices Wednesday morning that includes a live feed of the cable networks financial news programming as well as access to on-demand videos.  The live feed is available without authentication …
Discussion: TechCrunch, @brianstelter and 9to5Mac
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Vice Media Buys a Tech Company to Experiment With Content Distribution  —  ADVERTISING, journalism and technology continue to converge.  The latest example: Vice Media's acquisition of Carrot Creative, a digital agency that creates apps, websites and games for media companies and brands.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Time Criticized For Choosing Pope Francis Over Edward Snowden As Person Of The Year  —  Time chose the widely popular Pope Francis as its Person of the Year for 2013, sparking criticism from many who thought that the magazine's choice for runner-up, Edward Snowden, deserved the top prize.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Gannett to Add USA Today to Local Papers  —  Gannett Company, one of the nation's largest newspaper chains, will try to expand its advertising and circulation revenue by inserting parts of its flagship newspaper, USA Today, into its local newspapers.  —  The company is expected to announce …
Discussion: USA Today, Gannett Blog and @susanpage
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
News organisations plead with Syrian rebels to stop abducting journalists  —  Thirteen news organisations, including The Guardian, have signed a letter calling on rebel groups in Syria to desist from kidnapping journalists and asking for the release of those currently being held hostage.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Beastie Boys countersue as fair use fight over “Girls” song escalates  —  A copyright case between the Beastie Boys and toy maker GoldieBlox just got nastier: the rap group claims in a court filing that rewriting its “Girls” song for a video commercial does not count as “fair use,” …
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
YouTube Channels Crippled By Copyright Claims  —  Numerous video game-related YouTube personalities have spent the last day digging through piles of copyright claims suddenly filling their inboxes, claims that they say are messing with their ability to produce and profit from videos they post online.
Erik Wemple:
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow to write Washington Post column  —  The journalistic bond between The Post and MSNBC just grew a bit stronger, as the paper's opinion section announced that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will be writing a monthly column.  “We expect that she will bring to Post readers the strong arguments …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Why Twitter Just Joined The Backchannel Wars  —  Direct messages to the forefront, big photos in tow.  Twitter knows: The service that controls messaging controls the world.  —  Another day, another new messaging app.  The only difference: This one is already installed on your phone.
Discussion: Mashable
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter's new head of news explains why she left NBC
Discussion: LinkedIn Pulse
Jeremy Gordon / The Twitter Blog:
Photos in direct messages and swipe between timelines
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Spotify brings free music to all devices (with caveats); snags Led Zeppelin  —  NEW YORK CITY — In its quest to entice more users, Spotify is finally bringing its free music service to more devices — though they won't all get the same free content.  —  A new ad-supported offering …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Takes Netflix-Style Service for Old Movies to iPads  —  Studio says Warner Instant Archive now supports closed captioning  —  Warner Bros. has launched an iPad tablet app for its subscription-streaming service for classic film and TV titles, a sign the premium-priced offering …
Discussion: @willmckinley
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Paywalls Boost Ad Rates for Some Magazines and Newspapers, OPA Study Finds  —  It's All About the Subscription Data (and What You Do with It)  —  Online paywalls are helping some newspaper and magazine websites increase the ad rates they charge, according to a new report from the Online Publishers Association.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Web Video Startup Ooyala Raises $43 Million  —  We saw a smattering of ad tech IPOs this year, and there are a bunch of companies that are supposedly lined up for next year.  —  Here's one you likely won't see going public in 2014 — at least not in the beginning of the year: Ooyala, the Web video startup.
Discussion: The Wrap, VentureBeat, Mashable and Variety
Guardian:
BBC to axe more than half of its management boards  —  Review of corporation's governance also includes appointment of two new non-executive directors and changes to trust's remit  —  The BBC will on Wednesday announce a series of changes to its system of governance and the appointment …
Discussion: Financial Times and @uk_radio
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
New York Times Expects Digital Ad Growth in 2014  —  New York Times CEO Mark Thompson intends to restore growth to the company's digital advertising revenue next year after recent declines, he told a meeting of investors Tuesday.  —  To spur growth, the Times is introducing branded content solutions …
Discussion: @laureni, @adage and Capital New York
Lauren Kirchner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Jana Winter's victory  —  On Tuesday, The New York Court of Appeals overturned a subpoena that's been hanging over investigative reporter Jana Winter's head since March, and resolved a legal battle that lasted over a year.  The subpoena had called on Winter to appear in the James Holmes criminal trial …
Sapna Maheshwari / BuzzFeed:
Growth Of Video Ads On Tablets, Cell Phones And Smart TVs Is Exploding  —  Total video ad views grew 31% in the third quarter, Citigroup analysts said in a note today.  —  As many know, people are increasingly consuming video on devices other than their televisions — and that's making for a booming video ad market.
Press Association:
Hacking trial: Piers Morgan told Rebekah he knew her splash after ‘listening’ to her messages  —  Former Mirror editor Piers Morgan told Rebekah Brooks that he knew what her splash was in January 2003 because he had been “listening to messages”, the Old Bailey was told today.
Discussion: Associated Press and The Drum
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
NimbleTV Brings TV Everywhere to New York, Without Permission From the TV Industrial Complex  —  Want to watch the TV you've already paid for, anywhere you want to watch it, whenever you want to watch it?  —  You can't.  * But NimbleTV says it can change that.
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Norway To Digitize All Norwegian Books, Allowing Domestic IP Addresses To Read All Of Them, Irrespective Of Copyright Status  —  Here's a pretty amazing story from Norway: … Now, in any normal country — where “normal” means one in which copyright has reached the heights of monopolistic insanity …
Comcast:
Comcast Plans to Add New Networks and Distributors to SEEiT Platform  —  ABC Entertainment Group, A+E Networks Group, AMC Networks Inc., Cablevision's Optimum TV, Charter Communications, Crown Media Family Networks, Discovery Communications, Fox Networks Group and Time Warner Cable are expected …
Discussion: @awallenstein and @thefoaguy
Press Gazette:
Leaked tape reveals Pollard discussing exclusion of Savile review evidence about what Thompson knew  —  In the phone recording he talks about why he did not include a claim by the BBC's former director of news Helen Boaden that she had informed then-director-general Mark Thompson …
Discussion: Guardian and Guardian
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Conservative consolidation: New ‘Twitchy’ owner in talks to buy RedState, Regnery  —  Salem Communications, the parent company of right-wing sites HotAir.com and Townhall.com, is considering a series of acquisitions that would consolidate several of the conservative blogosphere's …
Discussion: Businessweek and @johntabin
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Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Twitter TV ratings heading to Japan next year in move to attract more advertisers
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U.S. FCC plans field study of local news sources; U.S. House Republicans want it stopped
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