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6:50 AM ET, December 13, 2013

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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Associated Press Held CIA Scoop For 3 Years At The Government's Request  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press revealed Thursday that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson was working with the CIA at the time he went missing in Iran in 2007.  The AP's explosive report on Levinson's CIA ties contradicted …
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Paul Colford / The Definitive Source:
Why AP is publishing story about missing American tied to CIA  —  The Associated Press today is publishing an article about serious blunders at the Central Intelligence Agency and an effort to cover them up.  At the heart of the story is a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson …
James Bennet / The Atlantic Online:
Writers need a better term for “long-form”, which no longer signals quality  —  Against ‘Long-Form Journalism’  —  I have had it with long-form journalism.  By which I mean—don't get me wrong—I'm fed up with the term long-form itself, a label that the people who create …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Ken Li, once Reuters.com editor, leaving news organization  —  Kenneth Li, who had been the global editor of Reuters.com and is now an editor at large of the news organization, is leaving.  —  In a Twitter post, Li wrote, “Working on something hot/cool.  Or whatever the millenials call it these days.”
Discussion: @nycjim, @nytfridge and @kenli729
Javier C. Hernández / New York Times:
Educational Publisher's Charity, Accused of Seeking Profits, Will Pay Millions  —  The Pearson Foundation, the charitable arm of one of the nation's largest educational publishers, will pay $7.7 million to settle accusations that it repeatedly broke New York State law by assisting in for-profit ventures.
Jose Delreal / Politico:
White House press corps tees off on Jay Carney over access  —  A frustrated press corps sounded off Thursday against White House press secretary Jay Carney over lack of access to President Barack Obama.  —  Carney said the White House “is working” to address the concerns …
Discussion: TVNewser, @aprildryan and The Fix
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Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
YouTube releases list of 2013's top videos  —  © Shohei Miyano / Reuters - YouTube has released its list of the top-trending videos of 2013.  Above, visitors stand in front of a logo of YouTube at the YouTube Space Tokyo, operated by Google, in Tokyo February 14, 2013.  REUTERS/Shohei Miyano
Parker Higgins / Mediashift:
WordPress Goes to Court to Defend Censored Bloggers  —  The blogging platform WordPress.com has taken the unusual — and welcome — step of going to court to defend its users against bogus copyright claims aimed at silencing their speech on the platform.  Automattic, WordPress's parent company …
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Hannah Beech / TIME:
Foreign Correspondents in China Do Not Censor Themselves to Get Visas  —  Let's just clear up that little misunderstanding, shall we?  —  Over the past couple of days, I — as TIME's Beijing bureau chief — and other members of the foreign-journalist corps in China have been asked …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Aereo Won't Oppose Supreme Court Battle  —  The digital streaming company responds to broadcasters' attempts to interest the high court in a battle that could reshape the TV industry.  —  In papers filed at the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, Aereo says it is ready for the high court to review its legality.
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Dylan Tweney Named EIC of VentureBeat  —  Dylan Tweney, a senior editor at Wired.com from 2007 to 2011, has been named editor-in-chief of VentureBeat, a site covering emerging tech and companies.  Tweney has served as executive editor of VentureBeat since 2011.
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Vanity Fair launches its first native ad effort  —  A Message That Tries to Blend In  —  AS Madison Avenue continues debating the pros and cons of a hot trend in marketing known as native advertising — digital pitches styled to look like the editorial content of the publications in which they run …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
2013: The Year ‘the Stream’ Crested  —  The Stream is fun and fast, but don't you miss the sense of an ending?  —  The Stream has been the organizing metaphor for the web for the past several years.  In May 2009, a high-ranking editor of TechCrunch identified and summarized this grand shift …
 
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