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6:55 PM ET, December 14, 2013

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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Welcome to the Internet of Thingies: 61.5% of Web Traffic Is Not Human  —  And here's how to build your own little traffic bot, even though you shouldn't  —  It happened last year for the first time: bot traffic eclipsed human traffic, according to the bot-trackers at Incapsula.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Ad Age Survey: What Advertisers Really Think About Twitter  —  Marketer Attitudes Toward Twitter Are Similar to Facebook In 2012  —  There's little question that Twitter's intial public offering in October was a success, but what about its ad business?  Still a work in progress, but with plenty of upside, according to Ad Age readers.
Discussion: @jonathanmendez
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
New Hollywood Sequel: Aaron Kushner's L.A. Register  —  Why, I asked, Aaron Kushner, is he announcing the new L.A. Register as we're winding down toward the end of the year?  Given that the big questions about it — when will it launch, how will it be staffed — are as yet unannounced, why put the news out now?
Brendan O'Connor / The Awl:
The Golden Era Of Spam Comments Has Ended  —  The search engine optimization community has spent the last two years in a panic.  SEO people flood our Internet with spam links and fake Twitter bots and paid traffic, to help bad websites look more popular than they are, to deliver fake viewers to web ads.
Discussion: @therealfitz, @thijs and Boing Boing
Alejandro Martínez / Journalism in the Americas:
New documentary highlights dangers, government pressures that journalists face in Latin America  —  Spanish-language TV network Univision has produced a new documentary on the government pressures and dangers that journalists face today throughout Latin America.
Discussion: KABE-LP
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Withheld News Of Missing American's CIA Ties For Six Years  —  NEW YORK — The New York Times revealed Friday that it withheld reporting on missing American Robert Levinson's ties to the CIA for six years, one day after The Associated Press acknowledged withholding that detail for three years.
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Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Online publications see a future in print  —  While pundits bemoan the death of print, Pitchfork and the L.A. Review of Books are among the online magazines embracing ink on paper  —  A few digital publications are making the jump from the Web to print, including Jezebel, the L.A. Review of Books and Pitchfork.
Marc Graser / Variety:
Microsoft to Launch First Original Shows on Xbox in Early 2014  —  At Dealmakers breakfast, Tellem says Xbox isn't Netflix or Amazon but its ‘own animal’  —  Developing original series for Microsoft has taken a little longer than veteran TV executive Nancy Tellem had hoped …
Jason Del Rey / AllThingsD:
Report: Readers who own a Kindle spend $1,233/year on Amazon; those who don't spend $790  —  The Amazon Kindle Numbers That Jeff Bezos Must Really Care About  —  We all know that Amazon's annual touting of its new Kindles as the best-selling Kindles ever has become laughable since the company …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Experiments with Push Notifications About TV Talk  —  Twitter's great, but if you're a regular human, you can't spend all of your time looking at it.  So what if someone plops out something interesting, and you miss it?  —  Twitter has a plan for that.
Bloomberg:
Verizon close to agreement to buy Intel's Internet-based pay-TV start-up OnCue  —  Verizon Said Near Agreement to Buy Intel's Start-Up TV Service  —  Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) is near an agreement to purchase Intel Corp. (INTC)'s Internet-based pay-TV start-up, according to people familiar with the deal.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
Netflix finds plenty of binge watching, but little guilt  —  Netflix is embracing the art of the “binge” as it seeks to sell more subscriptions during the holidays.  —  A Harris Interactive survey commissioned by Netflix and released on Friday found that a majority of streaming television viewers …
 
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Texas A&M brings back journalism major
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Michael Rondon / Folio:
Pocket Reveals Top Stories, Publishers of 2013
Jim Romenesko:
Boston.com hires ‘ChartGirl’ Hilary Sargent
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Thrillist Media Group finds a home on the web
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Facebook Video Pitch Deck Shows It Has Gone To War Against TV
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Eddie Makuch / GameSpot:
Struggling Blockbuster to close all UK stores ahead of Christmas
Discussion: BBC
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Amidst fierce competition, music streaming services fight for paying subscribers
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