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7:40 AM ET, February 18, 2013


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Business Insider Names Joe Weisenthal Executive Editor  —  Business Insider, the online news franchise started by Henry Blodget nearly six years ago, is appointing an executive editor for the first time as it grapples with a good problem: growth.  —  The editor is Joe Weisenthal …
Discussion: @thestalwart and New York Magazine
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
The Post's last ombudsman?  —  It is possible that I'll be The Washington Post's last independent ombudsman and that this chair will empty at the conclusion of my two-year term Feb. 28.  If so, that will end nearly 43 years of this publication having enough courage and confidence to employ a full-time reader representative and critic.
Dawn McCarty / Bloomberg:
Reader's Digest Files Bankruptcy to Cut $465 Mln Debt  —  RDA Holding Co., publisher of the 91-year-old Reader's Digest magazine, filed for bankruptcy to cut $465 million in debt and focus on North American operations as consumers shift from print to electronic media.
Felix Salmon:
Maria Popova's blogonomics, part 2  —  By a curious coincidence, Maria Popova was scheduled to give a speech about blog business models the day after Tom Bleymaier and I wrote about hers.  I went along to hear what she had to say, and caught up with her afterwards.  —  Popova is making changes to her site.
Ben Jacobs / Daily Download:
What The New York Times Utterly Misses About BuzzFeed  —  The New York Times' profile of Ben Smith, the Editor in Chief of Buzzfeed, depicts him as a brand new phenomenon in journalism.  —  It's not the article's only error— the author, Douglas Quenqua, labors on the misapprehensions …
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Apple TV Rumors Boosted With “High Priority” Job Posting  —  Another Apple job posting hints that Apple has interesting tech en route.  —  Apple job postings are one place the usually secretive company has to reveal a few details about its plans, and a fresh one has added some serious spin to the rumors about an Apple TV.
Discussion: Monday Note, TUAW, BGR, 9to5Mac and MacRumors
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
A New King of Magazines Emerges  —  In 1922, the same year Henry Luce and Briton Hadden founded Time magazine in New York City, Edwin Thomas Meredith launched a title called Fruit, Garden and Home in Des Moines, Iowa.  —  Two years later, the magazine changed its name to Better Homes and Gardens …
Discussion: Guardian
John R. Bohrer / Capital New York:
F.B.I. destroyed file on Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, ‘Times’ publisher behind the Pentagon Papers  —  Arthur Ochs Sulzberger.  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation has destroyed its file on Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, the late New York Times publisher who defied the federal government in the twilight …
Discussion: Gothamist and @jackshafer
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Amazon-owned LoveFilm's MD Jim Buckle to step down after a year in position  —  Online movie rental and streaming service LoveFilm has announced that Managing Director Jim Buckle will be stepping down from the company in March, taking up the reigns as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at online sports equipment retailer Wiggle from April.
Discussion: Accountancy Age
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
The Best Apple Reporter In The World Is A 19-Year-Old College Freshman At Michigan  —  At the end of January, 9to5Mac writer Mark Gurman reported Apple was unexpectedly going to release a new version of the iPad.  —  This model would be 128 gigabytes, giving it twice as much storage …
Discussion: Pressthink, @glennf, @jyarow and @mathewi
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
The Hollywood Reporter Dusts Off Its Party Clothes  —  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Janice Min, the editor of The Hollywood Reporter, looked a little dazed as she stood outside Spago the other night.  And so what if she was?  Facing a firing squad of 16 photographers and 7 TV cameras will do that to a person.
Tessa Stuart / BuzzFeed:
The Fight To Keep YouTube Online in Egypt  —  Egypt's Ministry of Communication and Information Technology says it's impossible to enforce a judge's decree blocking the website.  —  A protester near Tahrir Square in Cairo, September 13, 2012.  Image by Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters
Bianca Bosker / The Huffington Post:
Tesla, The New York Times And The Truth About ‘Truth’ In Data  —  The fierce dispute between The New York Times and the CEO of Tesla Motors over the merits of its electric car is remarkable for what it says about how we argue in a time of seemingly limitless information.
Discussion: Techdirt and The Raw Story
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