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6:38 PM ET, September 10, 2013


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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Statement From Business Insider  —  A Business Insider executive has made some comments on Twitter that do not reflect our values and have no place at our company.  The executive has left the company, effective immediately.  —  Business Insider's team is composed of more than 100 talented men …
Connor Simpson / The Atlantic Wire:
Controversial CTO Pax Dickinson Is Out at Business Insider  —  Business Insider came under fire Monday after the world was alerted to the sexist, misogynistic, homophobic and classist Twitter feed of its chief-technology officer Pax Dickinson.  The two sides have parted ways, though there's some debate over the semantics.
Jack Shafer:
Kurtz moves from CNN to Fox with the same old song  —  After “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz parted ways with CNN in June and announced the move of his Sunday morning TV act to Fox News Channel, he had a chance to retool the media-news-and-criticism formula he purveyed on the network for 15 years.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
‘MediaBuzz’ Debut Wins in Total Viewers, But ‘Reliable Sources’ Tops in the Demo
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Apple TV a no-show, in any respect, at iPhone event  —  Despite initial hopes for new hardware, and then tempered hopes for a software update, Apple continues to tread water on its set-top box.  —  A lot of big names showed up at Apple's event Tuesday — Al Gore, Marissa Mayer, Elvis Costello …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Outbrain plans IPO valued at $1 billion for 2014 - reports  —  Outbrain, the biggest of the content engines that help publishers serve suggested stories and ads, will reportedly seek $200 million from Wall Street in 2014.  —  Outbrain, a startup that helps publishers like CNN and USA Today serve ads …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Amidst IPO Rumors, Outbrain Hires Its First CFO, Jeff Davison
Discussion: MarketWatch
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Politico Founder Sees $1,000 a Year Fee for Capital N.Y.  —  Robert Allbritton, publisher of Washington politics website Politico, plans to charge subscription fees of about $1,000 a year for a high-end version of newly acquired media and politics blog Capital New York.
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Netflix Added to Virgin Media U.K. TV in Industry First  —  Netflix Inc. (NFLX)'s subscription-video service will be offered on Virgin Media cable systems in the U.K., marking the first time the Web-delivered product is integrated by a major pay-TV provider.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Stock Hits All-Time High
Discussion: Business Insider and Bloomberg
Phyllis Furman / NY Daily News:
Daily News launches startup incubator, Innovation Lab  —  Daily News' Innovation Lab will nurture cutting-edge media technology startups  —  Innovation starts at the Daily News.  The News on Monday announced the launch of the Innovation Lab, a program that will provide select early-stage startup businesses …
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
The New Yorker Goes Native  —  In January, when the Atlantic ran sponsored content on behalf of Scientology, the media world went apoplectic.  Last month, when the New Yorker began experimenting with sponsored content, no one made a peep.  Times have changed.
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
Time Inc. Acquires American Express Publishing  —  Time Inc. will buy all five of American Express Publishing's magazine titles, the company is set to announce on Tuesday.  Time Inc. CEO Joseph Ripp sent a memo to employees informing them of the deal.  —  TheWrap previously reported that the deal was “very close” to being finalized.
Jim Romenesko:
Patch editors will be working harder, not smarter  —  What's Patch's editorial strategy now that it's laid off hundreds of staffers and closed many of its sites?  Here's a report from a Romenesko tipster: … Care to add to this, Patch staffers?  Post in comments or send me an email.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
University apologizes for censoring crypto prof over anti-NSA post  —  Johns Hopkins acted “on inadequate information.”  —  Andrew Douglas, interim dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, has apologized publicly today for asking one of his cryptography professors …
Matthew Holehouse / Telegraph:
Culture Secretary ‘has doubts over BBC Trust’  —  Future of the BBC Trust called into question again after a cabinet minister indicated the Culture Secretary has doubts over the body.  —  Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, said Maria Miller shared his view that the BBC Trust is failing to do its job.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Investment Firm Takes 11.9 Percent Stake in News Corp  —  Southeastern Asset Management has purchased more than 23 million of the publishing company's Class-B shares.  —  Southeastern Asset Management, which invests in “undervalued” securities, has taken an 11.9 percent stake in News Corp …
Wall Street Journal:
DNI documents: NSA phone record searches between 2006 and 2009 violated privacy protections  —  NSA Violated Privacy Protections, Officials Say  —  Revelation Calls Into Question Security of Phone-Record Database  —  WASHINGTON—The National Security Agency's searches …
German publisher G+J to spend millions on digital expansion  —  FRANKFURT, Sept 10 (Reuters) - German publisher Gruner+Jahr (G+J) is to invest several hundred million euros in an online expansion, following other media groups in seeking fresh revenue streams as newspapers and magazines decline.
Thomas Rid / Slate:
The Rest of the Snowden Files Should Be Destroyed  —  The leaks have done a lot of good.  But a lot more damage could be done.  —  Privacy is fundamental in an open democracy.  Without privacy, there is no democracy.  Security is also fundamental.  Without security, there is no democracy, either.
Min-Jeong Lee / Digits:
Samsung Sets Sights on TV Apps  —  Samsung Electronics Co. has been beefing up its software capabilities for its smartphones to compete with Apple Inc. Now, it's also setting its sights on apps for its Internet-connected TVs.  —  At the IFA trade show in Berlin last week …
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
Here's what you miss by only talking to white men about the digital revolution and journalism  —  On Monday, Harvard's Joan Shorenstein Center on The Press, Politics and Public Policy and the Nieman Journalism Lab launched Riptide, a new project about the disruption of journalism by technology.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Apps pushed Vevo to 4bn video streams and 526m viewers in June 2013  —  Vevo has published its latest metrics in a US Music Video Viewership Report for January-June 2013, showing strong growth for the music videos service both in the US and globally, fuelled by its apps.
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Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
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Tom Kulaga / INMA:
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Discussion: @munkjournalism
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Jason Leopold / Al Jazeera America:
FBI continues to investigate Hastings for ‘controversial reporting’
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
House bill aims to prevent broadcast TV blackouts
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
TV Ad Spending Up 6.4% In 2nd Quarter
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Public-private partnership: Slate and WBUR team up on a podcast, connecting public radio content to a national audience
Discussion: NPR and @niemanlab