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9:25 AM ET, September 11, 2013


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
That Apple TV Refresh Is Coming Next Week  —  Nope, Apple didn't show off new Apple TV hardware yesterday.  —  And Apple didn't talk about new software for its Web video box, either.  But it's still coming.  —  People familiar with the company's plans say that Apple TV is scheduled …
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
For Politico ‘High Traffic is Overrated’  —  On Monday, Politico owner Robert Allbritton bought Capital New York, a New York-focused digital-only publication.  Jim VandeHei, a Politico founding editor and former reporter at the Washington Post, has been tasked to serve as the new president of Capital New York.
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CBS News says it almost gave up on Assad interview  —  NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News had essentially given up its pursuit of Syrian President Bashar Assad for an interview because he would not agree to go on “60 Minutes,” until Charlie Rose suggested airing it on PBS.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Yahoo! News
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: @pkafka and @jackshafer
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
‘MediaBuzz’ Debut Wins in Total Viewers, But ‘Reliable Sources’ Tops in the Demo
Nicole Perlroth / NYT Bits:
Government Announces Steps to Restore Confidence on Encryption Standards  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The federal agency charged with recommending cybersecurity standards said Tuesday that it would reopen the public vetting process for an encryption standard, after reports that the National Security Agency …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
University apologizes for censoring crypto prof over anti-NSA post
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Ann Arbor News, or There and Back Again: Why the news world's first print edition of a website is coming to a close  —  Back in 2009, the news-about-news world was focused on Ann Arbor — and not because Michigan football was any good.  That was when The Ann Arbor News …
Discussion: Street Fight
Sharon Terlep / Wall Street Journal:
Dish Director Quit Amid Flap  —  Director Was on Special Committee to Vet LightSquared Deal  —  A Dish Network Corp. director who resigned in recent weeks did so amid a disagreement over the company's handling of a bid for a telecommunications firm that could deliver hundreds of millions …
Discussion: Bloomberg and
Ryan Jacobs / The Atlantic Online:
Israel and BuzzFeed: When Government PR Goes Viral  —  User-generated content isn't just for everyday people anymore.  —  Two weeks ago, Israel expanded its robust “public diplomacy” efforts, which include an active Twitter presence and a popular military Instagram, with a post written …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
From Sesame Street to Fleet Street: New Telegraph editor-in-chief is a digital visionary and ‘diplomatic change agent’  —  The website manager of a US TV network best known for children's programmes like Sesame Street is at first glance a surprising choice to become the new editor-in-chief of Britain's best-selling broadsheet newspaper.
Associated Press:
Netflix launches in Netherlands, its 41st country … LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix is launching its video streaming service in the Netherlands Wednesday, making good on plans it announced three months ago.  It also set a price: 7.99 euros ($10.63) per month.  The first month is free.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Stock Hits All-Time High
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Google courts copyright holders with promotional anti-piracy brochure  —  As a giant of the online world, Google has faced its share of heat for allegedly promoting piracy.  Even as it's fought against the RIAA and MPAA in Congress, though, it's attempted to reconcile with the film and music industries …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
WordPress folds in Google+ for authentication, comments  —  Google's social-network technology is grafted onto the self-publishing system, adding new sharing options and and giving WordPress posts prominence in search results.  —  WordPress, the widely used blogging system …
Bill Adair / Poynter:
Ebooks without enough ‘e’ offer lessons for news organizations  —  I did my vacation reading from pixels instead of paper.  —  I read ebook versions of “Bruce,” a Springsteen biography by Peter Ames Carlin, and Dan Brown's bestselling novel “Inferno.”  Both had great potential for extra audio …
Discussion: @poynter
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Retrans Fight Stars in STELA Hearing
Asawin Suebsaeng / Mother Jones:
Vogue's Puff Piece on The Assads Is Back Online—For Now
Discussion: @motherjones
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Investment Firm Takes 11.9 Percent Stake in News Corp
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Apps pushed Vevo to 4bn video streams and 526m viewers in June 2013
Wall Street Journal:
DNI documents: NSA phone record searches between 2006 and 2009 violated privacy protections
Min-Jeong Lee / Digits:
Samsung Sets Sights on TV Apps
German publisher G+J to spend millions on digital expansion
Discussion: Financial Times
 Earlier Picks: 
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Here's what you miss by only talking to white men about the digital revolution and journalism
Connor Simpson / The Atlantic Wire:
Controversial CTO Pax Dickinson Is Out at Business Insider
Jim Romenesko:
Patch editors will be working harder, not smarter
Discussion: @niemanlab
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
Time Inc. Acquires American Express Publishing