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5:15 AM ET, September 13, 2013


 Top News: 
Matt Buchanan / The New Yorker Blog:
The Twitter of Tomorrow  —  This afternoon, Twitter officially, and secretly, filed documents to the S.E.C. in advance of its I.P.O. The company is worth billions upon billions of dollars, and its founders will become extremely rich sometime in the next year.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Twitter makes IPO plans official: files confidential S-1, but expected value is about $14B  —  Twitter has announced its long-awaited IPO in, what else, a tweet that came after market closed on Thursday: … Twitter's note that this is a confidential filing means the company's annual revenue is less than $1 billion.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Media shield act moves on to the full Senate  —  A Senate panel on Thursday backed legislation that would offer protections to a broad variety of journalists who do not want to divulge their confidential sources of information.  —  The key point of debate over the bill …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Shield Law Moves Forward, Defines Journalism So That It Leaves Out Wikileaks & Random Bloggers  —  There have been debates on a setting up a special journalist shield law for many years, and every time it comes up it leads to something problematic, as various supporters suddenly want to narrowly define …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Shield law broadens definition of ‘journalist’  —  UPDATE (12:20 p.m.): This bill and the amendment passed 13-to-5 in committee.  —  A new media shield law expected to pass committee on Thursday broadens the definition of “journalist” to include, among other things, any individual deemed appropriate by a federal judge.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Tina Brown to Write Memoir  —  Tina Brown, the veteran editor who announced on Wednesday that she is departing The Daily Beast and magazine journalism, has struck a deal to write a memoir, she said in an interview on Thursday.  —  The book, titled “Media Beast,” will chronicle her career in magazines …
Discussion: New York Magazine and @koblin
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
The Story Behind the Putin Op-Ed Article in The Times  —  A Times reader, Lawrence DeVine, has a few questions about The Times's publication of an Op-Ed article in Thursday's paper by Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia.  He asks: “Did he call up the editorial page editor and say …
Capital New York:
Rick Stengel to leave ‘Time’ for U.S. State Department  —  Richard Stengel, the top editor of Time magazine for the past seven years, is planning to step down as managing editor for a new job at the U.S. Department of State, sources familiar with the situation tell Capital New York and POLITICO.
Salt Lake Tribune:
Trib changes leadership, reduces staff by nearly 20 percent  —  Salt Lake Tribune Editor Nancy Conway, a passionate advocate for open records and government accountability, announced Thursday to the newsroom staff that Publisher William Dean Singleton is stepping down and that she and Editorial …
Josh Dickey / The Wrap:
Judge Rejects FilmOn X's Plea to Keep Rebroadcasting Local TV During Appeal  —  The Washington district court judge who shut down FilmOn X's ability to transmit local TV stations online has rejected its emergency petition to keep doing business while they appeal.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Variety
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Verified Twitter users are getting new ways to better manage their Connect feed  —  Twitter is rolling out a new feature for verified users that it hopes will help improve the experience of reading through who contacts you publicly through the service.  As part of the move …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Parents Television Council: “Sons of Anarchy” premiere shows need for a la carte cable  —  'Sons of Anarchy's' School Shooting Draws Ire of Parents Television Council  —  The conservative watchdog group used the episode, which also featured rape scenes, as an opportunity to push for a la carte networks.
Discussion: The Wrap and
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
Maxim Magazine Sold, With Plans to Create TV Channel  —  Calvin Darden Buys Publication, Aims to Create Media Franchise  —  The owners of Maxim Magazine have agreed to sell the men's magazine to a media group led by Calvin Darden, in a deal aimed at expanding the men's lifestyle brand to cable television and to music production.
Discussion: AdAge
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
How NowThis News handles multi-platform corrections  —  Not long after the Newtown shootings last December, Ed O'Keefe was in the NowThis News newsroom when a Facebook profile some claimed to be the shooter's circulated on social media and via some news organizations.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Reporter Barton Gellman Explains Why It's Extremely Unlikely The Russians Or Chinese Have Snowden's Documents  —  Wednesday's Fresh Air on NPR was devoted entirely to a wonderful interview with Barton Gellman, one of the three reporters (along with Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald) …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Madison Square Garden Enlists JPMorgan to Help Sell Fuse  —  Madison Square Garden Co. (MSG), the sports and entertainment company that owns the namesake arena in Manhattan, hired JPMorgan Chase & Co. to explore a sale of its music-TV channel Fuse.  —  “We have been approached …
Discussion: Media & Entertainment
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Time Inc.'s Executive Suite Was Where ‘Ideas Go To Die,’ Says CEO Joe Ripp  —  New Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp told roughly 300 employees at a town hall-style meeting Wednesday that the company's executive suite has been a place “where ideas go to die,” according to staffers who were present.
Stephanie Yang / TechCrunch:
Mobile News App Circa Launches Its Web Platform For Browsing And Following Stories  —  Circa, a startup that offers quick and mobile news consumption, is expanding its services to the web by launching its online platform for following and sharing news.  While the website doesn't have the full functionality …
Discussion: @antderosa, BestTechie and @circa
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Alerts regains RSS delivery option it lost after Google Reader's demise  —  Google has quietly added back a Feed delivery option to its Google Alerts service.  The return of the feature means you can once again receive alerts for Web search results via RSS, rather than just email.
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