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5:15 PM ET, September 16, 2013


 Top News: 
Will Oremus / Slate:
NBC, CBS Remind Us You Don't Have to Be on Reddit or Twitter to Misidentify a Mass Killer  —  Lest we think that Redditors, tweeters, and bloggers have a monopoly on rushing to judgment when tragedies are unfolding, a pair of network news stations today provided a reminder that premature reports are as old as the news itself.
Desiree Everts DeNunzio / CNET:
Washington Post drops paywall in wake of DC shooting  —  The Washington Post is suspending its pay gate in an effort to get information out to all readers.  —  The Washington Post has dropped its paywall for readers seeking more information about the shootings Monday morning in the Washington Navy Yard …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
The media's mistakes in covering Navy Yard shooting
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter's Third Act: A New Design to Court the Mainstream  —  Twitter has lots of users.  It wants a lot more.  —  That is, in part, why it is planning a massive overhaul of its mobile apps, designed to make the service more appealing to mainstream users.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Guardian Story on Israel and N.S.A. Is Not ‘Surprising’ Enough to Cover  —  Many Times readers have been writing to me for several days about a story The Guardian broke last week, describing how the United States routinely shares with Israel intelligence information that the National Security Agency gathers on American citizens.
David Carr / New York Times:
Storytelling Ads May Be Journalism's New Peril  —  When the guy who ruined the Internet with banner ads tells you that a new kind of advertising might destroy journalism, it tends to get your attention.  —  That's not entirely fair.  Joe McCambley, founder of The Wonderfactory …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
FTC to take closer look at “native advertising” trend
Lizzie Widdicombe / New Yorker:
Bryan Goldberg's adventures in women's publishing.  —  A young man's adventures in women's publishing.
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Politico Plans for New York Are Drawing Some Doubt  —  Until last week, Capital New York was an obscure Web publication that covered New York City culture and politics with a handful of staff members.  It produced long, thoughtful pieces on topics like the Metropolitan Opera and the finances …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Netflix Uses Pirate Sites to Determine What Shows to Buy  —  Video streaming giant Netflix sees itself as one of the most prominent competitors to the many pirate sites that offer video content without owners' permission.  —  However, these pirate sites also offer Netflix valuable information …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CNN Wins First Primetime Emmys with ‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’  —  CNN's “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” took home two Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards last night.  This is the first time CNN has been awarded a primetime Emmy.  (The network has won several News & Documentary Emmy awards).
Discussion: and CNN
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Video isn't breaking the internet: The industry giants are  —  The web can't handle video, goes the common refrain.  For example, Comcast estimates that if people wanted to watch the television content they watch on its pay TV service using the web, each home would consume 648 gigabytes per month.
Anya Kamenetz / Fast Company:
Upworthy is doubling its staff after $8 million Series A funding round  —  Upworthy, a content aggregator focused on emotionally hard-hitting “stuff that matters,” has announced an $8 million Series A funding round led by Spark Capital (early investors in Tumblr and Twitter) …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Inks Firehose Deal With DataSift To Tumble Further Into The World Of Big Media Advertising  —  When Yahoo acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion earlier this year, Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman both pointed out that advertising on the site (and revenues from those ads) …
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Nexstar to Acquire Citadel's Iowa Stations for $88 Million  —  Partner Mission Broadcasting swings deal to buy stations in Binghamton, N.Y.  —  Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Mission Broadcasting are teaming up to acquire five stations for a combined $103.25 million.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Warby Parker sponsors Atavist e-single, offering free reads on the web for a month  —  Trendy eyeglasses maker Warby Parker is sponsoring an e-single at long-form nonfiction web publisher The Atavist, offering free reads for a month.  —  Here's a cool twist in payment models for long-form content …
Discussion: @tcarmody
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News Taps New Social-Media Tool To Give Viewers Chance To Speak
Discussion: PR Newswire
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC to review performance of news and current affairs output
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Discussion: AppNewser
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Guardian launches style magazine The Fashion
Discussion: Guardian, The Drum and Press Gazette
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Discussion: @jeffjohnroberts
Marie Gilot / Knight Foundation:
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