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2:20 PM ET, September 18, 2013


 Top News: 
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Reuters Next Canceled  —  Reuters has decided to cancel Next, the consumer facing website that had been in the works for more than two years, Chief Executive Andrew Rashbass announced this morning in a staff email.  —  “Next is a long way from achieving either commercial viability or strategic success.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC presenter does live broadcast clutching stack of paper instead of iPad  —  Simon McCoy baffles viewers by presenting news item after accidentally picking up refill pack of A4  —  BBC News presenter Simon McCoy mistook a ream of paper for a tablet computer while presenting a report, to the bafflement of viewers
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Modern Farmer Magazine Capitalizes on a Trend  —  HUDSON, N.Y. — When a fledgling magazine gets former President Bill Clinton to contribute an article, you would think he would be featured on the cover.  But the cover model for the current issue of the quarterly Modern Farmer is a sleepy-looking goat.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC faces major review by MPs following recent scandals  —  Culture, media and sport select committee chairman John Whittingdale says payoffs row has given inquiry ‘more urgency’  —  The BBC is facing a major review of its governance by MPs after a series of scandals that have beset the corporation in the past year.
Curt Woodward / Xconomy:
How Did Newspapers Blow It?  Not Enough Engineers, NYT Publisher Says  —  It would be hard to single out just one mistake from the news industry's fumbled transition to the Internet era.  But the most important newspaper publisher in America—Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. of the New York Times—says one stumble sticks out among the rest.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Shane Smith, Vice's $400 Million Man, Is New York's Newest Media Mogul  —  Who will be the next member of New York's media elite to join the FORBES 400, our list of the richest Americans?  A few months ago, the obvious answer would have been David Karp, whose social blogging startup, Tumblr, was worth $800 million and rising.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
John McDermott / AdAge:
SpinMedia Revives Vibe as Quarterly, Considers the Same for Spin  —  Quarterly Theme Issues Will be Less Topical But More In-depth and Evergreen  —  Vibe magazine is celebrating its 20th birthday by announcing it plans to live to see 21.  —  Despite numerous reports this year that the magazine's …
Discussion: Media Wire Daily and FishbowlNY
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
The best magazine on the Internet?  —  If “slow media” needs a poster child, it can find one in Aeon Magazine, an online publication about culture and ideas that marks its first birthday tomorrow.  In the space of a year, the magazine, started by a London-based Australian couple …
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
Online piracy of entertainment content keeps soaring  —  The amount of Internet bandwidth used to illegally download movies, TV shows, music, books and video games has jumped 160% since November 2011, a study says.  —  Measuring infringement content and more.
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
Court grants First Amendment protection to Facebook ‘Like’  —  Liking a political candidate's Facebook Page is the Internet equivalent of displaying a political sign in your front yard, a federal appeals court ruled.  —  A Facebook “Like” is the equivalent of free speech protected by the First Amendment …
Discussion: GigaOM, AllThingsD and Vanity Fair
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Justin Smith on his new mission at Bloomberg  —  Justin Smith's “mission” as C.E.O. of the Bloomberg Media Group will be to “marry the incredible assets” the company's journalists have built over the past several decades with “emerging strategies for winning in the new global media landscape …
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Twitter's IPO Will Reveal How Many Fake Or Inactive Users It Has — And It May Not Be Pretty  —  When Twitter files its S-1 papers for its IPO, it will answer a simple question that has been a bit of a mystery for observers and fans of the company: How many users are on Twitter?
Discussion: The Next Web and VatorNews
Associated Press:
Azerbaijan journalist arrested 3 weeks before vote  —  BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A journalist in Azerbaijan will be held in custody for two months after being charged with illegal possession of a pistol, three weeks before the presidential election.  —  Parviz Qashimli's lawyer says his client denies …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Internet radio service Pandora prevails in license dispute  —  (Reuters) - Pandora Media Inc has won a Manhattan federal court decision rejecting efforts by some music publishers to narrow a license that enables the largest U.S. Internet radio service to play their music.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Talking To Nancy Gibbs, Time Magazine's New Managing Editor  —  Time magazine has a new top editor: Nancy Gibbs, a 28-year veteran of the title.  She was named to the job of managing editor on Tuesday, succeeding Richard Stengel, who's leaving to join the State Department as under secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.
Discussion: TIME, @nycjim, The Wrap and @jeffbercovici
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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