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3:11 AM ET, September 25, 2013


 Top News: 
Suzanne LaBarre / Popular Science:
Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments  —  Starting today, will no longer accept comments on new articles.  Here's why.  —  Comments can be bad for science.  That's why, here at, we're shutting them off.  —  It wasn't a decision we made lightly.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
YouTube Announces A New Commenting System, Powered By Google+, With Threaded, Ranked And Private Conversations  —  YouTube today announced a new commenting system that will be powered by Google+.  The system, which is launching on channel discussion tabs this week before rolling out to all videos …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
No new TV viewers or newspaper subscribers are being born, BuzzFeed president says  —  Speaking at a NewsCred conference last week, BuzzFeed President Jon Steinberg talked about his theory that content, and the ways it is distributed, will be “completely decoupled, I would say, in the next five years.”
P.J. Bednarski /
Iger Sees Little Cord-Cutting, Says Netflix is Good, Not Dominant
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
TheGrill: Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia - 'Cable's an Inefficient Packaging System'  —  Aereo — which has drawn the legal ire of networks for providing their content via tiny antennas — has been painted as a potential killer of the television and cable industries.
Discussion: Media Money …
Karen Fratti / 10,000 Words: and Quora Partner Up For New Column  — and Quora announced a partnership this week.  It's called the Quora Column, and contributors will write columns based on popular discussions on the Q&A site.  —  They launched a trial column this summer on the travel pages, where it's been a success.
Discussion: Slate and
Luisita Lopez Torregrosa / New York Times:
Tina Brown Goes Global  —  NEW YORK — The evolving and shifting global women's movement is about to get more crowded and more star-powered as Tina Brown, the storied magazine editor who has decided to leave publishing, takes her Women in the World celebrity-studded show out into the world.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Spanish journalist missing in Syria  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas in Syria.  The special correspondent for the Barcelona-based El Periódico was kidnapped by rebel jihadi fighters on September 4 near the city of Hama …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Former Tribune Co. executive sentenced to 2 years  —  U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan Tuesday sentenced former Tribune Co. executive Stephanie Pater to two years in prison, Meredith Rodriguez reports.  Pater, whom former Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell appointed to her post in 2008 …
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Date Officially Set for International Herald Tribune Rebranding  —  The Twitter account @IHTComms let the cat out of the bag last week.  But today, it was officially confirmed by publisher Stephen Dunbar-Johnson in a letter to International Herald Tribune readers: October 15 is the day the paper …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter will send alerts to your phone about popular people and their tweets  —  Twitter will begin sending new push notifications to users based on the activity of the people they follow, whether it's a new account or a popular tweet.  Based on Twitter's 6-month-old MagicRecs account …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Dan Colarusso named executive editor of Reuters Digital  —  Dan Colarusso is the new executive editor of Reuters Digital, making him the third person this year to hold that title at the news service.  —  His appointment, announced in an internal memo obtained by Capital …
Matthew Kassel / The New York Observer:
CUNY J-School Will Get a Center for Business Journalism  —  A new business journalism center is coming to the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, thanks to a $3 million donation from the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Family Foundation.  —  The foundation was established …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
Internet Pioneer RealNetworks Seeks Revival  —  SEATTLE — When a ground-breaking product called RealPlayer was released in its earliest form in 1995, Steven P. Jobs had yet to return to Apple, Google's future founders had only just met and Mark Zuckerberg was 10 years old.
Discussion: TechCrunch, AllThingsD and VentureBeat
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Appeals To Publishers With New Article Pins, Pushes To Become A Bookmarking & “Read It Later” Service  —  Only days after announcing the launch of ads, social networking site Pinterest is now making an appeal to publishers.  The company is today rolling out an updated “article” …
Jim Romenesko:
Rem Rieder is named USA Today feature editor  —  Rem Rieder, who resigned as American Journalism Review editor in June to become USA Today media editor, is taking on the additional duties of feature editor at Gannett's flagship paper.  The editor's memo:
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Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: @brianfaughnan
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Hulu CEO: $750M means you start getting more scripts
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
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Max Read / Gawker:
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
UK music magazine NME experiments with charging for enhanced version of cover story
Erik Wemple:
CBS News's Sharyl Attkisson: Hacking investigation ‘progressing’
Discussion: TVNewser and @jayrosen_nyu
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Spotify Launches In Taiwan, Argentina, Greece and Turkey
Steven Musil / CNET:
Judge appears to back Google's defense of digital books project
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
TV news should have on-air fact-checkers
Discussion: @antderosa, TVSpy and @davidfolkenflik