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10:15 PM ET, September 29, 2013


 Top News: 
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
As Jeff Bezos prepares to take over, a look at forces that shaped The Washington Post sale  —  On April 4, Donald E. Graham sat for a videotaped interview about how the Internet and digital technology had hammered and transformed the news business.  Cradling a coffee cup emblazoned with the word …
David Carr / New York Times:
For Journalists, More Firepower to Protect Sources and Secrets  —  Earlier this year, federal investigators secretly obtained two months of phone records of reporters and editors at The Associated Press, including calls on their home phones and cellphones.  They did so without providing notice …
Discussion: @kgosztola and @mathewi
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of selling more stuff  —  It's a certified trend: Thanks to digital media, we're consuming more stuff.  —  This week, we saw the fairly astounding news that mobile minutes are doubling the amount of time Americans are spending online, with smartphone and tablet usage the great multipliers.
Discussion: @rajunarisetti and @jayrosen_nyu
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Perilous Task of Innovation in a Digital Age  —  CRUISES.  Conferences.  New forms of advertising.  Fancy multimedia storytelling.  —  The Gray Lady, as The New York Times has long been known, isn't as sedate as she used to be.  The company is innovating like a house afire.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Twitter plans to make its IPO filing public this week  —  Twitter's IPO filing is ready, and the company intends to make it public this week, according to someone familiar with the plan.  The goal is for Twitter to begin trading, likely on the New York Stock Exchange, before Thanksgiving.
Discussion: CNET
Jim Romenesko:
Memo: ‘Regretfully, a number of Patches will have to be closed’  —  Bud Rosenthal, the new CEO of AOL's Patch, told employees in a memo sent at 6:14 p.m. ET Friday that “we have believed strongly in the value of a connected local community.  However this commitment has not translated …
Discussion: @dangillmor
Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV to Help Finance Indie Films  —  Deal With Independent Studio A24 Includes Early Rights to Video on Demand  —  DirecTV is taking a step into the movie-financing business.  —  The satellite operator struck a deal with startup movie studio A24 Inc. to partner with it in acquiring independent films …
Discussion: @stevesi
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Must tweet TV: ‘Breaking Bad’ is a breakout hit for Twitter  —  Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse Pinkman on “Breaking Bad,” has become a Twitter all-star by live tweeting episodes.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With the potency of a batch of 99.1% pure meth cooked by Walter White and Jesse Pinkman …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What does the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel know that your newsroom doesn't?  —  Editor's note: In 1882, not long before his 25th birthday, a Wisconsin newspaperman named Lucius Nieman gave his new paper, The Milwaukee Journal, a mission: “The Journal will be the outspoken …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and Nieman Reports
Jared Malsin / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Egypt, an anti-Brotherhood media crackdown  —  The current censorship exceeds the crackdown of ousted president Mohamed Morsi  —  CAIRO—The screens went black around 9pm.  It was night of July 3, and Egypt's military chief, General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, announced on state television …
Discussion: Middle East
Sarah Marshall /
The Economist rethinks ‘lean forward, lean back’ model  —  The rise in popularity of touch-screen devices means publishers should be ‘touch first and mobile second’, Neelay Patel from The Economist Group tells conference  —  Until recently The Economist's model was lean forward, lean back publishing.
Discussion: @jeffjarvis and @marklittlenews
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
NSFWCORP CEO announces success in public appeal for funds following loosened SEC rules  —  NSFWCORP's race to survive... The results are in  —  On Monday, I wrote about my “Brewster's Millions"-style struggle to close NSFWCORP's latest round of funding before we were forced into a unwanted “pivot.”
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Feds: DOJ press guidelines don't raise bar for leak case
Discussion: @joshgerstein and @kgosztola
Tom Hals / Reuters:
Judge tosses lawsuit opposed to Sirius takeover by Liberty Media
George Brock / New Statesman:
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Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's … and @annnyberg