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8:05 PM ET, September 30, 2013

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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Breaking Bad series finale breaks piracy records  —  Breaking Bad's series finale just broke a dubious record: The last episode of the critically acclaimed show has been pirated more than 500,000 times within the first 12 hours after it first appeared online, according to Torrentfreak.
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Don Reisinger / CNET:
‘Breaking Bad’ secret to success?  HDTVs and Netflix  —  That's the claim from the show's cinematographer Michael Slovis, who says that services like Netflix allow for binge viewing and thus, increased ratings.  —  The “Breaking Bad” finale might have come and gone, but the mania surrounding …
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Can the Guardian take its aggressive investigations global?  —  At eight-thirty on the morning of June 21st, Alan Rusbridger, the unflappable editor of the Guardian, Britain's liberal daily, was in his office, absorbing a lecture from Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary to Prime Minister David Cameron.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
CNN's Hillary Clinton Movie Has Been Canceled, Director Says  —  The planned documentary on Hillary Clinton that caused CNN to be banned from 2016 Republican debates has been canceled, its director said on Monday.  —  In a blog for HuffPost, Charles Ferguson said that it was a near total stonewalling …
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC Scraps Hillary Clinton Miniseries  —  “After reviewing and prioritizing our slate of movie/mini-series development, we've decided that we will no longer continue developing the Hillary Clinton miniseries,” the network said in a statement Monday.  —  David Livingston/Getty Images
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
Liberty calls for bail time limit as journalists and others left on bail for up to two years  —  Rights group seeks six-month statutory maximum as 40 remain on bail in operations Elveden and Tuleta after two years  —  The human rights group Liberty is calling for a six-month limit …
Discussion: @dansabbagh and Softpedia News
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Evelyn M. Rusli / Digits:
Facebook Woos TV Networks With More Data  —  Facebook is laying down a new gauntlet in its battle with Twitter to dominate online conversation around television: more data for broadcasters.  —  This week, Facebook says it will begin sending weekly reports to America's four largest television networks …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Dallas Morning News to drop paywall Oct. 1  —  On Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News' online content “will be accessible to everyone, free of charge,” a company press release says.  It will also offer a premium service with “enhanced design and navigation, limited advertising, and access to unique subscriber ... Read more
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
News: Personalized or Serendipitous?  —  Every digital news designer faces the question: should the traditional serendipity of contents be preserved or should we go full steam for personalization?  It turns out Google is already working on ways to combine both — on its usual grand scale.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
First Newsweek hires under the new regime: Nicholas Wapshott, Victoria Bekiempis  —  With less than a day to go before Barry Diller's IAC passes the baton to Newsweek's new owners, IBT Media, word is beginning to leak out about the first new recruits at the legendary newsmagazine turned digital publication.
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Bloomberg and @alexnazaryan
Stephen Lepitak / The Drum:
Buzzfeed appoints The MediaBriefing editor Patrick Smith as media editor  —  Editor of media website The Mediabriefing, Patrick Smith, is to depart after three years to join BuzzFeed as media editor.  —  Smith, who made the announcement in a blog post on the website and another …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Arti Patel / Folio:
BuzzFeed Tops List of Social-Sharing News Sites  —  Survey shows news sharing jump across the board for all media publishers.  —  Media publishing companies have increased interactivity between their content and consumers on social-networking sites in droves year-over-year, according to a new data survey conducted by NewsWhip.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Congressman Proposes New Rules for Music Royalties  —  The music industry is gearing up for yet another fight over one of its most intractable issues: radio royalties.  Only this time, it involves the online world as well.  —  On Monday, Representative Melvin L. Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina …
 
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Alison Langley / Columbia Journalism Review:
Google France's $81 million media boost
Michael S. Malone / Forbes:
The New World of Passion Television
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Nielsen Completes $1.26 Billion Purchase of Arbitron
Discussion: bizjournals
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Content will vanish from shuttered Milwaukee-area Patch sites, editor says
Discussion: Street Fight and @abeaujon
Adrienne LaFrance / Medium:
I Analyzed a Year of My Reporting for Gender Bias and This Is What I Found
Discussion: Poynter
 Earlier Picks: 
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Times and Sunday Times merger ruled out as directors finally approve appointments of Witherow and Ivens
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: ABC News Poaches Reuters Editor To Run Web Operations
Discussion: ABC News and @peterlauria3
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Yahoo agrees to pay damages to Singapore Press Holdings, ending copyright infringement lawsuit
Mauricio Serpa / PolicyMic:
Global Leaders Write For Newspapers and Keep Print Journalism Alive
Ryan Holiday / Betabeat:
It's War: Scale and Intimacy Duke it Out in the Comments Section
Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV to Help Finance Indie Films
Discussion: Variety, Deadline.com and @shaliniwsj