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9:50 AM ET, October 1, 2013

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Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Scribd, HarperCollins Launch $8.99 Subscription Book Service  —  Spotify and Netflix have brought subscription services to the music and movie space.  Could Scribd apply that model to the world of books?  —  For a small monthly fee, consumers are used to getting unlimited access to all types of content …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Music video site VEVO launches in Germany  —  Music and entertainment-focused video site VEVO has arrived in Germany, ending its two-year long effort to meet local licensing demands in the European country.  —  VEVO has opened an office in Berlin, out of which its operations in Germany — its 13th market worldwide — will be run.
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Sarah Bartlett Named New Dean of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism  —  Sarah Bartlett has been named the new dean of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, departing dean Stephen Shepard announced this evening.  —  “Sarah is a wonderful person to lead the CUNY J-School to new heights of excellence.
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Dish, Disney Agree to Short-Term Extension Amid Continued Talks  —  UPDATED: The agreement covers ESPN, Disney Channel and ABC-owned TV stations.  —  Dish Network and the Walt Disney Co. have extended the deadline on their negotiations for a new retransmission consent agreement beyond the current Monday deadline.
Joel Connelly / seattlepi.com:
Kathy Best is new editor of Seattle Times  —  Kathy Best has been named the new editor of The Seattle Times, taking the place of David Boardman, who resigned to become dean of the communications school at Temple University.  —  Best's 33-year journalism career began in 1980 with the Quad City Times …
Discussion: The Seattle Times
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 …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Journalist Glenn Greenwald to host Reddit Q&A about NSA files  —  Guardian reporter will field questions during an Ask Me Anything discussion on the social news Web site.  —  If like many people, you have questions about the confidential files detailing the National Security Agency's data …
Discussion: The Verge and The Next Web
Aarti Virani / India Real Time:
South Asia's Growing Impact on U.S. Films, TV … When she was growing up in Kentucky, Samata Narra regularly snuck into her family's laundry room to catch episodes of the soap opera “General Hospital” on a tiny television set.  —  “My parents only allowed me to watch 30 minutes of TV for every two hours of reading,” said Ms. Narra.
Discussion: @theaerogram
Karthika Muthukumaraswamy / The Huffington Post:
A La Carte Journalism: Where People (and Reporters) Set the Agenda  —  So you want to do investigative journalism?  Or produce a TV series?  Or create a biopic?  But you don't have the money to fund it?  No problem.  Ask your future consumers for money.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Spotify now lets users follow artists and tastemakers directly from the web  —  Spotify is making it easier than ever to start following musicians, record labels, and other curators with the debut of its own “Follow” button for the web.  Alongside buttons to subscribe to different parties' updates …
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 …
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Local Newspapers Scramble for Native Ad Strategies  —  The native-ad push isn't just for the big boys: teetering local newspapers are rushing to adopt the latest online ad gambit.  —  The Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Cape May County (N.J.) Herald all have dabbled in some form of native advertising.
Greg Mitchell / The Nation:
Media Coverage of Shutdown Threat: A Journalistic ‘Disgrace’  —  Probably the smartest thing I read all weekend on the pending government shutdown, and the debt ceiling crisis, came from James Fallows.  And, courtesy of the often laughable (and dangerous) Washington Post editorial section …
 
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Michael S. Malone / Forbes:
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Stephen Lepitak / The Drum:
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Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
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Discussion: bizjournals
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
First Newsweek hires under the new regime: Nicholas Wapshott, Victoria Bekiempis
Adrienne LaFrance / Medium:
I Analyzed a Year of My Reporting for Gender Bias and This Is What I Found
Discussion: Poynter
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
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