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10:40 AM ET, October 2, 2013


 Top News: 
Anna Li / Poynter:
Government shutdown closes websites, affecting data journalists  —  Tourists, leaf-peepers and rambunctious World War II veterans weren't the only people inconvenienced by the partial government shutdown that began Tuesday: Journalists who deal with government data found themselves in a tough spot …
Discussion: Stars & Stripes, Forbes and UPROXX
Dan Froomkin / Al Jazeera America:
Reporting on government shutdown has failed democracy … American news reports are largely blaming the government shutdown on the inability of both political parties to come to terms.  It is supposedly the result of a “bitterly divided” Congress that “failed to reach agreement” (Washington Post) …
John Hudson / Foreign Policy:
In Shutdown, Government-Funded News Declared ‘Essential to National Security’
Discussion: Poynter and Bangor Daily News
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Chromecast Adds Hulu to Its Modest App Collection  —  Back in July, when Google introduced its Chromecast Web TV gadget, it said that the device would eventually support apps from services like Hulu.  So here's the Hulu app the company had talked about, available via Google Play and Apple's App Store.
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Study: Chromecast allows users to circumvent TV viewing restrictions  —  Google senior product manager Rishi Chandra demonstrated the new Chromecast Internet streaming device at its unveiling in July.  A new survey shows that some consumers are using it to circumvent restrictions on viewing.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Washington Post closes sale to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos  — founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos formally took over as the owner of The Washington Post on Tuesday, officially ending 80 years of local control of the newspaper by the Graham family.
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
The future of the Washington Post Co. without its flagship newspaper
Discussion: @romenesko
Ryan Tate / Wired:
Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online  —  Ev Williams has figured out the internet.  —  That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he may have said this with tongue partly in cheek, he spent …
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
BBC cuts: just four senior management jobs set for closure  —  NUJ official says journalists bear brunt of latest round of cuts to posts, with 75 earmarked for closure in news and current affairs  —  BBC News has earmarked 75 posts for closure, but there are concerns that only four are in senior manager positions.
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Intel exec Erik Huggers throws his hat into the (surprisingly crowded) Hulu CEO ring  —  Early this year, it seemed like no one associated with Hulu wanted to claim ownership of it.  In January, the company's CEO and CTO both announced their resignation, moves that were followed by multiple high level executive departures.
Discussion: C21Media and Digital Trends
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Hulu Ad Chief JP Colaco Is Latest to Depart Video Service
Discussion: Hulu Blog, Variety and AllThingsD
Wall Street Journal:
Thomson Reuters Undertakes Review  —  Thomson Reuters Inc. plans a fresh review of the company's business units, in the latest sign the data provider is looking for ways to respond to weak demand from its financial services clients.  —  In a video emailed to staff on Tuesday …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS Leads News and Documentary Emmy Award Winners  —  ‘60 Minutes,’ ‘CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley’ lead Eye to dozen wins  —  CBS lead TV news hounds with a dozen wins at the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, presented Tuesday night at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall.
Discussion: TVNewser and CBS News
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Scribd Book Service Adds HarperCollins Titles  —  The fledgling books subscription business is getting more competitive.  —  News Corp .'s HarperCollins Publishers has agreed to make available the majority of its U.S. backlist titles to a books subscription service operated by Scribd Inc., a Web-based service.
Discussion: Digits
New York Times:
Hollywood Advancing Clinton Film  —  LOS ANGELES — Two television projects about Hillary Rodham Clinton collapsed under political pressure this week, but she may yet get her close-up on screen, this time from Hollywood.  —  A third biographical portrayal of Mrs. Clinton …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Daily Beast's John Avlon rallies troops as roughly 20 colleagues lose their jobs  —  On the first day of its new life without Newsweek, Daily Beast executive editor John Avlon rallied the troops with an afternoon memo full of good news, like a 36-percent year-over-year traffic gain and a nomination to Adweek's annual “Hot List” poll.
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
We Are Googling the New York Times to Death  —  This morning brought Eleanor Clift's reminiscence about 50 years at Newsweek to my Twitter feed.  Those words alone seem to tell the story: Newsweek was a phenomenally successful product designed for a world that no longer exists.
Discussion: Capital New York
BtoB Magazine to Become Part of Advertising Age  —  BtoB Magazine, the leading publication for business-to-business marketers, will become part of Advertising Age, its sister publication on the consumer marketing side, Crain Communications announced Tuesday.
Discussion: BtoB Magazine, Thanks:@steverubel
Greg Mitchell / The Nation:
‘NYT’ Fingers McClatchy for ‘Terror’ Leak—and Now McClatchy Hits Back  —  Yesterday morning the top story at the New York Times site reported on US analysts feeling that the early-August leak to the media on how Al Qaeda communicates had done more to harm our anti-terrorism effort than anything revealed by Edward Snowden.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: @zseward
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Dan Nosowitz Leaving Popular Science For Ken Lerer's Animal-Themed Website
Jim Romenesko:
Gawker Media hits 97.5M uniques in September
Discussion: @nicknotned and Gawker
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix stock hits all-time high on forecast of strong global growth
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Florida university disciplines student journalist who tried to report on suicide
Discussion: The Daily Pulp and @poynter
Kara Brandeisky / ProPublica:
Northwestern's Journalism Program Offers Students Internships with Prestige, But No Paycheck
Mick Hume / Columbia Journalism Review:
Free speech threats in the US and UK