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10:10 AM ET, October 5, 2013


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Vivian Schiller Is Lead Candidate for Twitter's Head of News Position  —  According to sources close to the situation, NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller is currently the leading choice for Twitter's Head of News position, which the company hopes to name soon.
Twitter Close to Picking High-Profile Head of News to Make Even Nicer With Media Types  —  Twitter, which made some sort of financial news yesterday, is close to tapping a person to become its head of news, according to sources close to the search.  —  Sources said that the San Francisco …
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
How Twitter's Business Model Is Just Like Broadcast TV — Only Worse  —  In its IPO filing, Twitter describes itself as a “global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time.”  Casually, it is referred to as a microblogging service or an internet social-messaging network.
Discussion: @zimbalist and @peterlauria3
Kate Kaye / AdAge:
Twitter's Overlooked Data Business Could Grow As Retailers Mine Chatter  —  It Won't Challenge Advertising, But More Businesses Will Rely On It  —  When thinking about Twitter's future, almost all the focus is on advertising.  After all, 85% of its sales came from ads in the second quarter.
Pema Levy / Newsweek:
Profile: Marcy Wheeler, the expert behind the NSA-focused emptywheel blog  —  THE WOMAN WHO KNOWS THE NSA'S SECRETS  —  Trawling for needles in the data haystack
Thomas Kent / The Huffington Post:
Who's a Journalist?  Closing in on a Definition  —  The debate over “who's a journalist” is getting more urgent.  Fortunately, the outlines of a definition are becoming clearer.  Might some basic ethical tests help in further drawing the lines?  —  Once mainly a subject for navel-gazing …
Raymond Bonner / ProPublica:
Former NYT writer Raymond Bonner describes government investigation into his reporting  —  How a Telecom Helped the Government Spy on Me  —  Over the past several months, the Obama Administration has defended the government's far-reaching data collection efforts, arguing that only criminals and terrorists need worry.
Discussion: @propublica, @jasonleopold and @timkarr
Simon Rogers / Twitter blog:
Politicians, gov't agencies turn to Twitter amidst #Shutdown  —  The U.S. federal shutdown this week means that for many government departments and agencies Twitter accounts and websites are temporarily paused while negotiations continue.  But others have not let the cessation stop them getting …
Discussion: @grossman
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
At crucial time, cable news fails on shutdown, Obamacare  —  Lots of coverage on MSNBC, Fox and CNN, but few facts, little clarity  —  I did something foolish last week.  I spent at least four hours a day with cable TV news, starting Tuesday.  —  I was hoping for some information and clarity …
Trudy Lieberman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reviewing Obamacare coverage: Week 1  —  A look at the good, the not-so-good, the interesting, and the opportunities ahead  —  It's been overshadowed a little bit by the shutdown in Washington, but this week marked the rollout—at long last—of the Affordable Care Act, and with it came a wave of media attention.
Discussion: Forbes, The Raw Story and
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
U.S. TV networks tout video on-demand for catch-up viewing  —  The morning after a new episode of the drama “Sleepy Hollow” airs on the Fox broadcast network, a message on the show's Facebook page encourages viewers to catch up with the show by clicking on their cable operator's video on demand service.
Leonard Downie Jr. / Washington Post:
In Obama's war on leaks, reporters fight back  —  Leonard Downie, a former executive editor of The Washington Post, is the Weil family professor of journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.  This article is based on his report “The Obama Administration and the Press …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Loom Gets $1.4 Million in Seed Funding From Google, Tencent to Build a Better Photo Library  —  Seeking to stand out in a crowded photo-storage space, Loom said on Friday that it has raised a $1.4 million seed round to fund its vision for syncing photos across multiple devices.
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
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