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11:50 AM ET, October 16, 2013


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Jeremy Scahill, Laura Poitras Teaming Up With Glenn Greenwald On New Media Venture  —  NEW YORK — Journalists Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras will be working with Glenn Greenwald on a new media venture funded by billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Exclusive: Glenn Greenwald Will Leave Guardian To Create New News Organization  —  Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer and blogger who brought the Guardian the biggest scoop of the decade, is departing the London-based news organization, for a brand new, large-scale, broadly-focused media outlet, he told BuzzFeed Tuesday.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Exclusive: Greenwald exits Guardian for new Omidyar media venture  —  (Reuters) - Glenn Greenwald, who has made headlines around the world with his reporting on U.S. electronic surveillance programs, is leaving the Guardian newspaper to join a new media venture funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Court Rejects Appeal Bid by Writer in Leak Case  —  WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal by James Risen, an author and a reporter for The New York Times, who was ordered in July to testify in the trial of a former Central Intelligence Agency official accused of leaking information to him.
$40-million round for Vox seals it: Venture capital likes media  —  Vox's new mega-round puts a bow on content's “holy s**t” moment  —  Today it was revealed that Vox Media, owner of The Verge, SB Nation, and Polygon has raised another $40 million of funding.
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Vox Media Raises $34 Million to Expand Video Business
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
Aaron Swartz's last gift to journalism and online privacy finds a new home  —  (Daniel J. Sieradski via Flickr)  —  Before Aaron Swartz's suicide in January, he had nearly completed work with Wired's Kevin Poulsen on a secure system to accept messages and documents from anonymous sources over the Internet.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC to Name Head of VOD Service, Treat It Like Fifth TV Channel  —  Director of television Danny Cohen discusses possible on-demand offers, expected cost cuts and when broadband delivery of content may supersede broadcasting in the U.K.  —  LONDON - The BBC is planning to name a controller …
Discussion: Guardian
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Marvel Preps 60-Episode Package Of Four Series & A Mini For VOD & Cable Networks  —  EXCLUSIVE: The notorious secrecy that surrounds Marvel's projects has been heightened to the nth degree for this one.  No one would breathe a word, with rumors that everyone from top to bottom is bound …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Twitter's changing its direct messaging policy, some journalists are ready to take advantage  —  Twitter is changing an old policy that meant that you could only be DM'd by — that is, you could only receive a direct message from — users that you follow.  (So if I follow John Doe …
Discussion: Mashable and Pocket-lint
Casey Newton / The Verge:
This just in: why news is Twitter's next frontier
Discussion: @mcproulx
Jim Romenesko:
Patch now has some unstaffed sites  —  Patch now has three types of sites: Staffed, Lightly Staffed, and Unstaffed.  They're explained in a memo sent this morning by Patch Media CEO Bud Rosenthal. … * Here's an example of an unstaffed Patch site  —  * Read Patch editors' farewells
Discussion: Poynter
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
AwesomenessTV, Hearst to Create Channel Aimed at Teen Girls  —  Keach Hagey … When Hearst Corp. wanted to expand its affluent-male Esquire brand into television, it linked up with a cable channel.  But to establish a video channel for its teen girl bible Seventeen, Hearst is turning to Google Inc. 's YouTube.
Discussion: Folio, The Wrap, Digital Journal and Variety
Matthew Futterman / Wall Street Journal:
NFL Explores New Slate of Thursday Night Games  —  SHALINI RAMACHANDRAN  —  Shalini Ramachandran … The National Football League is considering selling another slate of Thursday games to a media outlet to increase the audience for football on one of television's most competitive nights …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MPAA Says Piracy Damages Can't Be Measured  —  As the trial date moves closer, the arguments between the MPAA and BitTorrent search engine isoHunt are heating up.  —  One of the issues the two parties are in disagreement over is whether isoHunt should be able to question the notion that piracy is actually hurting the movie industry.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Can digital rentals block piracy?  New site gathers the data  —  The most popular content still isn't available quickly, cheaply, and legally.  —  Google made changes to its search algorithm last year in an effort to demote sites associated with piracy, but the entertainment industry continues …
Shalini Ramachandran / Corporate Intelligence:
In Aereo Fight, Are Comcast and NBCUniversal at Odds? … Are Comcast Corp.'s cable business and its NBCUniversal entertainment unit on the same page when it comes to the Aereo legal battle?  That's a question worth asking in the wake of Friday's petition by major broadcasters seeking …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and @shaliniwsj
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Ebook subscription startup Oyster expands to iPad and opens to all; some stats from Scribd  —  Oyster, the Peter Thiel-backed startup that aims to be a Netflix for ebooks, was iPhone-only and invite-only for its first six weeks.  On Wednesday, though, Oyster launched its iPad app and opened up to everyone.
Zach Bergson / Digiday:
NowThis: Snapchatting the News  —  NowThis News, the mobile video news organization whose push onto Instagram made headlines this summer, is now moving onto a new social video frontier: Snapchat.  —  Stories, Snapchat's latest feature, allows users to take a series of videos and images that can be viewed and shared within 24 hours.
Discussion: Mashable and @digiday
Effort to Split Murdoch From Chairman Role Resumes at 21st Century Fox  —  Similar Drives Have Fallen Short Before  —  21st Century Fox Inc. investors backing a resolution to strip the chairman job from CEO Rupert Murdoch said they have won the support of shareholder-advisory firm Glass, Lewis & Co.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Snowden leaks: David Cameron urges committee to investigate Guardian  —  PM says leaks have damaged national security and suggests MPs could ‘examine issue and make further recommendations’  —  David Cameron has encouraged a Commons select committee to investigate whether the Guardian …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Univision to Debut ‘Flama,’ Its First Online-Only Video Network, on YouTube  —  Hispanic broadcaster forms joint venture with Bedrocket for online Latin culture network aimed at millennials  —  Univision Communications has formed a joint venture with digital media producer Bedrocket Media to launch Flama …
Discussion: VideoInk and Tubefilter
Ben Quinn / Guardian:
New York Times editor defends journalists over Snowden leaks  —  Jill Abramson says on BBC's Newsnight that Guardian articles on NSA files are ‘very much in the public interest’  —  Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, has mounted a defence of the ability of journalists …
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