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9:10 AM ET, October 17, 2013


 Top News: 
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Why Pierre Omidyar decided to join forces with Glenn Greenwald for a new venture in news  —  Yesterday word leaked out that Glenn Greenwald would be leaving the Guardian to help create some new thing backed by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay.  I just got off the phone with Omidyar.
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
The extraordinary promise of the new Greenwald-Omidyar venture (UPDATED)  —  Adversarial muckrakers + civic-minded billionaire = a whole new world  —  Make no mistake, news that Glenn Greenwald is leaving The Guardian to start a new publication funded by eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar is giant news …
Will Bunch /
Civic-minded billionaires like Omidyar and Bezos will save journalism, and that's not so bad  —  Like it or not, this is the future of American journalism  —  It I had a dime for every story that I've read over the last decade about how to save American journalism, I'd probably have as much money as this guy.
Discussion: @joseiswriting
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Times Reporter Plans to Take Fight to the Supreme Court  —  For James Risen, an investigative reporter for The Times, the bad news just keeps on coming.  When I wrote about him in late July, a federal appeals panel had just ruled against him in a case related to a leak investigation.
Nathan Mattise / Ars Technica:
Hackers hit PR Newswire, data shows up alongside recently stolen Adobe code  —  Krebs on Security hints these aren't the only companies with hacked data on the servers.  —  Today, Krebs on Security reported that publicity service PR Newswire was hacked in March 2013.
Discussion: Krebs on Security and PR Newswire
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Cameron's triple panics are responsible for the press regulation stalemate  —  The political attempt to appease regional publishers by tinkering with the cross-party royal charter on press regulation has failed to change their minds.  —  It looks as though the companies that own Britain's 1,200 regional …
Discussion: Guardian and Techdirt
Stuart Thomas / memeburn:
Paywalls, aggregation and the ‘third metric’: Memeburn interviews Arianna Huffington  —  If you know anything about online publishing, chances are you know about The Huffington Post.  The online news aggregator and blog, after all, overtook the New York Times in terms of unique visits …
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Philly newspaper stars in ugly melodrama  —  An editor's ouster stirs controversy in the City of Brotherly Love.  —  CONNECT  —  The messy soap opera playing out at The Philadelphia Inquirer reads like a Harvard Business School case study of how not to run a company.  —  Consider:
MPs set to investigate Guardian's involvement in Snowden leaks  —  Keith Vaz says home affairs committee to look at newspaper's activities as part of inquiry into counter-terrorism  —  A powerful group of MPs will investigate the Guardian's publication of stories about mass surveillance based …
Harriet Green / City A.M. Feed:
Sky Broadband customer numbers pass five million but profit drops  —  Sky has announced this morning that it has seen 50 per cent growth in new paid-for subscriptions, with 800,000 in the three months to 30 September.  Profit before tax for the period stood at £245m - down from £288 for 2012/13.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
What a commenter has to do to get banned from The New York Times  —  In a recent WAN-IFRA report, New York Times Community Manager Bassey Etim said his organization has banned commenters “maybe once or twice in our history.”  Reached by phone, Etim said the number has gone up since he gave …
Brian Fung / The Switch:
How the FCC plans to clear the air for more mobile data  —  Not long from now, cars will start talking to other cars.  Wearable technology will put the Internet on your body.  Phones won't just be for interacting with the Web anymore; they'll also start to respond to other inanimate objects around them.
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Media tech accelerator Matter announces its second class of startups  —  Matter, the accelerator for media startups founded by Corey Ford and backed by KQED, the Knight Foundation and PRX, announced its second class of startups Wednesday.  Here they are:
Rachel Bartlett /
Google launches site highlighting journalism tools on offer  —  The new site outlines the different ways journalists can make best use of Google's tools, and features links to industry use cases  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on
Discussion: The Next Web
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New York magazine considers going biweekly  —  New York magazine, launched as a weekly magazine 45 years ago by Clay Felker, is mulling a move to a biweekly in 2014.  Anup Bagaria, CEO of parent company New York Media, confirmed to The Post that the move is being considered at the highest level …
Discussion: @jpodhoretz and FishbowlNY
Anna Li / Poynter:
Nielsen method for TV ratings missing minorities, young people  —  Television executives are increasingly concerned that paper diary measurement, a method from the 1950s to track TV viewing, excludes significant segments of the U.S. population, thus producing inaccurate ratings.
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Lauren Hockenson / GigaOM:
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John McDuling / Quartz:
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
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Jim Romenesko:
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