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12:05 PM ET, October 17, 2013


 Top 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.
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Maker Studios Founder Danny Zappin Buys Website NewMediaRockstars  —  Danny Zappin, former CEO and co-founder of YouTube multichannel network Maker Studios, has acquired Internet video news website NewMediaRockstars, seeking to build it into what he envisions as an Entertainment Weekly for online entertainment.
Discussion: AllThingsD and YouTube News
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
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Digital subscriptions to the Times and Sunday Times top 150,000  —  News UK reveals that the two titles have a total of 350,000 subscribers to print and online editions  —  News UK has revealed that the number of digital subscribers to the Times and Sunday Times has topped 150,000.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Journalism festival canceled due to funding problems  —  When revenue shrank, the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, didn't cut staff or send people on furloughs or panic or make everyone start a blog.  —  It just got canceled.  —  The festival, which would have taken place …
Steve Keenan / World Travel Market:
Amazon pulls Bill Bryson interview ebook reprint over copyright claim  —  Blogger beware - the battle over Bill Bryson's words  —  In 1994, freelance travel writer Mike Gerrard interviewed illustrious author Bill Bryson for a magazine called Passport.  The article duly appeared.
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:
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.
A year on, no news of US journalist captured in Syria  —  US journalist James Foley turns 40 this week but his family will not be able to celebrate with him.  Foley was kidnapped almost a year ago while covering Syria's civil war.  —  Foley, an experienced freelance reporter …
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
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
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Stuart Thomas / memeburn:
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Anna Li / Poynter:
Nielsen method for TV ratings missing minorities, young people
Brian Fung / The Switch:
How the FCC plans to clear the air for more mobile data
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix VP: Chromecast could take second-screen TV mainstream
Discussion: VentureBeat, WebProNews and Engadget
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New York magazine considers going biweekly
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @jpodhoretz
 Earlier Picks: 
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Media tech accelerator Matter announces its second class of startups
Rachel Bartlett /
Google launches site highlighting journalism tools on offer
Discussion: The Next Web
MPs set to investigate Guardian's involvement in Snowden leaks
Lauren Hockenson / GigaOM:
Netflix rolls out update for Android app
Discussion: Android Police and Softpedia News
John McDuling / Quartz:
News Corp's “problem child” is actually performing just fine
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
How many top newspaper editors are from digital backgrounds? Still darn few