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2:15 PM ET, October 21, 2013

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David Carr / New York Times:
Tech Wealth and Ideas Are Heading Into News  —  Producing serious news is an expensive enterprise with a beleaguered business model, one that remains tied to the tracks as a locomotive of splintered audiences and declining advertising hurtles toward it.  —  But just when it looked as if all were lost …
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David Carr / New York Times:
An Interview With Pierre Omidyar  —  Pierre M. Omidyar, the founder of eBay and now a philanthropist, has been much in the news after it was revealed last week that he would be backing a general-interest news site to the tune of $250 million.  —  If the leak about the new venture came out of the blue …
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Fox News Reportedly Used Fake Commenter Accounts To Rebut Critical Blog Posts  —  NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes in his forthcoming book Murdoch's World that Fox News' public relations staffers used an elaborate series of dummy accounts to fill the comments sections of critical blog posts with pro-Fox arguments.
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Geneva Overholser / Los Angeles Times:
'Murdoch's World' is a complicated one
David Pogue / A Note from Pogue:
Goodbye—and Hello  —  It's true: After 13 years at the New York Times, I've accepted a new job.  Leaving The Times is a big deal.  My years there coincided with the explosion of just about everything important in today's tech — the Web, social media, e-books, smartphones, tablets, duck-faced selfies.
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Launch Consumer Tech Site With Help Of New York Times' David Pogue  —  Yahoo is planning to launch a consumer tech website with the help of long-time NYT columnist David Pogue.  —  The news comes by way of Brian Stelter, long-time NYT writer, who reports via Twitter that Pogue announced …
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Netflix Poised to Pass HBO in Paid U.S. Subscribers  —  Netflix Inc. (NFLX) is poised to pass HBO in paid U.S. subscribers, showing Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings is making progress toward a goal of transforming the streaming service to a Web-based television network.
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
The slow but inevitable decline of Netflix's DVD business  —  When will Netflix send out its last red envelope?  The company is clearly focused on streaming, but executives have long maintained that DVDs, while declining, are going to be a part of its business for years to come.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Publishing, broadcasting revenues down at Gannett  —  Revenues were down in most of Gannett's segments in the third quarter of 2013, according to the company's new earnings report.  Advertising revenue at Gannett's publishing properties fell 5.9 percent compared with the same period the year before.
Spiegel Online:
NSA Accessed Mexican President's Email  —  The NSA has been systematically eavesdropping on the Mexican government for years.  It hacked into the president's public email account and gained deep insight into policymaking and the political system.  The news is likely to hurt ties between the US and Mexico.
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Murdoch re-elected Twenty-First Century Fox chairman  —  (Reuters) - Media mogul Rupert Murdoch was re-elected chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc despite protests from shareholder groups who sought to separate the chairman and chief executive positions of the family-dominated company.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Inkling Acquires Two Consumer Book Brands From Open Air Publishing As It Continues Push Beyond The Classroom  —  Snag A Disrupt Europe Ticket Before Prices Jump Tonight  —  Interactive e-book Inkling first became known for bringing academic textbooks to the realms of the iPad, iPhone, and web.
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
Embassy man to meet with British journalist held on Russian piracy charges  —  UK consular officials will visit a British journalist detained by Russian authorities on piracy charges later this week.  —  Kieron Bryan was arrested by armed Russian security officials aboard …
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