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5:55 AM ET, October 21, 2013


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
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.
Jennifer Mizgata / Online News Association:
Guardian, Boston Globe, AxisPhilly, Texas Tribune take home 2013 Online Journalism Awards  —  ATLANTA — Coverage of the the Boston Marathon bombings, national security and international elections by news organizations large and small took top honors Saturday night at the 2013 Online Journalism Awards Banquet …
Discussion: Poynter, @ggreenwald and AxisPhilly
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Likely to Kill Its Music App  —  Just six months after launching it, Twitter is strongly considering killing off its Twitter #Music mobile application, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.  —  It is unclear what Twitter's time frame is for ultimately ending support …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The story as gateway to knowledge (and revenue)  —  In digital journalism, the article is no longer an end in itself.  Quite the contrary, it's an entry point to the depths and riches of the web, and a significant contributor to the revenue stream.  —  Last week in Paris …
Discussion: @raju
Alastair Reid /
The Times developing a ‘suite of tools’ for regular multimedia publishing  —  ‘My Year with Malala’, a long-form multimedia article, is the first to be produced using the first iteration of tools  —  Copyright: Screenshot from  —  The Times is developing a “suite of tools” …
Discussion: @mirkolorenz and New Yorker
Geneva Overholser / Los Angeles Times:
'Murdoch's World' is a complicated one  —  David Folkenflik's 'Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires' focuses on phone-hacking scandal, adds plenty of context.  —  The cover of “Murdoch's World” and author David Folkenflik.  (Public Affairs; Stephen Voss)
Merissa Marr / Wall Street Journal:
Sean Combs' Revolt TV, a music channel for millennials, launches in 25 million homes Oct. 21  —  Sean Combs Takes on Cable  —  For hip-hop mogul Sean Combs, the roots of his latest venture date back to 2006, when he was faced with the prospect of performing on “Dancing with the Stars.
Discussion: @brianstelter and Business Insider
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Meet Blogger Mobile: Biz Stone's Idea for Twitter Before It Was Twitter  —  Even with the best of ideas, timing is still everything.  And sometimes you arrive years too early to something big.  —  Just ask Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter, who in the early 2000s made multiple attempts …
Felix Gillette / Businessweek:
Digital Drought Wrecks the Great American Content Farm  —  Remember when Demand Media (DMD) was worth more than the New York Times?  —  It wasn't so long ago, in those heady days of 2011, when so-called content farms including, the Yahoo! (YHOO) Contributor Network, and Demand …
Discussion: @karaswisher, @qhardy and @bw
Adam Popescu / Mashable:
Is Reposted Content the Secret to More Page Views?  —  The conventional wisdom among online publishers and creators is that volume equals traffic.  The more content, the more clicks and page views.  The problem is that in our 24-hour news cycle culture, outlets content has a short shelf life.
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