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5:30 PM ET, October 21, 2013


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Netflix's Q3 Beats Analyst Estimates With 1.3M New Domestic Subscribers, $0.52 Earnings Per Share  —  Netflix's third-quarter earnings report just came out, with the company beating analyst expectations on higher-than-expected subscriber numbers.  For the third quarter …
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Netflix now has more paying subscribers than HBO in the United States  —  Netflix just reported that its streaming video service had 29.93 million paying subscribers in the United States at the end of September.  That surpasses, for the first time, HBO's paid subscriber base of 28.96 million in the US.
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.
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.
Geneva Overholser / Los Angeles Times:
'Murdoch's World' is a complicated one
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Associated Press Fires Journalists Over Erroneous Terry McAuliffe Report  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press has fired a reporter and editor over an erroneous Oct. 9 report that Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied to an investigator in a federal fraud case, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
BuzzFeed Hires Pulitzer Winner to Head Investigative Unit  —  BuzzFeed, the media Web site focused on viral content, announced on Monday that it was again expanding its reporting staff, this time to introduce an investigative unit.  A new team of about half a dozen reporters will be led by Mark Schoofs …
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Facebook Woos Media Companies With Tool to Post Stories  —  Facebook Inc. is testing a feature to simplify how media companies find content to post on its service, stepping up efforts against Twitter Inc. for driving traffic to news providers.  —  The new tool suggests stories from media sites …
Discussion: Poynter
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.
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
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Who Killed the Magazine App?  97% of newsstand apps are now free  —  The Association of Magazine Media (MPA), the magazine publishers trade group, this month reported some seemingly encouraging results for an industry that's become all too used to bad news.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Online News Association hires lobbyists  —  The Online News Association has taken its support of the Free Flow of Information Act one step further by hiring lobbyists.  —  ONA hired Dow Lohnes Government Strategies, a firm that has represented several telecommunications firms …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Free Press report critical of media consolidation and FCC  —  Federal Communications Commission.  —  A new report from the media watch dog group Free Press accuses the Federal Communications Commission of turning a blind eye toward media consolidation in the television industry.
Discussion: Free Press, B&C and Free Press
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