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2:40 PM ET, November 7, 2013


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple:
WaPo editor: Costa will be Costa for us  —  The Post this morning broke the in-house news that celebrated National Review reporter Robert Costa will join the paper's politics team on Jan. 6.  A memo from three Post editors on the hiring observes, “Bob has become an absolute must-follow …
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Businessweek Editor Josh Tyrangiel Taking a Break to Focus on TV  —  The buzzy and boyish Josh Tyrangiel, editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, will temporarily “detach” from the magazine for the rest of the year to help grow the company's television presence, according to an internal memo obtained by Daily Intelligencer.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
YouTube aims to tame the trolls with changes to its comments section  —  Changes mean video creators will have more power to moderate comments, while making best conversations more prominent for viewers  —  The comments section below YouTube videos is an infamously troll-ridden Wild West of abuse, ignorance and spam.
Jason Deans / Guardian:
Publishers lodge appeal over ruling against judicial review of royal charter  —  Industry takes case to court of appeal after high court rejected its application for an emergency injunction over new press regulator  —  Newspaper and magazine publishers have lodged an appeal …
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:   Fleet Street editor claims libel fears will force industry to support Government's Royal Charter regulator
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Flies On Its First Day As A Public Company: Shares Pop 74% On First Trades, Debuts At $45.10 And $31.8B Valuation  —  From a humble beginning as a failing podcast startup to an online conversation service now used by over 230 million people worldwide, Twitter today started …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Tweet 16: News Outlets' Twitter Tone Skews Young  —  OMG!!!  Why do big media companies sound like teenagers on Twitter  —  “OMG @OneDirection's new song leaked!” might sound like something a giddy tween would tweet, but it was actually tweeted by the Daily News's official account.
Discussion: @petersterne and ZDNet
Biz Carson / Wired:
Uncensored Instagrams From North Korea Buck Brutal Trend of Secrecy  — © 2013 Condé Nast.  All rights reserved.  Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (effective 3/21/12) and Privacy Policy (effective 3/21/12).  Your California Privacy Rights.
Discussion: TheAustralian
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
CNN on spending spree to rebuild channel; Zucker gets ‘multi-year’ runway to growth  —  CNN is planning a substantial investment in new programming, with a heavy emphasis on acquiring unscripted shows by outside producers in the vein of “Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown” and films like “Blackfish.”
Discussion: B&C and
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Rieder: ‘Business Insider’ goes long on journalism  —  Quirky website Business Insider plans a foray into the time-consuming but rewarding art.  —  CONNECT  —  One of the most intriguing aspects of the evolution of digital journalism is watching sites that spend much of their energy chasing …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Guns & Ammo Editor Apologizes for Pro-Gun Control Column, Steps Down  —  Unconditional Apology Follows Reader Outrage in Social Media  —  Jim Bequette, the editor in chief of Guns & Ammo, issued an abject apology Thursday for the magazine's recent editorial advocating gun regulation …
Jack Shafer:
Governments worldwide buried in the Snowden avalanche  —  If the U.S. and British governments could stop the press from publishing stories based on the National Security Agency files leaked by Edward Snowden in June, they probably would have acted by now.  Oh, the Guardian was coerced …
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Forbes
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Tim Berners-Lee: encryption cracking by spy agencies ‘appalling and foolish’
New York Times:
Killing of French Journalists Reverberates in France and Mali  —  PARIS — Diplomats, journalists and humanitarian workers gathered in Paris on Wednesday to mourn the brutal killing of two seasoned French journalists by insurgents in Mali, an episode that has raised questions about France's plans …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Rand Paul moves to Breitbart  —  Just one day after The Washington Times ended Sen. Rand Paul's column over plagiarism charges, the Kentucky Republican's musings have found a new home at  —  With no mention of the plagiarism controversy currently surrounding the senator …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC's loss-making Lonely Planet deal under fire  —  Trust criticises BBC Worldwide over acquisition and later sale of travel guide business resulting in £80m deficit  —  The BBC Trust has published a highly critical report of the corporation's loss-making purchase of Lonely Planet …
Discussion: Skift
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Apple says FBI spy rules are irrational, supports free speech challenge by Microsoft and Google  —  America's big tech companies, embroiled in an on-going surveillance scandal, are in a pitched legal fight with the government for the right to disclose how many data demands they receive under the Patriot Act.
Discussion: App Advice and The Switch
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Internet Archive Seeking Donations To Rebuild Its Fire-Damaged Scanning Center  —  The non-profit Internet Archive suffered a major setback this morning when a fire broke out at its San Francisco office, causing an estimated $600,000 in damages.  Fortunately there were no injuries and no data was lost …
Paul Bibby / Sydney Morning Herald:
2Day FM faces tough penalties after losing court battle over royal prank call  —  Radio station 2Day FM has failed in an attempt to stymie an investigation by the communications watchdog into the royal prank call incident.  —  The decision paves the way for a finding that the station broke …
DISH Network:
Blockbuster to End Domestic Retail, DVD By Mail Services  —  Blockbuster to close remaining U.S. company-owned stores, DVD By Mail services by early-January 2014 Franchised and licensed stores in the U.S. and abroad to remain open for business ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—(BUSINESS WIRE) …
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 More News: 
Baltimore Sun:
Sinclair Broadcast Group leads the wave of runaway consolidation
Discussion: TVSpy and The Newspaper Guild
Jeremy Hodges / Bloomberg:
Police Found Blunkett Voicemails in News Corp. Lawyer's Safe
Discussion: Guardian
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Cable Vets Tout New Anti-Piracy Chip (Exclusive)
Ben Fox Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Scripps Networks Profit Rises 8.9% on Higher Ad Revenue
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
New FCC chair was industry lobbyist, but might not be industry shill
Discussion: Guardian and Light Reading
Erik Wemple:
The Philadelphia Inquirer is melting down
 Earlier Picks: 
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
British Library national newspaper archive in Colindale closing on Friday after 82 years
Discussion: @colvinius and Guardian
Sam Petulla / The Content Strategist:
Looking Past ‘The Prism Of Fear’: News Corp's Data Leader On the End of the Pageview Era
Discussion: @raju
Ben Cardew / Guardian:
Pitchfork Weekly - a digital magazine paying homage to the past
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Nexstar to Acquire Seven Grant Stations For $87.5 Million
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Al Jazeera America hires ‘Popular Science’ editor in chief Jacob Ward
Discussion: @nbj914
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Earnings: CBS Meets Q3 Expectations After Time Warner Cable Fight
David Lieberman /
Jeff Bewkes: HBO's Streaming Deal With Comcast Won't Promote Cord Cutting
Discussion: The Verge, The Wrap and Gigaom

From Techmeme:

Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman says that co-founder Ilya Sutskever won't be a board member, but that the company is “discussing how he can continue his work at OpenAI”

Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta plans to launch Threads in Europe in December, the largest expansion since its July debut, offering a choice of using Threads without a profile

Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, and other features

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