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1:20 AM ET, November 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Twitter's stock closes at $44.90 a share, up 73 percent on its first day  —  A more conservative approach than Facebook could lead to a big first day of gains  —  Twitter is set to hold its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange this morning.  The company has priced its stock at $26 a share.
Kathryn Schulz / New York Magazine:
That Goddamned Blue Bird and Me: How Twitter Hijacked My Mind  —  I joined Twitter, with very bad grace, on March 5, 2010.  I was a few months away from publishing my first book, and my agent, editor, publicist, and assorted other media-savvy types sat me down and informed me that if I cared …
New York Times:
Accounts Differ to F.B.I. and CBS on Benghazi  —  Dylan Davies, a security officer hired to help protect the United States Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, told the F.B.I. he did not go there the night terrorists attacked it on Sept. 11, 2012, an account that contradicts a version of events …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Marvel creating four superhero shows exclusively for Netflix, premiering in 2015  —  Marvel is creating four live-action superhero series that will air exclusively on Netflix beginning in 2015.  The first of the TV series will focus on Daredevil, while the following series will star Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix-Marvel deal leaves Hulu without superheroes  —  Marvel's Jessica Jones is getting a series on Netflix.  —  When the owners of Hulu — Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Comcast Corp. — opted not to sell the online video site, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger said …
Discussion: @efeng
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Guardian Responds To UK Spy Chiefs On Edward Snowden Leaks  —  The Guardian is hitting back at criticism of the press by heads of British intelligence agencies on Thursday.  —  The heads of MI5, GCHQ and MI6 spoke in Parliament about Edward Snowden's leaks, which revealed secret domestic spying programs …
Discussion: BBC and Guardian
Jack Shafer:
Governments worldwide buried in the Snowden avalanche
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Forbes
David Lieberman /
Disney Tops Fiscal Q4 Earnings Estimates With Strong Theme Park Results  —  The basic numbers look fine but investors may find reasons to be concerned by Disney's unusually complicated report for a quarter that included a writedown for The Lone Ranger and an accounting adjustment that reduced ESPN revenues.
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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Startups Pitching A “Netflix For E-Books” May Have A Tough Sell  —  When it comes to getting consumers to pay for things on a subscription basis, some services fare better than others.  A growing number of people seem happy to pay for entertainment-based offerings like Netflix or on-demand streaming music …
Sarah Laskow / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why Getty Images is partnering with Pinterest  —  Why Getty Images is partnering with Pinterest  —  Say you come across a gorgeous picture of Michelle Obama's latest dress, and you want to remember it next time you're in the market for a fancy get-up.  You pin it to your DRESSES!!! board on Pinterest.
Discussion: @ndorokakung
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Toronto Star paid $5,000 for latest Ford video  —  “It's fully transparent,” Toronto Star reporter Kevin Donovan told Poynter on the phone about the paper's new video showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford swearing and shouting, vacillating between whether he needs 10 or 15 minutes to kill someone.
Discussion: Toronto Star, The Daily Caller and VICE
Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
A simple question for new FCC chair Tom Wheeler: which side are you on?  —  Tom Wheeler is the new head of the agency overseeing US ‘airwaves’.  Will he be a reformer or another industry lackey?  —  Given that most Americans probably can't name both of their US senators …
Michael Rondon / Folio:
Leaked memo reveals founders of Press+ are dissatisfied with RR Donnelley, seek new ownership  —  RR Donnelley, Press+ Exploring Sale  —  Memo says international expansion, new markets, are priorities.  —  RR Donnelley's digital paywall platform, Press+, is on the market, according to an internal memo obtained by Folio.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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 …
Andrew Beaujon / The New Republic:
Betsy Rothstein, Washington's Strangest Gossip, Does Not Explain Washington  —  One of Washington's most enduring mysteries deepened Thursday, when Politico reported that former FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein would join The Daily Caller as a blogger.  The news interrupted a week …
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
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
Fleet Street editor claims libel fears will force industry to support Government's Royal Charter regulator  —  Newspapers will sign up to the Government's Royal Charter once they start getting hit for costs in libel courts a leading editor has claimed.  —  Chris Blackhurst …
Jason Deans / Guardian:   Publishers lodge appeal over ruling against judicial review of royal charter
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
David Miranda detention based on legitimate concerns, court told  —  Police wanted to know how encrypted files were arranged as they feared release of all Snowden material, lawyers argue  —  Border controls exist to check on travellers where there is insufficient information to justify an arrest …
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 More News: 
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Apple says FBI spy rules are irrational, supports free speech challenge by Microsoft and Google
Discussion: App Advice
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
New York Times:
Killing of French Journalists Reverberates in France and Mali
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
 Earlier Picks: 
Erik Wemple:
The Philadelphia Inquirer is melting down
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Rand Paul moves to Breitbart
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC's loss-making Lonely Planet deal under fire
Discussion: Skift
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Rieder: ‘Business Insider’ goes long on journalism
Discussion: @businessinsider
Paul Bibby / Sydney Morning Herald:
2Day FM faces tough penalties after losing court battle over royal prank call
Biz Carson / Wired:
Uncensored Instagrams From North Korea Buck Brutal Trend of Secrecy