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5:30 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 …
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: Guardian
Jack Shafer:
Governments worldwide buried in the Snowden avalanche
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Forbes
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.
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
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
THE COST OF WINNING: Tim Armstrong, Patch, And The Struggle To Save AOL  —  On an overcast Friday afternoon last August, a hundred or so employees of AOL's local news subsidiary, Patch, crammed into a cafeteria at the company's headquarters in Manhattan.  Another several hundred connected to the room via conference call.
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
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: The Fix, @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
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 …
Discussion: @businessinsider
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.
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
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, Gawker and VICE
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC's loss-making Lonely Planet deal under fire
Discussion: Skift
Paul Bibby / Sydney Morning Herald:
2Day FM faces tough penalties after losing court battle over royal prank call
 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
DISH Network:
Blockbuster to End Domestic Retail, DVD By Mail Services