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9:25 AM ET, November 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Lara Logan Apologizes For Botched ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report, Says Show Will Issue Correction  —  In a humiliating retreat from a piece she had staunchly defended, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan admitted on Friday morning that she and the news magazine had made a “mistake” …
Discussion: Mediaite, TVNewser and @ryanchittum
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 …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
‘60 Minutes’ Reviewing Benghazi Story Over Witness' Conflicting Accounts  —  NEW YORK — CBS' “60 Minutes” announced Thursday night that it's reviewing a controversial Oct. 27 report on the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, to determine if its eyewitness, security officer Dylan Davies, “misled” the network.
Robert Andrews /
Time Inc To Launch Mobile Video Content Channel  —  Soon to be spun out from Time Warner, magazine publisher Time Inc will launch a mobile-specific video brand by year's end.  “You'll see something from over the next four to six weeks - a video-only offering in mobile,” …
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 …
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
John Reynolds / Guardian:
Former BBC TV news head suggests axing BBC3 and 4 to focus on quality  —  Roger Mosey says ‘doing two channels very well’ could improve audience engagement and TV licence fee expenditure  —  The BBC's former editorial director and Olympics supremo Roger Mosey has suggested more of the BBC's licence fee …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC executive says US TV industry is more favourable to ethnic minorities  —  Pat Younge, the corporation's most senior black executive, believes more should be done to increase diversity at all levels  —  The BBC's most senior black executive has said he would have had a better …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Jay-Z sued over “Run this Town” as sampling lawsuits spread  —  A sample troll is stalking Jay-Z over Run This Town, claiming the rapper's 2009 hit from Blueprint 3 uses sounds from a 1969 track called Hook and Sling by the late pianist Eddie Bo.  —  A lawsuit, filed in New York federal court …
Jeffrey Wasserstrom / The LARB Blog:
Censorship, Translation and the Chinese Market … Ezra Vogel, author of Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of Modern China, statement made during a Chinese book tour. … Rebecca Karl, author of Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World. … Michael Meyer, author of The Last Days of Old Beijing.
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
NBC News Digital to launch J.F.K. anniversary site with 275 videos from Brokaw interviews  —  NBC News Digital will unveil a project today looking back at the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  —  The digital project (you can view it here) will be tied to the debut of a TV special hosted …
Discussion: TVNewser
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Xbox One's first wave of TV apps features Netflix, HBO Go, FiOS, NFL and much more  —  Long gone are the days when a game console merely had its launch lineup of games to worry about — in the modern era we also have to know about other types of entertainment.
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Next Web
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.
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
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
Jack Shafer:
Governments worldwide buried in the Snowden avalanche
Discussion: SiliconBeat
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 …
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Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
A simple question for new FCC chair Tom Wheeler: which side are you on?
Discussion: @dweinberger and Ars Technica
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
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Michael Rondon / Folio:
Leaked memo reveals founders of Press+ are dissatisfied with RR Donnelley, seek new ownership
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
David Miranda detention based on legitimate concerns, court told
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Apple says FBI spy rules are irrational, supports free speech challenge by Microsoft and Google
Discussion: App Advice
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Guns & Ammo Editor Apologizes for Pro-Gun Control Column, Steps Down
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Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
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Baltimore Sun:
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Discussion: TVSpy and The Newspaper Guild
Jeremy Hodges / Bloomberg:
Police Found Blunkett Voicemails in News Corp. Lawyer's Safe
Discussion: Reuters and Guardian
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Cable Vets Tout New Anti-Piracy Chip (Exclusive)
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
CNN on spending spree to rebuild channel; Zucker gets ‘multi-year’ runway to growth
Discussion: B&C and
Ben Fox Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Scripps Networks Profit Rises 8.9% on Higher Ad Revenue