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9:54 PM ET, November 15, 2013


 Top News: 
Forbes Media Is Working With Bankers to Sell Company  —  Forbes, Deutsche Bank Explore Options on Magazine  —  Forbes Media LLC, the closely held publisher founded by the family of former U.S presidential candidate Steve Forbes, is exploring a sale after getting interest from potential buyers.
Felix Salmon:
The financial-media rollup strategy  —  Financial news is a classic ripe-for-disruption industry.  It generally makes its money by selling expensive subscriptions to the price-insensitive, but that model won't last forever: it's never been harder to find anybody under the age of 40 who pays for such things.
Discussion: @mathewi, @moorehn and Talking Biz News
Matthew Lynch / Capital New York:
Forbes staff receives memo confirming company is ‘[testing] the waters regarding a sale’  —  Confirming an alert from Bloomberg News, Forbes Media President and CEO Mike Perlis just sent a memo to staff that says the company is looking at offers.  —  We'll have more soon: on Twitter …
Discussion: Poynter and Media Money …
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Greenwald won't be prosecuted based on current information, U.S. attorney general says  —  Justice is reviewing criminal cases that used surveillance evidence gathered under FISA  —  The Justice Department is conducting a comprehensive review of all criminal cases in which the government …
Philip Bump / The Atlantic Wire:
Eric Holder May Have Just Toppled the First Domino in Ending NSA Surveillance  —  The top line news from an interview Attorney General Eric Holder gave to The Washington Post is that Holder recognizes Glenn Greenwald's work in exposing NSA — and Justice Department — surveillance as journalism and that he wouldn't be prosecuted.
Discussion: Guardian
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Jailed Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond: ‘My days of hacking are done’  —  Hammond calls his 10-year sentence a ‘vengeful, spiteful act’ by US authorities eager to put a chill on political hacking  —  Jeremy Hammond, the Anonymous hacktivist who released millions of emails relating …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Gets 10 Years In Prison; Explains How FBI Gave Him The Targets To Hack
Brian Abelson:
The Relationship Between Promotion and Performance: Pageviews Above Replacement  —  This is the second in a series of two posts about pageviews.  This post details some research I've conducted on the promotional correlates of the metric, while the previous post discussed the sometimes apocalyptic tone …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
New press regulator just like the old, says Media Standards Trust
Discussion: Press Gazette and @hackedoffhugh
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
‘The Simpsons’ Lands $750 Mil Cable, VOD Syndication Pact with FXX  —  Deal for 530-plus episodes of enduring Fox toon marks largest off-network sale ever  —  Homer and Co. are in rolling in dough: Fox's Twentieth Century Fox TV and Twentieth TV have set a massive first-ever cable syndication …
Michael Rondon / Folio:
The Atlantic, Reddit Partner on AMA Series  —  Creators hope experimental video series is a way to drive engagement.  —  The Atlantic has been gradually expanding its use of video over the last two years, relying mostly on curation, but is delving into original content more aggressively of late.
Jack Shafer:
Does anyone still work at the ‘New York Times’?  —  Recent defections of talent from the New York Times — Nate Silver, David Pogue, Jeff Zeleny, Richard Berke, Brian Stelter, Matt Bai, et al. — have unjelled the media firmament, according to Politico media columnist Dylan Byers.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Lunch with the FT: Henry Blodget  —  A decade after being banned from Wall Street, the former internet analyst now runs a business website.  He talks about redemption, regrets and market madness  —  ©James Ferguson  —  According to family legend, Henry Blodget's great-grandfather …
Discussion: PandoDaily and @hblodget
Olivier Laurent / British Journal of Photography:
French newspaper removes all images in support of photographers  —  To coincide with Paris Photo's opening, French newspaper Libération has chosen to remove all images from its 14 November issue in a bid to show the power and importance of photography at a time when the industry …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Trouble with ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi ‘review’  —  POLITICO has learned that Al Ortiz, an executive producer for special events at CBS News, is conducting the “journalistic review” into the controversial “60 Minutes” report on Benghazi — a fact that spokespeople at both CBS and “60 Minutes” declined to disclose.
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
What if Contently bought ProPublica?  —  That's a crazy question.  It sounds stupid.  It may be stupid.  —  In fact, let me just go ahead and pre-package a tweet for those among us who have their outrage-phasers set to Reflex: … But bear with me.  There might not yet be a serious case …
Discussion: @dicktofel, @traviskorte and Forbes
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed:
Alec Baldwin Suspended From MSNBC After Controversial Remarks  —  The actor's MSNBC show has been pulled from the air for the next two weeks.  —  MSNBC announced Friday that “Up Late With Alec Baldwin” had been pulled from the network's schedule for the next two weeks, following the actor's controversial remarks to a photographer.
Arti Patel / Folio:
Businessweek Drops Biggest Issue Since 1999  —  Nearly half of the total advertisers for the issue are new to the title.  —  Bloomberg Businessweek is set to drop its biggest issue since 1999 on newsstands next week.  The magazine's latest issue, hitting newsstands Nov. 18, will have 212 total pages, 111 pages of which feature ads.
Discussion: Business Wire and Talking Biz News
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Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
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Discussion: Gigaom and @ftrain
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