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7:05 PM ET, November 30, 2013


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Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Peter Kaplan, Who Brought a Cutting Edge to The New York Observer, Dies at 59  —  Peter W. Kaplan, who in his 15 years as editor was credited with making The New York Observer both pertinent and impertinent as it gleefully chronicled the every move and shake of the city's movers and shakers, died on Friday in Manhattan.
Doree Shafrir / BuzzFeed:
Peter Kaplan And His Writers  —  The former New York Observer editor died Friday at age 59.  “The barefoot contessa wore rubber thongs.”  —  Paul Morigi / Getty Images for Conde Nast Publications  —  Everyone's story about being hired by Peter Kaplan is quirky and telling in its own way …
Colin Campbell / The New York Observer:
Peter Kaplan: Never Hold Your Best Stuff  —  Peter W. Kaplan, the editor of The New York Observer from 1994 to 2009, died Friday of cancer, The New York Times reported earlier this evening.  —  Mr. Kaplan, who died at age 59, was an outsized figure at the newspaper and across the city itself …
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Who hates Jony Ive's iOS7?  Publishers, that's who  —  When Marco Arment launched The Magazine in October last year, media watchers got excited about its business model.  At the time, The Magazine was an iOS-only product (you can now subscribe and read on the Web, too) …
Mayabhushan Nagvenkar / Associated Press:
Indian Editor Arrested In Sexual Assault Case  —  PANAJI, India (AP) — The editor of an Indian magazine known for exposing abuses of power was arrested Saturday in a sexual assault case that has fueled fresh outrage over the treatment of women in the country, police said.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Suddenly, Upworthy Clones Are Everywhere And Millions Of People Are Reading Them  —  On March 26, 2012, a new media startup called Upworthy launched.  Now it has 50 million monthly unique readers.  —  Almost all of its readers come from Facebook.  The headlines, which Upworthy's editors toil over …
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:   The Right Wing Has Its Own Upworthy And You Won't Believe How Well It's Doing
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Britain targets Guardian newspaper over intelligence leaks related to Edward Snowden  —  LONDON — Living in self-imposed exile in Russia, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden may be safely out of reach from western powers.  But dismayed by the continued airing …
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Sara Morrison / Poynter:
Guardian's record store lounge a prelude to launch of a U.S. culture section  —  At first glance, the Guardian's new #GuardianGreenRoom space in New York's just-opened Rough Trade record store looks like an intriguing - if foolish — marriage of two business models that the Internet has irrevocably doomed.
Discussion: CNET
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
This online journalism startup raised $1.7M in crowdfunding and you've never heard of it  —  We've been writing a lot lately about online journalism startups like Matter — which was acquired by Medium and just dropped its paywall — and NSFW Corp., the Vegas-based venture that just merged with Pando Daily.
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / The Next Web:   How we turned a world record in journalism crowdfunding into an actual publication
Marc Graser / Variety:
Xbox One Is Still Stuck in Cable's Orbit  —  Microsoft's new console can't deliver without a little help from pay TV  —  The “one” in the name Xbox One is a little misleading when it comes to watching live TV through Microsoft's new videogame console.  —  Though the device is being touted …
Alastair Reid / launches to report on European tech industry  —  The new digital publication seeks to cover ‘unreported’ stories from across the continent and sector  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on
John Wihbey / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What's New in Digital Scholarship: Gendered sourcing on Twitter and the allure of following the crowd  —  Editor's note: There's a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all those journals and papers?  —  Our friends at Journalist's Resource, that's who.
Jack Shafer:
If Katie Couric is the answer, what's the question?  —  Web publishing — never a diffident business — has been calling attention to itself all week long.  Yahoo chief executive officer Marissa Mayer, whose forte as boss has been the shimmering acquisition (Summly, Tumblr, Xobni, Rockmelt …
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