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8:25 AM ET, December 4, 2013


 Top News: 
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Editor Describes Pressure After Leaks by Snowden  —  The top editor of the British newspaper The Guardian told Parliament on Tuesday that since it had obtained documents on government surveillance from a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward J. Snowden, it had been subjected to measures …
Guardian will not be intimidated over NSA leaks, Alan Rusbridger tells MPs  —  Editor tells parliamentary committee that stories revealing mass surveillance by UK and US have prompted global debate  —  The Guardian has come under concerted pressure and intimidation designed to stop …
Guardian Newspaper Staff May Face Charges For Assisting Terrorists  —  LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offences over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain's senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday.
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
Guardian: We have published 1 pct of Snowden leak
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Newsweek plans return to print in Jan-Feb next year as a subscription based 64 page weekly  —  Newsweek Plans Return to Print  —  Newsweek, the struggling weekly magazine that ceased print publication last year, plans to turn the presses back on.  —  The magazine expects to begin …
Pierre Omidyar / The Huffington Post:
WikiLeaks, Press Freedom and Free Expression in the Digital Age  —  This week, fourteen people charged by the Department of Justice in connection with a coordinated denial of service attack on PayPal's services in 2010 will appear in Federal Court.  The “PayPal 14,” as they have been dubbed …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Music Subscription Service Won't Show Up This Year  —  Waiting for YouTube's subscription music service?  You're going to have to be patient.  —  The video service, which is already the biggest free music service in the world, had planned on launching a paid service this year.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
The Sad Final Demise Of “The Daily Download”  —  The Daily Download, the much-scrutinized project of media personalities Lauren Ashburn and Howard Kurtz, appears to be no more.  The website for the media commentary project hasn't been online in more than a month according to the Internet Web Archive.
Discussion: @buzzfeedandrew
David Weigel / Slate:   Howard Kurtz and the Daily Download: The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name
David Carr / New York Times:
At Peter Kaplan's Funeral, Mourning the Master of the Masters  —  LARCHMONT, N.Y. — Manhattan publishing took a very sad holiday on Tuesday.  Many of its better-known practitioners traveled by train, car and, in some cases, chartered bus, to Larchmont Temple in Westchester County to say farewell …
Sarah Hedgecock / Gawker:
What's Wrong With America's Newspaper Opinion Columnists in One Chart  —  Why are newspaper opinion columnists so consistently baffled by the politics, technologies, and social mores of the 21st century?  We've crunched some data, and we think we've figured out the answer: They're old as hell.
Dave Weigel:
If You Want Reporters to Check Stories Before They Publish, You're a Hater  —  Instead of doing something productive, like finishing chapter two of my book (it's going well anyway!), I spent about an hour today noticing how the Internet had fallen for yet another hoax.
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
Glenn Greenwald faces attacks from critics because he's an “affront to the news cartel”  —  The journalist who hacked the old system  —  With Edward Snowden becoming a leading candidate for Time magazine's Person of the Year, it is important to remember that he is the central character …
Maria Konnikova / The New Yorker Blog:
A List of Reasons Why Our Brains Love Lists  —  These are just some of the lists that the comic strip “XKCD” recently joked would result from retrofitting the twentieth century's most newsworthy events with modern, Internet-style headlines.  Despite the growing derision of listicles exemplified by the comic …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sky to open movie rental service to non-subscribers  —  Satellite TV giant takes battle to Netflix, LoveFilm and Blinkbox with app available on on Youview and Roku set-top boxes  —  Sky is to open its movie rental service to non-subscribers for the first time, looking to compete more directly …
Discussion: Variety
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The New Haven Independent seeks to expand its hyperlocal mission to low-power radio  —  The New Haven Independent, which launched eight years ago amid the first wave of online-only community news sites, may soon expand into radio.  —  The nonprofit Independent is one of three groups asking …
Discussion: Street Fight
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Should Twitter play a part in deciding TV shows' future?  —  After claims that social media are ‘crucifying’ new series, BBC1 controller says it is ‘just one element’ of the feedback it gets  —  Twitter's increasingly hand-in-glove relationship with TV was highlighted again on Sunday night …
Discussion: @kirstinestewart and Wired
Erik Wemple:
Media sidelined in coverage of Newtown football squad  —  Hartford Courant sports reporter Tom Yantz turned in something of a scoop last month.  He covers high-school sports in Connecticut and wrote up a profile of the undefeated football team at Newtown High School.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Discussion: The New York Observer
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Discussion: CNET, and TheHill
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Time Warner Cable to start carrying Al Jazeera America this week
Arti Patel / Folio:
Bonnier Acquires Sport Diver UK
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
As New York Mag Cuts Issues, The Week Decides to Add a Few
Discussion: Folio and @adage
Jake Batsell / Idea Lab:
Where Did the Chicago News Cooperative Go Wrong? Not Putting Business First
Discussion: @davidfolkenflik
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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