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10:50 AM ET, December 4, 2013


 Top News: 
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Newsweek's editor-in-chief says subscriber revenues will cover expenses, “ads will be icing”  —  Newsweek to bring print edition back from the dead  —  Newsweek's new owners think they can succeed at something its previous owners failed at: printing a weekly magazine in the United States.
Discussion: @justinjm1
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.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Dame Patricia Hodgson favourite to chair Ofcom  —  Ex-BBC executive selected by Department for Culture, Media and Sport as preferred candidate to succeed Colette Bowe  —  The government has selected Dame Patricia Hodgson, the former BBC executive and trustee, as its preferred candidate to be the next chairman of Ofcom.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sky to open movie rental service to non-subscribers
Discussion: Variety
John Plunkett / Guardian:   NUJ apologises to BBC human resources director over false accusation
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Beats Music Targeting January Launch
Discussion: Gigaom
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 …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
OMG, BuzzFeed Is Investing In Serious News Coverage!  Is It FTW? … Anyone who has hankered for a list of 10 of the most life-affirming dog rescue stories ever can rely on the social media site BuzzFeed.  —  That list of 11 classic horror films that should never have been remade?  That's from BuzzFeed too.
Discussion: @wbur, @emilybell and @sheeraf
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 …
IAB Releases Native Advertising Playbook To Establish Common Industry Lexicon, Evaluation Framework & Disclosure Principles  —  Provides Guidance for Publishers, Agencies & Marketers on Successfully Leveraging Native Advertising in Campaigns  —  Native has become a hot topic in the advertising marketplace …
Discussion: AdAge
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New York Times to Expand Syndication for Videos as Monthly Views Double to 12 Million  —  Videos on The New York Times have been watched a record 12 million times by some three million “unique” viewers in October, according to data provided to Beet.TV by comScore, denoting a 12 month rise of nearly 100 percent.
Discussion: @niemanlab, Thanks:@beet_tv
John McDermott / Digiday:
Does Web Publishing Have a Looming DVR Problem?  —  Publishers like to hear that their stories are being read.  But at the expense of advertising dollars?  Not so fast.  —  Increasingly popular apps like Pocket, Instapaper and Evernote's Web Clipper have been billed as a way to help publishers combat fragmentation.
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
HBO Extends Google Play Pact to U.K.  —  Shows in deal include ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘True Blood’  —  LONDON — Google has inked a deal with HBO to make several shows available on its TV service, Google Play, in the U.K., extending a pact in the U.S. announced in October.
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Team Behind Dreamworks Animation Incubated Mobile Video App Ptch  —  Ptch, the DreamWorks Animation-incubated mobile video startup, has been acquired by Yahoo.  The app was launched just over a year ago and will shut down on January 2, 2014.  Until then, you'll be able …
Michael Weinberg / Policy Blog:
Did the FCC Chairman Just Endorse a Pay-for-Play Internet Fast Lane?  —  Chairman Wheeler endorsed both two-sided markets and net neutrality.  There seems to be a conflict.  —  Yesterday, new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler delivered his first formal public address.
Disney in China digital entertainment venture with BesTV  —  Walt Disney Co and BesTV New Media are to form a digital joint venture in China as the U.S. company aims for a share of the country's fast-growing entertainment business.  —  The venture, which will have a registered capital of $4 million …
Discussion: Variety and PR Newswire
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 …
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.
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
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