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8:15 AM ET, December 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
The Thorny Challenge of Covering China  —  HOW do major American news organizations write about a Communist country with the world's second-largest economy — a country that doesn't believe in press rights and that punishes tough-minded coverage?  —  Aggressively?  Cautiously?  Fearlessly?
Kathy Chu / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Media Firms Stymied in China  —  Financial News Sites Blocked Inside China as Rivals Seek to Unlock a Fast-Growing Market  —  China's recent clampdown on foreign media is crimping the expansion plans of Western news organizations, at a time when many experts believe the Chinese market …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
The Meaning of China's Crackdown on the Foreign Press
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Jessica Lessin talks about paywalls, The Information and the virtues of knowing who your audience is  —  Former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin got some attention when she left the newspaper six months ago to start a new online news venture, and this week she launched the project …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
We Wrote a Heartbreaking and Terrifying Post about Viral Content without Lists or GIFs.  Then You Clicked on It, and Magic Happened. … PinIt InstapaperPocketEmailPrint  —  As long as people have been publishing, they've been trying to figure out what will make large numbers of people burn …
Discussion: @fivethirtyeight and The Dish
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Profile: Time editor Nancy Gibbs, an insider navigating declining revenue at an iconic brand  —  Her ‘Time’  —  On a Thursday afternoon in October, Nancy Gibbs, who shattered a glass ceiling the previous month when she became the first woman to reach the top of Time's masthead …
Once piracy havens, China's Internet video websites turn police  —  (Reuters) - The website of China's biggest Internet video company Youku Tudou Inc was once a haven for illicit Hollywood blockbusters and hit South Korean soap operas, until it realised piracy really doesn't pay.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Margaret Looney / IJNet:
Knight Lab's Joe Germuska: “We have to find room for the big experimental ideas”  —  What started as an idea for creating tools for local media in Chicago three years ago has evolved into an innovation hub for the global journalism and technology community.  —  The Knight Lab at Northwestern …
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Remnick: ‘New Yorker’ mulled biweekly route, once  —  Since news of New York's move to biweekly publishing in 2014 broke on Monday, media personalities have spun the decision two ways: as a promising flank of the magazine's digital advance and a dismal signifier of the industry's retreat from print.
Discussion: @nbj914 and Capital New York
Jack Shafer:
What's worse than sponsored content?  The FTC regulating it  —  What's more dangerous to consumer well-being, sponsored content or the intervention of the Federal Trade Commission?  On Wednesday, the agency held a conference, “Blurred Lines: Advertising or Content,” to “discuss native advertising,” as the New York Times put it.
Discussion: @bdeskin and PRNewser
Robert Mahoney / Committee to Protect Journalists:
A chill over British press  —  A prime minister says a newspaper has damaged national security and calls for its editor to be brought before Parliament; his government tells the same paper there has been “enough” debate on an issue and sends its security officials into the paper's offices …
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Behind the FCC's Intervention in a $985 Million Local TV Deal  —  The TV business has been on a furious consolidation drive this year, with billions of dollars worth of mergers and acquisitions snapping up the companies that bring broadcast TV to local markets across the country.  But a letter from
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Asks Sinclair to Revise Plans to Use ‘Sidecar’ Companies
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Delays Spectrum Auction Until 2015  —  Auction Intended to Encourage TV Stations to Sell Airwaves to Wireless Carriers  —  WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it has delayed a planned reverse auction of TV airwaves until 2015, a decision that reflects …
Jennifer Howard / Wired Campus:
Elsevier forces to take down research papers shared by their authors  —  Posting Your Latest Article?  You Might Have to Take It Down  —  Guy Leonard received an unpleasant surprise in his inbox early this morning: a notice from saying it had taken down a copy …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Elsevier Continues Its Efforts To Stifle The Sharing Of Knowledge To Pump Up Its Own Profits
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Google could launch ‘Nexus TV’ Android set-top next year, says report  —  Google isn't giving up its living room ambitions.  The company is said to be working on a “Nexus TV” device that will run Android, stream video from services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, and play a selection of video games.
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