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9:40 AM ET, December 10, 2013


 Top News: 
Marcella Bombardieri / The Boston Globe:
New York Times columnist David Carr to join Boston University faculty  —  Times columnist to join BU faculty  —  Boston University has landed star New York Times media columnist David Carr to fill a new endowed chair dedicated to exploring creative business models to support journalism in the digital era.
New York Times:
If a Story Is Viral, Truth May Be Taking a Beating  —  Truth has never been an essential ingredient of viral content on the Internet.  But in the stepped-up competition for readers, digital news sites are increasingly blurring the line between fact and fiction, and saying that it is all part …
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Fox News Paid Fired Executive $8 Million to Keep Quiet  —  Roger Ailes' secrets command a heavy price.  Last week, the New York Times reported that Fox News had reached an out-of-court settlement with Brian Lewis, the former Roger Ailes aide who was abruptly fired in late July.
Oliver Laughland / Guardian:
Murdoch is evil: the message hidden in a children's puzzle in one of his papers  —  Third line down says LIVESIHCODRUM (read it backwards) as puzzlemaster has a laugh at paymaster's expense  —  Harry the Dog's weekly kids' word search in Sydney's Sunday Telegraph tabloid
Lyra McKee / The Muckraker:
Matter had over 10K paying readers but paywall wasn't right model, says co-founder  —  In 2012, tech journalists Bobbie Johnson and Jim Giles raised over $140,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter for their new publication, Matter.  The idea was simple: a digital publishing house that produced in-depth …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Swisher/Mossberg venture, “Revere Digital”, plans to announce another partner January 2  —  NBCUniversal Buys Stake in AllThingsD, Which Is Set to Get New Name: Report  —  Tech-news venture founded by two former WSJ editors to be renamed ‘Revere Digital,’ according to Bloomberg report
Discussion: @fmanjoo, @qhardy and
AllThingsD Editors Are Said to Complete NBCUniversal Deal
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Scripps Buys Newsy For $35M To Expand From TV And Newspapers To Digital Video  —  Another exit for a new media startup into the arms of the old media industry: E.W. Scripps, the storied owner of 19 local television stations and daily newspapers in 13 markets across the U.S. …
International bill of digital rights: call from 500 writers around the world  —  In a petition to the United Nations, a group of authors agree that democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space  —  • State surveillance of personal data is theft, say world's leading authors
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
The persecution of Apple: is the ebook investigation out of control?  —  Fresh controversy over Apple's role in an alleged ebook conspiracy raises questions about the judge's handling of the case, and even led the Wall Street Journal to say she is a “disgrace” and call for her removal.
Discussion: Melville House Books
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
Linux Voice secures £90,000 crowdfunded launch target  —  The editorial team behind a new computer magazine are busily working on the first edition having secured £90,000 investment on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform.  —  Linux Voice is being launched by the former editorial team …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Jeffrey Rothfeder out as editor of International Business Times  —  Jeffrey Rothfeder, editor-in-chief of The International Business Times, is leaving leave the budding business news website next month, Capital has learned.  —  Sources familiar with the matter said Rothfeder will be out as of the end …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Layoffs ahead at Time Inc.  —  Time Inc. staffers were informed today that layoffs lie ahead in the New Year, Capital has learned.  —  The publishing giant has implemented cuts in recent years while aiming to rein in costs.  Just under a year ago, 500 jobs were slashed from the company …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In suburban D.C., a network of hyperlocal news sites expands and bets on local advertising  —  When the Curbed network of websites — local outlets focused on dining, real estate, and fashion — was bought by Vox Media last month for around $20 or $30 million, Digiday's Josh Sternberg asked …
Discussion: Street Fight
Agence France Presse:
Two Spanish journalists held by Al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria  —  Madrid (AFP) - A radical group linked to Al-Qaeda kidnapped two Spanish journalists reporting in Syria in September and is holding them captive, El Mundo newspaper reported on Tuesday.  —  El Mundo correspondent Javier Espinosa …
Dave McNary / Variety:
Netflix Picks Up Mitt Romney Documentary  —  Streaming service will run ‘Mitt’ soon after Sundance preem  —  Ramping up its documentary business, Netflix has acquired theatrical and TV rights to the Mitt Romney documentary “Mitt” with plans to air it exclusively on Jan. 24.
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Experiments in viral journalism: Trinity Mirror launches Ampp3d for sharing data-driven stories
Emily Bell / Guardian:
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
AP reporter finds bodies in Malian desert
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
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PJ Vogt / On The Media:
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Jim Romenesko:
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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Flipboard Raises Another $50 Million To Close Out Its Series C Round
Discussion: AllThingsD, VentureBeat and Forbes
Amanda Lee Myers / Associated Press:
Twitter, Facebook, others warn defamation suit against gossip site could “significantly chill online speech”
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
With No Notice, Putin Scraps Kremlin News Agencies
Naomi Sharp / Columbia Journalism Review:
The future of longform
Discussion: @cjr