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9:15 AM ET, December 11, 2013

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John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Why Twitter Just Joined The Backchannel Wars  —  Direct messages to the forefront, big photos in tow.  Twitter knows: The service that controls messaging controls the world.  —  Another day, another new messaging app.  The only difference: This one is already installed on your phone.
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitter's new head of news explains why she left NBC
Discussion: LinkedIn Pulse
Jeremy Gordon / The Twitter Blog:
Photos in direct messages and swipe between timelines
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Takes Netflix-Style Service for Old Movies to iPads  —  Studio says Warner Instant Archive now supports closed captioning  —  Warner Bros. has launched an iPad tablet app for its subscription-streaming service for classic film and TV titles, a sign the premium-priced offering …
Discussion: @willmckinley
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Conservative consolidation: New ‘Twitchy’ owner in talks to buy RedState, Regnery  —  Salem Communications, the parent company of right-wing sites HotAir.com and Townhall.com, is considering a series of acquisitions that would consolidate several of the conservative blogosphere's …
Discussion: @johntabin
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Tim McDonald / The Huffington Post:
Turning the Page on Anonymity: The Future of HuffPost Comments  —  Maintaining a civil environment for real conversation and community has always been key to The Huffington Post.  From day one, our comments were pre-moderated, and we invested in the most advanced moderation technology along with human moderators.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Vice Media Buys a Tech Company to Experiment With Content Distribution  —  ADVERTISING, journalism and technology continue to converge.  The latest example: Vice Media's acquisition of Carrot Creative, a digital agency that creates apps, websites and games for media companies and brands.
Discussion: Capital New York, @rafat and @jamesnord
Guardian:
BBC to axe more than half of its management boards  —  Review of corporation's governance also includes appointment of two new non-executive directors and changes to trust's remit  —  The BBC will on Wednesday announce a series of changes to its system of governance and the appointment …
Discussion: Financial Times and @uk_radio
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Time Criticized For Choosing Pope Francis Over Edward Snowden As Person Of The Year  —  Time chose the widely popular Pope Francis as its Person of the Year for 2013, sparking criticism from many who thought that the magazine's choice for runner-up, Edward Snowden, deserved the top prize.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sign of the Time is written in red ink: $1.5B  —  Since Time Warner announced its spinoff plan for Time Inc. in mid-March, the biggest guessing game in town has been how much debt will be loaded onto the publishing enterprise.  —  They were still guessing after the preliminary documents …
Lenore Taylor / Guardian:
Australia's national public broadcaster, ABC, plans editorial audit after claims of bias  —  ABC to conduct external audit over bias claims  —  Process starts with analysis of all interviews with then prime minister and opposition leader in 2013 election campaign
Discussion: Crikey, @lenoretaylor and @jayrosen_nyu
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Facebook Wants to Be a Newspaper.  Facebook Users Have Their Own Ideas.  —  Most people think of Facebook in a similar way: It's a place to share photos of your kids.  It's a way to keep up with friends and family members.  It's a place to share a funny, viral story or LOLcat picture you've stumbled upon on the Web.
Doug Halonen / TVNewsCheck.com:
U.S. FCC plans field study of local news sources; U.S. House Republicans want it stopped  —  House Republicans Want News Study Stopped  —  The members of Congress say a proposed study by the FCC seeking information about how all local news outlets — whether regulated by the FCC or not …
Discussion: Adweek and Broadcasting & Cable
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Beastie Boys countersue as fair use fight over “Girls” song escalates  —  A copyright case between the Beastie Boys and toy maker GoldieBlox just got nastier: the rap group claims in a court filing that rewriting its “Girls” song for a video commercial does not count as “fair use,” …
Sandra Oshiro / Poynter:
Another journalist killed in India's Bijapur district  —  Local protests in India this week follow the killing last Friday of India journalist Sai Reddy in the Bijapur district in south Chhattisgarh, The Hindu reported.  —  The 51-year-old journalist was attacked at a weekly market.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Gannett to Add USA Today to Local Papers  —  Gannett Company, one of the nation's largest newspaper chains, will try to expand its advertising and circulation revenue by inserting parts of its flagship newspaper, USA Today, into its local newspapers.  —  The company is expected to announce …
Discussion: @susanpage
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Twitter TV ratings heading to Japan next year in move to attract more advertisers  —  Twitter TV ratings are landing in Japan, the company announced today, as it seeks to provide further statistics that can persuade advertisers to place its money on the social networking service.
Discussion: Softpedia News
John Cook / Gawker:
The New York Times' Media Columnist Sits in a Bloomberg Chair  —  New York Times media columnist David Carr has a lot of friends.  I'm one of them.  I would generally agree that, as the Wire put it this morning, he is “well-loved and respected,” and that his column is often …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
NYT CEO Mark Thompson aims to create global news brand, says international audiences are key  —  The global ‘New York Times’  —  First The New York Times became the national paper of record for the United States.  Now it is aiming to become a leading news brand globally.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Discovery Mulling Bid for Owner of Food Network, HGTV (Exclusive)  —  Scripps Networks Interactive seen as prime acquistion target as cable consolidation heats up  —  Discovery Communications is mulling a bid for Scripps Networks Interactive, parent company of Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel and other lifestyle-oriented cablers.
Fred Prouser / Reuters:
Outerwall to cut 8.5 percent of workforce, Redbox chief leaves  —  (Reuters) - Outerwall Inc said the president of its Redbox video rental kiosks division had left the business after just over a year and that it would cut 8.5 percent of its workforce.  —  The company, giving no reason …
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
Norway To Digitize All Norwegian Books, Allowing Domestic IP Addresses To Read All Of Them, Irrespective Of Copyright Status  —  Here's a pretty amazing story from Norway: … Now, in any normal country — where “normal” means one in which copyright has reached the heights of monopolistic insanity …
Discussion: @glynmoody
 
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
China Foreign Press Crackdown Prompts Calls For Visa Retaliation
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp. puts Brooklyn-based newspaper group up for sale
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Andrew Albanese / PublishersWeekly.com:
Judge Tosses Booksellers' Suit Against Publishers, Amazon
Discussion: TeleRead, Gigaom and Publishers Lunch
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The OJR.org saga has a happy ending, with the domain headed back to USC Annenberg
Discussion: @jbenton
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New York's top court rules Fox reporter cannot be forced to reveal sources in Colorado
Guardian:
International bill of digital rights: call from 500 writers around the world
 

 
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