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9:10 PM ET, December 11, 2013


 Top News: 
Colin Campbell / Polygon:
YouTube defends copyright crackdown  —  Google has responded to widespread outrage at its recent crackdown on game videos on YouTube.  —  In recent days the company has sent out thousands of copyright infringement notices to video producers of game walk-throughs and Let's Plays.
Stephen Totilo / Kotaku:
YouTube Channels Crippled By Copyright Claims  —  Numerous video game-related YouTube personalities have spent the last day digging through piles of copyright claims suddenly filling their inboxes, claims that they say are messing with their ability to produce and profit from videos they post online.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Apple TV gets content boost with Crackle, Watch ABC  —  Apple has been bulking up its content lineup on the Apple TV, and Wednesday, the company announced still more updates.  — Time Warner Cable to add another app platform: Apple TV?  — Apple TV a no-show, in any respect, at iPhone event
Discussion: The Verge and AllThingsD
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Apple TV gets live news programming with Bloomberg TV  —  Bloomberg TV launched an app on Apple TV devices Wednesday morning that includes a live feed of the cable networks financial news programming as well as access to on-demand videos.  The live feed is available without authentication …
Discussion: TechCrunch, @brianstelter and 9to5Mac
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Twitter becomes a better TV remote control as ABC, AMC, and Fox sign up for See It  —  It's been obvious for some time that Twitter sees television as a major way in which it can participate in, drive, and profit from the broader cultural conversation.  It's about to become an even more useful tool …
Discussion: AdAge and Hollywood Reporter
Comcast Plans to Add New Networks and Distributors to SEEiT Platform
Discussion: @awallenstein, @thefoaguy and Engadget
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.
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
The new television: How is NimbleTV different from Aereo?  —  This morning, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia was in Baltimore to mark the TV-over-the-Internet service's launch in the city, its 10th of 22 cities that it had planned to reach by the end of 2013.  (Kanojia now says the company will hit that goal by early 2014.)
Discussion: CNET and Wired
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
News sites could protect your privacy with encryption.  Here's why they probably won't.  —  “I've basically been trying to bribe media organizations at this point to turn on SSL,” jokes Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist and a senior policy analyst at the ACLU's Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
Santiago Lyon / New York Times:
Obama's Orwellian Image Control  —  THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday.
Erik Wemple:
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow to write Washington Post column  —  The journalistic bond between The Post and MSNBC just grew a bit stronger, as the paper's opinion section announced that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will be writing a monthly column.  “We expect that she will bring to Post readers the strong arguments …
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.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
News organisations plead with Syrian rebels to stop abducting journalists  —  Thirteen news organisations, including The Guardian, have signed a letter calling on rebel groups in Syria to desist from kidnapping journalists and asking for the release of those currently being held hostage.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Web Video Startup Ooyala Raises $43 Million  —  We saw a smattering of ad tech IPOs this year, and there are a bunch of companies that are supposedly lined up for next year.  —  Here's one you likely won't see going public in 2014 — at least not in the beginning of the year: Ooyala, the Web video startup.
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,” …
Josh Horwitz / Tech in Asia:
Marcus Brauchli, once of WSJ and Washington Post, invests in Taipei startup The News Lens  —  The News Lens, the startup that wants to disrupt traditional media in Asia, just received its first round of funding  —  Mario Yang (left), co-founder and editor-in-chief at The News Lens …
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.
Kate Tummarello / TheHill:
Privacy groups want AT&T punished for selling data to CIA  —  Privacy groups are asking regulators to come down on phone companies that sell subscriber information to third parties, including the CIA.  —  The groups are petitioning the Federal Communications Commission in response to reports …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Spotify brings free music to all devices (with caveats); snags Led Zeppelin  —  NEW YORK CITY — In its quest to entice more users, Spotify is finally bringing its free music service to more devices — though they won't all get the same free content.  —  A new ad-supported offering …
Houston Chronicle:
Chronicle names managing editor  —  Award-winning editor Vernon Loeb, who most recently worked as metro editor of the Washington Post, has been named managing editor of the Houston Chronicle.  The announcement was made Wednesday by Hearst Newspapers President Mark Aldam and Nancy Barnes …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The U.K.'s Ampp3d thinks it knows why you want to click on charts, images, and memes  —  Data-driven storytelling and web-native, sharable journalism are two of the biggest trends in media at the moment.  If you locked the two together in a room, Ampp3d might be what would walk out the door.
Discussion: Martin Belam and @niemanlab
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop Alum Tom Ascheim Named President of ABC Family  —  Exec worked with Disney-ABC TV Group chief Anne Sweeney early in his career  —  Former Nickelodeon and Sesame Workshop exec Tom Ascheim has been tapped as president of ABC Family.
Discussion: The Wrap
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Tyler Hayes / Co.Labs:
The Revolutionary New Music Apps You Missed In 2013
Discussion: hypebot and The Next Web
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Swedish journalists appear to use weakness in comment system to expose public figures
Discussion:, and @nzkoz
Angela Haggerty / The Drum:
YouTube 2013 ad revenues estimated to jump more than 50% to $5.6bn
Discussion: Gigaom, Guardian, Variety, AdAge and Digits
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Paywalls Boost Ad Rates for Some Magazines and Newspapers, OPA Study Finds
Sapna Maheshwari / BuzzFeed:
Growth Of Video Ads On Tablets, Cell Phones And Smart TVs Is Exploding
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Digital Magazine Startup Magzter Raises $10M To Fuel Global Growth
Discussion: Folio
Press Gazette:
Leaked tape reveals Pollard discussing exclusion of Savile review evidence about what Thompson knew
Discussion: Guardian
 Earlier Picks: 
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Twitter TV ratings heading to Japan next year in move to attract more advertisers
BBC to axe more than half of its management boards
Discussion: Financial Times and @uk_radio
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Gannett to Add USA Today to Local Papers
Discussion: USA Today, Gannett Blog and @susanpage
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Takes Netflix-Style Service for Old Movies to iPads
Discussion: @willmckinley