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6:50 PM ET, December 12, 2013


 Top News: 
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Martha Stewart to ax 100 staffers  —  The June 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living  —  Merry Christmas — you're fired!  —  Slumping Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is expected to fire up to 100 people on Thursday, in a massive downsizing that is expected to hit the flagship magazine particularly hard.
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
2013: The Year ‘the Stream’ Crested  —  The Stream is fun and fast, but don't you miss the sense of an ending?  —  The Stream has been the organizing metaphor for the web for the past several years.  In May 2009, a high-ranking editor of TechCrunch identified and summarized this grand shift …
Jose Delreal / Politico:
White House press corps tees off on Jay Carney over access  —  A frustrated press corps sounded off Thursday against White House press secretary Jay Carney over lack of access to President Barack Obama.  —  Carney said the White House “is working” to address the concerns …
Discussion: TVNewser, @aprildryan and The Fix
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
LAFD fumbles on Twitter and 911 info  —  The Los Angeles Fire Department has been ahead of other city departments in using social media and blogs to communicate with the public and news media.  Well, some of the department has been — the communications staff has operated two well-visited Twitter feeds …
Discussion: @laobserved
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Aereo Won't Oppose Supreme Court Battle  —  The digital streaming company responds to broadcasters' attempts to interest the high court in a battle that could reshape the TV industry.  —  In papers filed at the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, Aereo says it is ready for the high court to review its legality.
Yoree Koh / Digits:
Twitter MoPub Opens Up Native Advertising  —  Twitter pulled the covers back on how it plans to make money off mobile apps besides its own.  The strategy: take its native advertising playbook to the wider mobile world.  —  MoPub - a Twitter-owned mobile-advertising exchange …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Google Play Movies and Google Play Music websites get native Chromecast support  —  Google Play Music and Google Play Movies just got a bit more tightly integrated with Chromecast: Users of Google's TV dongle can now launch music and video streams straight from the websites of the two services …
Discussion: The Next Web
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Ann Curry's Options Dwindle as $12 Million NBC News Contract Nears Window  —  UPDATED: The former “Today” host is testing the waters as her NBC deal ends, but a high-profile gig at a place like Al Jazeera could prove elusive.  —  What will Ann Curry do next?
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Time Warner prepares to dump a dangerous debt load on its publishing spinoff  —  Time Warner prepares to dump a dangerous debt load on its publishing spinoff  —  Keith Kelly of the New York Post reports some inauspicious news for the soon-to-be-spun-off Time Inc.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: to launch its DVR for cord cutters in Europe in early 2014  —  Bay Area-based digital video startup is looking to launch its DVR for cord cutters in the U.K. in March of 2014, and target continental Europe soon after. CEO Mark Ely told me during an interview Wednesday …
Sarah Homewood / The Newspaper Works:
Time spent on news sites doubles  —  The time that Australians are spending on news sites has doubled in the past year, according to data released by Nielsen online, and online is becoming a larger part of news consumption.  —  The data highlights that during the December quarter …
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Dylan Tweney Named EIC of VentureBeat  —  Dylan Tweney, a senior editor at from 2007 to 2011, has been named editor-in-chief of VentureBeat, a site covering emerging tech and companies.  Tweney has served as executive editor of VentureBeat since 2011.
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