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9:15 PM ET, December 12, 2013

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James Bennet / The Atlantic Online:
Writers need a better term for “long-form”, which no longer signals quality  —  Against ‘Long-Form Journalism’  —  I have had it with long-form journalism.  By which I mean—don't get me wrong—I'm fed up with the term long-form itself, a label that the people who create …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Associated Press Held CIA Scoop For 3 Years At The Government's Request  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press revealed Thursday that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson was working with the CIA at the time he went missing in Iran in 2007.  The AP's explosive report on Levinson's CIA ties contradicted …
Discussion: Associated Press and Gawker
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Paul Colford / The Definitive Source:
Why AP is publishing story about missing American tied to CIA
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, The Fix and @aprildryan
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Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
LAFD fumbles on Twitter and 911 info
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.
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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 …
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?
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Vanity Fair launches its first native ad effort  —  A Message That Tries to Blend In  —  AS Madison Avenue continues debating the pros and cons of a hot trend in marketing known as native advertising — digital pitches styled to look like the editorial content of the publications in which they run …
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 Verge and The Next Web
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
CEO Of 21st Century Fox Thinks People Aren't Really Asking For A La Carte TV Channels  —  There are two subjects that seem to keep TV execs in complete denial: cord cutting and the demand for a la carte TV packages.  Both are very real (and, frankly, the increase in the former is somewhat driven …
Matthew Waite / Al Jazeera English:
Journalists: good early drone adopters  —  Professional journalists could use drones, but a code of ethics must be devised.  —  The recent news that Amazon plans to use mini-drones to fly small packages to consumers in just 30 minutes raised an important question: what could a journalist do with a small drone?
Discussion: @mattwaite
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 …
 
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Stephen Shankland / CNET:
CNN outgrows its TV roots
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Allan Kozinn / New York Times:
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