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1:45 PM ET, December 13, 2013

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Mary Ann Milbourn / Orange County Register:
Register owner to launch daily L.A. newspaper  —  The co-owner and publisher of the Orange County Register announced Thursday that the company will move broadly into Los Angeles County early next year and publish a new, seven-day-a-week newspaper, the Los Angeles Register.
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
Newtown's media blackout forces journalists to do their jobs  —  The one-year anniversary of a tragic event is a significant moment.  But for journalists, such moments too often become opportunities for emotional exploitation rather than real journalism.  —  The citizens of Newtown, Conn. …
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Sen. Bill Nelson: I told AP not to run Robert Levinson story  —  Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said early Friday that he urged the Associated Press not to publish a story about Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who disappeared in Iran more than six years ago and had been working for the CIA.
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Paul Colford / The Definitive Source:
Why AP is publishing story about missing American tied to CIA
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Media Matters Declares Victory: ‘The War On Fox Is Over’  —  WASHINGTON — Since its founding in 2004, the progressive watchdog group Media Matters for America has been a thorn in the side of Fox News.  Its dozens of staffers monitor the network's leadership, hosts, guests and financial dealings incessantly …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TheBlaze.com
Peter Elkind / Fortune:
Bloomberg News reaffirms ban on writing about Mike Bloomberg  —  The news organization owned by Bloomberg LP has an unusual, self-imposed policy preventing itself from writing about its founder.  —  FORTUNE — When Michael Bloomberg retires as New York's mayor in January after 12 years in office …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Charter Said to Prepare Offer Letter for Time Warner Cable  —  Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR) is preparing an offer letter to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. for less than $140 a share, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.  —  Charter will send the so-called bear hug letter …
David Kravets / Wired:
AOL Tightens CrunchBase's Licensing to Block Competitors  —  AOL is legally locking down its crowdsourced CrunchBase database of tech companies, in response to a commercial iPhone app that used the database to compete with AOL.  —  The new CrunchBase license will continue to allow free use …
Discussion: Info @ CrunchBase and TechCrunch
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Q&A: Sarah Marshall on leaving Journalism.co.uk for the WSJ and the state of media across the pond  —  For three years, Sarah Marshall has held a job that's pretty similar to, well, my job.  And I think she's pretty good at it!  But Marshall is moving on, from Journalism.co.uk …
Discussion: @niemanlab and Talking Biz News
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
‘Invisible Child’: Behind the Scenes, Before and After  —  Andrea Elliott's moving and exhaustively reported five-part series, “Invisible Child,” was 15 months in the making.  At 28,738 words, and accompanied by affecting images by Ruth Fremson, a staff photographer, this story of a homeless girl …
Tom Balmforth / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Out Of Ukrainian Protests, A New Media Outlet Is Born  —  KYIV — A wave of panic grips protesters as rumors spread that tanks are bearing down on Kyiv to quell the revolt against President Viktor Yanukovych.  —  Several news outlets ran reports and word spreads like wildfire on Twitter.
Parker Higgins / Mediashift:
WordPress Goes to Court to Defend Censored Bloggers  —  The blogging platform WordPress.com has taken the unusual — and welcome — step of going to court to defend its users against bogus copyright claims aimed at silencing their speech on the platform.  Automattic, WordPress's parent company …
Discussion: @timkarr and @pbsmediashift, Thanks:@mediatwit
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Amidst fierce competition, music streaming services fight for paying subscribers  —  A Stream of Music, Not Revenue  —  When Spotify, the digital music company of the moment, announced this week an exclusive deal with Led Zeppelin and free access on mobile devices, it also reported impressive numbers.
Discussion: @dada_drummer
Nellie Bowles / San Francisco Chronicle:
Jessica Lessin's startup courts broad audience for tech news  —  When former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin celebrated the launch of her journalism startup at a Pacific Heights mansion this week, the event attracted the tech A-list: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrived in a gray hoodie …
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Thrillist Media Group finds a home on the web  —  Thrillist Media Group is finally getting around to building a website for the digital media company to call home, Capital has learned.  —  The Lerer Ventures-backed company, which is reportedly on track to bring in anywhere between $80 …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Toronto Star reporter serves Rob Ford with libel notice  —  “On Thursday I served Rob Ford with a libel notice, the first step in the process of pursuing a defamation lawsuit,” Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale wrote in an article Thursday, explaining why he'd chosen to take legal action against Toronto's controversial mayor.
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Facebook Video Pitch Deck Shows It Has Gone To War Against TV  —  Facebook believes its soon-to-be-launched video ad product will compete directly for TV ad dollars, and those going on YouTube, according to a leaked sales pitch deck obtained by Techcrunch.  —  Speaker notes alongside …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
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Eddie Makuch / GameSpot:
Struggling Blockbuster to close all UK stores ahead of Christmas
Discussion: BBC
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
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Vanity Fair launches its first native ad effort
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Matthew Waite / Al Jazeera English:
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Dylan Tweney Named EIC of VentureBeat
Sarah Homewood / The Newspaper Works:
Time spent on news sites doubles
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Google Play Movies and Google Play Music websites get native Chromecast support
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Simple.tv to launch its DVR for cord cutters in Europe in early 2014
James Bennet / The Atlantic Online:
Writers need a better term for “long-form”, which no longer signals quality
 

 
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