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1:40 PM ET, December 15, 2013


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Jacob Fischler / BuzzFeed:
AP Reporter: Keeping The Levinson Story A Secret Was The “Hardest Thing I've Done”  —  The government asked several journalists to stay quiet — even as other media outlets — and occasionally their own — told a story they and others knew to be false or incomplete.  —  Handout / Reuters
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Withheld News Of Missing American's CIA Ties For Six Years
Charlie White:
Secrets revealed: How we won CES with Avatar Journalism  —  With the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) coming up in a few weeks, you might be wondering how all that information gets to you.  It's traditionally done with a tremendous amount of effort, personnel, equipment and money.
Discussion: @dangillmor and @ksablan
Karen Fratti / 10,000 Words:
New Web Pub Focuses on ‘American Renewal’ and Compelling Readers to Act  —  If you're looking for something other than cute animals or faux civil rights controverseries to inspire you on the internet, it's arrived.  It's called NationSwell, a new media company that focuses on good things.
Dasha Afanasieva / Reuters:
Syrian opposition vows to help prevent journalists being kidnapped  —  (Reuters) - Syrian rebel leaders said they would do all they could to protect journalists but were hampered by infighting, after international news organizations complained kidnappings were preventing full media coverage of the civil war.
Discussion: @joshuahersh
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Chromecast in 2014: an open SDK, big international plans and maybe even new devices  —  Google landed a bit of a coup with Chromecast this year, launching a device that no one saw coming but that has proven to be very popular.  Next year, the company plans to take Chromecast even further …
Christina Pazzanese / Harvard University Gazette:
Why it's time, author says, for journalism to raise its intellectual standards  —  Why it's time, author says, for journalism to raise its intellectual standards  —  In a new polemic, Harvard Kennedy School Professor Thomas Patterson calls for sweeping changes to the education of journalists and the practice of journalism.
Discussion: @andrewmwenda
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Welcome to the Internet of Thingies: 61.5% of Web Traffic Is Not Human  —  And here's how to build your own little traffic bot, even though you shouldn't  —  It happened last year for the first time: bot traffic eclipsed human traffic, according to the bot-trackers at Incapsula.
Reporters Without Borders calls for attacks on journalists to be labeled war crimes  —  Reporters Without Borders, the international non-governmental organization that defends press freedoms, wants attacks on journalists to be considered war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
Discussion: GlobalPost and Associated Press
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Ad Age Survey: What Advertisers Really Think About Twitter  —  Marketer Attitudes Toward Twitter Are Similar to Facebook In 2012  —  There's little question that Twitter's intial public offering in October was a success, but what about its ad business?  Still a work in progress, but with plenty of upside, according to Ad Age readers.
Discussion: @jonathanmendez
Brendan O'Connor / The Awl:
The Golden Era Of Spam Comments Has Ended  —  The search engine optimization community has spent the last two years in a panic.  SEO people flood our Internet with spam links and fake Twitter bots and paid traffic, to help bad websites look more popular than they are, to deliver fake viewers to web ads.
Discussion: Forbes, @therealfitz, @thijs and Boing Boing
Alejandro Martínez / Journalism in the Americas:
New documentary highlights dangers, government pressures that journalists face in Latin America  —  Spanish-language TV network Univision has produced a new documentary on the government pressures and dangers that journalists face today throughout Latin America.
Discussion: KABE-LP
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
New Hollywood Sequel: Aaron Kushner's L.A. Register  —  Why, I asked, Aaron Kushner, is he announcing the new L.A. Register as we're winding down toward the end of the year?  Given that the big questions about it — when will it launch, how will it be staffed — are as yet unannounced, why put the news out now?
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