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9:20 AM ET, December 17, 2013


 Top News: 
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Federal Judge Rules Against N.S.A. Phone Data Program  —  WASHINGTON — A Federal District Court judge ruled on Monday that the National Security Agency program that is systematically keeping records of all Americans' phone calls most likely violates the Constitution, and he ordered the government …
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
Guardian whistle-blower Edward Snowden offers to help Brazil investigate US spying in return for asylum  —  Guardian whistle-blower Edward Snowden has offered to help the Brazilian government investigate claims of US spying on their citizens if the South American country offers him political asylum.
Meg Graham / Chicago Grid:
Comcast could resurrect community news site EveryBlock starting in Chicago  —  EveryBlock is back from the dead  —  Ten months after being shut down and left for dead, community-news website EveryBlock is being resurrected.  —  Comcast, which owned EveryBlock when it was shut down in January …
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Withdraws Proposal to Relax Media-Ownership Rules  —  Proposal Would Have Relaxed Ban on Owning Multiple Media Outlets in Same Market … The Federal Communications Commission said it has withdrawn a proposal to relax the long-standing ban on owning multiple media outlets in the same market.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and Adweek
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Exclusive: Twitter working on “edit” feature for tweets  —  Twitter is working on a new feature that would allow users to edit tweets once they are published, three sources close to the project have confirmed to The Desk.  —  Those sources, who asked to be identified only as Twitter employees …
Anneta Konstantinides / ABC News:
Mike Huckabee to Launch ‘Huckabee Post’  —  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will launch a news publication “Huckabee Post” in January 2014, ABC News has learned.  —  The site will cover a range of topics from news and politics to sports and pop culture, according to the former governor's son, David Huckabee.
Michele McLellan / Knight Digital Media Center:
Patch: Learning the hard way in local news  —  If the latest from David Carr doesn't mark the final nail in the coffin of Patch, it's pretty darn close.  Carr quotes AOL CEO Tim Armstrong acknowledging that AOL cannot continue “to go it alone in what has been a futile attempt to guide Patch to profitability.”
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Lara Logan to return to ‘60 Minutes’  —  Lara Logan and Max McClellan, the ‘60 Minutes’ journalists who were put on a leave of absence following their now-retracted report on Benghazi, are set to return to the program early next year, POLITICO has learned.  —  Logan and her producer …
Eddie Vassallo / Gigaom:
The tablet magazine ship is sinking.  Fast.  —  Last month I published a post on my company blog that caused some (shall we say) interesting feedback from both our publisher clients as well as the broader media community.  While I was certainly not the first to proclaim the death of the tablet magazine …
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
If Time Inc wants to survive, it should create its own ad agency  —  In the Darwinian battle between media, an in-house, clever advertising agency could save the flailing business  —  I keep thinking about the existential predicament of working for Time Inc in 2014, as it gets ready to spin …
Discussion: @zimbalist, @guardianus and mUmBRELLA
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World managing editor ‘appalled’ at phone-hacking allegations  —  Stuart Kuttner told police in 2011 interview that he had never been involved in any illegal activity, Old Bailey jury hears  —  The former managing editor of the News of the World told police he was “utterly appalled” …
Discussion: Reuters, The Independent and Bloomberg
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Almost Half of The Huffington Post's Traffic Comes From Overseas  —  The Huffington Post is fast becoming an international media brand.  It now publishes eight editions outside the U.S. and expects to export its celebrity, news and aggregation model to Brazil, South Korea, India and possibly the Middle East in 2014.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Here's Digg founder Kevin Rose's idea for a new blogging platform called Tiny  —  Digg founder, Google Ventures partner, and Web personality Kevin Rose has a new blogging platform idea called Tiny.  He published a prototype video on YouTube today which offers a glimpse into his thinking.
Discussion: The Verge, TechCrunch and Mashable
Brian R. Fitzgerald / Digits:
WSJ hires editors from ABC News and NBC News as gadget reviewer Walt Mossberg leaves the team  —  WSJ Announces Personal Tech Reviewing Team  —  Today we are announcing expanded Wall Street Journal coverage of personal technology, to help readers everywhere understand and choose among …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo, NBC extend partnership to Olympics but most programming requires pay-TV subscription  —  Olympics to Stream Live on Yahoo via NBC Deal?  Not Quite  —  Peacock extends pact with Internet site to drive traffic to  —  NBCUniversal extended its pact with Yahoo …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
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Michael Cieply / New York Times:
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
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Alistair Barr / USA Today:
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
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