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12:20 PM ET, December 17, 2013


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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Snowden Not Renewing Request For Asylum In Brazil, Greenwald Says  —  Brazil has been one of the most outspoken opponents of NSA spying.  Glenn Greenwald says Edward Snowden's letter to the people of Brazil has been “wildly misreported.”  —  WASHINGTON — Glenn Greenwald says Edward Snowden's letter …
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.
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 …
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.
Alastair Reid /
Brown Moses to launch site for open investigative journalism  —  The Syrian conflict blogger and munitions investigator Eliot Higgins, better known as Brown Moses, is set to launch a new website as a platform and resource for open, investigative journalism in early 2014.
Discussion: @azmatzahra
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 …
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 …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Documentary on the downfall of Philadelphia's newspapers to air on Wednesday night  —  How the Newspaper Business Became a ‘F**king Disgrace’  —  A new documentary chronicles the long, slow death of the American newspaper.  It all begins with a testicle.
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
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sun publisher posts £75m pre-tax loss  —  News Group Newspapers took charges related to the phone-hacking scandal of almost £90m in the year to 30 June  —  The parent company of the Sun and Sun on Sunday has reported a pre-tax loss of £75m in the year to 30 June …
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.”
Hadas Gold / Politico:
USA Today plans countrywide expansion  —  USA Today is planning to expand its coverage across the country, placing reporters in Miami, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and out in the Mountain West, editor-in-chief David Callaway wrote in an email to staff on Monday afternoon.
Discussion: Poynter
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
CNN Films adds an acquisition unit  —  CNN is making a further push into the documentary film business with the creation of an acquisition unit.  The cable news channel, which last year launched CNN Films to make and finance documentaries, will now also buy older documentaries for the network through …
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 …
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
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
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Brian R. Fitzgerald / Digits:
WSJ hires editors from ABC News and NBC News as gadget reviewer Walt Mossberg leaves the team
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Open-source blogging platform Ghost begins rolling out its fully-hosted service