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2:05 PM ET, December 19, 2013


 Top News: 
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
A First Look at NewCo's structure  —  Today Pierre Omidyar announced some details about how his new venture in news will be organized.  My summary and explanation...  First, the official release: … As I previously explained to readers of PressThink, I am an adviser to Omidyar's company …
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Greenwald hints at future of Omidyar enterprise
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Publisher's Letter Explains Limits on Branded Content at The Times  —  Seeking to allay potential newsroom concerns about the introduction of a digital product called native advertising, the publisher of The New York Times on Thursday said that features like a color bar and the words “Paid Post” …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Times Will Study Potential Changes to Its Sunday Magazine  —  The New York Times Magazine will be reassessed by the newspaper's managing editor, Dean Baquet, and Deborah Needleman, the editor of T Magazine, for the next three months before a new editor is appointed, according to a memo sent to staff.
Mike Deri Smith / BBC:
Porn filters block sex education websites  —  The new filters are designed to block sites unsuitable for children  —  Pornography filters used by major internet service providers are blocking websites offering sex education and advice on sexual health and porn addiction, the BBC has learned.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Hackers break into Washington Post servers  —  Hackers broke into The Washington Post's servers and gained access to employee user names and passwords, marking at least the third intrusion over the past three years, company officials said Wednesday.  —  The extent of the loss of company data …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Shows aren't in the future for Washington Post's PostTV  —  The Washington Post's PostTV video initiative will stop presenting information as shows and move to “easily digestible segments,” Washington Post spokesperson Kris Coratti tells Poynter in an email.
Katie Zhu / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Moving responsive design beyond screen size  —  Imagine opening NPR's app on your phone to read a story before heading to work.  You glance at the clock and realize you're running late, so you grab your keys and rush out the door.  As you start walking, the app starts playing the audio story …
Lauren Rabaino / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The year we contextualize the news  —  My prediction isn't particularly snazzy.  It doesn't require drones or sensors or wearables.  It gets back to common sense, highlighting our role as an industry in creating informed citizens.  2014 will be the year of contextualization.
Discussion: @niemanlab and @jayrosen_nyu
Exclusive: Dish eyes 2014 bid for T-Mobile - sources  —  (Reuters) - Dish (DISH.O) is considering making a bid for T-Mobile (TMUS.N) next year, according to people close to the matter, in what would be the satellite TV provider's second attempt in as many years at acquiring a major wireless operator …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
ASNE president expects ‘concrete steps’ after meeting with White House about access  —  On Tuesday, press organizations met with officials at the White House to discuss access to the president.  Frustrated news organizations hand-delivered a letter to the White House in late November …
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and ASNE
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom: is bringing its DVR for cord cutters to Ouya  — will launch an app for its over-the-air DVR on Ouya devices next year.  The app will bring live and recorded TV to the Android-based game console, provided that users also own's networked DVR.
John McDermott / Digiday:
The Sporting News Throws Mobile Hail Mary Against ESPN  —  Sporting News is throwing a mobile Hail Mary in its bid to gain ground on ESPN.  In order to level the playing field with the self-styled Worldwide Leader in Sports, Sporting News is hoping to enlist teammates in the form of aggregation.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Prismatic Social News App Overhauls for a Better Personal Interest Graph  —  These days visiting sites like Facebook and Twitter seems to result in homework: heart-tugging videos to watch, silly listicles to read, essays to contemplate.  Now here's another startup, Prismatic, that wants to collect content for you to consume.
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The coming disruption of television news  —  For commercial news media in the Western world, the underlying thrust in 2014 remains the same that it was 2013 and has been for a decade or more.  It is a move towards a world in which we will have more media — including stakeholder media serving …
Discussion: @rasmus_kleis and @niemanlab
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
One snapshot of how the Forbes contributor network works, from a writer asked to be a source  —  The ouroboros is complete: Forbes outsourced contributor outsources journalism to actual journalists  —  A curious “interview request” arrived in my inbox today: A Forbes contributor …
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Susan Infantino / The Official Google Blog:
Transparency Report: Government removal requests continue to rise
Discussion: Gigaom, CNET and ZDNet
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Brooks denies all knowledge of the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Toronto Star Reporter Drops Lawsuit Against Rob Ford
Discussion: Poynter
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Movie-Dub App Startup MyLingo Raises $750,000, Adds UTA's Jeremy Zimmer as Adviser
Discussion: Forbes and Fast Company
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Telly gets $8M, buys Dubai-based Sha Sha to launch Middle East movie service
Discussion: PR Newswire and VentureBeat
 Earlier Picks: 
Om Malik / Gigaom:
In 12 years of blogging, the more things change, the more they stay the same
Discussion: @om, ZDNet and Om Malik
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Saudi Arabia using arrests and beatings ‘to scare online critics’
Discussion: BBC
Michael Rondon / Folio:
Magazine Closures Continue to Fall In 2013
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
John Koblin Named Styles Reporter at Times
Hollywood Reporter:
Jeff Zucker has approached Jay Leno about new show on CNN, say sources
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
FCC unanimously supports plan to eliminate sports blackout rules