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8:20 PM ET, December 20, 2013


 Top News: 
Jim Kennedy / News Corp:
News Corp Acquires Social News Agency Storyful  —  Accelerating News Corp's digital transformation and video strategy, the company has acquired Storyful, the world's first social news agency.  —  Building on Storyful's skill in finding verified news amidst the noise of social media …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
News Corp Pays $25M For Storyful, Which Digs Up And Verifies News From Social Sites Like Twitter And Instagram  —  News Corp is raising its game in digital news again: the company has just announced that it is acquiring Storyful, a Ireland-based “village square” for social media news …
Discussion: Wired, @coreypein, @raju and @erichippeau
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Raju Narisetti talks about why News Corp. bought Storyful and founder Mark Little talks about why he sold  —  We've written before about how crowdsourced verification of user-generated content is a significant trend in new media, and Storyful has been at the forefront of that wave since before most people had even heard the term.
Discussion: @raju and Online NewsHour
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:   Storyful CEO: ‘We want to be in every newsroom in the world’
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post's Ezra Klein Considering Starting New Venture  —  NEW YORK — Ezra Klein, a top Washington Post policy writer and editor of the paper's Wonkblog, is currently speaking to outside suitors about starting a new media venture, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Approves Gannett-Belo, Tribune-Local TV Deals  —  $1.5 Billion Gannett-Belo Deal Would Affect 20 Stations in 15 Markets … The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved two major deals involving local television stations that will add to consolidation in the media market.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:   FCC approves Tribune Co. purchase of 16 stations from Local TV
Matthew Hendley / Valley Fever:
Joe Arpaio Loses: New Times Co-Founders Win $3.75 Million Settlement for 2007 False Arrests  —  The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors this afternoon voted unanimously to approve a $3.75 million settlement for New Times' co-founders, whose false arrests in 2007 were orchestrated by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Free Press:
A Sorry Moment in the History of American Media  —  We just experienced a shameful milestone in the history of U.S. media — and barely anyone noticed.  —  There are now zero black-owned and operated full-power TV stations in our country.  —  This sorry state of affairs is the culmination …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Report: No black-owned full-power TV stations remain in U.S.
Discussion: St. Louis Post-Dispatch and TVSpy
Cory Haik / Nieman Journalism Lab:
News that anticipates the reader's needs  —  The year 2014 is going to be all about you.  And me.  And him and her.  It's going to be all about all of us — and what we are doing on all our devices.  The job in news is to be exactly there for people, no matter what they're doing or where they're doing it …
Elizabeth Green / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The continued rise of single-subject sites  —  Five years ago, when I first started building the news organization that my colleagues and I now call Chalkbeat (then known as GothamSchools), a friend asked me an innocent question.  “So you cover education now.  But what will your next beat be?”
Discussion: @davidepstein and @niemanlab
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Details of the ‘Mega Conspiracy’ Behind Megaupload … Some lively new details arrived today in the long saga of Megaupload, the file-sharing site whose founder, Kim Dotcom, is currently suing the New Zealand police while the U.S. government attempts to extradite him to face charges of criminal conspiracy.
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
New milestone: Amazon stock surpass $400 for first time ever  —  This summer,'s stock hit $300 for the first time.  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″.  —  Now, five months later, it has reached a new milestone: $400.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Rick Perlstein / The Nation:
Why Is The New Republic Taking Money from an NSA Contractor to Run Defenses of the NSA?  —  The landing gear on a mockup of a Northrop Grumman X-47B long-range, high endurance unmanned aircraft (Reuters).  —  The National Security Agency has a friend at the Harvard Law School.  And at the Brookings Institution.
Discussion: Lawfare and TheHill
Aditya Kishore / Guardian:
Battleground Britain: who will dominate UK video streaming?  —  Aditya Kishore analyses the battle for video streaming dominance in extremely competitive UK market place  —  Clearly, Netflix dominates the US home video market: More than 30 million households subscribe to the service …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Maxim magazine sale to Darden Media reportedly collapses  —  Darden not Alpha enough to nail Maxim mag  —  Negotiations by Darden Media to buy Maxim and its parent, Alpha Media, have collapsed, sources tell Media Ink.  —  Cerberus Capital Management, Alpha's majority owner …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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