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2:30 PM ET, December 23, 2013


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
When ‘60 Minutes’ Checks Its Journalistic Skepticism at the Door  —  Last week, a study commissioned by the president concluded that the National Security Agency had reached too far into the private lives of Americans.  The study, which came after a series of journalistic revelations exposing …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Plan for Tribune Spinoff Raises Concerns for Future of Newspaper Operations  —  A plan by the Tribune Company to separate eight newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, from its more profitable digital and television businesses could threaten their survival …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
How Native Advertising Will Change in 2014  —  Native advertising was all the rage this past year, as online publishers and marketers grappled for new (or repackaged) ways to get the attention of ad-weary consumers.  Brands and publishers created entire divisions to produce the ads …
Discussion: @adweek and Kirk LaPointe's …
Corey Pein:
More Questions For Reuters About The Death Of Molhem Barakat, Teenage War Photographer  —  Reuters, a big-leagues news service owned by a $13 billion multinational corporation, is ducking critical questions about the death of a teenage war photographer who'd been selling pictures to the agency.
Syrian photographer killed in Aleppo
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable Has Shareholder Backing as Takeover Bid Looms  —  Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) is loathed by many consumers and loved by many investors.  It's shareholders who may give incoming Chief Executive Officer Rob Marcus the will to reject a $62 billion offer for the company.
Discussion: @claireatki and @laurenweinstein
Felix Salmon / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The veracity of viral  —  2014 is going to be the year of a big debate about what news is — and especially about whether and how news organizations can ethically report on activity in the virtual world.  —  The first time I saw this debate take place in public was in October …
Discussion: @abrams, @rakeshlobster and @jeffjarvis
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
TV Broadcasters Fire Back at Aereo's Supreme Court Claims  —  “Make no mistake about it,” broadcasters tell the high court.  “Aereo is not a hardware supplier.  It offers a subscription service.”  —  Both sides in the debate over Aereo's legality hope that the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to a review.
Discussion: MediaPost and Neon Tommy
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Hulu must face privacy lawsuit, U.S. judge rules  —  (Reuters) - Hulu has failed to persuade a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the video streaming service of illegally sharing users' viewing history with Facebook Inc and business metrics company comScore Inc.
Discussion: @samschech
Nick Turner / Bloomberg:
Meredith to Buy TV Stations From Gannett for $407.5 Million  —  Meredith Corp. (MDP), the media company that publishes Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle, agreed to buy television stations from Gannett Co. (GCI) for $407.5 million, extending its push into broadcasting.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Tribune To Acquire Sony Audio Recognition Unit Gracenote For $170 Million  —  Global consumer electronics conglomerate Sony is getting a tiny bit leaner with the sale of Gracenote, a business unit that provides audio recognition and metadata solutions to a number of device manufacturers and media companies.
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
DC staff irked as NBC News eyes cuts  —  NBC News boss Deborah Turness is spending the last few days of the year eyeing cuts — moves that could include axing some senior on-air talent, The Post has learned.  Turness, brought on in August to shake up the moribund news division — where …
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Discussion: @derrickharris
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