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9:11 AM ET, September 2, 2014


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Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Katharine Weymouth announces plans to step down as publisher, Fred Ryan selected as successor  —  In a note to her Washington Post colleagues of 17 years, Katharine Weymouth today announced the transition to a new Publisher and CEO.  She said, “The greatest honor of my life has been serving …
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Chris Buckley / New York Times:
Hong Kong Newspaper Drops Democracy Advocate's Column  —  HONG KONG — A Hong Kong hedge fund manager who has rallied support from bankers and brokers for the city's pro-democracy movement said Tuesday that a leading business newspaper had dropped his long-running column.
Discussion: The Week
Margalit Fox / New York Times:
A look inside NYT Obituaries department with 1700 pre-written obits of famous figures on file  —  Obituaries for the Pre-Dead  —  If you can read this, then you are almost certainly pre-dead.  —  For my colleagues and me, the world cleaves, portmanteau-style, into two neat compartments: the dead and the pre-dead.
Discussion: @ellenbarrynyt
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Mental Floss finds success in video with “The List Show” using star power of John Green  —  Mental Floss Is Buoyed by Online Video  —  For decades, magazine editors often relied on a handful of maxims to attract readers: Young is better than old.  Pretty is better than ugly.
Discussion: MediaWire Daily
New York Times:
Pakistani Protesters Ransack State Television Headquarters  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan's political crisis deepened on Monday when protesters stormed the headquarters of the state-run television network, causing a temporary lapse in transmission until army troops regained control and secured the building.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
London police seize phone records of The Sun's political editor Tom Newton-Dunn to identify source of Plebgate story, without his knowledge  —  Police seized journalists' phone records in order to out Plebgate whistleblowers  —  A police report yesterday detailed how journalists' telephone records …
Nick Toner / WAN-IFRA:
David Cohn talks about Circa's future, news on mobile, native advertising, and favorite apps  —  “Following a story is unique to us, and you can't do that with a summary": pioneer David Cohn on Circa, copycats - and Candy Crush  —  David Cohn is quickly becoming one of the leading names in digital media.
Discussion: @antderosa
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Snapchat Steps On Twitter's Toes, Lets You Follow Remote Events Live  —  Snapchat has just updated its app with a brand new Live section that will incorporate Our Story into everyone's feed, regardless of location.  Our Story is a Snapchat product that lets users contribute snaps to a single Story …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Legacy Media: The Lost Decade In Six Charts  —  Ten years.  That's how far away in the past the Google IPO lies.  Ten years of explosive growth for the digital world, ten gruesome years for legacy media.  Here is the lost decade, revisited in charts and numbers.  —  The asymmetry is staggering.
David Carr / New York Times:
Amazon Bets on Content in Deal for Twitch  —  On Wednesday night, I spent time on watching people watch people play StarCraft II, Call of Duty and League of Legends.  —  When you cover media, you get used to meta activities, but staring at my computer watching …
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Marc Graser / Variety:
After Twitch, Is Ustream the Next Billion-Dollar Target?
Discussion: @ustream
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Discovery Digital Networks Head Jim Louderback Resigns
Discussion: Jim Louderback
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Shekhar Gupta quits as India Today Group editor-in-chief after two months
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Nate Hoffelder / The Digital Reader:
Some Japanese publishers call Amazon's linking book promotion to commission fees “blackmail”
Discussion: Electronista and AsiaOne
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Hollywood has worst summer since 1997 as US summer ticket sales decline 15% from 2013
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Yep, BuzzFeed Is Building A Games Team
New York Times:
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The Block:
The US SEC approves spot Ethereum ETFs from BlackRock, Fidelity, Grayscale, Bitwise, VanEck, Ark, Invesco Galaxy, and Franklin Templeton

Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
Users reported a massive Microsoft outage that impacted Bing, Copilot on the web and mobile, Copilot in Windows, ChatGPT's internet search, DuckDuckGo, and more

Jyoti Mann / Business Insider:
Screenshots of Google's AI Overview giving bizarre answers go viral, including telling users to add “1/8 cup of non-toxic glue” to make cheese stick on a pizza

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