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1:20 PM ET, September 11, 2014


 Top News: 
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Spin Media lays off 19, kills Vibe print edition  —  Spin Media Group eliminated 19 positions on Tuesday, C.E.O. Stephen Blackwell told Capital in a phone interview.  —  Blackwell told Capital that Tuesday's “reduction in force” affected about 14 percent of the company's 127 staff members …
Ezequiel Minaya / Wall Street Journal:
Venezuela's Press Crackdown Stokes Growth of Online Media  —  Digital Alternatives Expand as Newspapers and Broadcasters Struggle  —  CARACAS, Venezuela—Angel Alayon's blog, with its serious political analysis, drew a few dozen readers when he started five years ago.
El Universal:   IAPA: Press freedom in Venezuela goes through “its saddest hours”
David Yi / WWD:
Maxim Magazine Names Kate Lanphear Editor in Chief  —  MAXIM'S SURPRISE: After weeks of industry speculation about who would be named Maxim magazine's new editor in chief, WWD has learned the job will go to Kate Lanphear, who is jumping to the title from her current role as style director at T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
Disney, Fox Said to Weigh Joining Sony's Web-TV Service  —  Walt Disney Co. (DIS) and 21st Century Fox Inc. are in discussions to supply Sony Corp. (6758) with programming for its planned Internet-based TV service, according to people familiar with the conversations.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Secret state: Members of armed forces must notify press officers even if they meet a journalist socially  —  New official guidelines impose strict controls on anyone from the armed forces making contact with journalists, even in a social setting.  —  The rules state that when a member …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Channel 4 to replace 4oD with new online hub All 4  —  New site will offer live and on-demand streaming, exploiting growing trend in viewing on tablets and smartphones  —  The All 4 online hub will feature all of Channel 4's TV networks as well as its on-demand service 4oD
Ukraine's security service raids independent Kiev newspaper after report on SBU chief's family  —  The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has raided the office of a Kiev-based online newspaper and seized its servers, downing its website.  The tabloid's editor-in-chief says the raid was after a report on the SBU chief's family in the US.
Philip N. Howard / New York Times:
Hungary's Crackdown on the Press  —  BUDAPEST — The European Union faces a challenging conundrum.  While Hungary has embarked on building Europe's most controlled media system, the European Commission just agreed in August to provide the country with nearly 22 billion euros of economic assistance.
Discussion: @zeynep
Mong Palatino / Global Voices:
East Timor's “Repressive” Media Law Declared Unconstitutional  —  East Timor journalists and human rights groups scored partial victory when the Court of Appeal ruled that the Press Law passed by parliament last May is unconstitutional.  —  Media and activist groups oppose the law …
Discussion: @phelimkine and Economist
‘Australia tax’ and Foxtel monopoly mean consumers pay 400 per cent more for digital programs, Choice says  —  Australians are paying up to 400 per cent more than viewers in the US and UK to watch popular digital programs, consumer group Choice says.  —  Choice said the mark-up on Foxtel …
Ben Flanagan / Al Arabiya News:
London papers rally for Scotland ‘no’ vote  —  British newspapers may not be known for shows of restraint - but their alarm over a recent Scottish independence poll was palpable.  In just eight days' time, Scots will vote in a historic referendum over whether to split from the rest of the United Kingdom.
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David Lieberman / Deadline:
Verizon CEO Says Its Internet TV Service Will Be Up By Mid-2015 And Will Include “Custom Channels”
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and The Verge
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Carney: Obama would give more speeches if networks would let him
Discussion: Poynter and Mediaite
Guardian strengthens focus on European comment and analysis with appointment of former Le Monde chief, Natalie Nougayrède
Discussion: Agence France-Presse and The Local
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Malaysian journalist detained, threatened with sedition
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
New U2 album gets pushed to iTunes users by default, may appear on your iPhone automatically
Nieman Lab:
News is now shaped by app designers, who often see themselves as fulfilling roles separate from journalism, in broader networks
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Alastair Reid /
Live UK flood maps made available to all news outlets
Bill Mickey / Folio:
VentureBeat Beefs Up Edit Squad
Discussion: @jordannovet
Martha C. White / NBC News:
Freelance war correspondents are making as little as $100 a story and receive little guidance
Discussion: @cassvinograd
Annie Lowrey / New York Magazine:
The latest list of “media disruptors” spawns other, more diverse lists and a call for quotas
Alan D. Mutter / Editor and Publisher:
The price of Sunday newspapers should be reduced to attract new and former customers
Discussion: @johnrobinson
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CNN Raids Politico For Growing Digital Politics Team
Discussion: @jmsummers and FishbowlDC
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
IDG shutters Macworld Magazine, much of the editorial staff let go