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6:55 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 …
Dan Shanoff / Nieman Lab:
Wearables could make the “glance” a new subatomic unit of news  —  Next year will be my twentieth in digital news.  From the start, I had an underlying disposition that digital news consumers — sports or otherwise — wanted their content easily digestible: brief, formatted, convenient.
Discussion: ZDNet and TinyLetter
Myles Tanzer / BuzzFeed:
News apps were absent from Apple's Watch presentation, but Yahoo and Circa are building them  —  The Future Of News On The Apple Watch Is In Yahoo's Hands For Now  —  Yahoo News Digest already works on the Apple Watch.  —  Stephen Lam / Reuters  —  During its two-hour keynote this week …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and VentureBeat
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.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp. C.E.O. touts newspaper improvements, tighter focus  —  News Corp. C.E.O. Robert Thomson is optimistic about improvements at the company's newspapers despite ongoing declines in advertising revenues.  —  In particular, Thomson said Wednesday at the 23rd Annual Goldman Sachs Communicopia Conference …
David Lieberman / Deadline:
Verizon CEO Says Its Internet TV Service Will Be Up By Mid-2015 And Will Include “Custom Channels”  —  CEO Lowell McAdam offered a few more details this morning about Verizon's plan to offer a TV-like service over the Internet, a market that Sony and Dish Network also hope to lead.
Exclusive : Univision to provide content for DirecTV online service by year end  —  (Reuters) - Hispanic media giant Univision will be a major supplier of content when satellite operator DirecTV (DTV.O) launches an Internet-delivered service aimed at a Hispanic audience, according to two people with knowledge of the agreement.
Discussion: Gigaom
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Which millennial news sites are really attracting millennials?  —  There has been a rash of new startups based on the belief that millennials — that holy grail 18-34 demographic — are disaffected by the traditional news media.  Surely, the logic goes, they'll embrace sites that are built with their tastes and sensibilities in mind.
Pandora Strikes BMG Deal for Hits From Sinatra to Jay-Z  —  Pandora Media Inc. (P), the pioneering Internet radio service, reached a licensing agreement with rights management group BMG for hit songs of musicians and artists ranging from Beyonce to Frank Sinatra.
Discussion: New York Times and CNET
Karissa Bell / Mashable:
Yahoo News Digest Lands on iPads With Katie Couric Videos  —  When Yahoo announced last year it would acquire Summly, a London-based startup specializing in summarization technology headed up by 17-year-old founder Nick D'Aloisio, in a deal reportedly value at $30 million, it left many scratching their heads.
James Estrin / New York Times:
Photojournalists at the Visa Pour l'Image festival pay tribute to their fallen colleagues  —  Photographers Facing Danger and Death  —  Though the conversation at the Visa Pour l'Image festival in Perpignan, France, often turned to the lack of editorial assignments and support for news photographers …
Discussion: @fernandanyt and @julesmattsson
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.
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Discussion: @zeynep
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Secret state: Members of armed forces must notify press officers even if they meet a journalist socially
Guardian strengthens focus on European comment and analysis with appointment of former Le Monde chief, Natalie Nougayrède
Discussion: Agence France-Presse and The Local
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Channel 4 to replace 4oD with new online hub All 4
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