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2:00 PM ET, September 12, 2014

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San Jose Mercury News:
Digital First Media to consider sale of some or all of its newspapers  —  Digital First Media will consider sale  —  NEW YORK — Digital First Media, the operator of this web site and newspaper, announced Friday that it will “evaluate and consider strategic alternatives” that could lead to the sale of some or all of the company.
John Reynolds / Guardian:
Huffington Post banned from posting on Reddit section in attribution row  —  Social media site accuses some HuffPo Good News editors of ‘parasitic business model’ and sourcing content without credits  —  The Huffington Post's Good News section has been accused of lifting content from Reddit without crediting the source.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Huffington Post disputes Reddit ban  —  The Huffington Post's “Good News” section pulls heartwarming tales from around the Internet.  Today, you'll find out about how the Clemson Tigers football squad assisted in the construction of houses for Habitat for Humanity; the story credits USAToday.
Guardian:
Guardian newspaper to showcase new look and brand new ‘Journal’ section  —  The Guardian newspaper will be showcasing a new look from Saturday 13 September, with a completely redesigned Weekend magazine, a brand new ‘Journal’ section featuring long reads, and a generally refreshed look and feel.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
BBC denies plan in place to double licence fee for independent Scots  —  The BBC has stood by its position of not reporting the impact that Scottish independence would have on its services.  —  It comes after The Guardian today reported that the corporation had kept secret an internal study revealing …
Discussion: Forbes
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Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Independent Scotland ‘faces doubling of BBC licence fee’
Discussion: Daily Mail
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Financial Times to debut big redesign Monday  —  The Financial Times will hit newsstands Monday with its first major redesign in seven years.  And between the lines (set in a new typeface, called Financier, developed by rockstar New Zealand type designer Kris Sowersby) it's possible to read …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and @jvanslem
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Bloomberg Current, social media experiment, is ending  —  Bloomberg Current, a social discussion platform for business, curated and managed by its users that has been a Bloomberg News beta test, is ending at the end of the month.  —  Bloomberg Current has allowed members to post, discuss and share content.
Discussion: @ranjanxroy
ABC News:
Government Threatened Foley Family Over Ransom Payments, Mother of Slain Journalist Says … Obama administration officials repeatedly threatened the family of murdered journalist James Foley that they might face criminal charges for supporting terrorism if they paid ransom to the ISIS killers …
Jonathan Marino / TheStreet.com:
Parade Magazine Goes up for Sale  —  NEW YORK ( The Deal) — Advance Publications' M&A march continues with its auction of Parade Publications, whose Sunday news magazine has been a staple in papers around the country since 1941.  —  The auction, which was first reported by the New York Post …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Journalists top the coffee-drinking league table despite health risks  —  Journalists are coffee addicts, drinking more cups a day than any other group of “professionals”, according to a survey conducted among 10,000 people.  —  Evidently, 85% of the respondents said they drink at least three cups …
Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice lured backers from A&E to Fox for a $2.5B valuation through CEO Shane Smith's showmanship  —  Michael Wolff on Vice Media: Why Hollywood Is Drinking the Kool-Aid  —  The Brooklyn digital property's CEO, Shane Smith, touts a $2.5B valuation and has lured backers from A&E to Fox by claiming magical access to young men.
Discussion: clickhole.com
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook is trying to lure YouTube's biggest content creators, discussing advertising  —  Facebook Tries to Muscle In on YouTube  —  Social Network Makes a Pitch to Lure Content Creators, Discusses How Ads Might Be Used  —  In what may be another signal that Facebook Inc. wants to take on YouTube …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Microsoft's studio-grade Skype TX for broadcasters is released to manufacturers  —  Back in April, we reported that Microsoft was targeting broadcasters with the Skype TX, studio grade software “that delivers high quality audio and video output to seamlessly connect broadcast and media productions with people around the world.”
Discussion: Skype Blogs, mygtn.tv and WinBeta
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Chopflix Launches VoD Service for Asian Movies (EXCLUSIVE)  —  OTT service built on Vimeo On Demand platform  —  Los Angeles-based Asia Releasing is to launch an on-demand video service, Chopflix for North American fans of Asian movies.  —  Chopflix will start with 1,000 library titles and add six new features per month.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Sam Dolnick leaves Sports to tackle mobile for the Times  —  Sam Dolnick is leaving his post as deputy sports editor at The New York Times to become a senior editor for mobile, a role in which he will “help define our vision for the best Times experience on all mobile devices,” …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Networks say they're cutting back on Rice video  —  NEW YORK (AP) — At least six television networks said Thursday they plan to stop or minimize airings of video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious, footage that has called …
Viktoria Dendrinou / Wall Street Journal:
EU Approves BSkyB's Acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia  —  Transaction Won't Hamper Competition Because Companies Operate In Different Countries  —  BRUSSELS—The European Union approved the acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia by the British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC …
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Lewis Blackwell / The Drum:
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