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12:10 PM ET, September 24, 2014


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Reporters say White House sometimes demands changes to press-pool reports  —  White House press-pool reports are supposed to be the news media's eyes and ears on the president, an independent chronicle of his public activities.  They are written by reporters for other reporters …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Washington Post announces cuts to employees' retirement benefits  —  The Washington Post announced large cuts in retirement benefits on Tuesday, declaring that it would eliminate future retirement medical benefits and freeze defined-benefit pensions for nonunion employees.
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen's mobile ratings debut Monday without Comcast and other cable and satellite operators  —  Qualms Set In on Mobile-TV Ratings  —  Industry Shows Reluctance on Lumping Together Different Audiences  —  There is a whodunit dominating television as the fall season gets under way.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Sirius XM found liable for copyright infringement for failing to pay royalties on pre-1972 recordings  —  Sirius XM Loses Lawsuit on Royalties for Oldies  —  In a case that could have wide implications for the digital music business, a federal judge in California ruled on Monday that Sirius XM …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Starz meets with 21st Century Fox about possible acquisition  —  Executives with Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox and Starz met Tuesday to discuss a possible acquisition of the premium cable movie service, a deal that could expand Murdoch's reach into homes across the country.
Reed Albergotti / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers are sending less data to Facebook, as it increases user tracking for advertising  —  Websites Are Wary of Facebook Tracking Software  —  Some Businesses Block Sharing of Data, Fearing Social Network's Increased Clout  —  Online retailers and publishers are pushing …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Time Warner focuses on its growth strategy for HBO  —  HBO typically needs a wheelbarrow to haul all of the trophies it collects during awards season.  —  Top-tier Hollywood producers, directors and stars, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and Matthew McConaughey …
Discussion: @richbtig and ParisLemon
Associated Press:
Somali pirate says $1.6 million ransom paid for German-American journalist Michael Scott Moore  —  Pirate: $1.6 Million Ransom Paid For Journalist  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Negotiators paid a $1.6 million ransom for the release of a German-American journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia …
Matt Galligan / Medium:
Circa adds a search function and launches Wire, a personalized news briefing  —  Introducing Circa News 3  —  Before Circa News first launched in late 2012 we had a conversation with one of our investors Scott Belsky about some inspiration for what we thought Circa could be:
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard writer and Fox News contributor, makes DHS Terrorist Watchlist  —  Stephen Hayes, a senior writer at The Weekly Standard and a regular Fox News contributor, was informed Tuesday that he had been placed on the Department of Homeland Security's Terrorist Watchlist.
Tim Johnson / McClatchy:
Televisa reporter fired after video catches him taking cash from Mexican drug lord  —  MEXICO CITY — A choppy clandestine video that surfaced Monday is likely to reinforce the widespread impression that the country's drug cartels have gained a solid foothold in the Mexican news media.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, RT and Forbes
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Comcast Accuses Time Warner Cable Deal Opponents of “Extortion”  —  Netflix, Discovery Communications and other companies opposing Comcast's $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable are doing so after they failed in “extortion” attempts to get special favors, Comcast told federal regulators Wednesday.
Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Edward Snowden and Alan Rusbridger share Right Livelihood Award, Sweden's “alternative Nobel” human rights prize  —  Snowden Honored With ‘alternative Nobel’  —  STOCKHOLM (AP) — Edward Snowden was among the winners Wednesday of a Swedish human rights award, sometimes referred to as the …
Discussion: Guardian and
Josh Stearns / Medium:
News orgs must lead privacy debate & acknowledge their role in open discussions with readers  —  It's Time for a Real Debate on Reader Privacy  —  Last week longtime local publisher Howard Owens, founder of the online news site the Batavian, launched a new publication covering Wyoming County in upstate New York.
Discussion: Forbes
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Currents For iOS Now Called Google Play Newsstand Following Big Redesign  —  Google Currents, Google's magazine-like news reading iOS app and a competitor to Flipboard, is rolling out a redesign and a handful of new features, including a way to subscribe to topics you're interested in …
Jaclyn Tuman / Multichannel News:
Showtime Unveils First Trailer with Haptic Technology Effects  —  ‘Homeland’ Season 4 Will Include Immersion Technology for Android Devices  —  Showtime is launching the first ever tactile feedback video for Android mobile devices, available on the fourth season of the drama series, Homeland.
Discussion: Associated Press, Inside TV and Adweek
Rob Davis / Oregonian:
Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates  —  First Amendment advocates are alarmed by a U.S. Forest Service policy requiring journalists to get a permit to shoot videos in federal wilderness areas including those on Mount Hood.
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Federal shield law doomed due to congressional gridlock  —  Shield law for journalists a gridlock casualty  —  Back in July 2013, Sen. Charles Schumer was brimming with confidence that Congress would at long last enact a desperately needed federal shield law granting journalists protection …
Discussion: @susanpage and @jmfreespeech
Gabriela Baczynska / Reuters:
Russian MPs back initial proposal to curb foreign media ownership  —  (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers gave initial backing on Tuesday to a draft law limiting foreign ownership of Russian media to 20 percent from the existing ceiling of 50 percent, a move critics say will reinforce the dominance of outlets loyal to the Kremlin.
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