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7:50 AM ET, September 26, 2014


 Top News: 
Press Gazette:
Mirror publisher in £125k hacking payouts to Sven, Doctor Who actor, Beckham nanny and three others  —  Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson (pictured, Reuters) and actor Christopher Eccleston have settled their phone-hacking damages claims for £30,000 each.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer: media relations are trickier now due to fast news cycle and social media that competes with legacy outlets to set agenda  —  Top Obama Adviser Dan Pfeiffer Dismisses ‘Fake’ Media Uproar Over ‘Latte Salute’  —  NEW YORK — Dan Pfeiffer said Thursday that the president's …
Discussion: @buzzfeedben, @publicdiplo and ABC News
Ben Grubb / Sydney Morning Herald:
Australian Senate clears law enabling Internet monitoring, jail for disclosing classified info  —  Terror laws clear Senate, enabling entire Australian web to be monitored and whistleblowers to be jailed  —  Australian spies will soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet …
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
FAA gives drone exemption to Hollywood production firms  —  Hollywood will soon have a new angle on capturing aerial footage.  —  The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it has approved exemptions that would allow filmmakers to use “unmanned aircraft systems,” otherwise known as drones.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
TV Networks Offering More On Demand to Reduce Ad-Skipping  —  CBS, Fox (FOXA) and the other TV broadcasters are delivering more shows on demand through pay-TV services to wean audiences off digital video recorders, which let viewers skip through commercials.  —  More ads mean more revenue for the TV industry.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Goodreads updates its iOS app with new home feed, streamlined navigation and improved shelving  —  Amazon's Goodreads App Finally Gets A Makeover  —  Goodreads, the social network for book lovers, has at last seen its first major update since Amazon bought the company last March.
Carolyn Kellogg / Los Angeles Times:
Amtrak announces its first class of writers in residence  —  In the 1930s, hobos illicitly rode the rails; nowadays, authors are being invited onto trains thanks to Twitter and a new writers residency program launched by Amtrak.  —  On Wednesday, Amtrak announced the first class of resident writers …
Rob Davis / Oregonian:
Forest Service delaying media wilderness photography rules amid growing outcry about First Amendment  —  Amid growing public outcry, the U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday it will delay finalizing restrictive rules requiring media to get special permits to shoot photos or videos in wilderness areas.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Netflix subscribers stream more than 90 minutes a day globally, 45 GB of data every month  —  Binge alert: Subscribers now watch more than 90 minutes of Netflix every single day  —  Just one more episode: All of your binge watching is adding up, to an average of 93 minutes of Netflix viewing per day …
Discussion: TDG Research, Variety and Consumerist
Aaron Couch / Hollywood Reporter:
Twitter to serve targeted ads for movies, beta testing will begin in the next few months  —  Twitter to Launch Targeted Ads for Movies (Exclusive)  —  Studios wanting to advertise an upcoming space epic could target users tweeting about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and Groot
Rachel Whetstone / Google Europe Blog:
Google responds to News Corp's claim that it is a platform for piracy  —  Dear Rupert  —  Last week, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp sent an open letter to the European Commission complaining about Google.  We wanted to share our perspective so you can judge the arguments on their merits.  —  News Corp:
Cory Blair / American Journalism Review:
A profile of the Aging Newspapermen's Club and how the newsroom has changed over the years  —  What a Bunch of ‘Geezers’ Taught Me About What Journalism Used To Be  —  I stand outside a hole-in-the-wall bar in Baltimore, clenching my notebook.  In just a few minutes …
Discussion: @samkirkla and @janebsinger
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
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Ed Christman / Billboard:
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Jim Romenesko:
Times of London quietly pulls the plug on typewriter sounds in the newsroom
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