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12:00 PM ET, September 26, 2014


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vast Majority of Top Films, TV Shows Are Available Legally Online: Study  —  Hollywood is delivering more movies and TV shows via legal outlets than ever, although most titles are available for purchase or rental rather than subscription VOD.  —  As of December 2013, 94% of 808 top films analyzed …
Discussion: SYS-CON MEDIA, IP&TV News and @mpaa
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.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Thom Yorke releases album via BitTorrent Bundle with free single and video, $6 album  —  BitTorrent adds paygate option to its direct-to-fan publishing platform Bundle, will take a 10% cut after fees  —  BitTorrent today announced it is adding a new paygate feature to BitTorrent Bundle …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
One secret to the success of Quartz, BuzzFeed and Gawker: They look at news as a service  —  Most traditional media outlets are used to thinking of journalism or news as something they create and then distribute to a waiting audience — but seeing it as a product or service instead can change …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Dear News Corp & Google: An Open Letter On Their Open Letters To Each Other Over Competition  —  After media giant News Corp slings accusations at Google, the search & advertising giant pushes back.  A close-up on the claims.  —  Last week, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp sent an open letter …
Ed Christman / Billboard:
U.S. Music Revenues Down Nearly 5%, Says RIAA  —  In the first half of the year, U.S. music revenues shrunk 4.9%, to $3.2 billion, down from the $3.35 billion that the industry tallied in the first half of 2013, according to the RIAA's mid-year report.  —  Within that, digital music revenue …
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.
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Digital radio sales fall to six-year low  —  Consecutive quarterly gowth in digital's share of listening comes to a halt despite cross-industry marketing campaign  —  ‘Smooth soul man’ D-Love in a BBC ad for digital radio  —  Digital radio sales have fallen to a six-year low …
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.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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
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Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Jim Romenesko:
Times of London quietly pulls the plug on typewriter sounds in the newsroom
Megha Rajagopalan / Reuters:
China detains two executives at embattled business newspaper
Discussion: New York Times and DW.DE
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Iranian leader pledges no help to detained Washington Post reporter