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2:10 PM ET, September 27, 2014


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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
What's changed at the NYT since the leaked innovation report, according to NYT staffers at ONA conference session  —  How the NYT innovation report came to be  —  Amy O'Leary's first thought when she heard The New York Times' innovation report had been leaked was “S**t, I'm going to get fired.”
Timothy B. Lee / Vox:
Newspapers weren't late to online news — they were way too early  —  When a new technology is invented, there's often a lot of doubt about its utility.  People have trouble imagining how a seemingly exotic technology could be useful to ordinary people.  And there are often major concerns …
Rebecca Greenfield / Fast Company:
The (Surprisingly Profitable) Rise Of Podcast Networks  —  In the third episode of StartUp, the podcast about starting a podcast business, host and aspiring entrepreneur Alex Blumberg has a breakdown.  —  “I spent three f**king thousand dollars today,” he complains to his wife.  “As I'm about to quit my job!
Discussion: Washington Post, Thanks:@jakeshapiro
John Ourand / SportsBusiness Daily:
An Inside Look At ESPN's Decision To Suspend Bill Simmons For Goodell Comments … It was around 5:00pm ET Wednesday afternoon when Marie Donoghue, one of ESPN's highest-ranking female execs, picked up the phone in the network's Manhattan office to call Bill Simmons.
Anne Helen Petersen / BuzzFeed:
Here's Why The New York Times Television Coverage Is So Bad  —  How did the New York Times, the national paper of record, and the recipient of 114 Pulitzer Prizes, find itself with the worst television criticism section of any mainstream, popular publication?
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Facebook is changing who gets paid for your work  —  Content curators and aggregators aren't going away  —  In 2009, Wired's then-executive editor, Chris Anderson, released a book with a daunting prediction.  In Free: The Future of A Radical Price, Anderson claimed that the open-air marketplace …
Craig Silverman / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
News in the Grey: Rumors and Debunkings in Online Media  —  Our new fellow, Craig Silverman, launched his research project at the Online News Association conference in Chicago this week.  The timing was perfect: It's been a big week for rumors and debunkings.  —  On Monday this week there were rumors that:
Discussion: @emilybell and The Atlantic Online
Rafat Ali /
This Vertical Life: The Media Models I Admire  —  Verticals have a particular attraction for me, which may have something to do with my general obsessiveness.  Picking a topic you're willing to spend a good number of years in, going deep into it with everything you have …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
As Roku grows, it's moving towards pay-to-play for successful channels  —  Getting your app onto Roku's platform is free.  But once you start to make real money, the company will ask you to sign a new deal — to the surprise of some publishers.  —  With 1,800 channels and growing …
Discussion: FierceCable
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast's Netflix competitor Streampix no longer stand-alone offering, now part of Xfinity TV  —  Comcast: Nobody Really Liked Our Netflix Wannabe Streampix  —  In February of 2012 Comcast unveiled Streampix, their effort at trying to prevent cord cutting by offering a Netflix-esque service of their own.
Laurie Oakes / HeraldSun:
Proposed Australian anti-terror law could send journalists to jail for doing their jobs  —  Our free press is under siege  —  IN opposition, Tony Abbott and his Coalition colleagues were great defenders of press freedom, fighting off with ferocity Labor's attempts to introduce new media laws.
Discussion: CNET and Guardian
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
Comcast appoints VP to fix customer experience, admits it may take years to improve reputation  —  Comcast: honestly, ‘it may take years’ to improve our reputation  —  The company has appointed a new executive in charge of reforming customer service  —  Comcast, which makes more money …
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Charlie Osborne / ZDNet:
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