Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
David Plotz seeks investors for Atlas Obscura, the new Nat Geo (or, 'Nice Vice') — When David Plotz stepped down as editor in chief of Slate in July, he didn't know what his next project would be. — Yesterday, Plotz announced on Twitter that he has taken a new job as chief executive of Atlas Obscura …
Discussion: Washington Post, FishbowlNY and American Press Institute
Robin Emmott / Reuters:
European Commission clears Ziggo-Liberty Global deal — The European Commission said on Friday it approved Liberty Global's takeover of Dutch peer Ziggo but the U.S. cable TV provider must end limits on broadcasters' freedom to offer programmes on the Internet.
Discussion: DutchNews.nl brings daily news … and Wall Street Journal
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
21st Century Fox and Apollo Seal Deal to Merge Shine, Endemol and Core — 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management have finalized the joint venture that will create a global production powerhouse comprised of Shine Group, Endemol and Core Media Group. — The roll up of the three …
Discussion: Reuters, Media & Entertainment, The Wrap and USA Today
Tony Maglio / The Wrap: 21st Century Fox, Apollo Finalize Deal Combining Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media
Kevin McCoy / USA Today: 21st Century Fox, Apollo form media partnership
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Yahoo still wants to poach YouTube stars, hopes to host their new channels on Tumblr — Marissa Mayer's Secret Plan For Tumblr Revealed: Make It YouTube — Just after Yahoo bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion in the spring of 2013, several of Marissa Mayer's top product and media executives presented …
Discussion: PandoDaily, Wall Street Journal, @pkafka, @digitalshields and Engadget
David Holmes / PandoDaily: Marissa Mayer's plan to turn Tumblr into YouTube is bold and smart. Too bad it's probably not going to work.
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal: CMO Today: Beware the Cord Shavers
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: Buyers for YouTube talent include Yahoo, former Hulu CEO @jasonkilar and AT&T/Peter Chernin's Fullscreen. Hence: http://recode.net/...
Mike Shields / @digitalshields: Yahoo wants Tumblr to be YouTube challenger http://read.bi/1vPu2pk @nichcarlson (BTW FB wants in on this, as does Vessel, maybe Amazon)
Chris Velazco / Engadget: Yahoo wants to poach YouTube's biggest ‘stars’
Barry Levine / VentureBeat:
Online magazine StoryBy launches, will share two-thirds of its revenue from affiliate links and advertorials with contributors — New StoryBy online magazine shares most of its revenue with storytellers — Above: A sample screen from the system-generated Travel section in the StoryBy online magazine.
Discussion: 10,000 Words, @storybymedia and @hattery
Karen Fratti / 10,000 Words: This User-Generated Magazine Wants to Pay Contributors
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Disney CEO on unbundling: It'll cost you — Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger — At the VF New Establishment Summit Disney boss Bob Iger isn't afraid of cable unbundling. — Iger, whose magical kingdom includes ESPN and its many sister channels, admitted the sports programming powerhouse …
Joe Murphy / London Evening Standard:
London Mayor Boris Johnson, who previously supported police snooping on journalists, has now changed his mind — police should go to judge before accessing journalists' phone records — Police should be banned from trawling journalists' phone calls to identify whistleblowers without judicial approval …
Discussion: Press Gazette, Press Gazette and Guardian
William Turvill / Press Gazette: Boris Johnson in RIPA U-turn: Police require ‘judicial approval’ to obtain journalists' phone records
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette: Revealed: SOCA report sent to all police forces warning of ‘threat’ posed by journalists
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Unsealed court documents show Fox reporter's battle against DOJ subpoena in Somalia leak probe — Fox News Reporter Fought Subpoena in Justice Dept. Leak Inquiry — WASHINGTON — When the Justice Department was hunting for government leakers in 2011, it said that Mike Levine …
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
StubHub hires its first Editor-in-Chief, looks to become a destination for sports and music fans — StubHub has an image problem. Consumers think of the ecommerce platform as a place to find tickets to events that they know about. But rarely do they visit the site to discover and browse …
Discussion: @mathewi, @pandodaily, @susyjacks, @jonahfreedman, @stubhub, hypebot and Street Fight
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: More things becoming media entities: “StubHub hires its first Editor-in-Chief, looks to become a destination” http://www.mediagazer.com/...
Pando / @pandodaily: Vying to be more than just a ticket site, StubHub hires its first Editor-in-Chief: http://pando.com/... by @mcarney
Susy Jackson / @susyjacks: Things I didn't know about StubHub 1) owned by eBay 2) 50% of tix sell below face 3) want to be content destination http://pando.com/...
Jonah Freedman / @jonahfreedman: It's me! RT @PandoDaily: StubHub hires its first Editor-in-Chief, looks to become destination for sports & music fans http://pndo.ly/1tAKtCt
@stubhub: Welcome to the team @jonahfreedman! @PandoDaily sat down with our first Editor in Chief. http://spr.ly/... via @mcarney
Clyde Smith / hypebot: StubHub Hires Editor-in-Chief To Become “More Than Just A Place To Buy Tickets”
Apple says U2's free “Songs of Innocence” had 26M complete downloads since September 9 — The Download Heard 'Round the World: iTunes Numbers Show 81 Million ‘Experienced’ U2 Album
Discussion: @b_fung, Engadget, @b_fung, @ivanalvarez, BGR, The Verge, AppleInsider, 9to5Mac, Business Insider and App Advice
Brian Fung / @b_fung: It's only a matter of time until Apple starts “giving away” Justin Bieber albums. And we'll probably download them, too
Sean Buckley / Engadget: U2's free album spread to 81 million iTunes users
Brian Fung / @b_fung: Apple: U2's album was downloaded 26M times — 86% more than the # of people who've bought any U2 since iTunes began: http://www.billboard.com/...
Ivan / @ivanalvarez: What I see here is that only 5% of those offered the U2 album for free actually accepted the offer. That's good news? http://ow.ly/CwGhx
Mikey Campbell / AppleInsider: Apple says U2's ‘Songs of Innocence’ album downloaded 26M times since debut
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac: Apple now says 81 million customers ‘experienced’ free U2 album, 26 million full downloads
Karyne Levy / Business Insider: U2's New Album Was Downloaded 26 Million Times Since Its September Debut
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
A tip for media companies: Facebook isn't your enemy, but it's not your friend either — Facebook seems to produce a kind of existential dread in news organizations and journalists, since it plays an increasingly large role in whether anyone sees their content.
Discussion: metamedia, Business Insider and @stevebuttry
Mary Hamilton / metamedia: No, good content is not enough for Facebook success
Maya Kosoff / Business Insider: A BuzzFeed Clone Founded 10 Months Ago Is Crushing Other Websites On Facebook — Including BuzzFeed
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
President Erdogan's new style of media censorship is less brutal—and much more effective — As recently as last year, Turkey ranked as the world's top jailer of journalists, ahead of even Iran and China. On a mission last week with the Committee to Protect Journalists …