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8:10 PM ET, November 7, 2014


 Top News: 
Chris Grygiel / Associated Press:
FBI says agent impersonated AP reporter  —  1 photo  —  SEATTLE (AP) — FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility.
Jade Walker / The Huffington Post:
FBI Admits Agent Impersonated Reporter During Criminal Investigation
Discussion: The Intercept
An Interview With the Anonymous Media Watchdogs Who Accused Fareed Zakaria of Plagiarism  —  On August 19, two bloggers calling themselves CrushingBort and BlippoBlappo published a blog post titled “Did CNN, The Washington Post, and Time Actually Check Fareed Zakaria's Work for Plagiarism?” on their media watchdog blog, Our Bad Media.
Dan Colarusso / Reuters:
Reuters ends reader comments on news stories, citing migration of discussions to social media; ability to comment remains on columns, blogs  —  Editor's note: Reader comments in the age of social media  —  By Reuters  —  During the past few years, much has changed about how readers interact with news.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
“Netflix tax” will not happen, says Canada's broadcast regulator  —  Should U.S.-based internet services like Netflix have to follow the same cultural rules as domestic media outlets?  Even if regulators believe they should, enforcing such rules is not viable.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Does BuzzFeed engage in clickbait?  That depends on your definition  —  BuzzFeed strenuously denies that it engages in what some call “clickbait,” which the site defines as not following through on the promise of a headline — but that's not the only definition for clickbait, and probably not even the most common one
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
HuffPost defends disciplinary actions against reporters, editors  —  The Huffington Post's newsroom is on edge following recent incidents in which several employees were disciplined and a major story was put on pause.  —  Two of the incidents involved journalists who were suspended after publishing sensitive articles.
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Journalist Olenka Frenkiel says BBC sexism and ageism still an issue  —  Award-winning reporter criticises discrimination and the way corporation gags departing staff with confidentiality agreements  —  When Olenka Frenkiel was forced out of the BBC after an award-winning 30-year career …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
This is Vudu Spark, Walmart's very own Chromecast competitor  —  Walmart is getting ready to sell its very own streaming stick, but the device is very much a one-trick pony.  —  Add Walmart to the list of companies that's trying to sell you a Chromecast-like HDMI streaming stick …
Brian R. Fitzgerald / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter collaborating with advocacy group Women, Action & the Media to help report abuse and harassment  —  New Online Tool Lets Twitter Users Report Harassment  —  Twitter is collaborating with a women's advocacy group that will review and escalate reports of harassment on the social media service.
Marc Graser / Variety:
Disney Downplays a la Carte Plans as ESPN Preps OTT Services  —  Disney chief Bob Iger likes experimenting with digital platforms.  Yet while ESPN — one of Disney's biggest moneymakers — is getting ready to launch over-the-top services to stream more sports programming …
Discussion: CNBC
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Mazher Mahmood injunction bid fails but BBC warned by Attorney General not to broadcast Panorama expose of reporter  —  Suspended Sun reporter Mazher Mahmood has failed in a bid to stop the BBC from publishing his image.  —  But the Attorney General has issued a warning to the corporation …
Discussion: @bengoldacre, Guardian and @jamesrbuk
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Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
In Q3 pay-TV lost 179K customers, compared to 83K last year, as cable and satellite companies see move to digital
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
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Discussion: @publici and @mlcalderone
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