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2:45 PM ET, September 13, 2012


 Top News: 
Peter Walker / Guardian:
WikiLeaks criticised for linking Benghazi attack to Julian Assange case  —  WikiLeaks has been accused of crass self-centredness after it intimated that its founder Julian Assange's current refuge inside the Ecuadorean embassy in London in part explained or even justified Wednesday's attack …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Afghanistan bans YouTube page for Prophet Mohammad video that led to the murder of a US ambassador [Updated]  —  Update: It turns out that YouTube has not been banned in Afghanistan, contrary to previous reports, including this one at The Next Web (the original story is below), which cited Reuters.
Discussion: CNN and WebProNews
Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press:
California man confirms role in anti-Islam film
Associated Press:   US law enforcement: Nakoula is filmmaker of anti-Muslim movie blamed for violence
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
‘It Makes Me Sick’: Actress in Muhammed Movie Says She Was Deceived, Had No Idea It Was About Islam
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Muhammad Film Consultant: ‘Sam Bacile’ is Not Israeli, and Not a Real Name
Julie Moos / Poynter:
L.A. Times, NY Daily News feature graphic Libya ambassador photo on front page  —  The New York Times said Wednesday that it was not planning to use a graphic photo on its Thursday front page of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. Ambassador killed in Libya this week.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
The Times Denies State Department Request to Remove Photo From Web Site  —  The State Department asked The New York Times on Wednesday afternoon to remove a photograph of the dying ambassador to Libya from a gallery on the newspaper's Web site.  The ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Was Photo of Dead Ambassador Acceptable?
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
After ‘Today’ Criticism, NBC News Chief Apologies to Affiliates  —  As it promised, NBC did not apologize on the air Wednesday for its decision not to observe a moment of silence during the “Today” show on Sept. 11.  —  But Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, did send out a message …
Jim Romenesko:   Wall Street Journal's front page ignored 9/11 anniversary, too
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Nomad Editions Calls it Quits  —  Nearly three years after launching Nomad Editions, Mark Edmiston is all but calling it quits—providing yet another example of just how hard it is to start a mobile-only publication from scratch.  Edmiston, a former president/CEO of Newsweek turned media investment-banker …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
David Benoit / Wall Street Journal:
TheStreet Buys The Deal for $5.8 Million  —  TheStreet Inc . has purchased The Deal LLC, owner of the mergers-and-acquisition publication The Deal, for $5.8 million, TheStreet confirmed Wednesday morning.  —  The magazine will be closed and staff will be laid off, people familiar with the matter said.
Phillip Swarts / The Washington Guardian:
Investigation questions EPA money spent to fund newspaper  —  Once a month, a free print publication gets delivered to mailboxes, coffee shops and libraries across the Mid-Atlantic with the latest news about how the government and private sector are trying to protect one of America's natural crown jewels: the Chesapeake Bay.
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Lawyer: 4 — not 3,000 — interns have joined class action suit against Hearst  —  When I aggregated Kayleen Schaefer's New York magazine piece about a former unpaid intern at Harper's Bazaar whose lawsuit against Hearst has become a class-action suit, I incorrectly interpreted this passage to mean 3,000 interns had joined the suit:
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
‘USA Today’ Redesigns  —  USA Today is about to roll out the biggest redesign in its history, but is it too late?  On the eve of the paper's 30th anniversary, John Hartman, author of The USA Today Way, said the paper is showing “all the makings of a death spiral” and predicted that it would shut down within three years.
Discussion: New York Times and @ckrewson
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
CBS News, Showtime To Launch ‘60 Minutes of Sports’ Newsmagazine  —  CBS News and sister pay cable network Showtime are partnering on a new sports newsmagazine, “60 Minutes of Sports.”  The program will air on Showtime, greatly bolstering the pay cabler's sports news output.
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Bob Costas Rips NBC's Olympics Coverage  —  Even NBC News' own Bob Costas is blasting the network over the Olympics.  The network was hit with wave after wave of criticism for various gaffes and editing decisions in its broadcast of the 2012 summer games.  Costas, NBC News' primetime host …
Adam L. Penenberg / PandoDaily:
Shhh... Don't Tell Apple But iTunes Is Doomed  —  At its iPhone-a-palooza today Apple announced that it's upgrading iTunes.  It'll be more mobile friendly, and the store will be, oh, I don't know, more store-like?  There will be Facebook integration, better search, and a bunch of other features …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Not too much for news orgs in Apple's new announcements
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Obama-rooting reporters  —  In these days of media conspiracy …
Discussion: Mediaite and Erik Wemple
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone-hacking: Hugh Grant and others file high court claims
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
See The Sun's Front-Page Apology For Cover-Up In Death Of 96 Soccer Fans
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch names Andrew Knight as Times Newspapers chairman
Associated Press:
BPI Sues ABC News For Defamation
Discussion: TVNewser
John Reynolds / Media Week:
European business execs prefer Twitter to and
 Earlier Picks: 
Press Gazette:
Member of armed forces arrested in Elveden probe
Discussion: @timescrime
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Quartz Launch Two Weeks Away
Australian regulator delays decision on Seven bid for Consolidated
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
No post-convention bump for news media
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …