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12:45 PM ET, September 28, 2012


 Top News: 
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
It's official: News consumption is all about social and mobile  —  Anyone who watches the way those around them consume the news, or thinks about their own news consumption habits, is probably well aware of how large a role social networks like Twitter and Facebook now play in the way we get news …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable
The Atlantic Wire:
Iran's News Agency Reruns ‘The Onion’ As Real News  —  Iran's state-run FARS News Agency just published a shocking new Gallup Poll that was actually “conducted” by the fake news titans at The Onion.  This FARS post from today (datelined Tehran) is a word-for-word copy of this article that went …
Greg Sandoval / CNET:
Music publisher blocked iPhone 5 music service, report says  —  Sony/ATV and Apple couldn't agree on licensing fees and that's why we didn't see a Pandora-like music service from Apple, according to a story in the New York Post.  —  Some people waited days in line for the iPhone 5.
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
Journalism has an originality problem, not a plagiarism problem  —  Professional journalism isn't facing a plagiarism problem.  It's facing an originality failure.  —  And you can't blame the Internet.  Our originality breakdown results from many pressures — the overwhelming volume …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google's Copyright Crackdown Punishes Author For Torrenting His Own Book  —  Over the years, we've pointed out repeatedly a massive Achilles Heel for Google: its often dreadful customer service.  Trying to communicate with Google can often be like facing a giant white monolith, rather than any sort of human being.
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
‘Innocence of Muslims’ Filmmaker Arrested by Feds  —  Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man whose film “The Innocence of Muslims” has sparked violent protests across the Muslim world, was taken into custody Thursday by federal authorities for allegedly violating his probation.
Erik Maza:
T. vs. WSJ.: A comparison  —  Deborah Needleman will bring to T. a very different sensibility than the one championed by Sally Singer.  Perkier!  Glitzier!  Remarkably free of photo spreads by war correspondents.  Conveniently, the two editors recently put out issues.
Jessica Misener / The Huffington Post:
Kate Middleton Bottomless Photos: ‘Se og Hør’ Magazine Publishes Supposedly Naked Pics Of Duchess  —  As fans of the Duchess of Cambridge, we were kind of hoping the Kate Middleton topless pics scandal had lurched its way to an end after the Palace sued the bejesus out of Closer magazine …
Rachel McAthy /
Independent appoints digital editor to lead ‘evolution’ in digital publishing  —  Christian Broughton has been appointed at the Independent's new digital editor and as such will lead the digital brand across platforms  —  The Independent this week announced the promotion of Christian Broughton to the role of digital editor.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Can Boutique Publishing Be Big Business?  NSFW Corp. Says Yes  —  Believe it or not, there was a time when 1 million people was a respectable audience.  In the era of Facebook, Google and ad networks, a million people is a rounding error.  Publishers who try to play the audience game …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
A tale of two Skys: ‘second screen’ split for News Corp in Europe  —  They may have the same name and the same largest shareholder - but the Sky pay-TV firms in the UK and Germany don't appear to share a common view on the “second screen” TV opportunity.  —  In the UK, BSkyB is excitedly injecting …
Discussion: Sky News
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Former Copyright Boss: New Technology Should Be Presumed Illegal Until Congress Says Otherwise  —  One of the reasons why we live in such an innovative society is that we've (for the most part) enabled a permissionless innovation society — one in which innovators no longer have to go through gatekeepers …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Hit & Run
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Universal Music Completes $1.9 Billion EMI Recorded Music Acquisition  —  “This is a next step towards ensuring the health of our industry,” says UMG chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge.  —  our editor recommends  —  Universal Music Gets U.S. Approval for EMI Acquisition
Discussion: Music Ally
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Pete Yost / Associated Press:
Feds' use of surveillance devices rises sharply
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
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Future's digital sales via Apple Newsstand pass £5m
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Discussion: Fashionista, WWD and Capital New York
Jim Romenesko:
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Discussion: Capital New York and FishbowlNY
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Discussion: Guardian
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
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