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9:40 AM ET, September 29, 2012


 Top News: 
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Car Chases, Live TV, and Ethics  —  So, Fox News has, excruciatingly, just broadcast live video of a man committing suicide after a car chase.  Fox anchor Shep Smith said afterwards that the network was on a five-second delay, but that the video got through regardless.
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Fox News carries live video of man shooting himself after car chase  —  Network was showing Arizona chase on tape-delay but failed to cut the feed before suspect shot himself in the head  —  Fox News was forced to apologise on Friday after showing a man shooting himself in the head on live television.
Jessica Testa / BuzzFeed:
Car Chase Ends In Man Shooting Himself On Live TV  —  Shepard Smith's “get off it, get off it, get off it” came too late.  WARNING: This post contains two versions: one that shows the suicide and one that does not.  Proceed with caution.
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Shep Smith Apologizes For Fox News Airing Live Suicide: ‘We Really Messed Up’
Discussion: Poynter
Have I got news for you  —  “THE most humble day of my life,” is how Rupert Murdoch, the boss of News Corporation, described his experience being excoriated by British parliamentarians in July 2011.  Accusations of phone hacking, police bribery and negligence involving Mr Murdoch's News of the World …
Jim Romenesko:
Hamilton Nolan: 'I feel like I'm obliged to speak the unvarnished (and sometimes mean) truth'  —  I recently saw a Globe and Mail interview with David Carr in which he mentioned Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan and how “he will just step up and fill somebody with ack ack.”  (Bill Keller the target?)
Rachel McAthy /
Digital science mag Guru receives mobile app funding  —  Guru Magazine, which launched early last year, is hoping the funding will help it reach a larger audience and launch a mobile app by the end of the year  —  Guru Magazine, a digital-only science publication which launched around 18 months ago …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Time Inc.'s Lang Announces Shakeup  —  Time Inc.'s Laura Lang today bumped up Paul Caine to the role of group president, signaling an emphasis on global growth at a company facing a tough business climate.  —  Caine, who has quickly established himself as CEO Lang's right-hand man …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, AdAge and Mashable!
Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing:
What does an even more digital BBC mean for the commercial media sector?  —  In the lead-up to our half-day Market Briefing seminar on Video Monetisation tools on 18 October, we'll be writing a series of analysis posts on the current and future state of video and broadcast media in a digital age.
Charles Cooper / CNET:
Data mining for the masses: Google merges Trends, Insights  —  Merged product features new, easier-to-use interface that Google says will offer insights into what the world's searching for.  —  Web Search Interest: beach, snow.  United States, 2004 - present.
Richard Horgan / FishbowlLA:
After Seventeen Years at EW, Dave Karger Moves Over to Fandango  —  When Geoff Boucher clocks in next Monday for his first day as senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, another long-time EW staffer will be settling in at their own nearby new place of employ.
Rachel McAthy /
Independent ‘likely’ to ditch trial North America paywall  —  Almost a year after launch the Independent is reviewing its trial metered paywall for readers in the US and Canada as it ‘has not delivered on the ambitions from a revenue standpoint’  —  The Independent's experiment metered paywall …
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C. Backs Plan on Reclaiming Spectrum for a Wireless Auction  —  WASHINGTON — The government took a big step on Friday to aid the creation of new high-speed wireless Internet networks that could fuel the development of the next generation of smartphones and tablets, and devices that haven't even been thought of yet.
David Kravets / Wired:
Justice Department's Warrantless Spying Increased 600 Percent in Decade  —  The Justice Department use of warrantless internet and telephone surveillance methods known as pen register and trap-and-trace has exploded in the last decade, according to government documents the American Civil Liberties obtained via …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Obama administration's FOIA record worse than Bush's  —  Bloomberg News found that 19 of 20 federal agencies did not comply within 20 days to a request for travel expenses made under the Freedom of Information Act.  Jim Snyder and Danielle Ivory report:
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Spitzer, Slate win dismissal of ex-Marsh exec's libel lawsuit
Tessa Stuart / LA Weekly:
GOOD Founder Ben Goldhirsh Talks About Launching a New Platform and Firing Editorial Staffers
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The ‘Voice’ moves on, and so does Tony Ortega
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Twitter Announces New Improvements For Discover Tab, Adds Continuous Tweet Stream
Discussion: Twitter Blog and CNET
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Pandora Founder Takes to Own Airwaves in Royalty Battle
Peter Rawlings / Bloomberg:
NBCUniversal Media Planning $2 Billion of 10- and 30-Year Bonds
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT editor takes fall for Cornell miscues
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Friday Q&A: Kevin Delaney on making Quartz an essential international brand
Discussion: GigaOM, eMedia Vitals and Folio
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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Independent appoints digital editor to lead ‘evolution’ in digital publishing
Erik Maza:
T. vs. WSJ.: A comparison
Discussion: New York Magazine
Jessica Misener / The Huffington Post:
Kate Middleton Bottomless Photos: ‘Se og Hør’ Magazine Publishes Supposedly Naked Pics Of Duchess
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Google's Copyright Crackdown Punishes Author For Torrenting His Own Book
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Can Boutique Publishing Be Big Business? NSFW Corp. Says Yes
Discussion: eMedia Vitals