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5:15 PM ET, October 13, 2012


 Top News: 
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon to Kindle customers: There's an antitrust refund incoming  —  Amazon has begun notifying Kindle users that they may have a refund on ebook purchases in the pipeline, in the aftermath of the antitrust settlement around price-fixing by publishers.  The message, sent out to users …
Discussion: Reuters, Ars Technica and CNET
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Founder Richard MacManus Departs ReadWriteWeb To Work On A Book  —  Richard MacManus, who founded tech blog ReadWriteWeb all the way back in 2003 and served as its editor in chief, has announced (through a post on his personal blog) that he's leaving the site.
Discussion: RicMac and ReadWriteWeb
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Lessons in how to crowdsource journalism from ProPublica  —  The idea of “crowdsourcing” has become more or less mainstream by now — thanks in part to the rise of social apps and services like Mechanical Turk and Kickstarter — and we've already seen how journalists can use Twitter …
Discussion: CJR, Thanks:@mterenzio
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
For politically playful news orgs, the 2012 election means social interactivity  —  Wanna make your own over-the-top Bobby Newport-style political attack ad?  —  PBS NewsHour is on it.  This week it launched Ad Libs 2012, an interactive feature that has you pick quotes and photos …
Discussion: Guardian
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Quartz Scores with Designers  —  Launched last month, Quartz, the Atlantic Media Company's foray into mobile-first publication, has gone all-in on responsive design.  Quartz debuted as part of a crop of new publications designed for the post-desktop era, rather than retrofitted for it …
UK to review social media laws  —  A freedom of information request revealed that there were 2,347 investigations after complaints regarding posts on social media in 2010.  This number rose to 2,490 in 2011 - about 50 different cases across the UK each week.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Time Out claims it is winning back lapsed readers  —  Distribution increases six fold after listings magazine abandoned cover price last month  —  Time Out is claiming lapsed readers have returned to the magazine after it went free last month and increased distribution six fold.
Alisha Azevedo / Chronicle of Higher Education:
Research Libraries Increase Spending on Digital Materials  —  Spending by research libraries appears to be rising, especially for digital materials, according to new data from the Association of Research Libraries.  —  The data are part of the association's Library Investment Index …
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
A Web survey isn't a poll, CNBC  —  The network's tweet creates a misleading media narrative on the veep debate  —  Whoever was running the CNBC Twitter feed last night didn't know the difference between a scientific poll and a Web poll: … As I'm writing this, that misinformation has been retweeted 4,838 times, favorited 405.
Felix Salmon:
Why Margaret Sullivan is right to be wrong  —  I was one of the “oxpeckers” quoted by Joe Coscarelli giving the new NYT public editor, Margaret Sullivan, a “rapturous reception” — not on the grounds that she was particularly spot-on in her judgments, but rather on the grounds …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Comment Voting: Ars Technica's new solution to shills and kooks  —  For many news sites, reader comments add extra insight and a sense of community.  Unfortunately, comment sections are also a playpen for cranks, hucksters, fanboys and conspiracy theorists.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
BookShout pulls users' Kindle, Nook books onto other platforms  —  BookShout, which is backed by book distribution company Ingram Content Group's CEO John R. Ingram and has gone through a number of iterations since its founding in 2010, is doing something that may make Amazon and Barnes & Noble mad …
Discussion: Forbes
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Makes Play For Newspaper Endorsements In Battleground States
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC under pressure to say when DG knew about Jimmy Savile investigation
Discussion: The New Yorker Blog
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Three journalists subpoenaed by defense in CIA leak case
New York Times:
Romney's Pledge Puts Focus on Public TV
Discussion: Media Decoder
 Earlier Picks: 
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Facebook news-feed changes mean newsrooms need new engagement strategies
Discussion: GigaOM and Business Week
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
Chicago Tribune Launches Ebook Initiative - but L.A. Times Opts Out
Discussion: MediaPost and Digital Book World
Kindle Fire HD and Paperwhite sales make Amazon no profit
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
Boxee's Anti-Cable Gamble Could One-Up Apple's TV Plans
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Times and Sunday Times make U-turn over bulk copies
Discussion: Media Week and Media Week