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7:40 AM ET, October 23, 2012


 Top News: 
Martin Bekkelund /
Outlawed by Amazon DRM  —  A couple of days a go, my friend Linn sent me an e-mail, being very frustrated: Amazon just closed her account and wiped her Kindle.  Without notice.  Without explanation.  This is DRM at it's worst.  Linn travels a lot and therefore has, or should I say had …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
A healthy reminder from Amazon: You don't buy ebooks, you rent them  —  Sometimes the language we use fails to capture the essence of what we're doing when we are online, or lulls us into a false sense of security about our behavior and what it means.  For example, we've gotten pretty used …
Discussion: Techdirt and Forbes
Trinity Mirror says has not received phone hacking legal claims  —  Trinity Mirror said it had not yet received any legal claims over allegations of phone hacking.  —  “We note the allegations made against us by Mark Lewis in today's papers,” the owner of the Daily Mirror tabloid said in a statement on Tuesday.
David Bowden / Sky News:
Hacking: Mirror Papers Face Legal Claims
Press Gazette:
Former MoD employee and serving member of armed forces arrested in Elveden probe  —  Officers from Operation Elveden arrested two people in the Rotherham area of South Yorkshire this morning - bringing the total number of arrests in the investigation to 52.  Officers from Elveden …
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google News Gets Updated Search Results Layout With Click-To-Expand News Results Clusters, More Photos & Videos  —  Google just announced an update to Google News' search results pages that makes some changes to the popular news site's layout.  Most importantly, Google News search now features click-to-expand news results clusters.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Q3 Beats Expectations In Mayer's First Full Quarter As CEO: $1.2B Revenue, Non-GAAP EPS $0.35  —  Yahoo today reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2012, its first full quarter with new CEO Marissa Mayer at the helm.  Mayer is back at work full-time after taking …
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Would You Rather Own a Magazine or a Digital Startup?  —  On the evening of Sunday, Oct. 14, Ad Age Editor Abbey Klaassen and I stood on a small, remote-controlled boat — one not much bigger than a queen-size bed — floating in the pool at the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.
Discussion: Capital New York, AdPulp and Betabeat
Felix Salmon:   Magazines vs digital startups
Craig Mod / CNN:
How magazines will be changed forever  —  (CNN) — Forget everything we know and love about physical magazines.  Forget their length.  Forget their size.  Forget their weekly or monthly publishing schedule.  Forget all these qualities except for one: What it's like to come to an end, and to take a deep breath.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Disney, Struggling to Find Its Digital Footing, Overhauls  —  LOS ANGELES — Trying to finally master the Internet the way it has theme parks or animated films, the Walt Disney Company has redesigned its Web site,, for the third time in five years.
Discussion: Media Decoder, VG247 and Gannett Blog
Jim Romenesko:
Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet in Superman #13 — and he doesn't go quietly.  He resigns in front of the whole staff, reports Brian Truitt, “and rails on how journalism has given way to entertainment.”  (The Daily Planet is now part of the multimedia corporation Galaxy Broadcasting.)
Jimmy Savile: BBC's lawyers blocked emails on decision to drop Newsnight expose  —  The BBC has been dragged into a fresh cover-up row after it emerged that the publication of emails implicating senior executives in a decision to drop a Newsnight expose of Jimmy Savile was blocked by its own lawyers.
Discussion: New York Times, BBC and Guardian
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Breitbart's Inheritors Battle Over His Legacy  —  Less than a year after the sudden death the conservative provocateur and pioneering blogger Andrew Breitbart, the web empire he had begun to build under his own name is plagued by an unusual degree of disorganization and rampant infighting …
Discussion: Poynter
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Ustream comes out as a media company, boosts its curation with new hires  —  Ustream has hired two media veterans to expand its content strategy, the live streaming company revealed.  Cybil Wallace and Scott Roesch are joining respectively from and Viacom to serve as Ustream's Executive producer …
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Élyse Betters / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches iBookstore in New Zealand and Latin America ahead of iPad Mini and iTunes 11
Discussion: MacRumors and iClarified
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
United Nations Report Cites Social Web as New Terror Propaganda Platform
Discussion: Bloomberg and CNET
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
How the Huffington Post handles 70+ million comments a year
Jim Romenesko:
How NYT's David Carr got scooped on the Newsweek story
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Streaming TV Startup Aereo Files Appeal In Network Case, Cites Cablevision Precedent
Jim Romenesko:
Tampa Tribune's new owner cuts salaries, offers buyouts
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New ‘Observer’ hires include Faye Penn, Duff McDonald
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Reporter ‘not allowed’ to talk to voters at Biden event
Kunal Dutta / The Independent:
'Murdoch? He's a psychopath like Stalin' Black's back - and this time he's taking no prisoners
Discussion: Guardian
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Without Arianna, the Huffington Post mafia is taking Manhattan
Discussion: Poynter
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Did The Daily Beast Eat Newsweek?
Discussion: Poynter
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Jayson Blair on the first time he plagiarized: 'I can't believe no one caught that'
Discussion: CBS News
Matthew Belloni / The Hollywood Reporter:
Ex-L.A. Times Editors Join BuzzFeed in Push to Cover Hollywood (Exclusive)
Discussion: LA Observed and FishbowlLA