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7:20 PM ET, November 14, 2012


 Top News: 
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Is it time for the New York Times to embrace sponsored stories?  —  As news publishers confront a troubled online ad market, many of them are turning to “native advertising” which lets marketers create content that resembles a website's natural content.  The New York Times is resisting …
Jack Marshall / Digiday:
The Mobile Banner: A Dog That Won't Hunt
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Nxtblog
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:   Ads That Get More Love Than the Stories Around Them? Pulse Has Them
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Closes $3 Billion Funding Round  —  Spotify has closed its latest funding round, which values the company at around $3 billion, according to a person familiar with the transaction.  The Wall Street Journal had previously reported that Goldman Sachs would lead a group …
Media Decoder:
Spotify Attracts Investments From Coca-Cola and Fidelity  —  Coca-Cola is becoming a minority investor in Spotify, as part of a new round of financing that will bring in $100 million and value the streaming music service at about $3 billion.  —  Spotify has completed the financing round …
Matt Buchanan / BuzzFeed:
How To Wage War On The Internet  —  The Israel Defense Forces just launched a bloody assault on the Palestinian militant group Hamas.  And it launched the assault on Twitter.  The advent of CNN and its live coverage of first Persian Gulf War may have been the first real taste …
Discussion: AllThingsD, GigaOM and Guardian
Jon Mitchell / ReadWrite:
Heads Up: The IDF Is Live-Blogging Its Attack On Hamas [Video]  —  We've never seen anything quite like this.  The verified social media accounts of the Israeli Defense Forces are providing live updates on a concerted military effort against Hamas.  Using the hashtag #PillarOfDefense …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Warren Buffett closes former Media General paper in Virginia  —  The Manassas (Va.) News & Messenger will stop printing at the end of 2012, Steve Jordan reports.  Berkshire Hathaway bought the paper from Media General when it purchased most of the chain's other newspapers in May.
Discussion: Reuters
Steve Jordon / Omaha World-Herald:
Buffett company to close Va. newspaper, cut 105 jobs
David Simon:
Stray penises and politicos  —  I can remember the specific moment when I swore off the sex lives of the famous as journalistic currency.  It was the case of a national sportscaster — I won't name him, but, alas, most of those old enough will remember the name, which is regrettable — whose sex life had suddenly become the media chow.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Kickstarter-backed journalism startup Matter publishes its first story  —  Matter, the science and technology journalism startup that raised over $140,000 from 2,566 backers on Kickstarter, is launching with its first article Wednesday.  GigaOM readers are already quite familiar …
Discussion: and
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:   New longform science journalism site ‘Matter’ launches today
Daniel Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
Nate Silver on His Hollywood Future and 'Moneyball'-ing Box Office  —  The FiveThirtyEight blogger tells THR he's been approached by agents and producers, already has done work for a studio and isn't sure he wants to write a book about the election: “I prefer to go broader.”
Discussion: The Corsair and Los Angeles Times
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
Nate Silver Thinks Voting Is for Pundits
Discussion: Betabeat and Deadspin
Turi Munthe / Demotix:
Demotix acquired by Corbis  —  Dear All, Some big news... Corbis, after investing in us in 2011, is acquiring the whole company to better integrate us into their global news operation.  You can read the press release here.  The acquisition represents an enormous step towards our goal …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Corbis Acquires Crowd-Sourced Photo Agency Demotix, After Its Move Into Apps
Discussion: GeekWire and PetaPixel
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
A Mormon Reporter On The Romney Bus  —  On the night of the South Carolina Republican primary in January, I sat near the front of a dark campaign press bus, and listened to reporters talk about Mitt Romney's underwear.  —  Earlier in the day, one of them had happened upon the candidate …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Producer Leaves ‘Today’ Show to Direct Olympics for NBC Universal  —  When Jim Bell was in charge of production of the London Olympics for NBC Universal, he was still the executive producer of the “Today” show.  —  His double duty officially ended on Tuesday when he left “Today,” …
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Don Nash Becomes Executive Producer Of ‘Today’
Discussion: Reuters and TVNewser
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Google TV update adds voice control, taps into Knowledge Graph  —  Google announced the next big update for Google TV Wednesday, bringing advanced voice control, a new programming guide app and all kinds of smarts derived from Google's Knowledge Graph to the platform.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
After Flipboard and Tumblr, Chernin bets on YouTube video boom
Discussion: Business Wire and Media Week
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Marty Baron stories dwell on cuts at The Washington Post  —  Boston Globe Editor Marty Baron is The Washington Post's incoming executive editor.  Profiles and accounts of his ascendance all praise his journalism career, then rue the cuts that presumably face him.
Discussion: Erik Wemple and Washington Post
Pearson CFO Freestone Doesn't Rule Out Sale of Financial Times  —  Pearson Plc (PSON) said today it wouldn't rule out a sale of the Financial Times as Chief Financial Officer Robin Freestone told investors that the company may eventually re-examine its ownership of the newspaper.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
The NBCUniversal News Group Adds iVillage To Its Portfolio  —  iVillage Joins NBC News Digital, Creating New Opportunities For Both Consumers And Advertisers In the Women's Marketplace  —  NBCUniversal News Group announced today that iVillage, one of the largest online communities for women …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time to go for Huey  —  Editor-in-chief likely to step down for Nelson  —  John Huey, who was relaxing at the Time magazine Person of the Year luncheon yesterday, is expected to step down as editor-in-chief of the Time Inc. empire by the end of the year, Media Ink has learned.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Capital New York
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Apples and oranges on Google and publishers  —  Print performance is bad enough without putting a thumb on the scale  —  Slate tells us that “Google ad revenue tops entire US print media industry” in the first six months of the year, based off this chart from a German outfit called Statista:
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Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
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Discussion: WebProNews
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Andrew Rice named contributing editor at ‘New York’ magazine
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
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Discussion: The Awl, TIME, New York Times, PAPERMAG and Bites
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Following on Microsoft's $300 million investment, Barnes & Noble releases Windows 8 NOOK app
Discussion: PC Magazine, ReadWrite and GeekWire
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Steven Rosenbaum / Forbes:
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: AppNewser
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: SocialTimes, OUPblog and The Wall Blog