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9:10 PM ET, September 12, 2013


 Top News: 
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Media shield act moves on to the full Senate  —  A Senate panel on Thursday backed legislation that would offer protections to a broad variety of journalists who do not want to divulge their confidential sources of information.  —  The key point of debate over the bill …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Shield law broadens definition of ‘journalist’  —  UPDATE (12:20 p.m.): This bill and the amendment passed 13-to-5 in committee.  —  A new media shield law expected to pass committee on Thursday broadens the definition of “journalist” to include, among other things, any individual deemed appropriate by a federal judge.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Shield Law Moves Forward, Defines Journalism So That It Leaves Out Wikileaks & Random Bloggers  —  There have been debates on a setting up a special journalist shield law for many years, and every time it comes up it leads to something problematic, as various supporters suddenly want to narrowly define …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
The Story Behind the Putin Op-Ed Article in The Times  —  A Times reader, Lawrence DeVine, has a few questions about The Times's publication of an Op-Ed article in Thursday's paper by Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia.  He asks: “Did he call up the editorial page editor and say …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
IAC Said to Be Considering Daily Beast Sale After Brown's Exit  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI) Chairman Barry Diller is considering selling the Daily Beast following the departure of Tina Brown, who helped start the news website in 2008, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
No longer the talk of the town, Tina Brown bids farewell to Diller's Beast  —  Not even an operator of her legendary chutzpah could beat digital's destruction of her lifeblood: smart celebrity magazines  —  This may be the last time I ever write about Tina Brown.  —  Brown once dominated the New York media world.
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Twitter makes IPO plans official: files confidential S-1, but expected value is about $14B  —  Twitter has announced its long-awaited IPO in, what else, a tweet that came after market closed on Thursday: … Twitter's note that this is a confidential filing means the company's annual revenue is less than $1 billion.
Capital New York:
Rick Stengel to leave ‘Time’ for U.S. State Department  —  Richard Stengel, the top editor of Time magazine for the past seven years, is planning to step down as managing editor for a new job at the U.S. Department of State, sources familiar with the situation tell Capital New York and POLITICO.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
BuzzFeed puts in new policies for “community” posts: an uneasy attempt at control  —  Political and activist groups are using BuzzFeed's self-publishing tools to promote controversial messages.  On Wednesday, the site put out new policies and guidelines to govern “community” submissions.
Josh Dickey / The Wrap:
Judge Rejects FilmOn X's Plea to Keep Rebroadcasting Local TV During Appeal  —  The Washington district court judge who shut down FilmOn X's ability to transmit local TV stations online has rejected its emergency petition to keep doing business while they appeal.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Variety
Salt Lake Tribune:
Trib changes leadership, reduces staff by nearly 20 percent  —  Salt Lake Tribune Editor Nancy Conway, a passionate advocate for open records and government accountability, announced Thursday to the newsroom staff that Publisher William Dean Singleton is stepping down and that she and Editorial …
At Sina Weibo's censorship hub, China's Little Brothers cleanse online chatter  —  (Reuters) - In a modern office building on the outskirts of the Chinese city of Tianjin, rows of censors stare at computer screens.  Their mission: delete any post on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, deemed offensive or politically unacceptable.
Stephanie Yang / TechCrunch:
Mobile News App Circa Launches Its Web Platform For Browsing And Following Stories  —  Circa, a startup that offers quick and mobile news consumption, is expanding its services to the web by launching its online platform for following and sharing news.  While the website doesn't have the full functionality …
Discussion: BestTechie, @antderosa and @circa
Geoffrey King / Mediashift:
Why the NSA Hack Compromises Al Jazeera Sources, U.S. Credibility  —  The German magazine Der Spiegel reported last week that the U.S. National Security Agency hacked into the internal communication system of Al Jazeera.  If the report is accurate, the targeted hacking of a news organization represents …
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
Carson Daly Joins ‘Today’ Show as Host of Digital Studio  —  Transition plans for ‘Last Call’ to be announced  —  Carson Daly is adding to his list of jobs at NBC, with the network announcing on Thursday that he would join NBC News' Today show as host of the Orange Room …
Nick Turner / Bloomberg:
Newsweek's New Owners Name Reuters's Impoco as Editor-in-Chief  —  IBT Media, the online-news company that acquired Newsweek from IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI) last month, named Thomson Reuters Corp.'s Jim Impoco as the magazine's editor-in-chief.  —  Impoco joins Newsweek after spending four years …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
How NowThis News handles multi-platform corrections  —  Not long after the Newtown shootings last December, Ed O'Keefe was in the NowThis News newsroom when a Facebook profile some claimed to be the shooter's circulated on social media and via some news organizations.
Jim Romenesko:
MSN reportedly eliminates freelance budget, begins layoffs  —  [UPDATED] says its freelance budget ‘has gone away entirely’  — has said farewell to its daily bloggers, columnists and features writers.  Its freelance budget “is at $0 for the remainder of the fiscal year.”
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Verified Twitter users are getting new ways to better manage their Connect feed  —  Twitter is rolling out a new feature for verified users that it hopes will help improve the experience of reading through who contacts you publicly through the service.  As part of the move …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Three religion reporters leave dailies, but the job isn't vanishing  —  St. Louis Post-Dispatch religion reporter Tim Townsend is leaving the paper for the Pew Research Center.  He's the third religion reporter at a daily to leave in recent weeks: Ann Rodgers is leaving the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Google Alerts regains RSS delivery option it lost after Google Reader's demise  —  Google has quietly added back a Feed delivery option to its Google Alerts service.  The return of the feature means you can once again receive alerts for Web search results via RSS, rather than just email.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Time Inc.'s Executive Suite Was Where ‘Ideas Go To Die,’ Says CEO Joe Ripp  —  New Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp told roughly 300 employees at a town hall-style meeting Wednesday that the company's executive suite has been a place “where ideas go to die,” according to staffers who were present.
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Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC's James Purnell warns of risk to independence from spending watchdog
Martin Evans / Telegraph:
Cameras to be allowed in English courts for the first time
Marc Graser / Variety:
AMC Exec: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Mad Men’ Prove Multiplatform Deals Boost Ratings
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
ABC executive: second screen apps can be a distraction
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