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11:20 PM ET, September 18, 2013


 Top News: 
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Reuters Next Canceled  —  Reuters has decided to cancel Next, the consumer facing website that had been in the works for more than two years, Chief Executive Andrew Rashbass announced this morning in a staff email.  —  “Next is a long way from achieving either commercial viability or strategic success.
Matthew Zeitlin / BuzzFeed:
Why Reuters Ditched Its Big Web Push  —  Reuters Wednesday decided that it cares more about its business than its brand, ending a big bet on becoming a major player in online news.  In a memo sent to the company today, Reuters chief executive Andrew Rashbass announced that the company will end …
Jennifer Mizgata / Online News Association:
ONA working to ensure federal “shield law” truly protects journalists  —  As you probably have heard, last week the Senate Judiciary Committee passed S. 987, the Free Flow of Information Act (FFIA), with the support of the Online News Association and a coalition of media organizations.
Josh Stearns / Index on Censorship:
The US shield law's dangerous precedent - and how to fix it
Discussion: @jcstearns
Steven Nelson / US News:   Holes in Media Shield Law Worry Opponents, and Even Some Supporters
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Showbiz Lobby Puts Capitol Hill Pressure on Google to Take Action on Piracy  —  The showbiz lobby and a number of lawmakers on Wednesday singled out Google and other search engines for being a gateway to pirated online content, unveiling a study that showed the “critical role” …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
The Finke-Penske feud shows the difficulties of linking brands and personalities  —  Brand Suffers Most From Spat Between Owner and Hollywood Blogger  —  LOS ANGELES — For her detractors, and there are many, the turnabout is delicious: Nikki Finke, the blogger who squeezed Hollywood …
Discussion: @carr2n
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Nikki Finke and Deadline owner Jay Penske still at odds
Discussion: @scottcollinslat
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
NYT's Howard Beck Leaves Grey Lady for the Bleacher Report  —  New York Times NBA beat reporter Howard Beck is leaving his longtime home for the Bleacher Report.  —  Beck, who began at NYT in 2004, tweeted his announcement Wednesday.  —  The Bleacher Report was acquired by Turner Networks …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Justin Smith on his new mission at Bloomberg  —  Justin Smith's “mission” as C.E.O. of the Bloomberg Media Group will be to “marry the incredible assets” the company's journalists have built over the past several decades with “emerging strategies for winning in the new global media landscape …
Jim Romenesko:
Star Tribune editor Nancy Barnes is named Houston Chronicle editor  —  Nancy Barnes, who has led the Star Tribune newsroom for six years, is heading to Houston to become editor of Hearst's Chronicle.  The paper has been without an editor for a year.  Managing editor Steve Proctor was put …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC presenter does live broadcast clutching stack of paper instead of iPad  —  Simon McCoy baffles viewers by presenting news item after accidentally picking up refill pack of A4  —  BBC News presenter Simon McCoy mistook a ream of paper for a tablet computer while presenting a report, to the bafflement of viewers
Activision Stock Sale Blocked by Judge Over Investor Vote  —  Activision Blizzard Inc. (ATVI) can't proceed with a stock sale that investors contend would give control of the video-game maker to a group led by an Activision director and the company's top executive, a judge ruled.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Reuters
John Cusack / Guardian:
Will Eric Holder guarantee NSA reporters' first amendment rights?  —  The US attorney general vows not to prosecute journalists, but his criminalisation of whistleblowers undermines that assurance  —  Another week and another wave of stories on the NSA and the unconstitutional …
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Rieder: Newspaper association chief optimistic  —  Being president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America is not a job for the fainthearted.  Your mission includes lobbying for, speaking for and galvanizing an industry that, while it is the press, hasn't gotten very much good press, not for a long time.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New Knight Community Information Challenge winners focus on supporting local news and opening up government data  —  Sharing news stories wasn't invented with the retweet button.  Thanks to funding from the Knight Foundation, Tom McDonald will be expanding his news-sharing network across …
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Spinlet, the iTunes of Africa, hits 650K subscribers — and is targeting 50M users by 2016  —  Dec. 4 - 5, 2013  —  A Canadian who worked for a company that owns half of China's Tencent is helping reinvent music in Africa via a company started by two Finns that was sold to a company in Nigeria.
Discussion: Digital Media Wire and CNET
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC faces major review by MPs following recent scandals  —  Culture, media and sport select committee chairman John Whittingdale says payoffs row has given inquiry ‘more urgency’  —  The BBC is facing a major review of its governance by MPs after a series of scandals that have beset the corporation in the past year.
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