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9:05 AM ET, September 19, 2013


 Top News: 
Craig Douglas / Boston Business Journal:
John Henry and NYT Co. set Oct. 15 deadline for Boston Globe's $70 million sale  —  Henry, NY Times set aggressive deadline to finalize Boston Globe sale  —  Billionaire investor John Henry and The New York Times Co. have set an Oct. 15 target date to close on the $70 million sale …
Craig Douglas / Boston Business Journal:
Boston Globe in scramble to replace business  —  The Boston Globe is nearing a critical crossroads to salvage its profitable online auto business, as sources say the media giant's senior executives are scrambling to find new revenue and avoid a talent raid ahead of the company's …
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 …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Reuters Next Canceled
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.
Steven Nelson / US News:   Holes in Media Shield Law Worry Opponents, and Even Some Supporters
Josh Stearns / Index on Censorship:
The US shield law's dangerous precedent - and how to fix it
Discussion: @jcstearns
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 …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC to axe 75 news posts  —  James Harding tells staff compulsory redundancies are possible as corporation seeks to reduce division's budget by £60m  —  The BBC is to axe 75 more posts in news and the English regions in the latest round of cuts as part of its £700m Delivering Quality First cost savings initiative.
Jasper Jackson /
Quartz to reach profitability by 2015 with native ads and open web focus  —  Atlantic Media Company, Advertising, Consumer Media, Digital Media, Newspapers  —  Business news site Quartz is on course to reach profitability in 2015, three years after its launch by The Atlantic Media Company.
Discussion: @felixsalmon and @dskok, Thanks:@mediabrief
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Facebook ‘like’ deserves free speech protection: U.S. court  —  (Reuters) - Facebook users who employ the website's “like” feature to show support for a political candidate engage in legally protected speech, a U.S. appeals court said, reviving a lawsuit examining the limits of what people may constitutionally do online.
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
One Publisher's Social Media Strategy: Outright Rejection  —  Monocle Eschews Social Media, Says It's No Worse Off Without It  —  Enamored with social media's ability to funnel traffic to their websites, publishers have leaped headfirst onto Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit and others.
Discussion: @shannboogie
Virgin Media to cut 600 top and middle management posts  —  UK cable company set to reduce staff by about 4% as new US owner Liberty Global looks to make it more ‘agile and efficient’  —  Virgin Media is to cut 600 posts among its top and middle management, as US cable giant Liberty Global looks …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cox Pulls Plug on Internet TV Trial  —  Cable operator's over-the-top service, aimed at price-sensitive cord-cutters, had used Fanhattan set-top box  —  After a three-month test, Cox Communications has ended the broadband-delivered subscription TV service it launched Southern California that had used Fanhattan's set-top box.
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
Instapaper Thinks You Should Read This Story  —  Coming soon to that big stack of unread magazine articles?  A recommendation engine.  —  At the center of our vast, electro-digital journalistic infotainment ecosystem, there, hidden behind the more recognizable names of the products it owns, is Betaworks.
Associated Press:
Sri Lankan editor flees after death threats and attack by armed gang  —  COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A Sri Lankan newspaper editor has fled the country following death threats and an attack in her home in which her family was held at knifepoint, a media rights group said Thursday.
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
#Oceanfall: The Seattle Times' glitzy new digital package unveils a substantial piece of reporting on our changing seas  —  The Seattle Times' glitzy new digital package unveils a substantial piece of reporting on our changing seas  —  Like most newspapers around the country …
Agence France-Presse:
Morocco arrests website editor for airing Qaeda video  —  RABAT — Morocco on Tuesday arrested a news website's editor and threatened legal action against Spanish newspaper El Pais for posting an Al-Qaeda video it said incites terrorism in the kingdom.  Ali Anouzla, the director …
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Gone Native: The Magazine Whose Editors Write Ad Content  —  Over the summer, Mental Floss asked its online readers what kinds of tricks or skills would they like to learn as part of the magazine's “How To” series.  It then turned those ideas into posts, paid for by Dos Equis, which also had four display ads on each page.
Discussion: @digiday
Alison Dame-Boyle / Medium:
Yes, it's still a problem your story contains no women. … Today, San Francisco magazine's website published a piece on “Silicon Valley's Geek Chorus,” ostensibly profiling the leaders of the more-mainstream-but-still-tech- journalist movement.  Because life is basically an eternal recurrence …
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 …
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