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11:30 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 …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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 …
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: Poynter, @felixsalmon and @dskok, Thanks:@mediabrief
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 …
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Zuckerberg: No plans to get into news business  —  In Washington, D.C, to lobby for immigration reform, Facebook CEO participates in a wide-ranging interview at the Newseum.  —  CONNECT  —  While founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is buying The Washington Post, fellow digital icon Mark Zuckerberg …
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
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: @niemanlab and @shannboogie
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Not all mass shootings are equal in the eyes of the media or the public  —  We've moved on, apparently.  Barely 48 hours after a gunman murdered 12 people and injured six others in another U.S. bloodbath, the national news media had other things on their minds.
Discussion: TVNewser
Publishers Weekly:
Scholastic Cuts Loss Despite Sales Drop  —  Gains in its educational technology group were not enough to offset declines in the children's book publishing and distribution unit resulting in a 5.8% decline in total sales at Scholastic for the first quarter ended August 31.
Andy Gensler / Billboard:
Exclusive: ‘Spotify Landmark’ Original Content Series Launches With Nirvana's ‘In Utero’ (Listen)  —  Spotify Landmark's homepage which launched yesterday with “the Real Story of Nirvana's In Utero.”  (Screenshot)
Discussion: PandoDaily and Music Week
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.
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.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Yemeni journalists under attack despite progress - human rights report  —  A surge in attacks on journalists in Yemen is revealed today despite media controls having been eased under the government of President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi.  —  The attacks, which threaten to overwhelm …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Netflix is giving people their Net fix, Nielsen says  —  Streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are feeding “incredible binge appetites” for programming, the researcher says, with the vast majority of users watching at least three episodes of the same show in a single day.  —  Follow @@joan_e
Chicago Business Journal:
World Book launches subscription e-book platform  —  World Book Inc., known for its World Book Encyclopedia, is making many of its popular educational titles available in e-book format through “World Book eBooks,” a subscription service that offers librarians and educators access …
Eyal Lehmann / Ynetnews:
Comment posted, damage done: Online battle for Israel's hasbara  —  Internet pages are fighting ring where Israel supporters try to ward off millions of pro-Palestinian posters.  In hectic, viral world of talkbacks, every photo is replied, every reply is commented on, every comment …
Discussion: @jilliancyork
Beth Schepens / Speakeasy:
A Q&A With Alexandra Senes  —  Alexandra Senes has founded a fashion magazine (Jalouse), a clothing line (Kilometre Paris) and a communications agency that bridges the art and fashion worlds (SAS).  She's curated exhibitions, written books and traveled the world.
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 …
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 …
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.
Steven Nelson / US News:
Holes in Media Shield Law Worry Opponents, and Even Some Supporters  —  It's possible limited legal protections would shrink further, legal and media experts say  —  The so-called media shield law approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 12 would likely fail to curtail …
Josh Stearns / Index on Censorship:
The US shield law's dangerous precedent - and how to fix it
Discussion: @jcstearns
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John Cusack / Guardian:
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Ted Johnson / Variety:
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
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Discussion: Media Wire Daily and FishbowlNY