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1:20 PM 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, @dskok and @felixsalmon, Thanks:@mediabrief
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Reuters nixes Next: Failed redesigns and the challenge of expanding a digital audience  —  Reuters' vision of the news service of the future — or at least the consumer-facing part of that vision — will look a little bit more like the present.  Wednesday morning, the company announced …
Matthew Zeitlin / BuzzFeed:
Why Reuters Ditched Its Big Web Push
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 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
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 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.
Erik Nielson / The Atlantic Online:
Did the Decline of Sampling Cause the Decline of Political Hip Hop?  —  Legal and financial limitations have put a damper on a musical tool that once served as an important way for rappers to connect with musical and social history.  —  Last week, the electronic artist Clive Tanaka filed …
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)
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
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.
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 and Chickaboomer
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 …
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.
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
MPAA hires two new executives to head its technology efforts  —  The Motion Picture Assn. of America Inc., the trade group representing the major studios, has hired two new executives to head up its technology efforts.  —  John McCoskey, a former chief technology officer at PBS …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Apparent e-mail hack attack reveals Hassan Fattah, editor of U.A.E. newspaper ‘The National,’ is leaving his post  —  Hassan M. Fattah, the former New York Times correspondent who went on to lead an ambitious but controversial Middle East newspaper, The National, is now moving on from his editorship …
Discussion: @jonathanshainin
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
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.
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.
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Alison Dame-Boyle / Medium:
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Jason Lefkowitz / Just Well Mixed:
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Rem Rieder / USA Today:
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Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
NYT's Howard Beck Leaves Grey Lady for the Bleacher Report
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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