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3:07 AM ET, September 20, 2013


 Top News: 
How Can You Miss Us if We Won't Go Away?  —  First things first: We're keeping the Steelcase hot-seat red chairs.  Forever.  In fact, we own quite a few now.  —  And we'll still be scooping and reviewing all things digital right here, at this Web address, for a few more months.
Kevin J. Delaney / Quartz:
AllThingsD founders are in talks to value their new venture at up to $40 million  —  Preparing to part ways with News Corp, the founders of All Things Digital are looking for investments to reboot their technology news site and events business under a new name, sources say.
Dow Jones:
Dow Jones confirms split with Mossberg and Swisher, plans to launch new tech conference  —  Wall Street Journal and All Things D Decide Not To Renew Agreement At The End Of the Year  —  For years, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal has enjoyed working with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher …
Dan Primack / Fortune:
AllThingsD parting ways with Dow Jones  —  AllThingsD and The Wall Street Journal call it quits.  —  FORTUNE — Influential tech site AllThingsD is severing its ties with founding owner Dow Jones, a subsidiary of News Corp. (NWS).  A formal statement is expected later today.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
What really happened to ‘Reuters Next’  —  On Wednesday Thompson Reuters' new CEO Andrew Rashbass announced the company was canceling the ambitious new digital news product Reuters Next.  —  Conversations with several Reuters insiders and people with knowledge of the situation show Rashbass …
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 …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Reuters Next: Anatomy Of A Multi-Million-Dollar Misfire
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
New York Times Company to Start Paying Dividend  —  The New York Times Company announced on Thursday that it would pay a dividend to its shareholders for the first time in five years.  —  After a meeting of its board, the company said the board had voted to approve a dividend of four cents per share …
Jim Romenesko:
Four Gannett newspapers will get a daily USA Today insert  —  USA Today publisher Larry Kramer tells his employees that an edition of USA Today will go inside four Gannett papers starting Oct. 6.  The papers involved in this pilot project — dubbed the Butterfly — are the Indianapolis Star …
Discussion: Gannett Blog and @romenesko
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Indianapolis Star partners with USA Today to boost national coverage
Daniel Miller / Los Angeles Times:
Entertainment business IPOs started and stalled  —  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.'s trademark (MGM)  —  Call it the summer of the showbiz IPO shakeout.  —  Over the last several months, a handful of entertainment business companies either took key steps toward or away from initial public stock offerings.
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Russia Today Airs Fake Footage of Rebels Using Sarin Gas in Syria  —  Russia Today is a self-described “news” channel that happens to be owned and operated by the Russian government, and therefore serves as a reliable outlet for whatever Russian President Vladimir Putin would like you to believe is “news.”
PJ Vogt / On The Media:
Upworthy Co-Founder Eli Pariser Explains What Upworthy's Doing and Why it Annoys Me So Much  —  Last week, Upworthy, the website built for viral progressive political content, secured $8 million in funding.  I wrote a piece about how annoying I find it.  I compared it to San Francisco …
Discussion: @pjvogt, @1uigi and @onthemedia
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
DOJ To Reporter: We Can Prove You're Wrong, But We Want To Embarrass You, So We'll Wait  —  Over at Cryptome today there's an absolutely incredible exchange between the Justice Department's Brian Fallon (from the Office of Public Affairs — basically a PR guy) and Brad Heath, an investigative reporter from USA Today.
Jeffrey Grubb / VentureBeat:
Microsoft COO: 40 percent of Xbox Live's ‘audience’ are women  —  Xbox Live video apps.  —  Oct. 29-30, 2013  —  Redwood City, CA  —  Tickets On Sale Now  —  People love to watch digital video, and the Xbox 360 is one of the big ways they are doing that.
Discussion: VG247
Analysis: Canadian cable TV's ‘a la carte’ menu begins to take hold  —  (Reuters) - A transformation in how some Canadian cable TV companies sell channels to consumers might be a sign of things to come in the much bigger U.S. market.  —  With “a la carte” pricing, cable companies …
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Weinstein Co. Lines Up New Credit Facility  —  Movie Studio Says Financing Offers Flexibility for Acquisitions  —  Independent film studio Weinstein Co. is finalizing a credit facility worth around $370 million as it continues deal talks with Miramax, whose owner is seeking to sell or restart production with a partner.
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
Daily Mail Slapped With $3 Million Libel Lawsuit by Porn Actress  —  A softcore porn actress is suing Daily Mail's parent company Associated Newspapers Ltd. for $3 million, accusing one of the most-read news sites in the world of putting her photo on an article about an HIV positive adult actress without her permission.
Discussion: Gawker and Courthouse News Service
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 …
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Time Promotes Three, Hires 11 Staffers  —  Nancy Gibbs hasn't been managing editor of Time for long, but she has already made some big moves.  Gibbs just sent out a memo announcing three promotions and 11 new hires.  Below are the details, followed by Gibbs' full note.
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: Chickaboomer, and TVNewser
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, Poynter and @dskok, Thanks:@mediabrief
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Marlene Sanchez Dooner Joins Hispanic Enterprise Unit at NBCUniversal  —  Marlene Sanchez Dooner has been appointed to the newly created position of executive vp, Hispanic Enterprises & Content (HEC) at NBCUniversal, the company announced Thursday.  Dooner, who is currently senior vp investor relations …
Discussion: TVNewser and Variety
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