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12:25 PM ET, September 20, 2013


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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.
Walt Mossberg's 22-year mission to make computers easier to use  —  “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn't your fault,” is how Walt Mossberg began his first column for the Wall Street Journal on October 17, 1991.  More than two decades later, computing is certainly easier …
Discussion: @rafat, @zseward, Boing Boing and Digits
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Murdoch Said to Object to AllThingsD Terms After 2007 Takeover  —  News Corp. (NWSA), which is severing ties with AllThingsD founders Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher at the end of the year, objected to the terms of the journalists' contract soon after the media company took over the operation in 2007 …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Dow Jones:
Dow Jones confirms split with Mossberg and Swisher, plans to launch new tech conference
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 …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:   The NYT's new dividend is unwise
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
In U.S., Trust in Media Recovers Slightly From All-Time Low  —  More Americans say media are too liberal than too conservative  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' confidence in the accuracy of the mass media has improved slightly after falling to an all-time low last year.
Discussion: Poynter, TVNewser, TVSpy and Erik Wemple
Simon Houpt / Globe and Mail:
Gawker's John Cook talks traffic, Rob Ford and ethics  —  It was a cross-border bombshell: Last May, John Cook, the editor of New York-based Gawker, reported that he had seen a video that appeared to show Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.  In the tumult that followed …
Discussion: @simonhoupt, Poynter and FishbowlNY
Steve Outing / Media Disruptus:
Disaster news coverage will be much better in a few years  —  Boulder, Colorado, and surrounding towns were hit recently with days of record rainfall, history-making flooding, and epic damage.  The destruction covered larger towns like Boulder and Longmont, and was truly horrific in mountain towns like Jamestown and Lyons.
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Sinclair emerges as a major broadcasting player  —  The low-profile broadcaster owns more TV stations than anyone else.  But a change in federal rules could put a cap on its rapid expansion.  —  CONNECT  —  During an analyst conference call in August, David Smith, CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group …
Lauren Hockenson / GigaOM:
4Chan has rules now, apparently  —  Did anyone else know that 4Chan had rules?  —  Apparently they've been given a massive overhaul by its creator, Christopher “moot” Poole.  Detailed in a blog post, the otaku thread-turned internet blender will have some pretty strict rules, and concrete consequences.
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Federal judge in Boston ‘inclined’ to rule for Aereo  —  Judge says Hearst TV hasn't convinced him that Aereo violates copyright law  —  Aereo and the major TV broadcasts are in a seesaw legal contest in courtrooms around the country, but a federal judge in Boston said yesterday that he's …
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George Mills / The Local:
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Discussion: Tumbit
Wall Street Journal:
China Intensifies Social-Media Crackdown
Discussion: Quartz and Business Insider
Jeffrey Grubb / VentureBeat:
Microsoft COO: 40 percent of Xbox Live's ‘audience’ are women
Discussion: VG247
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Weinstein Co. Lines Up New Credit Facility
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Daniel Miller / Los Angeles Times:
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: TVNewser and Variety
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Time Promotes Three, Hires 11 Staffers
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
DOJ To Reporter: We Can Prove You're Wrong, But We Want To Embarrass You, So We'll Wait
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Russia Today Airs Fake Footage of Rebels Using Sarin Gas in Syria
Discussion: Politico and @dylanbyers
Erik Nielson / The Atlantic Online:
Did the Decline of Sampling Cause the Decline of Political Hip Hop?