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3:25 PM ET, September 24, 2013


 Top News: 
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Dan Colarusso named executive editor of Reuters Digital  —  Dan Colarusso is the new executive editor of Reuters Digital, making him the third person this year to hold that title at the news service.  —  His appointment, announced in an internal memo obtained by Capital …
Eric Newton / Columbia Journalism Review:
Paying attention to the shield law's critics  —  Journalists shouldn't blindly support the shield law without taking in the whole picture  —  When a Senate committee this month approved the “Free Flow of Information Act of 2013,” applause was heard from scores of media shield law supporters …
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
TV news should have on-air fact-checkers  —  You don't usually think of ESPN's Tony Kornheiser as a journalism ethics sage.  A font of sports one-liners, sure.  An adviser on ways to improve news outlets' accountability, not so much.  But the co-host of Pardon the Interruption is on to something …
Discussion: @antderosa, @davidfolkenflik and TVSpy
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Aereo Expands to Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and San Antonio  —  Aereo, Inc. is adding four new cities to its nationwide expansion: Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana, and San Antonio, Texas.  —  The combined population of those four markets is eight million people.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
No new TV viewers or newspaper subscribers are being born, BuzzFeed president says  —  Speaking at a NewsCred conference last week, BuzzFeed President Jon Steinberg talked about his theory that content, and the ways it is distributed, will be “completely decoupled, I would say, in the next five years.”
Discussion: @stuartdredge and @dianaruggontv
Gavriel Hollander / Press Gazette:
News Corp reveals phone-hacking legal costs of £238m  —  Rupert Murdoch's media empire has spent $382m (£238m) over the past two years on legal fees dealing with the aftermath of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.  —  In its annual report, released over the weekend …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pinterest Appeals To Publishers With New Article Pins, Pushes To Become A Bookmarking & “Read It Later” Service  —  Only days after announcing the launch of ads, social networking site Pinterest is now making an appeal to publishers.  The company is today rolling out an updated “article” …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
NME to experiment with online charges  —  Magazine will charge 69p for access to ‘enhanced digital’ version of its cover feature but says there are no plans for a full paywall  —  NME will charge 69p from Wednesday for online access to its cover feature on indie group Haim.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Hub of the Twitterverse: The Boston Globe has built a localized, tweet-powered news aggregator  —  In the Boston area, the passing of a Dunkin Donuts franchise is news.  So are the finer points of Tom Brady's hair.  But in this instance, we know the closing of the Mass Ave.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
YouTube Announces A New Commenting System, Powered By Google+, With Threaded, Ranked And Private Conversations  —  YouTube today announced a new commenting system that will be powered by Google+.  The system, which is launching on channel discussion tabs this week before rolling out to all videos …
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
To “save NSFWCORP”, founder publicly solicits investors on first day of loosened SEC rules  —  A change in fundraising law, but is there still time to save NSFWCORP from a forced pivot?  —  You've seen it, of course.  “Brewster's Millions,” the movie — so popular that Hollywood remade …
Steven Musil / CNET:
Judge appears to back Google's defense of digital books project  —  Judge's comments suggest he finds merit in the Web giant's assertion that the project is exempt from copyright laws under the fair use provision.  —  A U.S. judge made comments Monday that suggest favor for Google's defense …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Troy Young Is Reinventing Hearst Digital With a Wrecking Ball  —  Digital President's Brusque Managing Style Brought In to Boost Web Presence of Cosmo, Esquire  —  Unlike his buttoned-up peers in the executive suite at Hearst, Troy Young doesn't keep an office, nor does he wear designer suits to work.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
With LiveAd, Ustream Customers Can Promote Their Video Content With Interactive Ads  —  Live video company Ustream has been quietly transforming itself, according to co-founder and CEO Brad Hunstable, who said the company has switched from being an ad-supported media business to a technology provider …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In Supreme Court Opinions, Web Links That Go Nowhere  —  WASHINGTON — Supreme Court opinions have come down with a bad case of link rot.  According to a new study, 49 percent of the hyperlinks in Supreme Court decisions no longer work.  —  This can sometimes be amusing.
Discussion: @stoweboyd, @holdenweb and The Verge
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Removes ‘BitTorrent’ From Piracy Search Filter  —  For two years Google has been filtering “piracy-related” terms from its ‘Autocomplete’ and ‘Instant’ services.  —  Google users searching for terms like “The Pirate Bay”, “RapidShare” and “isoHunt” will notice that no suggestions …
Suzanne LaBarre / Popular Science:
Why We're Shutting Off Our Comments  —  Starting today, will no longer accept comments on new articles.  Here's why.  —  Comments can be bad for science.  That's why, here at, we're shutting them off.  —  It wasn't a decision we made lightly.
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