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11:10 AM ET, September 25, 2013


 Top News: 
Mathew Ingram / paidContent:
If Popular Science cares about science, why not try to fix comments instead of killing them?  —  Popular Science magazine says it is shutting down comments because they are “bad for science,” but what's really bad for science is closing off a potential avenue for informed debate around the topics the site is writing about.
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.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Lloyd's List, the world's oldest newspaper, to give up on print  —  Lloyd's List, which lays claim to be the world's oldest continuously published newspaper, is to become a totally digital entity by the end of this year.  —  The paper, founded in 1734, is regarded as the leading news …
Liam Corcoran / Wannabe Hacks:
EXCLUSIVE - Guardian and Cardiff scrap plans for Journalism MA  —  The Guardian and Cardiff University have scrapped their plans to launch a journalism masters degree.  —  There was much publicity last year when the joint venture, for a course in Journalism with Digital Media …
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
YouTube rolls out a new royalty-free music library  —  The number of songs you're legally allowed to mix into the personal videos you upload to YouTube is understandably low when it comes to well-known songs.  —  For this reason, YouTube is launching a new royalty-free audio library …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
A Comcast-Fox Deal for Catalog TV Rights Could Hurt Netflix  —  Potential Fox-Comcast pact portends a troubling trend for SVOD biz  —  With three Emmy statuettes now on its mantle, this should be a carefree time at Netflix.  Were it only that simple.  —  A Wall Street Journal story hit …
Discussion: @pkafka, @simonowens and Yahoo! News
P.J. Bednarski /
Iger Sees Little Cord-Cutting, Says Netflix is Good, Not Dominant
Nick Wingfield / NYT Bits:
Internet Pioneer RealNetworks Seeks Revival  —  SEATTLE — When a ground-breaking product called RealPlayer was released in its earliest form in 1995, Steven P. Jobs had yet to return to Apple, Google's future founders had only just met and Mark Zuckerberg was 10 years old.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
News UK issues tough new guidance on illegal payments including whistblowers' hotline  —  Times Newspapers and Sun publisher News UK has issued tough new guidance on bribery and illegal payments to all staff and freelance contributors.  —  The guidelines include the creation …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Mark Thompson: more financial scrutiny could undermine BBC  —  Former director general also questions whether trust chairman Lord Patten's call for cuts in senior managers is a new initiative  —  Former BBC director general Mark Thompson has warned that giving the National Audit Office greater access …
Christopher Arns / Sacramento Business Journal:
California governor signs anti-paparazzi bill into law  —  The Kim Kardashians of the world can rest easy now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed an anti-paparazzi bill into law.  Senate Bill 606, authored by Los Angeles Democrat Kevin De León, would protect the children of public figures …
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
TheGrill: Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia - 'Cable's an Inefficient Packaging System'  —  Aereo — which has drawn the legal ire of networks for providing their content via tiny antennas — has been painted as a potential killer of the television and cable industries.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Media Money …
Leslie Picker / Bloomberg:
Belo Said to Have 70% Shareholder Support for Gannett Offer  —  Belo Corp. (BLC), the TV station owner that is the target of a $1.5 billion takeover bid by Gannett Co., has support from more than 70 percent of its shareholders for the deal, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
USA Today's Larry Kramer: Newspapers must aid discovery and deliver unique content to survive  —  TheGrill: USA Today Publisher - Newspapers Must Be Conversation-Starters in the Digital Age (Video)  —  Unique content and the reader's process of discovery are the key to the survival …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Amazon Tries Breaking From the Streaming-Video Pack With Offline Viewing for New Kindles  —  Amazon has been spending a lot of time and money trying to catch up to Netflix in the subscription-video race.  So far, not much luck: Many more people seem to be watching video via Reed Hastings's service.
Agence France-Presse:
Morocco journalist charged with inciting ‘terrorism’  —  A Moroccan journalist arrested last week for posting a link to an Al-Qaeda video threatening Morocco has been charged with defending and inciting “terrorism”, his lawyers said on Wednesday.  Ali Anouzla, director of the Arabic version …
Discussion: Reuters
Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC to Propose Rule That May Limit Media Ownership  —  The never-ending debate over media consolidation this week will focus on an esoteric rule that involving how the FCC calculates whether groups like Sinclair, Univision and Fox meet or exceed caps on station ownership.
Luisita Lopez Torregrosa / New York Times:
Tina Brown Goes Global  —  NEW YORK — The evolving and shifting global women's movement is about to get more crowded and more star-powered as Tina Brown, the storied magazine editor who has decided to leave publishing, takes her Women in the World celebrity-studded show out into the world.
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
AOL CEO Leads Charge to Pry Ad Dollars From TV  —  Automated Ad Exchanges Are Key to AOL Strategy to Woo TV Dollars to Online Video  —  AOL Inc. Chief Executive Tim Armstrong stood on stage Monday amid thumping music and arty projections, once again playing cheerleader for an online video industry …
Discussion: AdAge
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku updates its set-top box line with new features and sweetheart content deals  —  Roku is today refreshing its family of set-top streaming boxes with a modest set of improvements and new features.  The Roku 3 remains unchanged as the company's flagship box, but every model beneath it has been refreshed …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Bloomberg, GigaOM, Variety and Wired
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Jeff Bezos: Washington Post Purchase ‘Is A Personal Investment’  —  Jeff Bezos spoke out about buying the Washington Post on television for the first time on Wednesday's “New Day.”  —  Speaking to CNN correspondent Dan Simon, he said that that he was hopeful about the road ahead and his ability to contribute to the organization.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp. Challenges Angelina Jolie Stunt Double's Wiretapping Lawsuit  —  The company looks to stop the first claim brought in the United States by an alleged hacking victim and points to the activity happening in the U.K. in the ongoing hacking scandal.  —  Late on Friday afternoon last week …
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Al Jazeera English:
Egypt shuts down Brotherhood newspaper
Jack Shafer:
New York's attorney general should battle real crime instead of fake online reviews
Discussion: Consumerist, ZDNet and VentureBeat
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
“International Herald Tribune” to become “International New York Times” on Oct. 15
Discussion: Channel NewsAsia
Matthew Kassel / The New York Observer:
CUNY J-School Will Get a Center for Business Journalism
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Former Tribune Co. executive sentenced to 2 years
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
McClatchy to Shut Down Retirees' Health-Care Plan by End of 2014
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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Hulu CEO: $750M means you start getting more scripts
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
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