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7:20 AM ET, September 25, 2013


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.”
Jack Shafer:
New York's attorney general should battle real crime instead of fake online reviews  —  “Jack Shafer's latest column is his absolute BEST!  Ever!”  —  New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman made Page One news yesterday, Sept. 23, in the New York Times with his announcement …
Discussion: Consumerist, ZDNet and VentureBeat
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.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Spanish journalist missing in Syria  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas in Syria.  The special correspondent for the Barcelona-based El Periódico was kidnapped by rebel jihadi fighters on September 4 near the city of Hama …
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 …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Former Tribune Co. executive sentenced to 2 years  —  U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan Tuesday sentenced former Tribune Co. executive Stephanie Pater to two years in prison, Meredith Rodriguez reports.  Pater, whom former Tribune Co. owner Sam Zell appointed to her post in 2008 …
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 …
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Date Officially Set for International Herald Tribune Rebranding  —  The Twitter account @IHTComms let the cat out of the bag last week.  But today, it was officially confirmed by publisher Stephen Dunbar-Johnson in a letter to International Herald Tribune readers: October 15 is the day the paper …
Karen Fratti / 10,000 Words: and Quora Partner Up For New Column  — and Quora announced a partnership this week.  It's called the Quora Column, and contributors will write columns based on popular discussions on the Q&A site.  —  They launched a trial column this summer on the travel pages, where it's been a success.
Discussion: Slate and
Matthew Kassel / The New York Observer:
CUNY J-School Will Get a Center for Business Journalism  —  A new business journalism center is coming to the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, thanks to a $3 million donation from the Harold W. McGraw Jr. Family Foundation.  —  The foundation was established …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter will send alerts to your phone about popular people and their tweets  —  Twitter will begin sending new push notifications to users based on the activity of the people they follow, whether it's a new account or a popular tweet.  Based on Twitter's 6-month-old MagicRecs account …
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Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
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Jim Romenesko:
Rem Rieder is named USA Today feature editor
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Max Read / Gawker:
Horse_Ebooks Has Been a Buzzfeed Employee Since 2011
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
UK music magazine NME experiments with charging for enhanced version of cover story
Erik Wemple:
CBS News's Sharyl Attkisson: Hacking investigation ‘progressing’
Discussion: TVNewser and @jayrosen_nyu