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1:45 PM ET, November 15, 2013


 Top News: 
Forbes Media Is Working With Bankers to Sell Company  —  Forbes, Deutsche Bank Explore Options on Magazine  —  Forbes Media LLC, the closely held publisher founded by the family of former U.S presidential candidate Steve Forbes, is exploring a sale after getting interest from potential buyers.
Matthew Lynch / Capital New York:
Forbes staff receives memo confirming company is ‘[testing] the waters regarding a sale’  —  Confirming an alert from Bloomberg News, Forbes Media President and CEO Mike Perlis just sent a memo to staff that says the company is looking at offers.  —  We'll have more soon: on Twitter …
Discussion: Poynter and Media Money …
Brian Abelson:
The Relationship Between Promotion and Performance: Pageviews Above Replacement  —  This is the second in a series of two posts about pageviews.  This post details some research I've conducted on the promotional correlates of the metric, while the previous post discussed the sometimes apocalyptic tone …
Felix Salmon:
How the NYT neglects business journalism  —  Brian Abelson has a fantastic post about the performance of NYT articles.  The main gist is that it's possible to predict with surprising accuracy how many pageviews any given NYT article is going to receive, given just a few variables like the amount …
Olivier Laurent / British Journal of Photography:
French newspaper removes all images in support of photographers  —  To coincide with Paris Photo's opening, French newspaper Libération has chosen to remove all images from its 14 November issue in a bid to show the power and importance of photography at a time when the industry …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Trouble with ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi ‘review’  —  POLITICO has learned that Al Ortiz, an executive producer for special events at CBS News, is conducting the “journalistic review” into the controversial “60 Minutes” report on Benghazi — a fact that spokespeople at both CBS and “60 Minutes” declined to disclose.
Discussion: @dylanbyers
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Rieder: Why CBS must come clean about Benghazi report
Discussion: The Daily Beast and The Nation
New York Times:
British Press Freedom Under Threat  —  Britain has a long tradition of a free, inquisitive press.  That freedom, so essential to democratic accountability, is being challenged by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
New press regulator just like the old, says Media Standards Trust
Discussion: Press Gazette and @hackedoffhugh
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
‘The Simpsons’ Lands $750 Mil Cable, VOD Syndication Pact with FXX  —  Deal for 530-plus episodes of enduring Fox toon marks largest off-network sale ever  —  Homer and Co. are in rolling in dough: Fox's Twentieth Century Fox TV and Twentieth TV have set a massive first-ever cable syndication …
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Lunch with the FT: Henry Blodget  —  A decade after being banned from Wall Street, the former internet analyst now runs a business website.  He talks about redemption, regrets and market madness  —  ©James Ferguson  —  According to family legend, Henry Blodget's great-grandfather …
Discussion: PandoDaily and @hblodget
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Memo: It Took Three Weeks For The Washington Post's Viral Site To Become Its Biggest Blog  —  The Post 's Upworthy-inspired viral site, KnowMore , is already among its most popular web properties.  Once again: Do not underestimate the power of the curiosity gap.
Discussion: Daily Dot, The Switch and @markarms
Natasha Vargas-Cooper / BuzzFeed:
David Miranda Is Nobody's Errand Boy  —  When Glenn Greenwald's 28-year-old Brazilian partner was detained in London this summer while transporting documents related to the bombshell Edward Snowden story, many assumed he was unfairly roped into a situation he didn't understand.
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Kevin Delaney Tinkers With Media at Quartz  —  This is the second installment in a series that will profile four young executives rethinking the publishing business.  This series is sponsored by Sonobi, the first and only digital advertising platform created by digital publishers for publishers.
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Jailed Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond: ‘My days of hacking are done’  —  Hammond calls his 10-year sentence a ‘vengeful, spiteful act’ by US authorities eager to put a chill on political hacking  —  Jeremy Hammond, the Anonymous hacktivist who released millions of emails relating …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
The Newsonomics of the Surprisingly Persistent Appeal of Newsprint  —  First published at Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab  —  Tonnage.  The word speaks to a different age of news media when ink, bought by barrel, and newsprint, bought by the ton, ruled.  Newspapers — in print …
Alexander Howard / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
On the Ethics of Data-Driven Journalism: of fact, friction and public records in a more transparent age  —  While ethics in journalism have been defined and upheld for decades, the context they're practiced within has shifted with changes in technology and society.
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Plans to Start Selling Movies Digitally Through Cable Service  —  Comcast Corp. is planning to start selling movies directly through its cable boxes, according to people with knowledge of its plans, a move that could boost the still nascent market considered critical in Hollywood.
The Authors Guild:
Round One to Google: Judge Chin Finds Mass Book Digitization a Fair Use.  Guild Plans Appeal.  —  Judge Denny Chin today ruled that Google's mass book digitization project to be a fair use, granting the company summary judgment in the copyright infringement lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild in 2005.
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Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Harper's Magazine launches iOS app, holds tight to paid strategy
Discussion: Gigaom
Liz Hoffman / Wall Street Journal:
Details Emerge on Dispute Between Dish Network CEO, Directors
Clifford Coonan / Hollywood Reporter:
China's Youku Tudou Trims Losses In Third Quarter
Discussion: PR Newswire and Variety
Press Association:
Sun journalist denies dishonestly receiving MP's phone
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
This is not your father's ‘Wall Street Journal’
Discussion: @zseward
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Discussion: @taos
D.B. Hebbard / Talking New Media:
Responding to reader requests, more publishers add iPhone support to their Newsstand apps
Timothy B. Lee / The Switch:
Blogger threatened with 10-year prison sentence for posting public official's phone number
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
John Oliver Leaving Daily Show to Launch ‘Topical Comedy Series’ on HBO