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4:45 AM ET, October 9, 2014


 Top News: 
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
NBC Wanted to Hire Jon Stewart As Host of Meet the Press  —  “They were ready to back the Brink's truck up,” one source said  —  2.4k  —  This Sunday marks Chuck Todd's one-month anniversary in the anchor chair at Meet the Press.  Despite an opening-week ratings spike from his exclusive sit …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Twitter News Head Vivian Schiller Out in Media Unit Consolidation  —  Vivian Schiller, the high-profile NBC and NPR exec who Twitter hired to run its news unit, is leaving the company as part of a consolidation.  Adam Sharp will now be in charge of both news and politics at the social messaging company .
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Funny or Die Launches News Hub  —  “You can be entertained while getting your news”  —  Funny or Die is tackling the news with the Wednesday launch of its newest content vertical.  —  Funny or Die News will feature daily editorial content about current events from the comedy website.
Discussion: @dorseyshaw, @funnyordie and Mediaite
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The New York Times Keeps Cutting Newsroom Jobs, But Headcount Doesn't Budge  —  NEW YORK — New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet recently announced plans to eliminate 100 jobs through voluntary buyouts or layoffs, marking another grim occasion for the beleaguered newspaper industry.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
IAC May Buy Korean Video Site DramaFever  —  DramaFever, a Web video service that specializes in Korean movies and TV shows, is looking to raise money or sell.  —  One potential buyer: Barry Diller's IAC.  —  Sources say DramaFever, which has raised a reported $11.5 million in debt and equity …
Glenn Fleishman / The Magazine:
Subscriber-supported magazine app The Magazine will produce its last issue Dec. 17  —  Last Issue Is December 17, 2014  —  Hello, readers, The Magazine will stop publishing its every-other-week issues on December 17, 2014, cancel all outstanding subscriptions, and automatically provide pro-rated refunds …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
George Gallup's 1928 college thesis showed readers lie about how much serious news they want  —  Readers Are Liars: The 1928 Study That Predicted the Future of News  —  It's a simple enough question: What do you read all day long?  —  For hundreds of years, it was also an utter mystery to the publishing business.
Discussion: @alexweprin and @dkthomp
Kelsey McKinney / Vox:
Co-founder of music discovery tool We Are Hunted builds, a site that streams new releases from SoundCloud  —  Wonder.FM will tell you what the cool kids are listening to  — is a hipster oasis.  The new music site streams undiscovered, new releases straight from Soundcloud …
Discussion: Gigaom
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Next up for Netflix: An expansion to South Korea, Italy or the Middle East?  —  Netflix is looking for people who can speak Korean, Arabic and a number of other languages.  The job offer could give us clues about the company's international plans.  —  Netflix isn't done with its international expansion …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Ongoing crowdfunding sites like Patreon are becoming a source of revenue for journalists  —  Can Patreon's crowdfunding platform help journalists go direct?  Jesse Brown is going to find out  —  Canadian journalist Jesse Brown decided he needed to get paid for his podcast or give it up …
South Korea indicts Japanese journalist for defaming President  —  (Reuters) - South Korean prosecutors indicted a Japanese journalist on Wednesday for defamation of President Park Geun-hye over an article he wrote about her personal life and whereabouts on the day of a deadly ferry disaster in April.
Discussion: Associated Press
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Hulu CEO mulls cutting number of ads running on Hulu Plus  —  Hulu is looking to lighten its ad load.  —  CEO Mike Hopkins, who took the helm in May, is considering cutting back the number of ads that appear on Hulu Plus, the $7.99-a-month paid tier of the online streaming service, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Gigaom
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Ben Woods / The Next Web:
EE enters into TV wars with first set-top box and catch-up streaming service
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Gannett shifts some costs of USA Today layoffs to states
Discussion: @abeaujon
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CBS News Takes Huge RIsk, Sends Reporter Undercover To Syria
Discussion: Guardian and CBS News
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