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Associated Press Fires Journalists Over Erroneous Terry McAuliffe Report (HuffPost / The Backstory)
The Associated Press has fired a reporter and editor over an erroneous Oct. 9 report that Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe lied to an investigator in a federal fraud case, according to sources familiar with the matter. The AP retracted the article in question roughly an hour and a half after publication, and last week, suspended its author, veteran political reporter Bob Lewis. According to sources, Lewis has since been fired. The AP has also fired Dena Potter, a Richmond-based news editor for Virginia and West Virginia. Politico The move, according to sources familiar with the AP’s thinking, was meant to send a clear signal that such mistakes could not be tolerated by an international news organization that prides itself on accuracy. But for those who had worked with Lewis, a highly respected veteran on the Richmond political scene, the AP’s decision was seen as an overreaction. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple The excruciating question faced here by managers at the AP relates to how much immunity a long record of achievement affords a reporter who commits a monstrous mistake. In this case, not enough to save Lewis’ job. That’s a tough call, but also a highly defensible one for a wire service whose entire purpose hinges on nailing high-pressure reporting, every single time. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer “We’ve consistently said this story is water under the bridge and did not ask for any actions to be taken against those involved,” said the McAuliffe campaign in a statement.

Netflix Hits Milestone And Raises Its Sights (NYT)
Content is the new black. At least that is the message from the latest results of Netflix, which on Monday announced a new subscriber milestone — 40 million worldwide — on the strength of exclusive TV shows like Orange Is the New Black. But with each record, Netflix faces the same, pressing question: Can it go on adding subscribers by the millions to keep shareholders happy? Quartz Netflix just reported that its streaming video service had 29.93 million paying subscribers in the United States at the end of September. That surpasses, for the first time, HBO’s paid subscriber base of 28.96 million in the U.S. TechCrunch For the third quarter, Netflix reported earnings of 52 cents per share on revenues of $1.1 billion. That compared to earnings of 13 cents per share on sales of $905 million in the year-ago quarter. GigaOM When will Netflix send out its last red envelope? The company is clearly focused on streaming, but executives have long maintained that DVDs, while declining, are going to be a part of its business for years to come. Still, there are some good reasons why Netflix might get out of the DVD business sooner rather than later.

David Pogue Leaves The New York Times for Yahoo! (NY Observer)
Times tech writer David Pogue is leaving The New York Times for Yahoo!, he announced Monday on his Tumblr. Pogue was swayed by what he called CEO Marissa Mayer’s “’try stuff’ atmosphere” at what she calls “the world’s biggest startup.” “It’s true: After 13 years at The New York Times, I’ve accepted a new job,” Pogue wrote. Sure, it’s hard to leave the Times. But Yahoo!? Tumblr / David Pogue Thirteen years is a long time to stay in one place; we all thrive on new experiences. So I was intrigued when Yahoo! invited me to help build a new consumer-tech site. Actually, “site” doesn’t even cover it. I’ll be writing columns and blog posts each week, of course, and making my goofy videos. But my team and I have much bigger plans, too, for all kinds of online and real-world creations. GalleyCat The new position begins “in a few weeks,” but Pogue reminded readers that he will continue his Missing Manual series. He will continue to work with PBS’ NOVA, CBS Sunday Morning and Scientific American.