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HuffPost Live Laying Off Staff And Shuttering LA Office as It Expands Internationally (The Verge)
According to several sources familiar with the matter, HuffPost Live will be shutting down its Los Angeles office. About 20 staffers worked at the LA outpost, and a number of those losing their positions on the West Coast will be offered the opportunity to move east and join the HuffPost Live team in New York. Los Angeles Business Journal The studio launched last summer to supply four hours of daily programming for HuffPost Live. The programming features discussions about current events, with some coming from studios in New York and Washington. TheWrap / MediaAlley Huffington Post told TheWrap that more than two-thirds of HuffPost Live’s L.A. staff were offered positions in New York. The LA operation had 26 staffers, putting the cutbacks below 10. TVNewser HuffPost Live has lost a number of hosts in recent months, mostly to the world of TV news. Alicia Menendez joined Fusion, Abby Hunstman joined MSNBC and Jacob Soboroff joined Pivot. While it has been transformative in terms of the content it presents, its live viewership has remained low, instead relying heavily on after-the-fact tune-in.

Philadelphia Inquirer Reportedly Cutting Opinion Pages (Poynter / MediaWire)
The Philadelphia Inquirer will cut its opinion section to one page next month, sources at the paper tell Daniel Denvir. Denvir’s sources tell him the purported move is a reaction to a survey that “found that readers think the Inquirer is ‘biased.’ Cutting down on opinion is the supposed remedy.” Philadelphia City Paper “I have heard from a number of credible places that there was a desire to eliminate the entire opinion section — all of the opinion pages — going back quite a while,” says one newsroom source.

After Iraq, Media Skepticism on Syria (Politico)
For a moment, it looked like the media were going to follow quietly along as America bombed Syria. But then the Iraq War — the bad intelligence, the disastrous fallout, the regret — stretched its shadow over the span of 10 long years, and the press sprung into action. Now, pundits and thought leaders from across the political spectrum, many of whom were beating the war drums in 2003, are urging caution, calling for evidence and demanding a plan. On Thursday, the New York Times editorial board, which had initially endorsed a limited strike, said the Obama administration “has yet to make a convincing legal or strategic case for military action against Syria.” The Guardian / Greenslade Blog British newspapers were swift to react to the commons vote against taking military action in Syria, changing late print editions to run new splashes and comment. The front page headlines make uncomfortable reading for prime minister David “I get that” Cameron. Every title refers to him being humiliated and that his authority has been diminished.

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Klout Apologizes for Retweeting That MLK Would Have Had ‘an Awesome Klout Score’ (Slate / Future Tense)
Martin Luther King Jr. was many things: a clergyman, an orator, an anti-war activist, a civil rights leader — but above all, he was an influencer. Or at least, he would have been, had he lived to see the day when people were assigned virtual badges and numerical scores by Silicon Valley startups based on their tweets and LinkedIn endorsements. Such, at any rate, was the thinking of a young Utah woman who on Thursday opted to share the following insight with her Twitter followers: “I bet Martin Luther King would have had an awesome Klout score.” The observation would have slipped quietly into the dustbin of Twitter history, had not the social media minds at Klout itself seen fit to engage with the young woman’s tweet and wield their influence on her behalf. “Definitely!” agreed @Klout, and retweeted her. TheWrap / MediaAlley Klout’s tweet was deleted about an hour later. “The tweet was written with the best of intentions, but was in poor taste and removed shortly after it was posted,” a company spokesperson told TheWrap. “It was an honest mistake and we sincerely apologize.”