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Pentagon’s ‘Early Bird’ May Be Grounded

Pentagon’s ‘Early Bird’ May Be Grounded by Chris Carroll, Stars and Stripes.

A Pentagon-produced daily defense news roundup that has long provided early morning reading for defense leaders, journalists and others is on hiatus, and may disappear for good.

The Current News Early Bird, which began in the 1960s as a collection of news clippings and in recent years became widely available over the Internet to a far broader audience, ceased publication on Oct. 1 when the federal government shut down. After the government reopened on Oct. 17, however, the Early Bird did not return.

The product has spurred sporadic complaints from publishing companies over the years, who have objected to the Early Bird’s cut-and-paste approach to aggregating news, which in the Internet age may reduce traffic and subscriptions on media websites and reduce advertising and other revenue...

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