The best stories across the web on media and technology, curated by Leandro Oliva.

1. Can a big bet on tech help USA Today escape its paper past? (paidContent)

2. The Guardian US reports record traffic in October 2012 (Guardian)

3. Storify launches redesign that elevates popular social media elements (Poynter)

4. Why the ‘live Web’ is the new TV (VentureBeat)

5. The ‘kids’ behind IDF’s media (Tablet)