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9:50 AM ET, June 7, 2013

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New York Times:
Blogger, With Focus on Surveillance, Is at Center of a Debate  —  After writing intensely, even obsessively, for years about government surveillance and the prosecution of journalists, Glenn Greenwald has suddenly put himself directly at the intersection of those two issues, and perhaps in the cross hairs of federal prosecutors.
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Cord Jefferson / Gawker:
The New York Times Quietly Softened Its Scathing Obama Editorial  —  When the Paper of Record published a blistering editorial on President Obama's overbearing national security precautions today, one line stood out from the dozens of others as being the most vicious: “The administration has now lost all credibility.”
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Why NY Times Tweaked Tough Obama Editorial  —  The New York Times' blistering editorial about privacy fears during the Obama years got significant pick-up when published late afternoon Thursday, prior to running in Friday's print edition.  —  The Times editorial board is often on the same page …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
The NSA surveillance story reinforces why an entity like WikiLeaks is so important  —  WikiLeaks, the secretive repository for government malfeasance, hasn't been in the news much lately except for occasional updates about founder Julian Assange, who remains in exile inside the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Was Change in Obama Editorial a ‘Softening’ of The Times's Position?  —  The Times's editorial about President Obama's surveillance state was scathing.  Some called it a “vivisection.”  But a few hours after “President Obama's Dragnet” went online Thursday afternoon, one particularly notable sentence had been changed.
Associated Press:
Italian Journalist Missing in Syria Contacts Wife  —  Italy's Foreign Ministry has confirmed that a war reporter for the Turin daily La Stampa has been in touch with his family for the first time since disappearing in Syria in April.  —  La Stampa's editor-in-chief Mario Calabrese broke …
Discussion: Reuters, HeraldSun and ansamed.info
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John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Amazon Demanded Same Terms From Publishers For Which Apple is Now On Trial  —  When Apple negotiated its e-book contracts with the five publishers with which it would ultimately launch iBooks, the company demanded a “most favored nation provision” that required publishers to match …
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Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Apple tries putting Amazon on trial in ebooks antitrust case
Discussion: paidContent, The Verge, GeekWire and CNET
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
CBS Anchor Scott Pelley On The Surprising Renaissance Of The Evening News  —  That the evening news is a dinosaur headed for extinction has been a truism since long before people started getting their headlines from Twitter or the Huffington Post.  But lately, in their steady march toward the tar pits …
Discussion: TVNewser
Jeff Elder / San Francisco Chronicle:
Mary's Meeker's misinformation has influence  —  The average smartphone user looks at his or her phone 150 times a day - did you see that headline last week?  It seemed to be everywhere after a hugely influential investment guru presented it onstage at a major tech conference.
Press Association:
Phone Hacking Trial Of Rebekah Brooks And Andy Coulson To Start In September  —  The trial of former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and fellow NI staff over allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World is to start in September.  The trial of Mrs Brooks and eight …
Discussion: Guardian
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
What Digg's Google Reader replacement can teach us about the future of social news  —  Nothing rocked technology-oriented news junkies this year quite like the announcement that Google Reader will be shuttering its popular but apparently too-niche-to-continue product in July.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Wired
Associated Press:
Jonah Lehrer Has Deal For ‘The Book Of Love’  —  NEW YORK — Jonah Lehrer, the best-selling author who has acknowledged using fake quotes and had two books pulled, has reached agreement on a new book.  —  Simon & Schuster announced Thursday that it will publish a book by Lehrer with the working title “The Book of Love.”
Rachel Edidin / Wired:
Why Book Publishers Are Still Dragging Their Heels on Selling You E-Books  —  “Did you see anyone with bags?”  My friend is looking around, increasingly frantic.  “We need to find bags, right now.”  —  We've been at Book Expo America 2013 for an hour, and the stacks of books we're carrying are already beginning to overflow our arms.
Discussion: Statista, Kindle Review and GalleyCat
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Ex-FCC Chairman Reed Hundt wary of Koch brothers owning L.A. Times  —  A former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said rules limiting common ownership of newspapers and television stations in the same market should be gutted — even if it clears the way for media mogul Rupert Murdoch …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
WBUR partners with Atavist to tell the story of Whitey Bulger and templatize feature presentation  —  There are stories, and then there's Whitey Bulger's story.  A notorious Irish mobster whose criminal career in Boston inspired no shortage of books, movies, and rumor, Bulger now faces his day in court.
Discussion: Knight Foundation
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Register launched to represent freelances who report on conflicts  —  The Frontline Club has launched the Frontline Freelance Register, a body that aims to represent freelance journalists who put themselves at risk to report on conflicts.  —  The FFR's core objective is to support the physical …
Associated Press:
Hugo Chavez given Venezuela journalism prize  —  The late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been awarded the country's National Journalism Prize even though he was accused of persecuting the press during his 14 years in power.  —  The National Journalism Prize Foundation says in a Thursday statement …
Taylor Miller Thomas / Poynter:
How digital platforms are changing the way science reporters find & tell stories  —  NASA's many social media products point to an uncomfortable new reality for reporters: the space agency doesn't really need them to break news.  —  “We have an obligation to authentically share NASA on social media …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Matt Drudge was right  —  Say the words “Matt Drudge” to any political junkie and you will get one of two responses.  —  The first will be strong disdain for Drudge's eponymously-named news site and its tilt toward outrageous headlines and conservative viewpoints.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 
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