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5:30 PM ET, June 23, 2013


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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
You Don't Have To Like Edward Snowden  —  Reporters have always been comfortable ignoring their sources' motives.  Now everybody else needs to get used to that. … One of the most difficult features of the new news environment is that everybody gets to see the utter mess of the early hours …
The Huffington Post:
David Gregory To Glenn Greenwald: 'Why Shouldn't You Be Charged With A Crime?'  (VIDEO)  —  “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked columnist Glenn Greenwald why he shouldn't be charged with a crime for working with NSA leaker Edward Snowden.  —  Greenwald, who was on to discuss Snowden's …
Snowden on the run, seeks asylum in Ecuador  —  Moscow (CNN) — Ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has asked for asylum in Ecuador, the South American country's foreign ministry announced Sunday as the United States urged countries to rebuff the leaker.
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Ecuador, Where Edward Snowden Seeks Asylum, Is No Utopia For Journalists  —  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is bound for the sunnier skies of Ecuador, on this whirlwind tour of countries semi-hostile to the United States.  While Ecuador has been a safe haven for world-class leakers in the past …
Discussion: Guardian, Mediaite, Forbes and Reuters
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
On the Espionage Act charges against Edward Snowden  —  Who is actually bringing ‘injury to America’: those who are secretly building a massive surveillance system or those who inform citizens that it's being done?  —  The US government has charged Edward Snowden with three felonies …
New York Times:
Hulu, Seeking a Buyer, May Shift Course  —  This year Hulu reached a milestone: viewers streamed more than one billion videos on the site in a single three-month period.  —  But the valedictory lap did not last long.  Even as the number of views were adding up, so were concerns within the company about the site's future.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In sports writing, the action's moved away from columns  —  At Grantland, Bryan Curtis writes about the slow decline of The New York Times' Sports of the Times column.  But more than one column in one newspaper, Curtis is really writing about a broader shift in what content is valuable in an online age.
Discussion: Grantland
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Respond to this: The Boston Globe wants to offer iPhone users a native app and a cheap price  —  In the debate over native apps versus mobile websites, The Boston Globe is officially hedging its bets.  And in the how-much-to-charge paywall debate, it's going surprisingly low.
Sarah Darville / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Seeking an ocean of audience: Honolulu Civil Beat partners with Huffington Post to seek new revenue streams  —  When Honolulu Civil Beat launched three years ago, it took some contrarian stands.  At a time when many civic-minded journalism startups were filing for nonprofit status, Civil Beat bet on succeeding as a for-profit.
Rachel McAthy /
Drone journalism - The opportunities, risks and challenges  —  In a series of presentations on drone journalism at the Global Editors Network, news outlets share their early experiences, and experiments, of using drones in the news space  —  Copyright: By Don McCullough on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Google News In Germany Opt-In Only To Avoid Paying Fees Under New Copyright Law  —  Google News in Germany will soon change.  Starting August 1, it will only index sources that have decided to explicitly opt-in to being shown on the search giant's news-aggregation service.
Wall Street Journal:
Data Group Ends Peeks After Leaks  —  WASHINGTON—A private-sector group that produces a leading consumer-confidence survey is suspending its practice of giving media organizations an early preview because it fears the information may be leaking to traders before the public.
Discussion: Business Insider
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Mat Honan / Wired:
Inside Digg's Race to Build the New Google Reader
Discussion: AllThingsD
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic Online:
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Floyd Norris / New York Times:
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Discussion: LA Observed
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Cord cutters alert: 60 million Americans now use an antenna to watch free TV
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Marianne Brown / Voice of America:
Vietnam Urged to Release Bloggers on Journalism Day
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post and TVNewser
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Noreen Malone / New Republic:
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Discussion: Poynter
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
The Guardian Responds To Sen. McCaskill's Charge Of Promoting ‘Agenda’ Through NSA Reporting
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
AOL is launching a Google Reader replacement Monday: ‘All your favorite websites, in one place’

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Microsoft Lumia to replace Nokia brand, starting in France, global rollout in the coming weeks

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