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6:40 PM ET, August 25, 2013


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Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: A Blogger Mocks the Denizens of Silicon Valley  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Sam Biddle may have one of the easiest jobs in technology journalism.  That is, easy if you have the stomach for his line of work.  —  Every morning, he wakes up in his Brooklyn apartment, checks Twitter on his smartphone …
James Andrew Miller / New York Times:
Olbermann and ESPN, Together Again  —  Sixteen years after an acrimonious parting, Keith Olbermann and ESPN are putting on happy faces for their highly anticipated reunion, the premiere on Monday of “Olbermann” on ESPN2, the spinoff channel that Mr. Olbermann helped start, falteringly, in 1993.
New York Times:
College Football's Most Dominant Player?  It's ESPN  —  The nation's annual rite of mayhem and pageantry known as the college football season begins this week, and Saturday will feature back-to-back-to-back marquee matchups.  At the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, last year's national champions …
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Obama, Holder, journalists, and their sources.  —  In October, DreamWorks plans to release “The Fifth Estate,” an international thriller about WikiLeaks.  The director is Bill Condon, who made two of the “Twilight” vampire movies; Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange.
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Press Gazette:
Fleet Street rivals may not like The Guardian, but they should care about attacks on individual and press freedom  —  Miranda, left, and Greenwald.  Photograph by  —  The Guardian has never been the most popular player in the Fleet Street squad.  The wiry leftwinger is capable …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix executive upends Hollywood  —  A scene from “Lillyhammer,” Netflix's first original series, is projected behind Ted Sarandos, the company's chief content officer.  Sarandos says ratings are irrelevant for a company that neither courts advertisers nor collects fees for cable or satellite TV subscribers.
Discussion: @netflix
Maggie Lange / Gawker:
Leave Easter Eggs Out of My Books, Please  —  Marisha Pessl's new 600-page thriller Night Film centers on a fictional recluse named Stanislas Cordova, who made films so horrifically, soul-destroyingly evil they were effectively banned in the U.S. When his beautiful young daughter mysteriously dies …
Discussion: @gawker
Damien Walter / Guardian:
Who owns the networked future of reading?  —  The Readmill app shows how in future readers will be able to share their marginalia with others - and authors.  But will corporate moneymaking come to dominate?  —  Some years ago, I stumbled on a battered copy of The Silence of the Lambs in a train carriage.
Plagiarism or coincidence?  Writer, WSJ square off  —  In late July, Daniel Flynn, a conservative author and columnist, submitted an essay to the Wall Street Journal's Weekend Review called “The War on Football,” which laid out the case against banning the sport at the youth level.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography  —  On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.  —  He had just one meeting to go.  —  That meeting was a board meeting …
Ilya Somin / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Political Ignorance and the Weakness of Consumer Demand for “Hard News”  —  Media writer Jack Shafer and economics columnist Megan McArdle have interesting pieces discussing the weakness of the market for “hard news.”  Shafer notes that producing “hard news” has never been very profitable …
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