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4:30 PM ET, June 30, 2014

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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
AP will use robots to write some business stories  —  AP will announce Monday that it plans to use automation technology from a company called Automated Insights to produce stories about earnings reports.  The software means that “instead of providing 300 stories manually …
Rene Stutzman / Orlando Sentinel:
Judge throws out George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC  —  A Sanford judge today put an end to George Zimmerman's libel suit against NBC Universal.  Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled that the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer is entitled to no money from the media giant.
Adam Sherwin / The Independent:
Google Glass to be banned from all UK cinemas  —  If you've just acquired a Google Glass headset for £1,000, don't show it off at the movies.  UK cinemas are to ban the headsets over fears that the gadgets can be used to make pirate copies of Hollywood blockbusters.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Supreme Court Declines to Review Case Over Ads on Public TV  —  A law restricting advertising on public television will remain in place after the Supreme Court refused to review a case in which a San Francisco station challenged its FCC fine for airing messages from a bevy of commercial sponsors.
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Emily Steel / New York Times:
After Supreme Court Ruling, Aereo's Rivals in TV Streaming Seize Opening  —  Mark Ely saw an opportunity, and he took it.  —  The day after the Supreme Court ruled against Aereo in a copyright case brought by the nation's major broadcasters, Mr. Ely was trying to scoop up Aereo customers …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Andy Coulson to face retrial over alleged payments to public officials  —  Ex-News of the World editor and Clive Goodman to be retried after phone-hacking trial failed to reach verdict on two charges  —  Andy Coulson is to face a retrial on charges outstanding from the hacking trial which ended last week.
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Press Gazette:
Coulson, Thurlbeck, Miskiw and Weatherup ‘utterly corrupted’ News of the World, prosecutor tells Old Bailey
Discussion: Guardian
Charles Lewis / Politico:
Why I Left 60 Minutes  —  The big networks say they care about uncovering the truth.  That's not what I saw.  —  Ernest Hemingway famously said that “the most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof s**t detector.  This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.”
David Carr / New York Times:
For Email Newsletters, a Death Greatly Exaggerated  —  Here at the Media Equation, we pride ourselves on keeping our readers abreast of the newest technologies and approaches in reaching audiences.  So it gives us great pleasure to reveal a radical publishing technology that is catching on in news media companies big and small.
Julie Posetti / Mediashift:
In age of surveillance, Alan Rusbridger says journalists can't have confidential sources  —  The Urgent Need to Shield Journalism in the Age of Surveillance  —  The media landscape has been transformed by NSA contractor Edward Snowden's decision to leak a vast cache of documents to select journalists …
Discussion: @pbsmediashift
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CBS Summer of SVOD: Inside Amazon Deal for ‘Under the Dome,’ ‘Extant’  —  Amazon paying nearly $900K per episode for streaming rights to the Eye's serialized dramas, according to source  —  CBS is gearing up for another summer run with Amazon.com to deliver catch-up viewing on episodes of …
Discussion: Forbes
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Fullscreen CEO Is In No Rush to Sell: We're Worth More Than Maker Studios  —  Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos has debated selling his company ever since Disney acquired Maker Studios, YouTube's mega video provider, for $500 million-plus.  That kind of payday is irresistible to investors, and would make Strompolos a very rich man.
Discussion: @dmac1
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
New NPR Chief, Jarl Mohn, Vows to Foster Diversity  —  When Jarl Mohn takes the helm as NPR's chief executive on Tuesday, he will call on lessons learned from public radio in Los Angeles to address what he says is one of NPR's most pressing priorities: increasing its reach into communities of color.
 
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