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9:40 AM ET, July 6, 2014

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Robert Israel / The Content Standard:
Walt Mossberg of Re/code: Reimagining Tech Journalism  —  Walt Mossberg, whose tech journalism beat for The Wall Street Journal introduced readers to Bill Gates, George Lucas, the late Steve Jobs, and many other technology innovators, evolved after he had worked at the newspaper for many years.
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Byliner gone bad and the business of longform journalism on the web  —  On Christmas Eve Day in 2012, I sat in a Starbucks and wrote an enthusiastic post about why it had been the year of the e-single.  E-singles — works of journalism between 3,000 to 15,000 words, usually nonfiction and sold …
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Deron Lee / Columbia Journalism Review:
Even while facing layoffs, a reporter's work helped change public-records law in Kansas  —  This Kansas City reporter was laid off twice in a year—but her work has just helped change a state law  —  A long-sought open-records victory is also a personal redemption story
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
John Oliver and HBO shake up TV's comedy-news genre by incorporating investigative journalism  —  How John Oliver and HBO Shattered TV's Comedy-News Format  —  Analysis: By adding a hint of investigative journalism, ‘Last Week Tonight’ is coming up with story segments that in some cases are longer than those on ‘60 Minutes’
Ian Johnson / New York Times:
Semiprivate social network WeChat eclipses public network Weibo as Chinese censors crack down  —  An Online Shift in China Muffles an Open Forum  —  BEIJING — For the past few years, social media in China has been dominated by the Twitter-like Sina Weibo, a microblogging service that created …
Discussion: @dkroy
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Carol Loomis, Editor for Warren Buffett, Leaves Job After 60 Years  —  In January 1954, a bright-eyed 24-year-old from Cole Camp, Mo., walked into Fortune magazine's offices at Rockefeller Center.  Armed with a college journalism degree and work experience writing for a Maytag company magazine …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The EU's Right To Be Forgotten Is A Mess & How Google's Making It Worse  —  “The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” the saying goes.  There are plenty of good intentions with the EU's Right To Be Forgotten mandate, as well as Google's attempt to meet new obligations under it.
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Jodie Ginsberg / Index on Censorship:
Right to be forgotten: A poor ruling, clumsily implemented
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Andy Coulson jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to hack phones  —  Sentencing of former News of the World executives over phone hacking shows no one is above the law, says David Cameron  —  The disgraced former No 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson has been jailed for 18 months for plotting …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
More News of the World staff may face phone-hacking charges
Discussion: @themurdochtimes
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez / Foreign Policy:
Sharing the Pain: A Cuban and a Venezuelan Compare Notes  —  I first met Yoani Sánchez, Cuba's most famous blogger (and occasional FP contributor), at an event hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  When I mentioned that I write for a Venezuelan newspaper, she smiled: “I never quite know what to say to Venezuelans.
Yasha Levine / PandoDaily:
The Fog of Twitter: Ukraine's civil war and the limits of social news gathering  —  Just in case you missed it, there's a real f**king civil war raging in Eastern Ukraine.  On July 2, a day after newly elected billionaire President Petro Poroshenko called off a ceasefire …
Noor Mattar / Global Voices:
Bahraini Satirist Blogger Takrooz Arrested  —  The Bahrain Ministry of Interior announced the arrest of yet another netizen, who reportedly faces accusations of “inciting hatred against the regime.”  —  The satirist mirco-blogger, nicknamed Takrooz, was arrested at the Bahrain International Airport …
Discussion: Gulf Daily News
Associated Press:
Myanmar journalist freed after sentence reduced  —  YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A journalist and his assistant who were imprisoned for filming inside a government office were freed Friday after an appeals court reduced their sentences from one year to three months.
 
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