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4:15 PM ET, August 16, 2014

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Byron Tau / Politico:
Ferguson rioters harass, threaten reporters  —  FERGUSON, Missouri — Reporters trying to cover the renewed chaos in this town faced a new threat on Friday: the demonstrators themselves.  —  Print, video and photo-journalists were all repeatedly and aggressively threatened and harassed …
Discussion: @jtierney6 and @byrontau
Edward Schumacher-Matos / NPR Ombudsman:
NPR responds to Greenwald's criticism: error was made on deadline, “no intention to deceive”  —  Attacking NPR As A Shill For Government Intelligence  —  Glenn Greenwald has denounced an NPR story as an “indisputable case of journalistic malpractice and deceit.”  —  Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Discussion: @andrewdfish and @the_intercept
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
48 news orgs send letter protesting ‘lack of information’ in Ferguson  —  Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press  —  On Friday, 48 media organizations signed a letter to the Ferguson, Missouri chief of police, the St. Louis County chief of police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol …
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases  —  The Internet may be losing the war against trolls.  At the very least, it isn't winning.  And unless social networks, media sites and governments come up with some innovative way of defeating online troublemakers, the digital world will never be free of the trolls' collective sway.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Why a Young Writer Secretly Deleted Her Own BuzzFeed Post  —  As I wrote earlier, BuzzFeed has been taking heat for deleting thousands of old posts earlier this year without telling anyone.  (Gawker's J.K. Trotter was the first to report on the purge.)  The site's founder and CEO …
Bloomberg:
Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera Over $500 Million Current TV Deal  —  Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore sued Al Jazeera, the satellite network controlled by the Qatari royal family, over a $500 million deal to purchase his network, Current TV, according to filing in state court in Wilmington, Delaware.
Mónica Guzmán / GeekWire:
Seattle police asked citizens to watch what they tweet, raising free speech questions  —  The problem with the police's plea to ‘Tweet Smart’  —  Considering this week's events in Ferguson, Missouri, isn't it smartest for the public to tweet more real-time police activity in some emergencies, not less?
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Telegraph “Forgets” Its Own Stories Documenting Google “Right To Be Forgotten” Removals  —  Newspaper pulls recent articles intended to “keep alive” other stories that were removed from Google in the EU.  —  The Daily Telegraph's recent campaign to document all its stories that have been removed …
Discussion: The Drum, @jeffjarvis and Telegraph
Selena Larson / ReadWrite:
Medium adds public follower and following lists to profile pages, catching users off guard  —  In Exposing Followers, Medium Fails Readers  —  If Medium wants to turn itself into a respectable publisher, it probably shouldn't behave like a social network.
Discussion: @txvoodoo, Medium and @counternotions, Thanks:@owenthomas
Scott Dadich / Wired:
The story behind Wired's photo session with Edward Snowden and an American flag  —  Call Me Ed: A Day With Edward Snowden  —  I was in a Russian hotel room, waiting for the biggest photo shoot of my life.  My suite's blackout curtains were drawn, the better to conceal …
Anne L. Kim / Roll Call:
FCC Extends Deadline for Second Round of Net Neutrality Comments  —  People looking to file net neutrality reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission will have a few extra days to do so.  In a public notice, the FCC announced that the deadline for filing the second round of comments …
 
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Former BitInstant CEO Charlie Shrem gets two years in prison for Silk Road money laundering

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Chrome Security Team Considers Marking All HTTP Pages As ‘Non-Secure’

 
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