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5:20 PM ET, August 21, 2014

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James Ball / Guardian:
Twitter's claim to be just a platform, and not a publisher, is suspect if it censors images and videos  —  Twitter: from free speech champion to selective censor?  —  By acting on footage of James Foley's murder, Twitter has taken responsibility in a way it hasn't over abuse and threats.
Tom Risen / US News:
James Foley and Syria's News Repression  —  Syria was ranked the most dangerous nation for journalists like Foley, who was kidnapped and murdered.  —  Journalist James Foley rests at a Libyan airport in 2011.  Foley was later captured in Syria, which one press freedom group has deemed …
Discussion: @usnews and @abeaujon
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U.S. staged secret Syria operation in failed bid to rescue Foley, other journalists, hostages
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
A Ferguson Story on ‘Conflicting Accounts’ Seems to Say ‘Trust Us’  —  Want an object lesson in the problems of dubious equivalency and anonymous sources?  —  Look no further than Wednesday's Times, where a highly fraught question — precisely how, in Ferguson, Mo., a black teenager …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Huffington Post teams up with Beacon Reader to fund a local journalist reporting in Ferguson for a year  —  The Huffington Post Is Not Leaving Ferguson  —  What happens in Ferguson and the St. Louis metro area the day after everybody leaves?  —  It's a question on the minds of nearly every resident …
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Why it's smart of the HuffPo to partner with Beacon Reader in crowdfunding a reporter
Discussion: @sandersak and FishbowlDC
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
Thomson Reuters emails Indian digital publisher Medianama: we'll take your articles if you don't tell us not to  —  Thomson Reuters: we'll take your articles if you don't tell us not to  —  We received a email from Thomson Reuters last evening, informing us that unless we write …
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Comcast to launch ‘Xfinity on Campus’, IP-based video service targeted at college students  —  Comcast: ‘Xfinity On Campus’ Is Open For Business  —  Several Schools On Board For IP-Based Multiscreen Offering  —  Following an extensive trial period, Comcast said it has moved forward …
Discussion: AdAge, Forbes, The Verge, Variety and Engadget
Lockhart Steele / The Verge:
Vox's Lockhart Steele commits to blogging again, hints at turning Chorus CMS into platform  —  The retro-futuristic future of blogging  —  I've been thinking about ecosystems lately.  As we're digging deeper into YouTube at Vox Media, I'm coming to appreciate the ways YouTube personalities interact …
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
AdDetector plugin detects native advertising on sites like BuzzFeed and the New York Times  —  Meet AdDetector — The New Plug-In That Labels Native Advertising  —  A week-old browser plug-in may have helped solve native advertising's labeling problem.  The service, AdDetector …
Discussion: @joshsternberg, The Verge and Engadget
Kim Williams / Sydney Morning Herald:
Former CEO Kim Williams calls News Corp leaks a festival of vengeance  —  During my time at News Corporation there were frequent frustrating leaks, much like the one this week, a comprehensive set of numbers on the company's Australian enterprises.  —  The leak, published in Crikey …
Discussion: @cjoye, @gay_alcorn and Guardian
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Nic Christensen / mUmBRELLA:
Crikey agrees to destroy copies of leaked News Corp financial statements
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Conde Nast Media Group Names Vanity Fair Publisher Edward Menicheschi CMO and President  —  Condé Nast Media Group has named Vanity Fair publisher Edward Menicheschi its chief marketing officer and president.  He will succeed Lou Cona, who in April 2013 was named the company's president and chief revenue officer.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
SoundCloud to incorporate ads, allow artists to collect royalties, prepares to introduce paid subscriptions  —  Popular and Free, SoundCloud Is Now Ready for Ads  —  SoundCloud is the ubiquitous wild child of the digital music world.  Without paying artists or record companies …
Carolyn Giardina / Hollywood Reporter:
Jaunt Aims to Kick-Start Hollywood Virtual Reality With $27.8 Million in New Funding  —  “We think over next few years, as the technology becomes available, virtual reality will see mass adoption,” says co-founder Jens Christensen  —  Jaunt — a Palo Alto-based startup that is developing hardware …
 
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