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8:00 PM ET, August 21, 2014

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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 …
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Ryanschuessler / Ryan L. Schuessler:
Flood of cameras, appalling media behavior in Ferguson spur freelancer to opt out of spectacle  —  I will not be returning to Ferguson  —  I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America** cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week.
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Amanda Meade / Guardian:
News Corp Australia defends use of James Foley beheading images  —  Julian Clarke tells forum ‘hiding the brutal reality’ is in no one's interest, despite family requests for the images not to be used  —  The chief executive of News Corp Australia has defended the decision to publish …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Why it's smart of the HuffPo to partner with Beacon Reader in crowdfunding a reporter  —  The Huffington Post has sparked a backlash by partnering with Beacon Reader to crowdfund a reporting fellowship in Ferguson, Mo. — but the project is actually a smart way to experiment …
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Huffington Post teams up with Beacon Reader to fund a local journalist reporting in Ferguson for a year
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 …
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Photojournalist held in Iran is released on bail, but Washington Post reporter still held  —  A photojournalist arrested in Iran alongside Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife was released on bail Wednesday, a family source said.  —  Separately, the State Department …
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 …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Wikipedia blocks edits from Congressional IP address again after edits from “obvious transphobe”  —  ‘Orange is the New Black’ fight sparks new House Wikipedia ban  —  For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Forecast: Tumblr Will Grow 25% In 2014, But It's Slowing Down  —  Yahoo paid about the same price for Tumblr, around $1 billion, as Facebook did when it acquired Instagram, and the two had similar numbers of users at the time of acquisition, in the realm of 30 million.
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: The Verge, @joshsternberg 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 …
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
 
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