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9:25 AM ET, August 25, 2014

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Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Peter Theo Curtis, Abducted by Nusra Front in 2012, Is Released  —  An American journalist held captive for nearly two years by Al Qaeda's official branch in Syria has been freed, according to a representative of the journalist's family and a report on Sunday by the Al Jazeera network.
Edmund Lee / Re/code:
New York Times's Digital Subscription Growth Story May Be Ending  —  The New York Times has bet on digital subscriptions to play a central role in its long-term future.  But while selling access to the paper's Web and mobile versions was an initial hit, growth is slowing …
Discussion: @pkafka
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Following layoffs memo, Jeff Zucker tells CNN employees they need to “do less and do it with less”  —  CNN chief: News operation will do less with less  —  CNN chief Jeff Zucker recently shared not so encouraging words with some of the news operation's employees, many of whom have been bracing for potential jobs cuts.
Fox News:
US, UK eye rapper as British-born militant who beheaded journalist James Foley  —  American and British intelligence officials are eyeing a British-born rapper as the militant who beheaded journalist James Foley.  —  A senior Western intelligence official told Fox News that 23-year-old …
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Guardian and St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial pages are teaming up for Ferguson coverage
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Time Inc. Faces a Looming Existential Magazine Deadline  —  What should a magazine company be now?  The most storied one in America has to come up with an answer fast.  —  In the 92 years since Henry Luce co-founded Time Inc., there have been just seven journalists to hold the title of editor-in-chief.
David Carr / New York Times:
Its Edge Intact, Vice Is Chasing Hard News  —  In early 2010, I wrote a column about Vice in which Shane Smith, one of the founders, suggested that he and his band of insurgents were building “the next MTV.”  And then there was a promise to become “the next CNN” — outrageous claims at the time …
Discussion: @shaunrandol and @ellenbarrynyt
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Quartz has a new look—and for the first time, a homepage  —  We just shipped version 3.0 of Quartz, which you are looking at right now.  It's our second major redesign in as many years, a rapid pace of reinvention that makes good on our promise to continually evolve and improve on what a purely digital news organization can be.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Vice News sparks debate on engaging younger viewers  —  Traditional broadcasters such as BBC and Channel 4 examine how to attract generation focused on YouTube and social media  —  Vice News report on The Islamic State has attracted more than 2.5m views on YouTube
Discussion: @eelcoromeijn
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
ScrollMotion VP: tablet magazines were flawed; pubs should build in utility, customization  —  “The tablet magazine has been flawed from the start”  —  Magazine publishers have a tablet problem.  According to one designer, they always have.  Four years after Apple introduced the iPad, tablet apps are stagnating.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Upworthy's Traffic Goes Lower, but Revenue Is Climbing  —  The last time we checked in on Upworthy, the viral Web-sharing startup, we found that its traffic was sagging.  Not a big deal, said CEO Eli Pariser: The company was training more people to find stuff to share, so it hadn't spent as much time sharing stuff.
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Why journalists from NYT and BuzzFeed published raw data from Ferguson reporting on GitHub  —  Thoughts on recent dataset postings from BuzzFeed and the New York Times  —  Thoughts on recent dataset postings from BuzzFeed and the New York Times  —  Last Friday, the New York Times published …
 
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