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3:05 PM ET, August 27, 2014

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Tom A. Peter / The New Republic:
I Was Kidnapped While Reporting in Syria.  The Risk Wasn't Worth It.  —  About a year and a half ago, I found myself in the living room of a luxury condominium overlooking a beach in Naples, Florida.  I'd been reporting in the Middle East, and, for the first time in two years, had returned home to the U.S. for a visit.
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Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
James Foley's Murder Highlights The Risks Freelance Journalists Take  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all had one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title “freelance journalist.”
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing  —  Some argue that the rise of the internet has destroyed — or severely crippled — journalism, but all it has really done is disrupted traditional mass-media business models.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
A new report looks for lessons in successful (and unsuccessful) Knight News Challenge winners  —  What makes a media innovation project succeed?  —  That's the question the Knight Foundation has been asking about perhaps the most prominent program supporting media innovation, the Knight News Challenge.
Capital New York:
The Atlantic's senior editor Derek Thompson talks business models for news  —  The 60-second interview: Derek Thompson, senior editor, The Atlantic  —  CAPITAL: In an article about the 2014 newspaper purge, you write about the diversity of business models of journalism.
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Nikki Finke Outed in New Video, Photos Amid Legal Settlement Talks  —  “GOTJA!” says the Committee for Decency in Journalism, an anonymous group that has launched NikkiStink.com  —  In perhaps the most bizarre chapter of the Nikki Finke saga, photos and video of the famously camera-shy Hollywood journalist …
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
London Times playing typewriter sounds in newsroom “to increase energy levels and help reporters to hit deadlines”  —  The Times' newsroom set to ring with the sounds of typewriters once more  —  Almost as if the digital revolution never happened, the newsroom …
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
MIT Students Can Get ‘Credit for Reddit’  —  Judging by just how crazy popular the site is, lots of college students spend lots of time fooling around on Reddit.  But now, at MIT, students can actually get credit for studying the site in a new class that's been dubbed “Credit for Reddit” by its instructor.
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Hostage's mother makes emotional plea to Islamic State for the release of her son, Steven Sotloff  —  The mother of Steven J. Sotloff, an American journalist who was captured last year by the Islamic State, has made a video plea to the head of the terrorist organization asking for her son's release.
Discussion: New York Times and USA Today
Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US  —  Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US … BOSTON (AP) — Journalist Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the United States on Tuesday, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months, his family said.
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Bob Sauerberg looking likely successor to Chuck Townsend as Condé Nast CEO  —  The summer of Sauerberg  —  Condé Nast has had a busy summer, with a shakeup of its senior management ranks, the spinoff of Lucky magazine and the sale of Women's Wear Daily and other fashion …
Discussion: MediaWire Daily
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Pandora launches on Google Glass with voice controls and sound via earbuds or bone-conduction  —  Pandora's Google Glass app puts music right into your bones  —  Web's top radio service launches app for Google's wearable computer, letting owners pick stations with voice commands and listen through earbuds or bone-conduction feature.
Discussion: Gigaom, Mashable and Popular Mechanics
John McDuling / Quartz:
Rdio's secret weapon in the streaming wars may be country music  —  In case you didn't notice, there is an epic battle brewing over how you listen to music, between the titans of the tech world like Apple, Google and Amazon, and streaming-music companies like Spotify and Pandora Media.
Discussion: @saralerner
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
T-Mobile ‘Music Freedom’ adds limitless data for Songza, Rdio, Grooveshark, & others  —  Above: T-Mobile at the 2014 International CES.  —  Hoping to keep itself more competitive than rival carriers, T-Mobile today added a handful of new services to its “Music Freedom” program.
 
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Matthew Flamm / Media & Entertainment:
Advertising to grow 4.9% in 2015; digital media ad spend to overtake TV by 2017
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AAP:
Nine and Fairfax announce $100M partnership on new SVOD service StreamCO for Australia
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
From Silicon Valley, Media Startup Ozy.com Vies for Adland's Attention
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Mike Reynolds / Multichannel News:
Verizon FiOS Joins SEC Network Carriage Team
Discussion: Verizon and PR Newswire
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Apple TV trots out Showtime Anytime app
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks and co-defendants try to recoup £20m in hacking trial costs
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