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2:35 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.”
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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 …
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.
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 and Popular Mechanics
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
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.
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
eMarketer and Newsroom Posts:
Paying for Digital Content Still Not the Norm in the UK  —  Majority of UK internet users get digital content for free  —  There is no such thing as a free lunch, as the saying goes.  However, as consumers have been moving their content consumption habits from the physical to the digital realm …
 
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AAP:
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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
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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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