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7:15 PM ET, August 3, 2015


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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Police drop charges against 2 journalists arrested in Ferguson  —  American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri  —  On Monday, the ACLU of Missouri announced that journalists Trey Yingst and Bilgin amaz will not face charges by St. Louis County Police.  Both were arrested while reporting from Ferguson, Missouri.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Trey Yingst, journalist arrested in Ferguson, wins $8.5K settlement from St. Louis County, has all charges against him dropped  —  Trey Yingst, Journalist Arrested In Ferguson, Wins Settlement From St. Louis County  —  “The whole police report was basically made up.”
Discussion: @ryanjreilly and @maggiejordanacn
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Vice's new channel will not be a ‘pink ghetto’, editor-in-chief insists  —  Broadly will focus on issues mainstream media fails to cover adequately such as abortion and LGBT rights, says Tracie Egan Morrissey  —  Vice's new channel Broadly won't be a “pink ghetto” catering only to women …
Discussion: @alexbarinka and @hello_ninajoyce
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter adds experimental News tab in Android and iOS apps, with tweets from pre-approved publishers  —  Twitter Experiments With A ‘News’ Tab  —  Twitter wants to make its best stuff easier to find.  —  Starting today, some U.S. Twitter users will see a News tab appear in their Twitter apps.
Hank Green / Medium:
YouTube vlogger Hank Green accuses Facebook of distorting video viewing figures, hosting and encouraging stolen content  —  Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video  —  Facebook says it's now streaming more video than YouTube.  To be able to make that claim, all they had to do was cheat, lie, and steal.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Investors, including The Daily Mail, purchase Tiger Beat magazine for $2M, plan to revive it  —  Tiger Beat Magazine Is Revived With a New Vision  —  Tiger Beat, the magazine whose flattering photographs of young pop stars and actors made it a favorite of teenage girls, has found its Prince Charming.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Chernin/AT&T joint venture Otter Media rebranding as Ellation, with new goal to build 30 to 50 paid niche video channels  —  Chernin, AT&T Set Brand for New Online Video Venture: Ellation (Exclusive)  —  Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
How AJ+ embraces Facebook, autoplay, and comments to make its videos stand out  —  It's been a year since AJ+, Al Jazeera's bet on a mobile-centric future, debuted.  AJ+ eschews a news website in favor of an app and focuses heavily on video, and its strategy for audience growth is dependent on social media.
Gurman Bhatia / Poynter:
How a 17-year-old Daily Dot reporter, William Turton, broke the New York Magazine cyber attack story  —  Meet the 17-year-old who breaks cybersecurity news  —  William Turton was transcribing interviews at The Daily Dot office when he got the information that Planned Parenthood's website had been hacked.
Duncan Campbell / The Intercept:
British security journalist Duncan Campbell on being charged with espionage and his struggles reporting on agencies like GCHQ  —  My Life Unmasking British Eavesdroppers  —  I STEPPED FROM the warmth of our source's London flat.  That February night in 1977, the air was damp and cool …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Jason Fine, editor of Men's Health, will succeed Will Dana as managing editor of Rolling Stone  —  Rolling Stone Appoints a New Managing Editor  —  Jason Fine, the editor of Men's Journal, will take over as the managing editor of Rolling Stone as part of what the magazine's publisher, Jann S. Wenner, described as a “shake-up.”
David Ingram / Reuters:
Appeals court in District of Columbia will hear oral arguments in lawsuits challenging net neutrality on Dec. 4  —  U.S. court to hear lawsuits over ‘net neutrality’ in December  —  A U.S. appeals court will hear oral arguments on Dec. 4 in lawsuits that challenge the Federal Communications Commission's …
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