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7:55 AM ET, August 23, 2012

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Katherine Rushton / The Daily Telegraph:
The reign of Elisabeth, a different kind of Murdoch?  —  The spectacular decline of News Corporation over the past year has focused attention on two Murdochs above all others: Rupert, the belligerent 81 year-old media chief who has spent 60 years building the business, and his son James …
Discussion: Reuters
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Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Harriet Harman calls for cross-party action to limit Murdochs' power in UK  —  Labour's deputy leader has called on politicians of all political parties to work together to legislate for the breakup of the Murdoch family's media empire in the UK on the eve of a keynote speech …
Discussion: Deadline.com and Scotsman
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Longreads offers some exclusive content to paying members  —  Longform journalism site Longreads, which curates long stories from around the web that are “best enjoyed away from your desk,” has started offering paying members “exclusive access to stories that aren't available anywhere else on the web …
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Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:   How long-form journalism is getting ‘a new lease of life’ in the digital world
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Google lashes out at German copyright ‘threat’  —  Google has launched a broadside against a proposed law in Germany that would see search engines forced to pay license fees for linking people to news stories.  —  Well, actually that's slightly inaccurate: the draft law would make search engines pay …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Limited Convention Coverage Will Leave Ann Romney Off Air  —  At 10:30 on Monday night, Ann Romney is scheduled to take the stage at the Republican National Convention, in Act 1 of her husband's four-day introduction to the nation.  But tens of millions of people will not be able to watch.
Miranda Maxwell / Reuters:
Australia's Fairfax slashes newspaper values by almost $3 billion  —  (Reuters) - Australian publisher Fairfax Media (FXJ.AX) slashed the value of its newspaper titles by almost $3 billion on Thursday, as it posted a steep fall in profit and said it saw no early turnaround in the worst advertising conditions in more than 30 years.
Adriana Lopez / Forbes:
‘Super PAC App’ Shazams The Truth Out Of Political Ads  —  As more and more political advertisements start to ambush your evening television viewing bliss, do you ever wish that each one would include a BS barometer?  —  Well, I am glad you asked, because there is now an app for that.  Kind of.
Jack Shafer / Reuters:
Column: Barry Diller's deal of the day  —  Barry Diller runs his company, IAC, like a used-car dealership.  That comparison is meant to disparage neither Diller nor used-car lots but to capture the shark-toothed, high-velocity, unsentimental manner in which Diller conducts business.
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Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Japanese Journalist's Final Report From Syria Is Released After Her Death  —  Two days after the Japanese journalist Mika Yamamoto was shot and killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo, her news agency released some of the footage she recorded in her final hours.
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The Daily Telegraph:
Husband of Japanese journalist killed in Syria speaks of attack
Guardian:
Syria: footage released of journalist Mika Yamamoto's final hours - video
Discussion: Reuters and The Huffington Post
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Tumblr 'truly disappointed by Twitter's decision' to block friend-finding on the blogging service  —  Tumblr is the latest company to respond to the strict guidelines found in Twitter's new API terms.  As spotted by Matt Buchanan, the site just abruptly removed Twitter from its …
Discussion: CNET
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newsweek's Barnett to head TNR redesign  —  Continuing its ongoing reinvention under new ownership, The New Republic has hired Newsweek creative director Dick Barnett to lead the magazine's redesign, POLITICO has learned.  —  Barnett's hire comes amid a hiring spree at TNR …
Shen Hong / Wall Street Journal:
Website of People's Daily Doubles Profit  —  SHANGHAI—Apparently, touting the Communist Party line can be good for business.  —  People.cn Co., the website of the Chinese Communist Party's flagship newspaper, the People's Daily, more than doubled its first-half net profit …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Abramson 5th on Forbes ‘Power Women’ list  —  New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson ranks fifth in this year's Forbes list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.  —  “In year one as the first woman at the top of the New York Times masthead, Jill Abramson has shuffled senior editorial staff …
Eduardo Garcia / Reuters:
Ecuador's leader says open to talks with Britain on Assange  —  (Reuters) - Ecuador is ready to negotiate over the fate of Julian Assange if Britain withdraws a threat to raid its embassy in London where the WikiLeaks founder has sought refuge, President Rafael Correa said on Tuesday.
Discussion: Guardian
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Spiers' last issue of ‘The New York Observer’
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Mike Sallah joins Washington Post as first hire with Ford Foundation money
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Martin Hickman / The Independent:
Names of up to 600 victims of phone hacking to be revealed
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Second board member resigns from Red & Black
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Donations by Media Companies Tilt Heavily to Obama
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite and Business Insider
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Tina Brown stands by Niall Ferguson
Discussion: Forbes, Mediaite, Slate and FishbowlNY