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5:15 PM ET, June 22, 2013


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
U.S. charges Snowden with espionage  —  Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain …
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
On the Espionage Act charges against Edward Snowden |  Glenn Greenwald  —  Who is actually bringing ‘injury to America’: those who are secretly building a massive surveillance system or those who inform citizens that it's being done?  —  The US government has charged Edward Snowden with three felonies …
Discussion: Techdirt, Forbes, The FJP and Gawker
Philip Bump / The Atlantic Wire:
Army: Freedom of Information Does Not Include Edward Snowden's Military File  —  A Freedom of Information Act request from The Atlantic Wire for the military records of Edward Snowden was “withheld in its entirety” by the Department of the Army.  Despite the public value of better understanding …
Discussion: BBC
Noreen Malone / New Republic:
Sources of Discomfort  —  National security reporting in the age of leak hunts
Discussion: Poynter
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
The Guardian Responds To Sen. McCaskill's Charge Of Promoting ‘Agenda’ Through NSA Reporting
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Politico
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Edward Snowden isn't determining order of leaks, reporters say
David Goetzl /
NSA Snooping Could Impact Media Research
Discussion: Guardian, Reuters and CNET
Wall Street Journal:
Data Group Ends Peeks After Leaks  —  WASHINGTON—A private-sector group that produces a leading consumer-confidence survey is suspending its practice of giving media organizations an early preview because it fears the information may be leaking to traders before the public.
Discussion: Business Insider
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Makes Google News In Germany Opt-In Only To Avoid Paying Fees Under New Copyright Law  —  Google News in Germany will soon change.  Starting August 1, it will only index sources that have decided to explicitly opt-in to being shown on the search giant's news-aggregation service.
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic Online:
An Egyptian Journalist's Nightmare  —  The ordeal of Yehia Ghanem, who was convicted in Egypt's notorious NGO trial.  —  In a long and distinguished career in Egyptian journalism, Yehia Ghanem has been a foreign correspondent and an editor for Al-Ahram, the country's most respected newspaper.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Disappointing Fall for ‘Rock Center,’ a News Program With Big Ambitions  —  If “Rock Center With Brian Williams” has proved anything in the last year and a half, it is this: However hard it is to gather an audience for any kind of show in prime time, for news programming, the task is even harder.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TVNewser
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Cord cutters alert: 60 million Americans now use an antenna to watch free TV  —  Antennas aren't just for grandma's boob tube anymore: 19.3 percent of all US TV households get their TV fix from free over-the-air broadcasts, according to a new GfK study released this week.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Christie Smythe / Bloomberg:
Gawker's Unpaid Interns Sue After Fox Searchlight Ruling  —  Gawker Media LLC was sued by unpaid interns who allege the online publisher violated minimum-wage law, 10 days after a federal judge ruled in a similar case that interns at Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc. should have been paid.
Marianne Brown / Voice of America:
Vietnam Urged to Release Bloggers on Journalism Day  —  HANOI — While journalists working for Vietnam's state-run media are receiving gifts for Revolutionary Journalism Day, bloggers and Internet activists are not so lucky.  The Vietnamese government seems eager to celebrate the role …
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Tribune Falls Afoul of Its Own Tax Strategy  —  It was perhaps the cleverest corporate tax strategy ever devised: no matter how much money the company made, neither it nor its shareholders would ever owe a penny in federal income taxes.  —  “In conception, it was brilliant,” said Robert Willens …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Rolling Stone Publisher Fired: Matt Mastrangelo was there 3 years  —  Jann Wenner has dismissed the publisher of his flagship Rolling Stone, Matt Mastrangelo.  Mastrangelo had been in the position for three years (12 years in all at Wenner Media), and first-quarter ad pages were up 17 percent year-over-year to 190.
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Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
AOL is launching a Google Reader replacement Monday: ‘All your favorite websites, in one place’
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
High-Ranking Washington Post Editor Considering Government Job
Discussion: @johnrussell99
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Mary Ann Milbourn / Orange County Register:
Register owner starts naming rights unit
Discussion: LA Observed
Howard Sherman / Monkey See:
AP Kills Off-Broadway, Opera, Dance Reviews: Will It Hurt The Arts?
Discussion: and Poynter