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9:55 PM ET, June 23, 2013


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
You Don't Have To Like Edward Snowden  —  Reporters have always been comfortable ignoring their sources' motives.  Now everybody else needs to get used to that. … One of the most difficult features of the new news environment is that everybody gets to see the utter mess of the early hours …
Snowden on the run, seeks asylum in Ecuador  —  Moscow (CNN) — Ex-National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has asked for asylum in Ecuador, the South American country's foreign ministry announced Sunday as the United States urged countries to rebuff the leaker.
The Huffington Post:
David Gregory To Glenn Greenwald: 'Why Shouldn't You Be Charged With A Crime?'  (VIDEO)  —  “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked columnist Glenn Greenwald why he shouldn't be charged with a crime for working with NSA leaker Edward Snowden.  —  Greenwald, who was on to discuss Snowden's …
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Ecuador, Where Edward Snowden Seeks Asylum, Is No Utopia For Journalists  —  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is bound for the sunnier skies of Ecuador, on this whirlwind tour of countries semi-hostile to the United States.  While Ecuador has been a safe haven for world-class leakers in the past …
Discussion: ZDNet, Guardian, Reuters, Mediaite and Forbes
New York Times:
Hulu, Seeking a Buyer, May Shift Course  —  This year Hulu reached a milestone: viewers streamed more than one billion videos on the site in a single three-month period.  —  But the valedictory lap did not last long.  Even as the number of views were adding up, so were concerns within the company about the site's future.
David Carr / New York Times:
British Invasion Reshuffles U.S. Media  —  On Thursday night, the host of “The Daily Show” riffed on Paula Deen's liberal use of both butter and racial slurs, chatted about journalism with Tom Brokaw and parodied the gangster code of honor that has been in the news in the Whitey Bulger trial.
Sarah Darville / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Seeking an ocean of audience: Honolulu Civil Beat partners with Huffington Post to seek new revenue streams  —  When Honolulu Civil Beat launched three years ago, it took some contrarian stands.  At a time when many civic-minded journalism startups were filing for nonprofit status, Civil Beat bet on succeeding as a for-profit.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In sports writing, the action's moved away from columns  —  At Grantland, Bryan Curtis writes about the slow decline of The New York Times' Sports of the Times column.  But more than one column in one newspaper, Curtis is really writing about a broader shift in what content is valuable in an online age.
Discussion: Grantland
Evelyn M. Rusli / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook, With a Focus on Mobile, Works on Project for News Via Users  —  Facebook Inc. is aiming to become a newspaper for mobile devices.  —  The social network has been quietly working on a service, internally called Reader, that displays content from Facebook users and publishers …
Discussion: The Verge and Digits
Jeff Stein / AND Magazine:
DC writer David Morrison's star burned bright and fast  —  The word, “heroic” has been tossed around so indiscriminately since 9/11 that it's long since lost its head-swiveling punch.  But if we can apply it to wounded soldiers and cancer battlers, surely we can devote a small measure …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Rachel McAthy /
Drone journalism - The opportunities, risks and challenges  —  In a series of presentations on drone journalism at the Global Editors Network, news outlets share their early experiences, and experiments, of using drones in the news space  —  Copyright: By Don McCullough on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Respond to this: The Boston Globe wants to offer iPhone users a native app and a cheap price  —  In the debate over native apps versus mobile websites, The Boston Globe is officially hedging its bets.  And in the how-much-to-charge paywall debate, it's going surprisingly low.
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Mat Honan / Wired:
Inside Digg's Race to Build the New Google Reader
Discussion: AllThingsD
Wall Street Journal:
Data Group Ends Peeks After Leaks
Discussion: Business Insider
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic Online:
An Egyptian Journalist's Nightmare
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Tribune Falls Afoul of Its Own Tax Strategy
Discussion: LA Observed
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Cord cutters alert: 60 million Americans now use an antenna to watch free TV
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
 Earlier Picks: 
Marianne Brown / Voice of America:
Vietnam Urged to Release Bloggers on Journalism Day
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Disappointing Fall for ‘Rock Center,’ a News Program With Big Ambitions
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TVNewser
Christie Smythe / Bloomberg:
Gawker's Unpaid Interns Sue After Fox Searchlight Ruling
Noreen Malone / New Republic:
Sources of Discomfort  —  National security reporting in the age of leak hunts
Discussion: Poynter and