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6:55 PM ET, July 1, 2013


 Top News: 
Edward Joseph Snowden / WikiLeaks:
Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow  —  One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth.  My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will.
Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times:
Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says  —  MOSCOW — Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. security secrets and is now a fugitive, met Monday morning with Russian diplomatic officials and handed them an appeal to 15 countries …
Reid Pillifant / Capital New York:
Sunday shows: Snowden stalls in Moscow, but Assange says there's ‘no stopping’ his secrets  —  On Sunday morning, even after a week in which the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill and the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the most intriguing guest was Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Nitasha Tiku / Gawker:
New York Times Blogger Demanded Travel and Expenses from Companies  —  A blogger for The New York Times has been requesting thousands of dollars in “expenses” and travel airfare from a public relations firm trying to get its clients covered in the Times, according to emails obtained by Gawker.
Discussion: @lindsaygoldwert
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Who's Winning at Volume in Publishing  —  Winning in digital media now boils down to a simple equation: figure out a way to produce the most content at as low a cost as possible.  —  In recent years, new players like The Huffington Post burst onto the scene by pumping out a dizzying amount of content each day.
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Independent Dish: Six Months In  —  We promised to keep you up to date with the new independent Dish's progress - and six months seems like a good time to summarize.  The current number of subscribers to the Dish now stands at 27,349.  I don't think there's a purely online site …
Discussion: paidContent
Matt Brian / The Verge:
Twitter's new ‘embedded on these websites’ feature helps users discover the story behind a tweet  —  Twitter has begun trialling new features that give users a way to learn more about the tweets that they read.  As noted by security expert Mikko Hypponen, Twitter has enabled a new …
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Why Every Company In TV Is Trying To Merge  —  The three factors behind a massive wave of consolidation.  —  Content is king — which is why seemingly every company that distributes it, from local television stations to cable operators to satellite distributors, is trying to merge.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
U.S. court throws out Google digital books class status  —  (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday said a lawsuit against Google Inc's effort to create the world's largest digital books library should not have been allowed to proceed as a class action.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp reborn as publishing arm targets smartphones  —  Chief executive says company aims to ‘own the second screen’ through deals such as Sun's Premier League highlights service  —  News Corporation, the newly devolved publishing division in Rupert Murdoch's global empire starts …
Bill Mickey / Folio:
TechMedia Network Buys Bestofmedia Group  —  Deal includes Tom's Hardware, Tom's Guide and Tom's IT Pro.  —  TechMedia Network, a group of digital properties for technology and science enthusiasts and professionals, has acquired Bestofmedia Group, publisher of tech and gadget review sites Tom's Hardware, Tom's Guide and Tom's IT Pro.
Discussion: Tech Media Network
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Ericsson beefs up its media services business with the acquisition of Red Bee Media  —  Sweden's Ericsson is doubling down on its digital media business after it announced that it has agreed to buy UK-headquartered Red Bee Media for an undisclosed sum.  —  The acquisition will beef …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Leela de Krester Is Leaving DNAinfo  —  Editorial director and publisher Leela de Krester is leaving, founder Joe Ricketts announced today in an email to staff.  —  “I wanted to let you know about a change at  After 4 years of dedicated work helping to establish the company …
Discussion: Capital New York
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN airs Zimmerman's SSN, phone number  —  CNN appears to have broadcast the social security number and telephone number for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who is suspected of having killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last February.  —  On Monday at 12:16 p.m. ET …
Discussion: Mediaite
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Wisconsin's watchdogs kept their home  —  Investigative newsroom drew on a network of allies in successful bid for governor's veto  —  DETROIT, MI — The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism scored a big win over the weekend, as Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican …
Associated Press:
Prosecution wrapping up its case against Army private who gave classified info to WikiLeaks  —  Associated Press - FILE - In this Friday, June 28, 2013 file photo, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., after another day of his court-martial …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
HuffPost Names Head of Business Development  —  Yaosh Ho is joining The Huffington Post as its new head of business development.  Ho comes to the site from Google, where he created deals involving YouTube, Google Wallet and more.  —  Ho's duties at HuffPost will be similar to those he performed while at Google.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
With 30M Uniques Under Its Belt, Upworthy Is Ready To Monetize  —  The fastest growing news site ever is ready to start making money.  —  Coming off its biggest month of traffic yet, Upworthy, the social news aggregator that pairs progressive politics with viral marketing savvy …
Discussion: TechCrunch, PandoDaily and VentureBeat
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Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
Yahoo bets big on fantasy sports, acquires one-man startup Bignoggins
Discussion: TechCrunch, AllThingsD and The Next Web
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Reuters editor departs suddenly
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Tom Watson / Forbes:
Is WikiLeaks Now An International Political Party?
Discussion: Gawker and New York Times
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Joins The Verge to Host Web Series (Exclusive)
Discussion: Betabeat and The Verge
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
ABC rolling out Watch ABC app to Los Angeles and other markets
Erik Wemple:
Kurtz vows independence at Fox News
 Earlier Picks: 
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Senior Murdoch lieutenant Richard Caseby leaving after 24 years
Discussion: The Drum and Guardian
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sky News cleared over ‘canoe man’ email hacking
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Penguin and Random House complete merger
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Post and Courier, in transition
Nick Statt / ReadWrite:
Siri Will Now Read You The News, Courtesy of Wibbitz
Discussion: TechCrunch