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9:40 AM ET, July 2, 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.
Times of India:
India turns down Edward Snowden's asylum request  —  NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday refused to grant political asylum to USA whistleblower Edward Snowden.  —  “Following careful examination, we have concluded that we see no reason to accede to Snowden's request,” MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.
Tom Parfitt / Telegraph:
Edward Snowden cancels bid for asylum in Russia but lists 18 other countries where he's seeking refuge  —  Edward Snowden has withdrawn his application for political asylum in Russia as escape routes for the fugitive US whistleblower appeared to close.  —  Vladimir Putin's spokesman …
Discussion: Times of India and Guardian
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Edward Snowden breaks silence to threaten new U.S. leaks  —  (Reuters) - Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden has broken his silence for the first time since he fled to Moscow eight days ago to say he remains free to make new disclosures about U.S. spying activity.
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Police could investigate BBC pay-offs scandal  —  The police could be called into investigate whether any fraud was committed by BBC managers who allowed one in four of their colleagues to leave with bigger payoffs than they were entitled to, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Discussion: Guy Fawkes' blog
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
US military blocks entire Guardian website for troops stationed abroad  —  Troops deployed to Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East and South Asia have ‘theater-wide block’ to Guardian  —  For US military personnel in the Middle East and south Asia, the restrictions apply to the entire Guardian website
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: @timamolloy and @lindsaygoldwert
Pip Bulbeck / Hollywood Reporter:
Wikileaks Approved as Political Party in Australia  —  The founder of the whistleblowing organization, Julian Assange, says he will run for a Senate seat in the upcoming federal election.  —  SYDNEY - WikiLeaks has been formally approved as a political party and will field candidates …
Tom Watson / Forbes:
Is WikiLeaks Now An International Political Party?
Discussion: ZDNet, Firedoglake and Gawker
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Data Journalism is improving — fast  —  The last Data Journalism Awards announced last week at the Global Editors Network News Summit in Paris established one important fact: The genre is getting better, wider in scope and gaining many creative players.  —  Data Journalism is thriving.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
News UK chief backs digital paywalls  —  Mike Darcey says some organisations are sacrificing profits by staying free to view as they attempt to attract users  —  Mike Darcey, the chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's UK publishing operation, believes free websites may get more readers …
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Former Newsweek Editor: There Never Was a ‘Golden Age’ of Journalism  —  As we get ready to celebrate that rarest of American work week wrinkles (an officially sanctioned four-day weekend), FishbowlNY would like to do its civic holiday duty by passing on some feel-good news about journalism.
Discussion: PenBay Pilot
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 …
Rachel McAthy /
Why Associated Press is focusing on UGC standards and safety  —  Social media and UGC editor for international at AP Fergus Bell explains how the news agency is working to focus attention on the ‘standards with which we treat user-generated content’  —  Copyright: By Das Fotoimaginarium on Flickr.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Tribune CEO says TV deal won't factor into decision on newspapers  —  Tribune CEO Peter Liguori (Fox Broadcasting)  —  Tribune Co.'s $2.73-billion purchase of 19 television stations Monday will have no impact on whether the company sells its newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Chief Executive Peter Liguori said.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
News Corp. Down, 21st Century Fox Up In First Day Of Trading After Split  —  Shareholders in the media conglomerate formerly known as News Corporation breathed an all but audible sigh of relief Monday as a split-up plan announced a year ago culminated in the first full day of trading for the stocks of the two offspring companies.
Discussion: Variety, Reuters and Los Angeles Times
Raphael Minder / New York Times:
Crusading Spanish Broadcaster Gives Voice to Ordinary Citizens  —  In early May, thousands of protesters gathered in Valencia, Spain's third-largest city, to demand a new investigation into a subway crash that killed 43 people in 2006.  —  The demonstration was inspired by an episode …
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Bill Mickey / Folio:
TechMedia Network Buys Bestofmedia Group
Discussion: Tech Media Network and VentureBeat
Associated Press:
Prosecution wrapping up its case against Army private who gave classified info to WikiLeaks
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
With 30M Uniques Under Its Belt, Upworthy Is Ready To Monetize
Discussion: PandoDaily, TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Reuters editor departs suddenly
Discussion: THE BARON
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Leela de Krester Is Leaving DNAinfo
Discussion: Capital New York
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN airs Zimmerman's SSN, phone number
Discussion: Mediaite
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Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
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Discussion: paidContent and eMedia Vitals
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Joins The Verge to Host Web Series (Exclusive)
Discussion: The Verge and Betabeat
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
ABC rolling out Watch ABC app to Los Angeles and other markets
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
HuffPost Names Head of Business Development
Erik Wemple:
Kurtz vows independence at Fox News