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12:00 PM ET, July 12, 2013


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
How Acceptable Was Anonymous Speculation About Snowden's Laptops?  —  It's the story that just won't quit: The tale of Edward J. Snowden and his leak of classified information about the United States government's secret surveillance of citizens.  —  Rife with skirmishes and subplots …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Hulu action weighs on Sun Valley attendees  —  Mavens also talking about Twitter, local TV  —  The Hulu sale is casting a shadow over Sun Valley.  —  The auction for the Web video hub is starting to rankle bidders, with suitors wondering what program rights are included …
Discussion: DealBook
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Journalists quit Trinidad newspaper in press freedom crisis  —  A major crisis has broken out at the Trinidad Guardian, the leading newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago.  Three of the paper's senior journalists have resigned in protest at alleged editorial interference by its owners.
New York Times:
20th Century Fox Enlists Help in Bringing Its Properties to the Stage  —  LOS ANGELES — One of the last Hollywood studios without a Broadway division, 20th Century Fox, is diving into the live theater business by teaming with Kevin McCollum, a producer of hits like “Rent,” “Avenue Q” and “Motown.”
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Holder to deliver report to Obama on press probe guidelines  —  Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to deliver a report to President Barack Obama Friday on proposed changes to Justice Department guidelines on criminal investigations that involve the news media.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
USA Today:
Snowden seeks temporary asylum in Russia  —  MOSCOW — Edward Snowden, the alleged National Security Agency leaker, said Friday at a meeting with human rights groups that he is asking for temporary asylum in Russia while he attempts to win permanent political asylum in a Latin American country.
Rik Henderson / Pocket-lint: comes to the UK, Netflix and Lovefilm competitor launches with £2.99 a month subscription offer  —  New competition to streaming giants Netflix and Lovefilm has arrived in the UK in the form of, a new hybrid Movie and TV show on demand service that offers …
Discussion: paidContent, TechCrunch and Digital Spy
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
In the world of embargoes, they release no news before its time  —  It's said that the news never stops.  But often, its timing can be stage-managed.  —  Much of the news, particularly in Washington, is produced under an important, if obscure, agreement known as an embargo.
Discussion: Poynter
Elodie Mazein / Agence France Presse:
Twitter hands over data in French anti-Semitism case  —  PARIS, France — Twitter handed over data to French authorities on Friday to help identify the authors of anti-Semitic and racist tweets after a months-long legal battle launched by Jewish and anti-racism groups.
Jennifer Dorroh / Mediashift:
How EcoLab Wants to Reinvent Environmental Journalism  —  South America is home to the world's largest rainforest, its greatest river, and some of its most challenging environmental problems, from pollution to deforestation.  —  Yet environmental issues are often overlooked by the region's media …
John Reynolds / Guardian:
Sun paywall: advertisers play waiting game  —  Tesco and other brands understood to be reviewing position once paper's website starts to charge on 1 August  —  Tesco is one of a number of brands understood planning not to run ads on the Sun website once it introduces a paywall is introduced on 1 August.
Jason Illian /
Analysis: A Band-Aid for B&N's Gunshot Wound  —  Can Barnes & Noble be Saved?  —  It's been a rough week for Barnes & Noble.  And month.  And year.  And it may get worse before (if) it gets better.  For those of you who have been in cryogenic sleep the last few weeks, here is a brief recap:
Discussion: Forbes and New York Times
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Upworthy's biggest threat: Becoming a one-note wonder  —  Upworthy is one of the hottest media stories around.  In May, it registered 30 million unique visitors, an incredibly high number for a 13-month-old company, placing it above, NBC Sports, and Us Magazine on the pageview totem pole.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Cable-TV Boss's Vision: Just Two Industry Players  —  Charter CEO Tom Rutledge, Liberty's John Malone Push Gospel of Consolidation  —  By - SHALINI RAMACHANDRAN -  —  Tom Rutledge, the chief executive of cable operator Charter Communications Inc., was on vacation in the Caribbean in February when he got an unexpected phone call.
Eriq Gardner / Billboard:
Amazon Battles European Tax Levy on Blank CDs  —  Once upon a time, about 10 years ago, it was commonplace to put movies, music and other content on blank CDs and DVDs.  This also was a moment when the entertainment universe was familiarizing itself with the disruption of file-trading …
David Kravets / Wired:
RIAA Wants Infamous File-Sharer to Campaign Against Piracy  —  Did you hear the one about the world's most infamous music file-sharer being asked to publicly extol the virtues of the Recording Industry Association of America's anti-piracy platform?  —  The RIAA is suggesting Jammie Thomas-Rasset do just that.
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Beth Healy / The Boston Globe:
Field of bidders for Globe narrows
Adam C. Engst / TidBITS:
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Discussion: TeleRead, Slate, TUAW and Forbes
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Labels Force Shift To Online Radio
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Daniel E. Slotnik / New York Times:
Layhmond Robinson Jr., 88, Dies; Paved the Way for Black Journalists
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Andrew Goldman is leaving ‘Talk’ post at ‘New York Times Magazine’
Discussion: @andrewrgoldman
Ira Teinowitz / The Wrap:
Battle Over the FCC's Future Kickstarted Again in Congress
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Publishers Try a Different Kind of Pay Wall, Unlocked by Watching Web Video
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Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Arun Rath named host of NPR's newly LA-based weekend show
Discussion: @davidfolkenflik
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Time Inc. Makes a New Pitch to iPad Shoppers: Try Us Before You Buy Us
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, App Advice and TUAW
Maxwell Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Top Museum Directors Protest L.A. Times Arts Reporter Layoff
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and LA Observed