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7:45 AM 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 …
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.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Pew: About a quarter of Americans say journalists contribute little to society  —  27 percent of Americans say journalists contribute little or nothing to society's well being, according to a study by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life.
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
Beth Healy / The Boston Globe:
Field of bidders for Globe narrows  —  At least three investor groups with local ties apparently remain in contention to buy The Boston Globe and its related businesses, according to people briefed on the matter.  —  The narrowed field of bidders includes members of the Taylor family …
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.
Discussion: Global Voices
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.”
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: TechCrunch
Adam C. Engst / TidBITS:
Explaining the Apple Ebook Price Fixing Suit  —  By now, you've undoubtedly heard the news that U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has ruled against Apple in the antitrust suit filed against the company by the U.S. Department of Justice and 33 states, saying that Apple conspired with five major publishers …
Discussion: TeleRead, Slate, TUAW, Forbes and CNET
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Labels Force Shift To Online Radio  — has switched from user generated playlists to to an online radio model as of July 1st.  The move was forced by the labels, according to the company.  It's not the first major setback for the Playlist team …
Discussion: TorrentFreak
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
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Andrew Goldman is leaving ‘Talk’ post at ‘New York Times Magazine’  —  The New York Times Magazine is getting a new columnist for its weekly Q & A feature.  —  Andrew Goldman, the writer on Its most recent incarnation, “Talk,” bid farewell to fans on Twitter today and said that his column …
Discussion: @andrewrgoldman
Joe Pompeo / New York Magazine:
Al Jazeera America: A Unicorn is Born  —  Where the magic will happen: Al Jazeera America's newsroom.  —  The modern realities of the media business have so accustomed us to seeing journalistic entities disbanded, either abruptly or in slow motion, that there's an undeniable fascination …
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Daniel E. Slotnik / New York Times:
Layhmond Robinson Jr., 88, Dies; Paved the Way for Black Journalists
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Arun Rath named host of NPR's newly LA-based weekend show
Discussion: @davidfolkenflik
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of Tribune's detour
 Earlier Picks: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Time Inc. Makes a New Pitch to iPad Shoppers: Try Us Before You Buy Us
Discussion: TUAW
Maxwell Williams / Los Angeles Times:
Top Museum Directors Protest L.A. Times Arts Reporter Layoff
Siraj Datoo / Guardian:
BBC's Jeremy Bowen successfully treated after being shot in Egypt
Discussion: The Wrap
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Meet Lumi, the no-effort content discovery engine from the founders of
Arif Durrani / Media Week:
Guardian set to report annual losses of around £35m
Discussion: Guardian
Brian Lowry / Variety:
Tribune Spinoff Sounds Death Knell for TV-Print Synergy