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5:00 AM ET, July 31, 2013


 Top News: 
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Plan to Sell TV-Style Ads for $2.5M Each  —  Facebook Inc. (FB), seeking to break the long-held dominance of television over advertising budgets, plans to sell TV-style commercials on its site for as much as $2.5 million a day, two people familiar with the matter said.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
How Vice's Tim Pool used Google Glass to cover Istanbul protests  —  What is Google Glass good for, beyond showing off at technology conferences?  Google's augmented eyewear has plenty of sceptics, but here's one scenario:  —  “When there's a wall of police firing plastic bullets at you …
Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
The Bradley Manning verdict is still bad news for the press  —  The Obama administration's war on leaks and, by extension, the work of investigative reporters, has been unrelenting  —  The American journalism trade is breathing a collective - but premature and, in many cases, grossly hypocritical - sigh of relief today.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Bradley Manning Found Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy, Guilty on Lesser Charges
Sarah Marshall /
New York Times elevates comments from below the line  —  As part of a series of experiments to make reaction more useful to readers, comments are placed alongside a story  —  The New York Times is trying something new with comments: placing key reactions alongside the story narrative.
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McClatchy asks Obama administration if U.S. helped New Zealand collect data on journalist  —  WASHINGTON — The McClatchy Co. asked the Obama administration on Tuesday to explain news reports in New Zealand that U.S. intelligence agencies had helped that country's military track cellular telephone calls …
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
Senate panel approves Wheeler to lead FCC  —  The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Tuesday advanced Tom Wheeler's nomination to lead the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the Senate floor.  —  The panel approved his nomination by a voice vote, although there were scattered “no” votes from Republicans.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Greenwald: NSA hearing cancelled  —  This week's informal congressional hearing on the National Security Agency's surveillance program has been cancelled, according to The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, who was expected to testify via satellite.  —  Democratic congressman Alan Grayson …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Before Fusion's TV Debut, A Secret News Site Posts Stories  —  Univision-ABC backed news outlet aims to lure Hispanic viewers during a competitive time for TV news  —  A tiny Miami newsroom has been mixing it up online, winning some digital notice for its reporting on the topic …
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Should Publishers Fear Publicis Omnicom?  —  This past weekend's merger between Publicis and Omnicom is already creating ripples across the media industry.  —  Many publishers privately worry that consolidating two of the three largest advertising companies will have ongoing and lasting repercussions for their businesses.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Penske could be in the race for Newsweek  —  Jay Penske is kicking the tires and checking under the hood as a potential suitor to buy Newsweek from Barry Diller's IAC/InterActive Corp., sources said.  —  Penske — of the auto-racing family — already owns HollywoodLife and Deadline Hollywood …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Amazon scores Obama Q&A for Kindle Singles Interview series  —  A coup for Kindle's shop for mini e-books, the new interview series lands President Obama as its next subject.  It's the latest move inching the e-commerce giant into the realm of news.  —  Follow @@joan_e  —  President Barack Obama.
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
Al Jazeera America Announces 12 New U.S. Bureaus and Correspondents  —  Al Jazeera America announced 12 American news bureaus on Tuesday: Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.  —  The network is set to launch August 20.
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Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
CBS Experiments With Streaming Deals  —  Amazon Streams ‘Under the Dome’; Netflix Has Rights to ‘Hostages’  —  By - AMOL SHARMA -  —  CBS Corp. Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said Monday the broadcaster is experimenting with new business models for serialized dramas like apocalyptic summer hit …
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