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6:05 PM ET, July 31, 2013


 Top News: 
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’  —  • XKeyscore gives ‘widest-reaching’ collection of online data  —  • NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches  —  • Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Did the media drop the ball on the Bradley Manning trial?  —  “The corporate media coverage of this trial, which is arguably one of the most important cases in modern American history, has been utterly shameful,” Nation reporter Jeremy Scahill said on “Democracy Now!”
David Carr / New York Times:
Whistle-Blowers in Limbo, Neither Hero Nor Traitor
Discussion: Forbes and Guardian
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Senators lash out at NSA for excessive secrecy
Discussion: ODNI Newsroom Feed and Forbes
David Batty / Guardian:
Bomb threats made on Twitter to female journalists  —  Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman and Independent writer Grace Dent among women threatened  —  Police are investigating bomb threats made on Twitter against several female journalists, including Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Good Jill, Bad Jill: The queen of The New York Times  —  April was an unusual, if not the cruelest, month for New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who in September will mark two years on the job.  On Monday afternoon, April 15, Abramson—who, at 59, is the first woman to serve …
Christopher Mims / Quartz:
Google is testing a local news product for Google Now  —  Google has hatched a plan to boost the visibility of its existing local news product, and in the process is testing a whole new way to get people to pay attention to the news that is geographically most relevant to them.
Ryan Singel / Wired:
Now That It's in the Broadband Game, Google Flip-Flops on Network Neutrality  —  In a dramatic about-face on a key internet issue yesterday, Google told the FCC that the network neutrality rules Google once championed don't give citizens the right to run servers on their home broadband connections …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Plain Dealer ‘eliminated the jobs of approximately 50 journalists’  —  The Plain Dealer's promised layoffs took place Wednesday morning.  About 50 people lost their jobs, one report says.  —  “Many of those let go will be familiar names to readers - reporters, columnists …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Social Video Startup NowThis News Launches The First-Ever News Channel On Instagram  —  A few weeks ago, Instagram announced Video, a way to share 15 second clips as well as photos with followers.  Social web video startup NowThis News is taking advantage of it and launching the first-ever Instagram news channel.
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Guardian's editor opens up on Reddit  —  Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, answered questions in an Ask Me Anything thread on Reddit today.  Most of the conversation focused on the NSA PRISM leak, but he also goes into detail about his understanding of the paper's business model and strategy.
Discussion: GigaOM, Poynter and @dangillmor
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.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:   Facebook Draws More Young Prime-Time Viewers Than Major Networks
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Spotify in 2012: revenues of $577.1m and a net loss of $77.9m  —  Streaming music service Spotify has published its latest financial results in Luxembourg, revealing strong growth in revenues for 2012 but an increase in the company's net losses.  —  Spotify's revenues were €434.7m …
Discussion: @stuartdredge
CBS Earnings Beat Expectations, Sumner Redstone Endorses Les Moonves  —  CBS Corp. reported a greater-than-expected 14 percent rise in quarterly earnings on Tuesday, helped by healthier results from its television business, and boosted its dividend.  —  The first-quarter report sent CBS shares …
USA Today:
How the digital age has reshaped the ad game  —  Madison Avenue is quickly morphing into Digital Drive.  —  Technological advances have changed everything from where consumers watch TV to how they buy holiday gifts.  In turn, ad agencies have revamped their hiring practices …
Discussion: PSFK and eMedia Vitals
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
BBC could be curbed under government plans to rein in dominance of media giants  —  The BBC could be included in a move to limit media ownership, the Government announced yesterday.  —  Culture Secretary Maria Miller launched a consultation on rules governing media plurality …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Making TVs smart: why most smart TVs still feel pretty dumb  —  Making TVs smart is a three-part series that looks at why smart TVs have failed to take off — and what needs to happen for these devices to realize their vast potential.  Look for parts two and three on Thursday and Friday.
Discussion: @codeandtheory
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Launches New Ad Unit For Responsive Sites  —  Google today launched a new responsive AdSense unit in beta that is specifically designed to run on sites that automatically adapt to different screen sizes.  Now that responsive design has moved from being just a buzzword to something …
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Report Finds MIT Didn't Push Aaron Swartz Prosecution but Says It Failed to Lead  —  A Massachusetts Institute of Technology report concluded the university acted prudently in the way it handled its involvement with the government's prosecution of Internet activist Aaron Swartz …
Chris Trotter / The Daily Blog:
Lone Wolf: Jon Stephenson and his Search for the Truth  —  A person who continues to believe that one's honour is worth defending; one's reputation is worth preserving; and that the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, is still worth risking everything to find.
Discussion: @jmnicholls, @maxdcoyle and @feyhag
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO Go Is Coming to Google Chromecast  —  HBO — looking to keep pace with online rival Netflix — is planning to bring its Internet-video service to Google's cheap Chromecast device for TVs.  —  “We are actively exploring supporting Chromecast as another way for our subscribers to enjoy HBO Go …
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