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1:15 AM ET, August 2, 2013


 Top News: 
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Big Boss, Not Big Brother, Spotted Long Island Family's ‘Suspicious’ Google Searches  —  On Wednesday morning, six law enforcement officers visited a house in Long Island.  They were there to ask whether the residents — a married couple and their son — were involved in terrorism.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Employer Tipped Off Police To Pressure Cooker And Backpack Searches, Not Google  —  In what might be Medium's first widespread Twitter moment, music writer Michele Catalano used the platform to blog details of an unexpected visit to her home yesterday, from six men she identifies as members of the “joint terrorism task force.”
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
The NYT's $150 million-a-year paywall  —  Growth slows sharply, but digital-subscriber revenue is propping up the paper  —  The New York Times's once-torrid paywall growth continued to slow in the second quarter, adding 23,000 digital-only subscribers.  —  That's the second quarter in a row …
Discussion: Forbes, The Dish and @cjr
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Digital subscriptions up 35% at New York Times & IHT, 70% at Boston Globe
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Profit Tops Estimates on Digital Subscribers
Discussion: @paulxharris
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times C.E.O. Mark Thompson stays the course in second-quarter earnings call
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
Eric Deggans to leave Tampa Bay Times for job as NPR's first TV critic  —  Eric Deggans, TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, will become NPR's TV critic.  —  After nearly 18 years critiquing television, media, music and pop culture at the Tampa Bay Times, I will be leaving the newspaper …
Brendan Nyhan / Columbia Journalism Review:
The scandal attention cycle  —  How the media lost interest in IRS targeting, even as new facts emerged  —  At this point, the evidence on the Internal Revenue Service scandal is clear.  Contrary to the initial hype, there is no credible evidence of White House involvement …
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Can Marissa Mayer Save Yahoo?  —  Marissa Mayer is sitting in URLs, the Yahoo! (YHOO) cafeteria, making the case for the future of a company that almost everyone in Silicon Valley views as doomed.  Employees swarm around her, assembling rows of chairs for the afternoon's FYI …
Is Tumblr Shrinking?  —  Yahoo bought Tumblr because Tumblr has millions of young users.  But are they sticking around?  —  Last November, David Karp posted on Tumblr's staff blog.  “I have an exciting and slightly overwhelming milestone to share with you,” the site's founder and CEO said.
Max Blumenthal / Mondoweiss:
Exclusive: Al Jazeera English's online US broadcast to end with the launch of Al Jazeera America  —  Staff members of Al Jazeera have informed me that as soon as Al Jazeera America (AJAM) launches on August 20, American viewers will be unable to access the online livestream of Al Jazeera English (AJE).
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Fusion Launching October 28 With Nightly Jorge Ramos Program, Satire Block  —  Fusion, the upcoming cable channel from ABC News and Univision, will launch Monday October 28, the companies say.  The channel will launch on a number of pay-TV operators, including Cablevision, Charter and Cox.
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
YouTube to Open Production Studio in New York Next Year  —  That complements a 41,000-square foot studio in Los Angeles  —  YouTube will open a production studio in New York next year, the company announced at VidCon on Thursday.  The company complements similar facilities in London …
Discussion: CNET
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
U.S. Adults Now Spending More Time on Digital Devices Than Watching TV  —  Digital Devices Now Get More Than Five Hours Per Day, According to eMarketer  —  American adults this year will for the first time spend more time each day using digital media than watching TV, according to a new report by eMarketer.
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
CBS Alternative Programming Head Jennifer Bresnan to Step Down  —  Jennifer Bresnan, executive vice president of alternative programming for CBS, will step at the end of the summer, the network said Thursday.  —  Bresnan, who's led the network's alternative programming since 2008 …
Allie Jones / The Atlantic Wire:
What Women Want: Bylines  —  If you looked at the homepage of The New York Times' website right this second, you could count up and find that 24 men and 8 women have bylines.  Or you could go to WhoWritesFor, which culls data every five minutes to show the gender disparity on the front web page …
Discussion: Poynter, Jezebel and Salon, Thanks:@steverubel
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Despite Controversy, Rolling Stone ‘Boston Bomber’ Issue Is a Hit on Newsstands  —  Rolling Stone's “Boston Bomber” issue got a rash of bad publicity and retailers like CVS and Stop & Stop pulled it from shelves after a “Boycott Rolling Stone” campaign gained steam on Facebook.
Neal Ungerleider / Co.Labs:
How Vice Hacked Google Glass To Tell Crisis Stories  —  When I spoke with Tim Pool on the phone, the Vice reporter and media innovator (first to pioneer the use of drones for reporting on demonstrations, for instance) was having a typically busy week.  Just after coming back from working …
Discussion: HighTalk and Fast Company
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Plain Dealer plans special print section to explain shift to digital  —  The Plain Dealer, which laid off about 50 employees Wednesday, “plans a six-page special section in Sunday's paper to further explain the changes ahead,” Jay Miller reports.  —  The laid-off employees …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish Hit With 53-Station Blackout in Fight With Raycom  —  Local stations go dark for satcaster in 36 markets in latest clash over retransmission payments  —  In the latest blowup over broadcast TV retransmission fees, Dish Network customers in 36 markets lost access to 53 television stations owned …
Discussion: EON, TVSpy and Broadcasting & Cable
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New Spying Accusations Against U.S.
Discussion: Poynter
1,700 Russian websites on strike against new anti-piracy law
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish
Saabira Chaudhuri / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Cable Earnings: Profit Up 6.4% Amid Revenue Growth
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Andrea Peyser Is Leaving the New York Post for a While [Updated]
Discussion: New York Post and Gawker
 Earlier Picks: 
Eric R Danton / Rolling Stone:
Bradley Manning Hollywood Drama Planned
Erik Wemple:
Fox News's James Rosen: Did the Justice Department really need to call him a ‘co-conspirator’? (cont'd)
Henry C. Jackson / Associated Press:
Senate Takes Initial Step Toward Media Shield Law
Discussion: and USA Today
Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport