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10:20 AM ET, August 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Dear Jeff Bezos, Here's What I Saw as an Analog Nobody in the Mailroom of the Washington Post  —  While it might seem an awful cliche, the fact of the matter is — if you go back to a time long before the commercial Internet existed, and well before you became so rich that you have $250 million …
Corey Pein:
We Already Know What Kind of Newspaper Owner Jeff Bezos Will Be  —  Remember when Amazon pulled the plug on Wikileaks?  —  There's already a great flood of commentary wondering whether Jeff Bezos, the new owner of the Washington Post, will be a good king or a bad king.  —  The tech crowd is predictably enthusiastic.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Times Co. Chairman Declares Paper Not for Sale  —  After a week in which both the Boston Globe and The Washington Post were purchased by new owners, the publisher of The New York Times Company emphatically declared Wednesday night that his company was not for sale.
Human Rights Watch:
Russia: Silencing Activists, Journalists ahead of Sochi Games  —  Six Months Before Olympics Launch, Fresh Concerns about Intimidation  —  (Moscow) - Local authorities have harassed numerous activists and journalists who criticized or expressed concerns about preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Alastair Reid /
Why negative comments are like broken windows  —  A look at how and why the quality of content below the line can affect readers, editorial and a publication's brand  —  Copyright: By Luton Anderson on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.  —  The topic of online abuse has been coming under scrutiny …
Discussion: @bobjwilliams
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
YouTube Founders Introduce MixBit To Crack The Code Of Video Editing On Mobile  —  From the two co-founders behind YouTube, MixBit is a brand new mobile-first video platform.  But contrarily to other video apps focused on recreating a social network, MixBit is all about editing and putting …
Erik Wemple:
James Risen asks Justice to drop subpoena  —  James Risen wants his subpoena scrapped.  —  Risen is the New York Times reporter at the heart of a juicy court case that sits astride important First Amendment and journalism issues.  His 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google Play Music All Access comes to the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand  —  It's been a few months since Google launched its Play Music All Access service, the company's answer to Spotify, Xbox Music, or Rdio, and now it's making its way out to countries besides the US.
David McKnight / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch and his influence on Australian political life  —  Over the course of the federal election, Australia will experience a real time experiment which will demonstrate the degree of influence exerted by Murdoch on Australian political life  —  In 2007, journalist Ken Auletta spent …
Discussion: The Conversation and mUmBRELLA
Christina Chaey / Fast Company:
The Twitterization Of Facebook Continues With Trending Topics  —  FACEBOOK'S NEW TRENDING TOPICS FEATURE ACTS A LOT LIKE TWITTER TRENDS.  —  Facebook is bringing some users a new Trending Topics feature later today, according to AllThingsD.  Sound familiar?
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
RTL's Dutch Arm Buys Majority Stake in Online VOD Service Company  —  Netflix recently said that it would launch its streaming service in the Netherlands later this year.  —  RTL Nederland, the Dutch arm of European broadcast giant RTL Group, seems to be gearing up for a showdown with Netflix.
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Amazon, Kobo and Sony petition FCC to exempt e-readers from accessibility laws  —  Amazon, Kobo and Sony are petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to permanently exempt e-readers from certain federal accessibility laws for the disabled, arguing that e-readers are barebones devices designed for a single purpose: reading text.
Discussion: @stkonrath, @metrodigi and @baldman
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
When UX Takes a Back Seat to Pageviews  —  The pressures of the current publishing world are making publishers compromise the standard user experience.  A talented designer or user-experience expert would be aghast as some practices employed by marquee brands.
Discussion: @digiday and eMedia Vitals
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Discussion: The Verge
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