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5:30 PM ET, August 13, 2013

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Peter Maass / New York Times:
How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets  —  This past January, Laura Poitras received a curious e-mail from an anonymous stranger requesting her public encryption key.  For almost two years, Poitras had been working on a documentary about surveillance, and she occasionally received queries from strangers.
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Peter Maass / New York Times:
Q.  & A.: Edward Snowden Speaks to Peter Maass  —  In the course of reporting his profile of Laura Poitras, Peter Maass conducted an encrypted question-and-answer session, for which Poitras served as intermediary, with Edward J. Snowden.  Below is a full transcript of that conversation.
Jim Romenesko:
Patch ad sales down since it was announced that layoffs and site closings are coming  —  “Over the last 5 sales days, we have amassed our worst results of the year,” Patch director of U.S. sales Jim Lipuma tells his ad-sales force in a memo he put out today.
Gavriel Hollander / Press Gazette:
First post-paywall figures reveal slump in Sun website market share  —  The Sun's website lost more than a third of its market share of internet visitors in the first ten days following its move behind a paywall, new research suggests.  —  In the first indication of reader behaviour since …
Discussion: @domponsford
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
TIM ARMSTRONG: I Made An Emotional Mistake Firing That Guy  —  AOL CEO Tim Armstrong just sent out the following memo to AOL staff, which we've obtained from a source inside the company.  —  The memo is in reference to Armstrong's firing of Patch creative director Abel Lenz on an all-hands conference call last week.
Brian Morrissey / Digiday:
For Media Now, ‘Talent Trumps All’  —  NBC News yesterday announced it acquired Stringwire.  The purchase added a user-generated streaming video platform but also buffed up the media organization's tech ranks with Stringwire founder Phil Grossman, who will join NBC News as a product lead out of its San Francisco office.
Discussion: @digiday and @vouchey
The Canadian Press:
Torstar launches Toronto Star paywall  —  TORONTO - The Toronto Star has begun charging a fee for non-subscribers who access its web site more than 10 times a month.  —  The Star told staff details of the program on Monday and announced the change to readers in the Tuesday edition of its paper, the biggest-circulation daily in Canada.
Dseyler / Radio & Television Business Report:
California senators call for end to CBS-TWC sparring  —  Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) believe that subscribers are the big losers in the ongoing retransmission consent impasse between CBS and Time Warner Cable and have called for an end to the hostilities.
Arti Patel / Folio:
The Media Source and Air Age Media Announce Partnership  —  The Media Source will mostly provide manufacturing services to Air Age.  —  The Media Source, a division of Source Interlink Companies, LLC, announced Tuesday it is partnering with multimedia publishing company Air Age Media.
Tom Ramstack / Reuters:
U.S. WikiLeaks judge overrules objections on classified testimony  —  (Reuters) - The judge hearing the court-martial of Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks, on Tuesday overruled defense attorneys' objections over classified testimony against their client.
 
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