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1:55 PM ET, August 13, 2013


 Top News: 
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.
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.
Discussion: @jyarow and @romenesko
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Bleacher Report Co-Founder Bryan Goldberg Raises $6.5 Million To Launch A Site For Women, Bustle  —  Bryan Goldberg co-founded Bleacher Report, a sports media company that was acquired by Turner Media last year for more than $200 million.  He's finally ready to announce his new venture, Bustle.
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.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
To Stay Afloat, Bookstores Turn to Web Donors  —  For years, independent bookstores have taken creative steps to fight off challenges from Amazon and the superstores by building in-house espresso bars, hosting members-only lunches with authors and selling birthday cards, toys and trinkets.
Chris Reidy / Boston Globe:
Harvard Business Review reports the highest circulation in its 91-year history  —  Harvard Business Review, or HBR, said Monday that its overall paid circulation was 260,315 at the end of June, the highest paid circulation ever reported in the 91-year history of the magazine.
Discussion: @skgreen and eMedia Vitals, Thanks:@steverubel
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Epic launches, Politico goes deeper: Why longform is the new necessity  —  In the last 24 hours, there have been two major updates to the list of media companies investing in longform journalism.  Last night, the New York Times' David Carr broke the news that writers Joshuah Bearman …
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
Nathaniel Mott / PandoDaily:
Is the Pirate Bay a bastion of Internet freedom or just an illegal downloads site?  —  Pirates aren't particularly well-known for their critical thinking skills, whether you're talking about the parrot-on-the-shoulder variety or the sort that illegally downloads files from the Internet.
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
Sulzberger Sells Tiny Slice of Times Stock  —  Deal Follows Family's Declaration That Flagship Newspaper Isn't for Sale  —  New York Times Co. Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. sold 50,000 shares in the company, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
White House “Copyright Czar” Steps Down  —  Victoria Espinel, the first White House intellectual property coordinator, has stepped down after almost four years in the post, according to industry sources.  —  In a position that was dubbed “IP czar” or “copyright czar,” Espinel was responsible …
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Patrick McGuire / VICE:
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