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11:00 PM ET, August 20, 2013


 Top News: 
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
British Newspaper Has Advantages in Battle With Government Over Secrets  —  LONDON — Alan Rusbridger, the mop-haired, soft-spoken editor of The Guardian newspaper, finds himself in a shadowy battle with the British government over purloined secrets that the government will have a hard time winning in the Internet age.
Julian Borger / Guardian:
NSA files: why the Guardian in London destroyed hard drives of leaked files  —  A threat of legal action by the government that could have stopped reporting on the files leaked by Edward Snowden led to a symbolic act at the Guardian's offices in London  —  Guardian editors on Tuesday revealed …
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Conspiracy to commit journalism  —  “If sunlight coalitions are to succeed, they won't succeed by outwitting surveillance.  Not better technology, but greater legitimacy is their edge.”  —  The mood toughened just over a month ago, when I received a phone call from the centre of government telling me: “You've had your fun.
Sarah Young / Reuters:   British authorities say detention of reporter's partner ‘legally sound’
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Al Jazeera Makes Limited American Debut  —  There was ample attention in journalistic circles as Al Jazeera America had its premiere on Tuesday — particularly among those who could not watch.  —  The news channel — which replaced Current TV at 3 p.m. Eastern time — was expected to be carried …
Alex / digiphile:
Al Jazeera America bets on an American audience for serious journalism
Discussion: Poynter and Al Jazeera English, Thanks:@digiphile
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Top Roger Ailes Adviser Fired and Escorted From Fox News Building (Exclusive)  —  UPDATED: Brian Lewis, executive vp corporate communications, was ousted after an investigation found breach of contract and “issues relating to financial irregularities,” the network says in a statement.
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
Fox Confirms Brian Lewis Fired for ‘Financial Irregularities’ (Updated)  —  Executive vice president of corporate communications and longtime employee suddenly leaves the company  —  Brian Lewis, senior advisor to Roger Ailes and Fox's executive vice president of corporate communications …
Michael Kinsley / The New Republic:
A Q&A With Jill Abramson The Times' top editor on mean bosses, liberal biases, and the demise of the Washington Post  —  For generations, the publishers of the great American newspapers were accidents of birth—sons and daughters (and assorted other relatives) who inherited their positions atop the masthead.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
New Revelations Detail How The NSA Scans 75% Of The Internet Through Telco Partnerships  —  Today the Wall Street Journal reported the existence of several NSA programs that were either previously unknown, or little was known about.  Meet Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium and Stormbrew.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post considered using robot sportswriters  —  Last year, The Washington Post considered using automated writing to cover the region's many high-school sports, Brook Silva-Braga reports.  Currently, the paper has four reporters on that beat, and deputy high school sports editor …
Andrew Blankstein / Los Angeles Times:
Coroner, family link Michael Hastings to drug use at time of death  —  An LAPD officer investigates the scene of a firey crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings.  Hastings died when his vehicle crashed into a tree and caught fire in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles in June.
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Exclusive : Conde Nast launches new subscriber service with Amazon  —  (Reuters) - Magazine publisher Conde Nast announced a major partnership with Amazon on Tuesday in which the Internet retailer will handle print and digital subscriptions for its stable of glossy publications like Vogue, Wired and Vanity Fair.
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
LA Times to hire bloggers, names Seattle bureau chief  —  The Los Angeles Times has zigged and zagged with blogs in the past — at one time I think there were more than 40, then most were killed or consolidated.  Now it sounds like the plan is to go big into staffing up “exciting new blogs” …
Erik Maza / WWD:
Hearst Hires Buzzfeed, Fashionista Editors  —  HEARST HIRES BUZZFEED, FASHIONISTA EDITORS: Early on Tuesday, it seemed as though a housecleaning was underway at Hearst Magazines.  —  Amina Akhtar, the executive editor of, tweeted she'd been laid off, and it was later confirmed Abby Gardner …
John McDermott / AdAge:
iTunes Radio to Debut in September With McDonald's, Nissan, P&G, Pepsi  —  Launch Partners Sign 12-Month Deals Worth Tens of Millions of Dollars  —  iTunes Radio, Apple's answer to Pandora, is set to debut next month with a handful of high-profile brand partners including McDonald's, Nissan …
Forced Exposure  —  The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too.  —  There is no way to do Groklaw without email.  Therein lies the conundrum.  —  What to do?  —  What to do?  I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure it out.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
More NSA Spying Fallout: Groklaw Shutting Down
Discussion: TechCrunch, Engadget and TechCrunch
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Bad earnings for Barnes & Noble: Nook revenues plunge 20%; Riggio won't take stores private  —  In the past quarter, Barnes & Noble's CEO resigned, and the company announced it would stop manufacturing tablets in-house as a way to cut heavy losses in the Nook division.
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