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6:40 PM ET, August 21, 2013


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Fox News firing tied to Ailes book  —  The decision last month by Fox News chief Roger Ailes to fire his top communications executive, Brian Lewis, was due to a number of factors, including what the network's parent company 21st Century Fox has described as “financial irregularities” and breaches of contract.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Brian Lewis Talks About his Fox News Firing  —  Brian Lewis, who spent the last 17 years as the chief spokesperson for Fox News, is himself speaking out about his firing from the network.  Though, in classic PR style, just barely.  —  Lewis, who joined Fox News in April 1996 …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Fox News Sources Hit Back At Gabriel Sherman And Brian Lewis  —  Fox News sources are firing back against both Brian Lewis, the recently-fired Fox News executive vice president of communications widely reported to be Fox News chief Roger Ailes's right-hand man, and Gabriel Sherman …
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Networks Yawn Once More At Bradley Manning Story  —  Bradley Manning's sentencing on Wednesday received about as much attention from the cable news networks that every other phase of his trial did — that is to say, not a whole lot.  —  As they did when he was declared guilty …
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison for WikiLeaks disclosures
Bmaz / emptywheel:   Bradley Manning's Sentence, Parole and Appeal Implications
Mark Rumold / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Victory Results in Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional  —  Update: In response to EFF's FOIA lawsuit, the government has released the 2011 FISA court opinion ruling some NSA surveillance unconstitutional.  —  For over a year, EFF has been fighting …
Geoffrey Ingersoll / Business Insider:
NSA Releases Court Opinion On ‘Unconstitutional’ Scooping Of Domestic Emails
Barb Darrow / GigaOM:
Huffington Post to end anonymous comments  —  The Huffington Post which has logged more than 260 million comments in its history will end anonymity in those comments, founder Arianna Huffington said Wednesday morning.  —  “Trolls are just getting more and more aggressive and uglier …
Heidi Moore / Guardian:
Bloomberg forced to act after reports detail lapses over client data access  —  News organisation to put in place recommendations after report found Bloomberg journalists had access to private client data  —  Bloomberg is to change its corporate policies to maintain distance between its news …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Bloomberg News review suggests standards editor, ombudsman  —  Former New York Times public editor Clark Hoyt reviewed Bloomberg News' newsroom operations following revelations last May that the company's journalists had improperly accessed data about Bloomberg's data customers.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
News Corp Launches Global Private Ad Exchange  —  News Corp today announced plans to launch a global programmatic ad exchange that will let advertisers buy across its more than 50 online and mobile products including, and  —  The move is only the latest …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Comcast says copyright threat to TorrentFreak an “error”  —  Internet giant Comcast claims that a legal threat directed at TorrentFreak was a mistake and that it has told the file-sharing news site to disregard it:  —  “This notice was sent in error, and we have advised TorrentFreak to disregard it.
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Facebook Leads an Effort to Lower Barriers to Internet Access  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — About one of every seven people in the world uses Facebook.  Now, Mark Zuckerberg, its co-founder and chief executive, wants to make a play for the rest — including the four billion or so who lack Internet access.
Michael Howard Saul / Metropolis:
CBS, Time Warner Cable Reach Truce Over Debates … There's a temporary armistice - for the sake of democracy — in the ongoing dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable Inc.  —  CBS and Time Warner have agreed temporarily to lift the blackout on CBS to ensure as many New Yorkers as possible …
Discussion: @zseward and New York Magazine
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Maker Studios Buys Blip, and a Home Outside of YouTube  —  Maker Studios, one of the biggest YouTube networks, is buying Blip, a video maker and distributor.  —  Blip officials informed their staff of the deal this morning, and it is expected to close in early September.
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Guardian told to destroy NSA files for national security, says Clegg  —  Clegg's spokesman confirms that Sir Jeremy Heywood made request on instructions of David Cameron  —  Nick Clegg has endorsed the government's decision to ask the Guardian to destroy leaked secret NSA documents …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Layoffs to hit Disney/ABC TV Group  —  Disney is making cuts at its Disney/ABC Television Group.  (Walt Disney Co.)  —  The Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes the ABC network, local TV stations and the Disney Channel and ABC Family cable networks, is restructuring its operations, which will result in layoffs across the unit.
Discussion: Variety, @tvnewslab, Reuters and TVSpy
Rachel Bartlett /
A look at Storyful's Open Newsroom verification project  —  A look at the first two months of the project, which involves a Google+ community working together to verify content shared online  —  A couple of months ago the team at social newswire Storyful took to Google+ with its Open Newsroom initiative …
Discussion: @grove and @niemanlab
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Here's how Beats Music is curating its subscription service  —  Beats Music, the yet-to-be-launched digital subscription service spearheaded by Jimmy Iovine, wants to edge out competitors like Spotify and Rdio through human curation, but the company hasn't really explained how this will work.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Exaronews investigative journalism site abandons paywall  —  Website, which made news with recordings of Rupert Murdoch with arrested Sun staff, will now focus on add-on data services  —  Exaronews: has had notable success breaking news stories in the last year
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Las Vegas Sun could disappear, editor says in suit  —  Las Vegas Sun Editor and Publisher Brian Greenspun filed a suit Tuesday “alleging his own family members conspired with Stephens Media, operator of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, to end a Joint Operating Agreement that has been in place …
Douglas Wolk / Slate:
How Ashamed Should You Feel About Using Spotify?  —  Music-streaming services really don't exploit performers.  Songwriters, though—that's another story.  —  In June, David Lowery, singer-guitarist of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, posted part of a royalty statement to his blog The Trichordist.
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Al Jazeera English Receiving ‘Thousands’ Of Complaints From Viewers  —  Al Jazeera English has received “thousands” of complaints from viewers over the end of its livestream in the United States, the channel said Wednesday.  —  The channel stopped broadcasting and streaming online in the U.S …
Discussion: Washington Post and GigaOM
Beejoli Shah / Gawker:
Nikki Finke May Finally Be Out At Deadline  —  Nikki Finke, once heralded as the industry's most powerful muckity-muck and “Hollywood's reigning queen of entertainment news,” may be leaving the site that is synonymous with her outsize personality come next month.
Discussion: @ckrewson
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