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3:50 AM ET, August 22, 2013


 Top News: 
Amy Davidson / The New Yorker Blog:
Manning's Sentence, Miranda's Detention  —  Bradley Manning has been sentenced to thirty-five years in prison.  Military prosecutors had asked for sixty years, out of a possible ninety; his lawyer, David Coombs, had asked for “a sentence that allows him to have a life.”  Manning is twenty-five years old now.
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Bradley Manning Sentence Gets Relatively Paltry Coverage On News Networks  —  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 …
Richard Sambrook / CNN:
Press and state collide in bullying of reporter's partner  —  Editor's note: Richard Sambrook is professor of journalism at Cardiff University in the UK.  He is a former director of global news for the BBC.  —  (CNN) — British journalism is under siege.  With no settlement yet …
Discussion: PRI's The World
Paul Lewis / Guardian:
Bradley Manning to request pardon from Obama over 35-year jail sentence
Discussion: Associated Press and @tzintzuncris
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 …
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Bloomberg as the anti-News Corp.  —  Its transparent handling of snooping allegations starkly contrast with NewsCorp. cover-ups  —  The external review into how Bloomberg News staffers used and misused confidential client data available on Bloomberg LP terminals in their reporting turned …
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 …
Wendy Davis /
Former FCC Commissioner Bashes CBS For Web Blackout  —  Time Warner Cable customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas haven't been able to watch CBS on television for the last three weeks — since Aug. 2, when talks about retransmission fees broke down.  That's not the only impact of the fee dispute.
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
Dara Kerr / CNET:
NSA and Intelligence Community turn to Tumblr — weird but true  —  In light of top-secret document leaks that show the U.S. government spied on people, the country's Director of National Intelligence launches a Tumblr blog for greater transparency.  —  Tumblr has a new blogger within its sphere: The U.S. Intelligence Community.
Mark Rumold / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Victory Results in Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding NSA Surveillance Unconstitutional
Geoffrey Ingersoll / Business Insider:
NSA Releases Court Opinion On ‘Unconstitutional’ Scooping Of Domestic Emails
Disney's ESPN Holds Preliminary Talks for Web-Based TV  —  Walt Disney Co. (DIS)'s ESPN sports network has held preliminary talks to offer programming on a Web-based TV service like those proposed by Google Inc. (GOOG), Sony Corp. and Intel Corp. (INTC)  —  An Internet TV provider …
Ana Marie Cox / Guardian:
Al Jazeera America: the news channel Americans deserve  —  What Glenn Beck calls ‘the voice of the enemy’ must be worth a second look.  And it is: cable news needs its in-depth journalism  —  Al Jazeera America debuted its first batch of original programming last night, to some fanfare …
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Al Jazeera English Receiving ‘Thousands’ Of Complaints From Viewers
Discussion: Washington Post and GigaOM
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Men's Journal Publisher Chris McLoughlin Moves Over to Rolling Stone  —  It was just last month that we were writing about the strategic alliance between Wenner Media's Fitness and Men's Journal.  And how that deal quickly came together through the efforts of respective publishers Eric Schwarzkopf and Chris McLoughlin.
Discussion: AdAge and MinOnline
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 …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Aims To Be A News Source By Now Letting Everyone Embed Public Posts  —  With hashtags, trending topics, verified profiles, and now the ability for anyone to embed public posts on external websites, Facebook is making a big push to become a primary source of real-time news, both for journalists and readers.
Bill Mickey / Folio:
Summit Business Media Reorganizes, Changes Name  —  Summit Professional Networks now aligned under three market verticals.  —  Summit Business Media is now called Summit Professional Networks.  The name change reflects an effort over the last year and a half to group assets under …
Discussion: @rafat
Arti Patel / Folio:
Mag+ and Appboy Partner to Offer Publishers an Expanded Mobile Platform  —  New tools include enhanced customer tracking and marketing.  —  Mag+ announced its partnership with Appboy Wednesday, bringing a new management platform to the company's various digital publishers looking to deepen reader relationships on mobile.
Discussion: Mag+
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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Why Web TV Skeptic Mark Cuban Thinks Google Can Make the NFL Work on the Web  —  If Google ends up getting the rights to stream NFL games over the Web, could the Web handle it?  —  That is: Is America's Internet infrastructure capable of letting millions of people watch the same football games …
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Charles Poladian / International Business Times:
New Zealand Approves Domestic Spying, ‘Death Of Privacy,’ Says Kim Dotcom
Washington Free Beacon:
Gay Reporter Kicked Off Kremlin Network After Protesting Anti-Gay Law
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
How two young journalists are highlighting longform journalism written by women
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Layoffs to hit Disney/ABC TV Group
Discussion: Variety, @tvnewslab, Reuters and TVSpy
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
New York Times Stages Online Indie Film Fest With L.A.'s Film Independent (Exclusive)
Discussion: @point5com
Journalists under threat in Egypt
Discussion: @michellebetz
Nina Burleigh / The New York Observer:
You Leak, You Lose: Going to Prison for Acts of Journalism
Discussion: Gawker and
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Las Vegas Sun could disappear, editor says in suit
Gabriela Baczynska / Reuters:
Russia criticizes Britain over pressure on Guardian
Discussion: New York Times
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Facebook Leads an Effort to Lower Barriers to Internet Access