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9:10 PM ET, August 23, 2013


 Top News: 
New York Times:
N.F.L. Pressure Said to Lead ESPN to Quit Film Project  —  ESPN was involved with a hard-hitting television series that delivered an unsavory depiction of professional football players.  The N.F.L.'s commissioner was so perturbed that he complained to the chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, ESPN's parent company.
ESPN denies it quit head injuries documentary over NFL ties
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Dave Jamieson / The Huffington Post:
NFL Players Union Rips ESPN: ‘Sad Day’ For Journalism
Discussion: and Deadspin
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
New York Times And Guardian Will Publish More Snowden Revelations  —  “A climate of intense pressure.”  —  Brad Barket / Getty Images  —  The New York Times is in the Snowden game.  —  The paper — which NSA leaker Edward Snowden deliberately avoided over his fear that it would cooperate …
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Snowden: UK government now leaking documents about itself
Robert Booth / Guardian:
UK government given Tuesday deadline over David Miranda data
Discussion: @carlgardner
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
What Is Medium?  —  The site from Twitter's co-founders is one year old, and still mysterious  —  Just about a year ago, a new website from two of the founders of Twitter launched.  It was called Medium.  The new site was invite-only, but outsiders could read from various collections.
Anil Dash / Medium:
What Medium Is  —  Think YouTube, not Blogger.  Hard Knocks, not Harvard.  —  If you enjoy this piece, please support my campaign to bring clean water to the region of Orissa, India where my family is from.  A donation of just $45 can bring one person safe water for life.
Discussion: @emilygould, @jayrosen_nyu and @ibogost
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
The Suit in the Newsroom  —  An unusual Times executive— for unusual times.  —  When Mark Thompson, a former director general at the BBC, was appointed president and CEO of the New York Times Company, the reaction inside the company was a mix of relief and apprehension.
Alexander Nazaryan / New York Times:   A Rift in the Highest Ranks of The New York Times
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Citing Steve Jobs email, DOJ claims Apple changed in-app purchase to retaliate against Amazon  —  In the Apple ebooks case, the federal government wants to change the way that Apple does business — not just for ebooks, but in all content markets.  —  The DOJ on Friday filed a revised proposed remedy …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
U.S. proposes shorter injunction in Apple e-books case  —  The U.S. government on Friday offered to cut in half the length of a proposed injunction to punish Apple Inc for conspiring with five major publishers to raise e-book prices.  In a court filing, the U.S. Department of Justice …
Discussion: The Verge and Engadget
Mat Honan / Wired:
Comment Sections Are Wastelands Ruled by Trolls.  Here Are Alternatives  —  Online comments are trollish and broken.  Luckily, there are some great alternatives.  Illustration: Tavis Coburn  —  A decade or more ago, Internet publishers entered into what now seems like a collective delusion …
Discussion: @dangillmor and @mat
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies  —  • Top-secret files show first evidence of financial relationship  —  • Prism companies include Google and Yahoo, says NSA  —  • Costs were incurred after 2011 Fisa court ruling
Michele Weldon / Quartz:
Doctors and teachers deserve more confidentiality than journalists?  —  Like it or not, the honored tradition of confidentiality runs to the core of American government, enterprise, and society.  —  The purpose of 8,000 acres in the Nevada desert was kept top secret for decades …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Media group asks AG to remove Risen subpoena
Discussion: Main Justice
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Who abandoned negotiations first: Koch brothers or Tribune?  —  Charles and David Koch walked away from negotiations to buy Tribune Co.'s newspapers because digital assets like CareerBuilder and Classified Ventures wouldn't convey with the sale, Josh Peterson reported in The Daily Caller Thursday afternoon.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Koch Brothers Not Buying Tribune Company
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Gingrich Will Be Back in the ‘Crossfire’ on CNN  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — In defeat, the 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls have mostly faded from view, in ways that seem true to type.  Mitt Romney is a contented grandfather.  Rick Santorum is head of a Christian movie company.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Col Allan declares himself MacArthur, as the ‘New York Post’ roils  —  “Like MacArthur I shall return.”  —  That's what Col Allan, the New York Post's pit bull of an editor-in-chief, wrote in an email to Capital earlier this week, likening himself to Gen. Douglas MacArthur …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Times Public Editor Will Stay Mum on Maureen Dowd  —  Don't expect Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times' public editor, to join those calling for columnist Maureen Dowd to be axed over what they charge is a serial pattern of inaccuracy.  —  The Observer reached out to Ms. Sullivan to find …
Robert Andrews / Beet.TV:
Research: Tablet Video Apps Capture Viewers Better Than TV  —  Tablet devices could focus viewers' attention on video content - and ads - far more than any other screen, including TV, new research has found.  —  Consumer polling by IPG Media Lab for video ad tech firm YuMe shows tablet users …
Discussion: GigaOM and Variety
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
National Journal Names New Top Editor  —  Tim Grieve, who recently jumped from Politico to National Journal and has been hiring up reporters, has been named National Journal's editor-in-chief, according to a memo from Atlantic Media chief David Bradley.  —  The move puts Grieve head-to-head …
Discussion: @mlcalderone and @dkthomp
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Here Are The Highest Paid News Anchors At Each Network  —  TV Guide's Stephen Battaglio and Michael Schneider tally up the highest-paid talent in television for this week's magazine.  The highest paid on-air individual in all of TV is syndicated judge “Judge Judy” Sheindlin …
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
Jessica Weisberg / Al Jazeera America:
In Mexico, seeking justice for a slain colleague … Regina Martínez, who was murdered last year, was considered the best journalist in the state of Veracruz  —  ­Jorge Carrasco, a reporter for Proceso magazine, spent a year investigating the murder of his colleague Regina Martínez …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Newest YouTube user to fight a takedown is copyright guru Lawrence Lessig  —  EFF has filed a second lawsuit over a “bogus” takedown, hoping for better results.  —  Illegitimate or simply unnecessary copyright claims are, unfortunately, commonplace in the Internet era.
Josh Stearns / Mediashift:
Lessons from Manning and Miranda: Press Freedom Advocates Must Fight Back  —  After British authorities detained the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald for nine hours and forced the Guardian, where Greenwald works, to destroy its computers, the Columbia Journalism Review declared this a …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Firedoglake, Thanks:@mediatwit
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Perry Stein / City Desk:
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Discussion: Mediaite, @wcp, @thedcvince and DCist
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PM Launches E-book Bundling Program
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