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12:30 AM ET, August 24, 2013


 Top News: 
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.
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
5 Takeaways from New York Magazine's Profile of the New York Times  —  From Nate Silver's departure to David Carr's license to gab, here's what New York Magazine dug up about NYT's new CEO Mark Thompson  —  New York Magazine's profile of New York Times CEO Mark Thompson came out on Friday …
Alexander Nazaryan / The Atlantic Wire:   A Rift in the Highest Ranks of The New York Times
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 …
Robert Booth / Guardian:
UK government given Tuesday deadline over David Miranda data
Discussion: @carlgardner
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Snowden: UK government now leaking documents about itself
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: Deadspin and LA Observed
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.
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
Discussion: The Verge and Engadget
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 …
Discussion: @qz
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Media group asks AG to remove Risen subpoena
Discussion: Main Justice
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: @mat and @dangillmor
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
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
For MTV, making VMAs a most-tweeted event is so 2012  —  For MTV's Video Music Awards, tabulating a number of tweets is so passe.  For this year's award show, which is set to air Sunday, another record level of social engagement is a foregone conclusion for the Viacom youth-culture cable channel.
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 …
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
Magazines, Newspapers Brace for Exigent Postal Rate Hike  —  Magazines, newspapers and direct marketers are girding for the possibility that the U.S. Postal Service will pass an exigent rate increase on top of the annual postal rate that is capped by the consumer price index.
Richard Lea / Guardian:
Why are publishers the new villain in the digital age?  —  As Amazon tears down the gates around literary culture, even independents are caught in the crossfire  —  Perched on the end of a panel filled with writers who are throwing off the shackles of conventional publishing …
Discussion: @maxdunbar1 and @saltire_society
Good News from Finland:
Finnish media develop new digital paper  —  Five Finnish media companies are collaborating with TIVIT Next Media research programme to test a new kind of ePaper reader solution that is charged by ambient or natural light.  —  The solution will be piloted for newspaper distribution to hundreds of users in November.
Discussion: @goodnewsfinland
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 …
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 …
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.
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: @dkthomp and @mlcalderone
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