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9:20 AM ET, August 28, 2013


 Top News: 
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Times Web Site Affected by External Hacking Attack  —  The New York Times Web site was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon following an attack on the company's domain name registrar, Melbourne IT.  The attack also required employees of The Times to stop sending out sensitive e-mails.
The Atlantic Wire:
Syrian Electronic Army Responsible for New York Times Website Crash  —  Service appears to have been fully restored to the website of The New York Times, after a hacker attack knocked out for several hours on Tuesday.  The attackers have been acknowledged by The Times …
Michael Lee / ZDNet:
Hackers had Melbourne IT reseller credentials to attack NYT, Twitter
Discussion: Forbes
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Can Rupert Murdoch hold on to Kara Swisher?  —  Who is the best journalist (so far) of the new millennium?  Who has best embraced the opportunities afforded by digital media, and used them to deliver breaking news and incisive opinion to the greatest effect?  Put like that, it's hard to wind up with any name other than Kara Swisher.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Time Warner Cable's new Xbox app won't count against data caps  —  Time Warner Cable launched a new app on the Xbox 360 Tuesday that gives subscribers of the pay TV provider access to live feeds from up to 300 TV channels, including programming from networks like ABC, FOX and Comedy Central.
Discussion: CNET
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vine gets better with age: How screens, speed and networks are changing the future of online video  —  Earlier this morning when sitting in the San Diego Airport while waiting for my flight, I did what most people do these days in those situations — I peered into my phone and cycled through my various social media applications.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Pari Bradlee and the brilliance of Fox News's Howard Kurtz  —  No one cared about the Facebook photos of one Pari Bradlee.  No one cared that one of them portrayed her in a “Swiss-cheese bra.”  No one cared that another showed her posing nude, “shot from the back, twisting one arm behind her.”
Simon Rogers / Twitter Blog:
The New York Times tests a new Tweet feature  —  Last week, The New York Times (@nytimes) experimented with a new feature that highlights quotes and sentences within a story, and in one click turns those sentences into Tweets.  —  The story they chose, “The God of ‘SNL’ Will See You Now,” …
Patrick Smith / TheMediaBriefing:
Johnston Press expects mobile future as print takes £250m hit  —  By 2015 mobile and tablet devices will account for one third of Johnston Press's entire audience by 2015 - including print - according to CEO Ashley Highfield.  And it's a good thing too, as the company swung …
Pascale Paoli-Lebailly / Rapid TV News:
France Télévisions to axe 600 jobs, cut spending and boost digital  —  Rémy Pflimlin, France Télévisions president, who aims to bring his group's finances back to balance in 2015, is confident about the company's current reforms and cost reduction strategy …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Makes Its Apple TV-Killer More Appealing for Apple Owners  —  Nice timing: On the same day that Apple upgraded Apple TV by adding more content to its Web TV box, Google upgrades Chromecast, its Apple TV competitor — by making it more appealing to Apple users.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
As Syria Attack Looms, Few U.S. News Outlets Report From Damascus  —  NEW YORK — When Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem held a news conference Tuesday in the capital city of Damascus, Wall Street Journal reporter Sam Dagher asked about the government's reaction to reports of chemical weapons use.
Discussion: Washington Post, @jpeyron, NBCNews and BBC
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The Guardian's Android and iPhone apps now offer free ad-supported and premium access  —  The Guardian newspaper may be rejecting the temptation to fully move behind a metered paywall, but the publication has announced that its iPhone and Android apps are adopting a new unified freemium model from today.
Discussion: The Guardian and Guardian
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Al Jazeera America Launch Ratings  —  Al Jazeera America launched last week, and we have the ratings from Nielsen for its first few days.  —  Not surprisingly given the low-rated channel it replaced (Current TV), and the fact that it lost a few million homes from AT&T before launch …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Dorothy Otieno / Data Driven Journalism:
Data Journalism in Kenya: Introducing Data Dredger  —  Two years ago Kenya launched the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI).  It was a first for sub-Saharan Africa.  —  For the first time Kenyans would access and interrogate government data from their computer terminals, and cell phones.
Dimitra DeFotis / Tech Trader Daily:
Tivo Earnings Hit Positive Post-Settlement Milestone, CEO Says  —  TiVo shares rallied after the close when it released results that exceeded its guidance — before including legal settlements with Cisco and Motorola.  —  Shares of TiVo (TIVO) were up 19 cents, or nearly 2% …
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
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