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6:35 PM ET, August 28, 2013


 Top News: 
David Ford / ABC News:
ABC News Reopens Bureau in Beirut  —  ABC News has reopened a bureau in Beirut, Lebanon.  Alexander Marquardt who covers the region for the network will be based there.  The Beirut bureau is in addition to ABC's long-standing base in Jerusalem.  ABC's first Beirut bureau was opened 45 years ago by a young Peter Jennings.
Reporters Without Borders:
News providers targeted by both government and opposition forces
Discussion: Poynter
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Understanding the New York Times hack  —  Hackers — most likely the Syrian Electronic Army — attacked The New York Times' website Tuesday, complicating access for many users.  In an email to Poynter, Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy writes the “situation is close to being fully resolved.”
Paresh Dave / Los Angeles Times:
Twitter, AOL lock down URLs in wake of New York Times hack  —  A data center in Oregon.  Some data centers host the content users see on websites.  Others, such as ones operated by Melbourne IT, hold crucial records that tell the Internet where to find the data centers that have the content.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Verge
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Times Web Site Affected by External Hacking Attack
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Acquires Social TV Tracker Trendrr  —  Twitter has acquired Trendrr, a social tracking TV service that until today competed with Twitter's own in-house analytics products.  —  After Wednesday's acquisition, the three dominant, stand-alone players in the social TV chatter space are gone.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Arianna Goes (Even More) Global: HuffPost Live Launches WorldPost in Berggruen Institute Partnership  —  HuffPost Live Host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin speaking with Mehdi Hasan, political director of HuffPost U.K.  —  HuffPost Live, the Huffington Post's live-streaming network …
Discussion: @ase
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.
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.
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,” …
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 and Beet.TV
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 …
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.
Jim Romenesko:
Henry Blodget: 'One inspiring story that's worth telling is Nick Carlson's'  —  piece has over 850,000 views — and now BI boss Henry Blodget tells the story of Nicholas Carlson.  —  “Thanks to his training at [Gawker Media's] Valleywag, Nick had developed a tendency to be snarky, judgmental …
Discussion: @ajs
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
CO Everywhere Wants To Fill The Hyper-Local News Gap With Its New Mobile App  —  Hyper-local news is hard and difficult to scale and monetize.  CO Everywhere, which is the completely redesigned and rethought version of BlockAvenue, says it wants to fill in the gap between existing hyper-local sites and social media.
Discussion: @tomlimongello, PRWeb and Street Fight
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi is out of stock.  New e-readers on the way?  —  Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi is out of stock, suggesting that new models may be on the way.  —  It's been about a year since Amazon launched the front-lit Kindle Paperwhite, and the company plans to introduce new tablets this fall …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Courting All Bookworms, Kobo Debuts 3 New Reading-Friendly Arc Tablets, A New Aura E-Reader …
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The Guardian's Android and iPhone apps now offer free ad-supported and premium access
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