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10:00 AM ET, August 29, 2013


 Top News: 
Rosie Gray:
The Onion Denies Taking A Serious Line On Syria  —  Satire or campaigning?  The Onion has been one of the most consistent voices on Syria for months.  —  WASHINGTON — Though The Onion is a satirical newspaper, its Syria coverage in the past few months has been anything but …
Discussion: The Onion and @_richardhall
Area Man Realizes He's Been Reading Fake News For 25 Years  —  Before Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert became establishments in news satire, there was The Onion.  Thursday, “America's Finest News Source” turns 25.  —  Two college students founded the fake news organization …
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Press+ Launches a Service to Make Online Video Profitable (Exclusive)  —  You can start by watching the Microsoft anti-trust trial, but shows from major entertainment companies could be next  —  Press+, which provides paywalls for the websites of several top newspaper chains …
Discussion: paidContent
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify Gets a New Biz Dev Head From 21st Century Fox  —  Spotify has hired a new dealmaker: The streaming music service has hired Jorge Espinel, who has spent the last four years working on digital strategy at News Corp and 21st Century Fox, as its new head of global business development.
Discussion: Softpedia News and hypebot
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Automattic takes on Storify with WordPress Media Explorer for curating tweets and YouTube videos  —  Automattic has released a Media Explorer tool for the WordPress blogging platform that lets authors curate trending content from Twitter and YouTube all without needing to leave their post.
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Instapaper gets complete redesign after Betaworks purchase, new mobile apps soon  —  Instapaper is in the midsts of an overhaul.  After being purchased by Betaworks this past April, the first major changes to the read-it-later service since creator Marco Arment gave up control of the app are here.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Advocate may add third ‘distinct paper’ in Louisiana  —  The Advocate of Baton Rouge and New Orleans will “substantially beef up news coverage” in Louisiana's Acadiana region, and may add a distinct Acadiana edition in 2014, owner John Georges told business leaders in Lafayette, La., Wednesday.
Discussion: Baton Rouge news …
Jane Darby Menton / Yale Daily News:
Woodward to teach ‘Journalism’  —  In the spring, aspiring Yale journalists will have the opportunity to learn from one of the most famous names in the field, Bob Woodward '65.  —  Woodward will teach the spring section of “Journalism,” an intensive seminar that the English Department offers each spring and fall.
Discussion: @abeaujon and @froomkin
Freddie Laker / VentureBeat:
Smart TV security: When TV watches you  —  Freddie Laker is the founder and CEO of Guide.  —  If you've ever watched a television show aimed at children, you'll notice that the characters often break the fourth wall to interact with their pint-sized audiences.
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
BuzzFeed has a Medium problem  —  BuzzFeed ought to thank anti-abortion group Personhood USA, which has exposed a serious flaw in the upstart publication's system.  With a BuzzFeedalicious listicle detailing why Planned Parenthood is the work of a promiscuous, condomless Satan …
David Kravets / Wired:
White House Copyright Czar Jumps to Industry Anti-Piracy Group  —  Victoria Espinel, the nation's copyright czar until two weeks ago, has been named president of an anti-piracy trade group that lobbies governments on behalf of the software industry.  —  Espinel resigned earlier this month …
Stijn Debrouwere /
Cargo cult analytics  —  This is a talk I gave at a Hacks/Hackers meetup in Berlin on August 21, 2013.  —  Thanks for inviting me to speak at this Hacks/Hackers meetup.  My name is Stijn Debrouwere.  I'm a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow and I'm loosely affiliated with the Guardian's data science team in London.
Sun on Sunday overhaul expected in September  —  Tabloid thought to relaunch after News UK's recruitment of 16 new staff and editor's pledge to take paper ‘to greater heights’  —  The Sun on Sunday is expected to unveil a radical overhaul in September, 19 months after Rupert Murdoch launched …
Discussion: @benfenton and The Drum
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Kelly McBride / Poynter:
What the ESPN/Frontline breakup teaches us about investigative reporting
Discussion: @poynter and @kellymcb
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Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Twitter Acquires Social TV Tracker Trendrr
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
CO Everywhere Wants To Fill The Hyper-Local News Gap With Its New Mobile App
Discussion: @tomlimongello