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7:45 PM ET, August 28, 2013


 Top News: 
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Here's why you still might not be able to reach  —  By Andrea Peterson and Timothy B. Lee, Published: August 28 at 7:23 pm  —  Can you access the New York Times website at yet?  For many internet users, including me, the answer to that is still no. The Times …
Discussion: Motherboard and OpenDNS Blog
Samantha Bomkamp / Chicago Tribune:
Hacked New York Times' website mostly restored  —  Access to the New York Times website has been mostly restored a day after hackers claimed credit for taking over the domain and preventing visitors from accessing news stories for most of the previous afternoon.
Discussion: Reuters
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
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
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.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
MPAA: Piracy Hub Hotfile Found Liable for Copyright Infringement  —  Cyberlocker Hotfile has been found liable for copyright infringement for housing movies and TV shows on its site, the MPAA said on Wednesday.  —  The decision from the U.S. District Court in Florida was the first such ruling …
Discussion: The Wrap, Hillicon Valley and Techdirt
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.
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 …
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
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
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