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6:15 PM ET, September 6, 2013


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Decision to Publish Against Government Request Was ‘Not a Particularly Anguished One’  —  The New York Times has come under fire in the past for agreeing to government requests to hold back sensitive stories or information, but it bucked such requests in publishing a front-page article in Friday's paper.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Activists call on N.Y. Times, ProPublica to release unredacted NSA information
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC ordered to disclose names and details of payoffs to 150 managers  —  Corporation had fought to keep details secret, but public accounts committee has demanded deals are revealed  —  The BBC has been ordered to disclose the names and details of 150 senior managers who received severance payouts …
Discussion: Guardian and @ericsalama
Former BBC chairman contradicts Thompson in £1m payout row  —  Sir Michael Lyons says he was not fully briefed on Byford's severance terms, as five current trustees distance themselves from Thompson's claims that they were involved in the payout  —  Former BBC director general Mark Thompson …
BBC:   BBC pay-offs: Trust denies Mark Thompson claims
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Judge won't grant injunction in Las Vegas Sun editor's suit  —  U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan Friday dismissed a request by Las Vegas Sun Editor and Publisher Brian Greenspun to block a plan to end the Sun's joint operating agreement with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Howard Stutz reports.
Timothy Pratt / New York Times:   A Newspaper in Las Vegas, at Risk of Closing, Divides a Family
George Brock / The Conversation:
Spike the gloom - journalism has a bright future  —  Whenever more than two journalists gather together to discuss the future of their business, the dialogue is usually depressing.  This prevailing pessimism must change: we need a new conversation about what's happening to news.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Will Appeal Final Court Order in E-Book Price Fixing Trial  —  Here's the last word, for now, on the punishment Apple will receive after losing its e-book price-fixing trial: It's not as bad as Apple first feared, but Apple still isn't happy.  —  You can see the order …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Glenn Beck Wants to Know: Why Can't We All Just Get Along?  —  You left Fox News and started The Blaze, a TV station, Web site and subscription service.  How is that working out?  —  Check back with me in 10 years.  I think we're just now entering the fields that I was hoping we would enter.
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme is now writing its own headlines  —  Right now there's a headline on Techmeme written by our news editors.  Our more familiar readers know why this is noteworthy: from the time we launched in 2005 until yesterday, our content consisted entirely of quotes.
Disney Armed With ESPN Cudgel in Next Pay-TV Fee Showdown  —  CBS's Moonves Says TWC Pact Reflects High Ratings  —  Now that CBS Corp. has prevailed in its monthlong dispute with Time Warner Cable Inc., it's Bob Iger's turn to see how much his Walt Disney Co. can squeeze from a pay-TV carrier.
Globe and Mail:
Torstar to close its digital division  —  Torstar Corp. is shutting down its Torstar Digital division and shuffling its assets into different parts of its operations as part of a way to cut costs.  —  The company laid off about 10 senior managers at the digital operations as part of the plan.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Press regulation: industry presses on with new watchdog despite reservations  —  Ipso expected to be running by early 2014 but Guardian, Independent and Financial Times still have concerns  —  The newspaper industry is pressing ahead with plans to launch a new watchdog and hopes …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
A weakened Washington Post, a serious ethical breach  —  Erik Wemple breaks a huge media-corruption story for the Washington Post, and unfortunately for his employer, it's about the Post itself.  —  This is just about as bad as it gets, and it's mitigated only slightly by the fact the Post allowed Wemple to publish his tough piece.
Mariam Rizk / Associated Press:
Egypt: journalist and lawyer held in crackdown  —  CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian labor lawyer and a journalist have been detained, raising rights activists' concerns that the military-led government is widening its crackdown to include non-Islamist critics of its policies.
Discussion: Associated Press
Andy Lewis / Hollywood Reporter:
How the New iPhone Helps Hollywood  —  Apple's cheaper device means greater penetration in China and India as iTunes movies, TV and music suddenly will land in millions (billions?) more hands.  —  The new iPhone 5S will make headlines this fall for its better camera, longer-lasting battery and flashy fingerprint-sensing lock.
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Yahoo says U.S. sought data on 40,332 user accounts in 2013  —  Justin Sullivan/Getty Images - Yahoo on Friday released its first transparency report.  The company said it will continue to release reports every six months.  Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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