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5:55 AM ET, September 7, 2013


 Top News: 
Jack Shafer:
The NSA never takes “no” for an answer  —  At several recent junctures, the U.S. government has publicly sought to expand its power and control over the electronic privacy of its citizens.  At each point, the government was roundly foiled by the public and the majority of the political class, which rebuked it.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Activists call on N.Y. Times, ProPublica to release unredacted NSA information  —  Several privacy and tech activists are calling on the New York Times and ProPublica to release unredacted documents in the wake of their report about how the National Security Agency is able to break encryption codes.
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.
ProPublica's Jeff Larson on the NSA crypto story  —  Yesterday, ProPublica, the New York Times, and the Guardian collaboratively broke the story of the NSA's Bullrun program and its encryption-cracking capabilities.  This afternoon, Erin Kissane sat down with ProPublica's Jeff Larson …
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 …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC ordered to disclose names and details of payoffs to 150 managers
Discussion: Guardian
BBC:   BBC pay-offs: Trust denies Mark Thompson claims
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
CEO Mark Thompson gives a few glimpses into the near-term growth strategy of The New York Times  —  New York Times Company CEO Mark Thompson was back in his native U.K. today to give an address at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, which is celebrating an anniversary of its fellowship program.
Alexander C. Kaufman / International Business Times:
Who Pays Interns?  Few Media Firms Do, But This Tumblr Helps You Find Which Ones That Will  —  If you want to intern at a magazine, prepare to be unpaid.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  —  Four years of Ivy League school.  Three unpaid internships in the country's most expensive city to live in.
Discussion: @petersterne and @natrudy
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.
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.
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Where Julian Assange Lies in Wait—and What He's Planning Next  —  Julian Assange hasn't set foot outside Ecuador's London embassy in more than a year—avoiding extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault.  But physical confinement seems only to enhance his reach.
Discussion: The Verge
Alan D. Mutter / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
The five big decisions facing Bezos at WaPo  —  When Jeff Bezos takes control of The Washington Post in a few short weeks, the Amazon founder will face five enormous decisions that will shape the future of an iconic newspaper once so powerful that it drove President Richard M. Nixon from office.
Discussion: Home Page Feed and The Switch
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.
Discussion: @ryanchittum
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.
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 …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:   Apple hit with injunction in e-books antitrust case
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Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Yahoo says U.S. sought data on 40,332 user accounts in 2013
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Bleacher Report Pushes More Professional Video Content
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Mariam Rizk / Associated Press:
Egypt: journalist and lawyer held in crackdown
Discussion: Associated Press
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Guardian's Joanna Geary to join Twitter UK
Discussion: @lewiswiltshire and @smfrogers

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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The House passes a TikTok divestiture bill with a longer sale deadline as part of a package of Ukraine/Israel aid bills, pressuring the Senate to vote on TikTok

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Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
President Biden signs the bill reauthorizing FISA's Section 702, extending the controversial warrantless surveillance program through 2026

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