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12:30 PM ET, May 23, 2014


 Top News: 
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon escalates battle with Hachette, refuses coming book orders, lists some as unavailable  —  Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Hachette  —  Amazon, under fire in much of the literary community for energetically discouraging customers from buying books from the publisher Hachette, has abruptly escalated the battle.
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Amazon takes away pre-orders on many Hachette titles, messes with search, categories and recommendations
Michael Kinsley / New York Times:
In review of Greenwald book, Kinsley says government should choose which secrets to release  —  ‘No Place to Hide,’ by Glenn Greenwald  —  “My position was straightforward,” Glenn Greenwald writes.  “By ordering illegal eavesdropping, the president had committed crimes and should be held accountable for them.”
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Kinsley's review attacks Greenwald and the First Amendment that allows secrets to emerge  —  Michael Kinsley on Glenn Greenwald: He ‘cannot’ decide what secrets get published  —  Michael Kinsley, always a provocative thinker, has done quite a bit of provoking in his just-published …
Robert Mackey / New York Times:
Twitter Agrees to Block ‘Blasphemous’ Tweets in Pakistan  —  At least five times this month, a Pakistani bureaucrat who works from a colonial-era barracks in Karachi, just down the street from the former home of his country's secularist founder, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, asked Twitter to shield …
Amy Sawitta Lefevre / Reuters:
Thai media chafe under post-coup blackout  —  Television screens went blue and up flashed the army's emblem, normal programming stopped and Thailand held its breath.  For anyone looking forward to their favourite show, it was going to be a long wait.  —  Half-an-hour later …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Bloomberg gives its native ads a data spin  —  Data journalism is getting the native ad treatment.  —  Bloomberg LP, best known for its financial news and information, has launched a new suite of native ad products that tap into its data-crunching abilities.
Discussion: @kevglobal, @niemanlab and @raju
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Why A Facebook Employee Just Scared The Hell Out Of The Media  —  Facebook's director of product, attacked state of today's media landscape.  As observers quickly noted, however, it appears lost on him that the company he works for is perhaps most to blame.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Newspapers are ‘hollowed out’ and ‘VICE is the savior of news,’ says guy from Facebook
Alex Howard / semper scriben:
Where journalism, Facebook's algorithm and responsibiliy lie
Discussion: Scripting News and Daily Dot
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Gizmodo editor-in-chief Geoff Manaugh ‘did not integrate well’ and is gone  —  A memo Friday from Gawker Media Group Editorial Director Joel Johnson says Geoff Manaugh, Gizmodo's top editor, “did not integrate well with the structure both within his team and the company as a whole” and is no longer with the company.
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Finalizes Selection of New Headquarters  —  Lease for One Franklin Square in Washington, D.C. — The Washington Post today announced it has chosen developer Hines' One Franklin Square at 1301 K Street NW for its new headquarters.  —  The Post has signed a long-term lease …
Discussion: Poynter
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter Experiments With a New Video-Sharing Feature  —  So it doesn't look like Twitter is going to get into the audio business, after all.  But Twitter has liked video for quite a while.  —  And it looks like it's experimenting with a new product that could encourage more people to use …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
TVTY Raises $4.5 Million To Sync TV And Online Ads  —  French startup TVTY raised $4.5 million from Partech Ventures, 360 Capital Partners and business angels.  This is yet another sign that French companies' efforts to advertise technology have been doing very well.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Amy Howe / SCOTUSblog:
Live blog of SCOTUSblog appeal to the Standing Committe of Correspondents  —  TG: We find an outside expert.  I am not involved in that process in any way; it is done by Kali with outside input.  Blog finds someone who knows a lot about the subject matter and doesn't have any conflict.
Discussion: Guardian
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Talks with indie labels stall over YouTube music subscription service  —  Independent labels from around the globe lambast YouTube with scathing comments over ‘unnecessary and indefensible’ actions  —  Talks have broken down between independent music labels and YouTube over licensing terms …
The BBC's review on what it knew about Jimmy Savile has been delayed until after the trial of Dave Lee Travis.  —  The report was delayed in January pending the outcome of criminal proceedings against former BBC presenter Stuart Hall on the grounds the review might prejudice the trial.
Discussion: ITV
Dominic Patten /
Only U.S.-Based News Corp Phone-Hacking Suit Dismissed; Angelina Jolie's Stunt Double Must Pursue Case In UK  —  Confirming his tentative ruling from February, a federal judge has formally dismissed the U.S.-based phone-hacking scandal suit against News Corp filed last June by a stunt double for Angelina Jolie.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Bloomberg
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Prosecutor Seeks Time For Top Mediaset Management in Mediatrade Case  —  ROME - A Milan prosecutor has requested a three year and two months jail sentence for Mediaset Vice Chairman Pier Silvio Berlusconi (pictured), who is Silvio Berlusconi's son, in a long-gestating tax fraud case pertaining …
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Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Amazon releases its first original TV show for children on Prime Instant Video
Discussion: and Kidscreen
Press Gazette:
BBC legal chief warns that Bribery Act can make foreign newsgathering ‘very difficult’
Jack Smith IV / Betabeat:
The Netflix For Children's Books Adds 1000 Titles From HarperCollins
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Agence France-Presse:
News Corp chief says print ‘crucial’ to company future
Discussion: GlobalPost
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ofcom finds ESPN offers audio descriptions on just 2.3% of its programs, issues £120,000 fine
Discussion: TBI Vision
David Usborne / The Independent:
Dame Marjorie Scardino: The tycoon tipped to head the BBC Trust and a city that will never forgive her
Discussion: @kevin_maguire
 Earlier Picks: 
Dawn McCarty / Bloomberg:
DirecTV Investor Sues to Block AT&T $48 Billion Takeover
TiVo Q1: revenue up 30% as subscriptions grow with European partners, profit reaches $8.1M
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Knight funds innovation and a push for media diversity at Hampton University
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Readers Say a ‘Net Neutrality’ Vote Was Reported Upside Down and Backward
Sharif Sakr / Engadget:
Samsung gives up on its homegrown Music and Book Hub services
Discussion: CNET, Gigaom, BGR, Music Week and The Verge