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4:55 PM ET, May 23, 2014


 Top News: 
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
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 …
Women dominate shortlist to succeed Lord Patten at BBC  —  Dame Marjorie Scardino among potential candidates for role of BBC Trust chairman as rumours swirl over body's future  —  Government officials are weighing up a shortlist of replacements for Lord Patten as chairman of the BBC Trust …
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
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: @niemanlab, @kevglobal and @raju
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 …
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Why Did Wikileaks Name “Country X” When Glenn Greenwald Wouldn't?  —  1,538g  —  Earlier this week, the Intercept revealed another bombshell from Edward Snowden's cache of government secrets: The NSA soaks up all the mobile phone calls from the Bahamas and another country.
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.
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
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Finalizes Selection of New Headquarters  —  The Post's new headquarters will be located at 1301 K Street, NW in Washington.  (Photo courtesy of Hines)  —  Lease for One Franklin Square in Washington, D.C. — The Washington Post today announced it has chosen developer Hines …
Discussion: Poynter and @raju
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Rival press regulator Impress begins recruiting as JK Rowling helps it to nearly £100k funding  —  Rival press regulator Impress claims to have raised nearly £100,000 in funding and this week began the search for an appointments panel to recruit its board.
Discussion: @jheawood
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
YouTube is building a mobile app for creators, a feature to let fans donate funds, and crowdsourced subtitles  —  YouTube today announced a new initiative called Creator Preview, a video series in which the Google-owned company shares what features it is working on for creators.
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FCC denies stations' bid for looser underwriting language
The BBC's review on what it knew about Jimmy Savile has been delayed until after the trial of Dave Lee Travis.
Discussion: ITV
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Prosecutor Seeks Time For Top Mediaset Management in Mediatrade Case
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’
Dominic Patten /
Only U.S.-Based News Corp Phone-Hacking Suit Dismissed; Angelina Jolie's Stunt Double Must Pursue Case In UK
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Jack Smith IV / Betabeat:
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Discussion: FishbowlNY
Agence France-Presse:
News Corp chief says print ‘crucial’ to company future
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ofcom finds ESPN offers audio descriptions on just 2.3% of its programs, issues £120,000 fine
Discussion: TBI Vision
Dawn McCarty / Bloomberg:
DirecTV Investor Sues to Block AT&T $48 Billion Takeover
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Knight funds innovation and a push for media diversity at Hampton University