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3:30 AM ET, June 24, 2014


 Top News: 
Jared Malsin / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Egypt, a Kafkaesque trial concludes with a victory for censorship  —  Three Al Jazeera journalists, arrested in December, were sentenced to lengthy prison terms based on questionable evidence  —  It began with murmuring.  Someone sobbed.  Then the courtroom melted into a chaos of shouting …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Kerry hits ‘draconian’ Al Jazeera convictions
Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Al-Jazeera journalists jailed for seven years in Egypt
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
SCOTUSblog will appeal credential decision, which said blog was not independent of law firm  —  The walls erected by traditional media  —  This was a morning of ironies.  At 9:30 a.m., six members of the blog staff were live-blogging the Supreme Court's orders, followed by opinions at 10 a.m. There were 10,000 readers.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
TV Ratings in U.S.-Portugal Tie Show World Cup's Draw  —  With an audience of 25 million viewers for Sunday's game between the United States and Portugal, the World Cup is moving into elite territory as a sports property on American television.  Ratings for the game were the highest …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen and comScore Can't Tell You How Many People Streamed USA's World Cup Tie With Portugal  —  It's becoming clear the World Cup is a hit on U.S. television this year, judging from huge ratings for Sunday night's riveting game between the U.S. and Portugal.
Twitter Denies Blocking Extremist Accounts in Russia  —  Twitter Inc. (TWTR) said it hasn't agreed to block extremist accounts in Russia, rebutting earlier statements by the country that access was being restricted.  —  Instead, the San Francisco-based microblogging service said it's …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Vanity Fair to host conference in San Francisco this fall, charging $5K a ticket  —  Vanity Fair's Fall Conference Taps Power of the Rolodex  —  Vanity Fair magazine will host a conference in San Francisco this fall, becoming the latest publication to enter the potentially lucrative …
Discussion: @markhor, @nytmedia, @pkafka and Re/code
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Adds More Video Ads  —  Now showing in Amazon's video store: Another word from its sponsors.  —  The e-commerce giant, which has started quietly experimenting with video ads, is adding more of them to its “Amazon Instant Video” store.  Amazon is now offering a small selection …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
AT&T, DirecTV To Pitch Capitol Hill on Benefits of Merger  —  AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, in scheduled appearances on Capitol Hill on Tuesday with DirecTV chairman and CEO Michael D. White, plans to tell lawmakers that their proposed $49 billion merger may lead to lower prices for consumers across the marketplace.
Brian Stelter /
CNN partnering with Georgia Institute of Technology to study drone use for journalism  —  CNN to study drone use for reporting  —  Seeking to speed up government rule-making about the use of drones in newsgathering, CNN and the Georgia Institute of Technology said Monday that they would jointly study …
Fiona Lowenstein / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why you should pay attention to Upworthy measuring engagement in ‘attention minutes’  —  By ]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /usr/home/posting/public_html/behind_ the_news/upworthy_attention_minutes.php on line 235  —  Warning: include() [function.include] …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney Not Pursuing Equity Stake in Vice Media  —  Time Warner is still considered a suitor for the media company, though the two parties are $400 million apart.  —  Reports suggesting that several major media conglomerates are interested in paying big money for a stake in Vice Media are overblown …
Discussion: Quartz, The Wrap and New York Times
CBC News:
Bell Media laying off up to 120 across Toronto TV operations  —  Bell Media is laying off up to 120 people across its Toronto television operations.  —  Bell Media owns and operates numerous channels in the Toronto area, including CTV, CTV News Channel, TSN, MuchMusic, Comedy, CP24 and BNN.
David Hepworth / Guardian:
Felix Dennis personified the buccaneering spirit magazines have lost  —  Outrageous and passionate, Dennis was a shrewd operator who made small fortunes from the mis-steps of the big boys  —  I first met Felix Dennis in an upscale New York restaurant on a hot July Saturday in 1983.
Sky News:
Felix Dennis, Publisher Of Oz, Dies Aged 67
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