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2:20 PM ET, July 8, 2014


 Top News: 
Taylor Swift / Wall Street Journal:
Piracy and streaming shrank album sales, but music retains value and fan relationships matter  —  For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story  —  The Singer-Songwriter Says Artists and Fans Will Still Form Deep Bonds, but They Will Do It in New Ways  —  Where will the music industry be in 20 years, 30 years, 50 years?
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Seeking Alpha doesn't have to reveal the identity of a user who slammed a stock  —  Seeking Alpha is a site for people to write up and share their investing ideas — “a platform for investment research, with broad coverage of stocks, asset classes, ETFs and investment strategy.”
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Q&A with CNN's social news editor Samantha Barry on engagement, clickbait, and more  —  CNN's social news editor: Engagment doesn't have to mean clickbait  —  CNN recently named Samantha Barry as its new head of social news.  Starting in September, the Irish-born Barry will be in charge …
Discussion: @digiday
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Alexis Madrigal Named Deputy Editor of The Atlantic Website  —  Alexis Madrigal will be the new deputy editor of the, the magazine announced today.  Mr. Madrigal has been with the magazine since 2010, most recently in the position of senior editor overseeing the technology channel.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Guardian U.S. to open West Coast office  —  The Guardian U.S. is planning an expansion of its editorial team that will include the addition a West Coast office, it announced Tuesday.  —  The announcement comes in the wake of a banner year for The Guardian's stateside outfit …
Discussion: @attackerman and @ggreenwald
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How The Wall Street Journal is celebrating its 125th anniversary while also looking ahead  —  The Wall Street Journal marked its 75th anniversary on July 8, 1964 with a front-page story examining the paper's history and what the paper stood for.  Though initially conceived as solely a business newspaper …
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Israel Accused Of ‘Deliberately Targeting’ Journalists By Press Freedom Group  —  Press freedom group Reporters Without Borders has accused the Israeli Defense Forces of “deliberately targeting” journalists during the latest round of violence in Israel and Palestine.  —  Israel has launched dozens of strikes in Gaza.
David Weigel / Slate:
Daily Caller stories about Senator Bob Menendez may have been planted by Cuban intelligence  —  The Cubans, the Prostitutes, the Senator, and the Daily Caller  —  The competition was stiff, but there was no stronger/stranger headline yesterday than “CIA is said to link Cuba to plot to smear senator.”
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Texas Monthly promotes Brian Sweany to Editor-in-Chief  —  Texas Monthly names new editor in chief  —  Texas Monthly has named Brian Sweany its next editor in chief, the magazine announced on Tuesday.  —  Sweany replaces Jake Silverstein, who was named editor of The New York Times Magazine in March.
Discussion: @hadas_gold
Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Suffers Brief Outages in Violence-Hit Myanmar  —  Some users say Facebook has been inaccessible in Myanmar's second largest city for brief periods since a curfew began Thursday night following an outbreak of sectarian violence.  —  While Web connectivity is typically poor …
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Participant Index Seeks to Determine Why One Film Spurs Activism, While Others Falter  —  LOS ANGELES — You watched the wrenching documentary.  You posted your outrage on Twitter.  But are you good for more than a few easy keystrokes of hashtag activism?  —  Participant Media and some powerful partners need to know.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Amnesty International launches video verification tool, website  —  Amnesty International is in the verification game and that is good news for journalism.  —  When journalists monitor and search social networks, they're looking to discover and verify newsworthy content.
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SA Mathieson / Online Journalism Blog:
Making digital journalism pay: doable. Making a living: difficult
Iranian journalist Marzieh Rasouli sentenced to 2 years in prison and 50 lashes for anti-establishment propaganda
Discussion: euronews and @marzie_r
Harley Brown / Billboard:
Microsoft Opens Xbox Music to App Makers
Discussion: MSDN Blogs, Music Week and hypebot
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Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
U.S. FCC names heads of Comcast/TWC, AT&T/DirecTV deal reviews
Discussion: Variety and Washington Post
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Katie Stanton to Replace Exiting Twitter Media Chief Chloe Sladden (Exclusive)
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
‘Impressive’ hyperlocal news sites are campaigning and investigating
Discussion: @daveharte
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Spurred by Aereo ruling, Fox argues in court that Dish Anywhere hurts ratings measurement