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11:50 AM ET, July 8, 2014


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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.”
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?
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 …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
New Zealand ISP allows its customers to subscribe to the U.S. version of Netflix  —  Slingshot, a local internet provider in New Zealand, wants to give its subscribers a little extra perk: The ISP just added a new “global mode” to its internet plans that allows its customers to access video services …
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.
Iranian journalist Marzieh Rasouli sentenced to 2 years in prison and 50 lashes for anti-establishment propaganda  —  Iranian journalist jailed for opposing government  —  Marzieh Rasouli sentenced to two years in notorious Evin prison and 50 lashes for anti-establishment work
Discussion: euronews and @marzie_r
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Rightster buys digital video business Base79 in £50m deal  —  Digital video business Rightster has bought rival Base79 - run by Ashley MacKenzie, the son of former Sun editor Kelvin - in a deal worth as much as £50m.  London-listed Rightster also said that Chad Hurley …
SA Mathieson / Online Journalism Blog:
Making digital journalism pay: doable.  Making a living: difficult  —  It is perfectly realistic for journalists to make money out of digital journalism, but the problem comes from making a decent living.  That was the theme to emerge from the NUJ Oxford event on making digital journalism pay.
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
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Ted Johnson / Variety:
Spurred by Aereo ruling, Fox argues in court that Dish Anywhere hurts ratings measurement
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Internal tensions at Jezebel after deputy editor Dodai Stewart passed over for top job
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
YouTube's 2013 revenue was reportedly $3.5 billion
Michael King / American Journalism Review:
Journalism Enrollments Fell Two Years in a Row. Is it the Start of a Downward Trend?