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9:20 PM ET, July 20, 2014


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Brian Stelter /
Sources: NBC pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza due to network infighting, not to silence him  —  What really happened with NBC and Ayman Mohyeldin  —  NBC News Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin returned to Gaza on Sunday, four days after network management told him to leave the conflict zone amid breaking news coverage.
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
NBC reverses decision to pull reporter Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza; will send him back as soon as possible
Jeffrey Dvorkin / Now The Details:
NPR Learns About (New) Media Accountability - the Hard Way  —  NPR HQ in Washington, DC  —  It began with a job posting on the NPR website.  —  NPR is looking for a new ombudsman to replace Edward Schumacher-Matos who has held the post for the past three years.  He steps down in September.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu, @acarvin and
Thanyarat Doksone / Associated Press:
Thai junta's gag on media raises alarm, criticism  —  FILE - In this June 13, 2014 file photo, Thailand's Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, arrives at the Royal Thai Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand.  Critics and journalists raised concerns Saturday, July 19, 2014 …
Discussion: Asian Correspondent and The Week
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Sky News apologises after presenter is seen looking through MH17 luggage  —  Broadcaster met with storm of criticism after footage emerges of Colin Brazier picking items from suitcase at crash site  —  Media professor Joe Watson described Brazier's actions as a ‘horrible moment for journalism’.
Discussion: @wjoewatson and BuzzFeed
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Qplay, TiVo founders' service for streaming video playlists to TVs, shuts down six months after launch  —  Qplay, Internet Set-Top Startup Formed by TiVo Founders, Shuts Down  —  Qplay, the Internet video-device and app startup launched by the founders of TiVo, is closing its doors less …
Fox Said to Mull Using Sky Sale to Boost Time Warner Bid  —  Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc. (FOXA) is considering using proceeds from the sale of its Italian and German pay-TV assets to boost its offer for Time Warner Inc. (TWX), according to two people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: @pkafka and @edmundlee
Jonathan Ellis / Mashable:
WSJ's Facebook Page Hacked With Fake Air Force One News  —  A false report about the loss of Air Force One was posted to The Wall Street Journal's Facebook page early Sunday morning.  The newspaper later said its page had been “compromised.”  —  The WSJ deleted the fake posts …
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Kindle Unlimited: worth it if you buy 12+ books/year and find the limited catalogue appealing  —  Is Kindle Unlimited worth it?  — introduced a new subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, on Friday.  This $9.99 per month, all-you-can-eat feature gives you full access to a hundreds of thousands of e-books.
Discussion: ReadWrite
David Pierce / The Verge:
Why Amazon's ‘Netflix for books’ might be doomed before it starts
Nilay Patel / Vox:
Price of media is falling to zero because it's not scarce anymore, but inherently ubiquitous  —  Can you answer these 4 questions and save the media industry from Taylor Swift?  —  That headline is 100 percent pure clickbait, the finest in the world.  Let's talk about why after you answer …
Discussion: @jacobschulman and @kitson
Maria Konnikova:
How to Be a Better Online Reader  —  Soon after Maryanne Wolf published “Proust and the Squid,” a history of the science and the development of the reading brain from antiquity to the twenty-first century, she began to receive letters from readers.  Hundreds of them.
Discussion: @jcreidtx and @ahmed
Andy Baio / Medium:
How to fake flawless predictions for any sports event or election using social media  —  How to Flawlessly Predict Anything on the Internet  —  Spark conspiracies, incite riots, and predict the future with a confidence scam for the Twitter era  —  On Saturday, a Twitter account appeared …
Discussion: @daddy_san, @om and @nodunayo
How the New York Times created its popular “Spot the Ball” World Cup interactive  —  HOW WE MADE “SPOT THE BALL”  —  Photoshop, interaction design, and the secret origins of the game  —  Even among the many wonderful World Cup interactives and news apps we saw this year, the
Discussion: @_alastair and @dansinker
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