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6:25 AM ET, July 21, 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
Author Earnings:
Study: 31% of ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published; DRM harms sales at all price levels  —  July 2014 Author Earnings Report  —  It has been nearly half a year since we first pulled data for nearly every ranked ebook on's thousands of category bestseller lists.
Discussion: Boing Boing
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 …
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 and @acarvin
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’.
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.
Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
Evan Davis announced as Jeremy Paxman's replacement on Newsnight  —  The Today programme's Evan Davis is to replace Jeremy Paxman as Newsnight's top presenter, the BBC announced today.  —  Director-general Tony Hall hailed the appointment as he unveiled the broadcaster's annual report …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
B SkyB Buys Majority Stake in ‘The Great British Bake Off’ Producer  —  UPDATED: The U.K. pay TV giant acquires part of Love Productions, which has had a big BBC ratings hit with the baking competition.  —  LONDON - BSkyB has acquired a 70 percent stake in the production firm behind BBC hit show …
David Carr / New York Times:
In the wake of a merger bid between non-print media giants, a meditation on print's inadequacy  —  Riding the Juggernaut That Left Print Behind  —  Even if you aren't one of those people worried about media consolidation — there are many in that number — the big bolt of lightning last week …
Discussion: @carlquintanilla and @karaswisher
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 …
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
Gail Sheehy / Politico:
Jill Abramson on Hillary Clinton, sexist “double standards”, and a lifetime of daring  —  What's Jill Abramson Made Of?  —  The fired Times editor on Hillary Clinton, sexist “double standards”—and a lifetime of daring.  —  The first thing one notices about Jill Abramson is her short stature.
Discussion: PandoDaily and Mediaite
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.
David Pierce / The Verge:
Why Amazon's ‘Netflix for books’ might be doomed before it starts
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