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5:10 AM ET, July 24, 2014


 Top News: 
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Journalists missing, fixer kidnapped, press banned in eastern Ukraine  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a series of recent anti-press violations in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk.  In the past two days, at least two journalists have gone missing, while pro-Russia separatists abducted …
Judith Rosen / Publishers Weekly:
Amazon Makes Plea to Authors to Quiet Down  —  Since Douglas Preston began circulating a letter to other marquee and midlist authors late last month in an effort to remove writers from the Amazon-Hachette dispute, he has captured nearly 1,000 author-signatures.
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Reddit Live is now official, lets anyone create their own breaking news live blog  —  Today, Reddit officially launched its own live-blogging platform.  The company calls it Reddit Live and the feature has actually been in “semi-open beta” for a few months now - you may have stumbled across …
Jason Lynch / Quartz:
Charts: How we watch TV now  —  LOS ANGELES—Americans are watching more television than ever.  They're just doing it on their own schedule.  —  That was the big takeaway as research gurus from CBS, FX, Fox, and Showtime spoke to reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour …
Discussion: @zimbalist
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
German Government Tries To Censor Publication Of Its List Of Censored Websites  —  A few weeks ago, an anonymous internet user was able to acquire and subsequently extract a website blacklist used by Germany's Federal Department of Media Harmful to Young Children (Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien [BPjM]).
Priya Rajasekar / Global Investigative …:
India's Media — Missing the Data Journalism Revolution?  —  The Mumbai-based IndiaSpend, India's first nonprofit data journalism center.  —  How can media make sense of a country that has over 1.2 billion people (about 17 percent of the global population), close to 800 languages …
Discussion: @raju and @govindethiraj
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter's New User Pitch Means a New Advertising Pitch, Too  —  Twitter is trying to tell Wall Street that it doesn't have a user problem.  Just a counting problem.  —  In recent months, the company has been telling investors not just to focus on the number of people who use the service once a month …
Trushar Barot / BBC College of Journalism:
How BBC News covered Indian elections on WhatsApp and WeChat  —  Earlier this year I blogged about the first editorial experiments that BBC News was about to conduct using instant-messaging platforms.  Since then it's been a busy few months in which we have developed and run pilots on WhatsApp …
Discussion: @kevglobal and @jonrussell
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Bloomberg LP's VC fund, which financed Newsle, keeps a focus on finding useful information  —  Bloomberg Beta's first year as a VC  —  Bloomberg LP started as a financial terminal business, then it extended into the media world.  Now, it's trying its hand at venture capital.
Tim Schooley / Pittsburgh Business Times:
Pittsburgh sports columnist leaves newspaper to start his own reader-supported site  —  Trib columnist Kovacevic to launch his own sports website  —  Dejan Kovacevic quit as sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in order to launch his own website,
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Tom Wallace and John Bellando out in big Condé Nast executive shuffle  —  Condé Nast chief operating and financial officer John Bellando and editorial director Thomas Wallace are exiting the company, C.E.O. Chuck Townsend told staff this morning in a memo obtained by Capital.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Kumo Is Raising $50 Million To Break The TV Bundle  —  Despite Aereo's trouble in the Supreme Court, the hope of disrupting the TV industry is still alive in the tech world.  —  A new startup led by Aol and Dish veteran Neil Davis is in the process of raising $50 million to fill that void.
Discussion: @efeng
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