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6:05 PM ET, July 24, 2014

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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Post reporter, other Americans appear to have been detained in Iran  —  Three American citizens, including The Washington Post's correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, U.S. officials and the newspaper said Thursday.  —  Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Joshua Topolsky, editor in chief of The Verge, joins Bloomberg as editor of a series of new online ventures, will be replaced by Nilay Patel  —  Josh Topolsky of The Verge Is Joining Bloomberg  —  Josh Topolsky, the co-founder of the technology website The Verge, will join Bloomberg …
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Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Bloomberg struggles to break out of the box  —  When Justin Smith arrived from the Atlantic to last fall to take over the sprawling media group at Bloomberg LP, the move was greeted by hosannas in the media and journalism circles.  —  Here was the young, digitally savvy executive credited …
CNN:
Journalist working for CNN abducted in Ukraine  —  Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) — A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN remains in detention two days after he was abducted by pro-Russian separatists.  —  Armed men from the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic seized Anton Skiba outside …
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Committee to Protect Journalists:
Journalists missing, fixer kidnapped, press banned in eastern Ukraine
Reuters:
Carey pressured from both sides of Fox Time Warner deal to stay in job  —  (Reuters) - Chase Carey, Twenty-First Century Fox's president and chief operating officer, may be feeling pressure to stay in his job for several more years both from his boss, Rupert Murdoch, and from the company Murdoch is trying to buy, Time Warner Inc.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
BuzzFeed Editor Caught Lifting Text From Yahoo! Answers  —  Yahoo! Answers, one of the great artifacts of Internet history, is intently studied at viral news website BuzzFeed, where its trove of half-literate questions (and even less literate answers) has supplied material for at least fifty different posts and listicles.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
And minder makes three: For White House interviews, it's never just one-on-one  —  When NBC News White House reporter Chuck Todd conducts background interviews with government officials these days, he and his source usually aren't the only ones in the room or on the call.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
NowThis News pivots for the Vine and Instagram era  —  Creating news for the mobile, social and video-viewing audience is no easy feat.  When former Huffington Post execs Ken Lerer and Eric Hippeau launched the made-for-mobile video news service NowThis News two years ago …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Behind Comcast's truthy ad campaign for net neutrality  —  Comcast has two big goals in Washington this year.  The first is to get its merger with Time Warner Cable approved by federal regulators.  The second is to forestall what it views as potentially onerous new regulations on its broadband business.
Discussion: @b_fung and @timkarr
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Twitter/Nielsen study: 87% of moviegoers say Twitter influenced their recent movie choice  —  Twitter Survey Explains Why Movie Tweets Matter  —  According to a survey from Twitter and Nielsen, 140 characters can make a significant impact on moviegoing decisions.
Discussion: MediaPost, Variety and The Twitter Blog
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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Amazon Drops 5% After Missing In Q2 With In-Line Sales Of $19.34B, Larger Than Expected Loss Of $0.27  —  Following the bell today, Amazon reported its second quarter financial performance including a $0.27 per share loss on revenue of $19.34 billion.  Analysts had expected Amazon to lose $0.15 on revenue of $19.34 billion.
Robert Mackey / New York Times:
Foreign Correspondents in Israel Complain of Intimidation  —  As the death toll mounts and passions spike, the Foreign Press Association in Israel condemned on Wednesday what it called “deliberate official and unofficial incitement against journalists” who are reporting on the fighting in Gaza.
Jeremy Greenfield / Forbes:
Survey: Book Buyers Leaving Amazon Because of Hachette Dispute  —  Some book buyers may be leaving Amazon for Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores and the likes of Costco because the large e-tailer's dispute with publisher Hachette, according to new survey data.  —  From industry publication Publishers Lunch:
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Pandora Q2 Tops Estimates Slightly With $218.9M In Revenue, But Its Stock Is Falling  —  Pandora came in barely ahead of analyst estimates in its just-released second quarter earnings report.  —  The streaming music company reported revenue of $218.9 million (up 38 percent on a non-GAAP basis) …
Alexa Olesen / Foreign Policy:
China's Pengpai mixes public service journalism and party objectives, pleases no one  —  The New Website That Has China Buzzing  —  “Pengpai” has tens of millions of dollars in funding, and everyone in journalism is talking about it.  But no one seems pleased.  —  GOOGLE +
Francesca Panetta / Guardian:
Telling the story of the first world war with 2014 technology  —  The Guardian's special projects editor, Francesca Panetta, outlines how we created an innovative multimedia guide to the first world war  —  The interactive documentary gives a brief introduction to the first world war through a global lens.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab and The Drum
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Mental Floss: The Magazine That Breaks All the Rules of Publishing  —  Mental Floss staff in a creative meeting.  (Photo via Mental Floss)  —  Mental Floss, which launched out of a Duke dorm room back in 2000, in many ways anticipated the type of evergreen, list-driven content …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Attention, TV Networks: Facebook Is Coming For You Next  —  Mark Zuckerberg likes to use the first few minutes of his quarterly earnings calls to preview big themes that he sees as pivotal to Facebook's future.  With a particularly strong quarter of results in hand, Zuckerberg took the opportunity …
Discussion: @jamcnn and Pocket-lint
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Chromecast has been used 400M times to ‘cast’ sessions to TVs since it launched a year ago  —  Chromecast turns one: why this small streaming stick became such a big deal  —  A year after launch, Chromecast streaming sticks have been used 400 million times to cast media to TVs.
 
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC gets its chance to overturn state limits on broadband competition
Advanced Television:
Half broadband users use video apps monthly
Discussion: Digital TV Europe
Arab Times:
Kuwait Shuts Pro-Opposition TV, Newspaper
John Schwartz / Current.org:
In spectrum auction, FCC should protect public TV's coverage
The Local:
German state bans Hells Angels' logo online
Discussion: Gigaom
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