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9:25 PM ET, July 28, 2014

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Andy Orin / Lifehacker:
I'm Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work  —  Ira Glass is a writer, producer, storyteller, performer, and a familiar voice.  His show This American Life has set the contemporary standard of nonfiction radio shows, and has influenced and inspired countless others to grab a mic and give podcasting a try.
Discussion: @chasejarvis
Pierre Omidyar / First Look Media:
First Look rethinks approach, focuses on incubating ideas over launching digital magazines  —  Nine Months in, First Look is Still Very Much a Startup  —  It's been some time since I've shared what we're working on at First Look Media and I wanted to provide an update.
Jim Brady / NetNewsCheck:
Lessons Learned From Project Thunderdome  —  “Do we think local news organizations — in the disaggregated Web world we live in and the even more atomic mobile world we're speeding into — actually need much national news anymore?” asks Jim Brady, who was head of Project Thunderdome until …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Convicted in absentia, sentenced to ten years in Egypt prison: British Al Jazeera journalist tells of ‘burning sense of injustice’  —  A British Al Jazeera journalist convicted in absentia over terrorism offences in Egypt has spoken out against the “burning sense of injustice” he and colleagues feel.
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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Apple to Buy Radio App Swell for $30 Million  —  Apple is close to buying the Pandora-for-talk-radio app Swell, according to multiple sources.  —  The deal is worth about $30 million, these sources say.  —  Swell had raised $7.2 million from investors including DFJ, Google Ventures and InterWest Partners.
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
HBO works on expanding reach by bundling with Internet + basic cable for $40-$50/month  —  HBO Pushes Web Expansion as Bewkes Battles Murdoch Bid  —  Jeff Bewkes is looking to the Internet to accelerate growth at his prized TV network, HBO, as he seeks to demonstrate to investors that Time Warner Inc. …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
NPR One Delivers A Curated Public Radio Stream For The Smartphone Era  —  Radio is an increasingly perplexing mode of content delivery as we gain access to more and better streaming services with on-demand programming.  But the serendipity of radio is still appealing, the ability to turn …
Ben Cardew / Guardian:
MH17: how Storyfuls social sleuthing helped verify evidence  —  Stories such as the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines plane show the importance of checking Twitter and YouTube content  —  In the aftermath of an event as tragically uncertain as the MH17 plane disaster …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
GAO: FCC flying blind on broadcasters' sharing deals  —  The Federal Communications Commission is largely flying blind when it comes to its oversight of broadcast companies that share resources, according to the Government Accountability Office.  —  The office, which acts as Congress's investigative arm …
Discussion: Reuters
Julio Alonso / Medium:
Spain's lower house approves tax on online news aggregators; requires paying for news snippets  —  The Story of Spain's Google Tax  —  As has happened elsewhere, France, Belgium and Germany come quickly to mind, Spanish newspaper editors have been arguing for long that Google is taking unfair advantage of them.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
FCC should help reach deal to end Dodgers TV standoff, lawmakers say  —  A group of Southern California lawmakers wants the Federal Communications Commission to broker a deal to end the bitter standoff between Time Warner Cable and other pay-TV providers over distribution of SportsNet LA …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Variety
Corey Pein / The Baffler:
At its worst, entrepreneurial journalism disdains ethics and ignores journalism's mission  —  Amway Journalism  —  Like uninsured New Agers afflicted by terminal illness, journalists facing the collapse of their industry are turning in desperation to faith healers, quacks, and hucksters of all sorts.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Reddit, still unprofitable, looks to grow ad revenues without alienating users  —  Can Reddit Grow Up?  —  The New York Times's Mike Isaac posed these questions to Reddit's users in a post on the site.  Included here are a selection of responses.  —  Since its founding nine years ago, Reddit has stuck to its own weird guns.
 
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Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
Al Jazeera America considers layoffs, 20 positions could be cut
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