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8:10 AM ET, July 29, 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: @nobert and @chasejarvis
Press Association:
British Olympic Association chairman Sebastian Coe pulls out of race for BBC Trust chairman job  —  Sebastian Coe: 'I haven't the capacity' to be next BBC Trust chairman  —  Sebastian Coe (pictured, Reuters) has signalled he has pulled out of the race to become the next chairman of the BBC Trust.
David Carr / New York Times:
At Front Lines, Bearing Witness in Real Time  —  My social media feed has taken a bloody turn in the last few weeks and I'm hardly alone.  Along with the usual Twitter wisecracking and comments on incremental news, I have seen bodies scattered across fields and hospitals in Ukraine and Gaza.
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.
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
State Department urges Iran to release Washington Post correspondent  —  The State Department on Monday called for the release of The Washington Post's Iran correspondent, Jason Rezaian, who was detained last week in Tehran along with his wife and two others for undetermined reasons.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
In Hollywood, Apps Like Whisper Dish Dirt  —  LOS ANGELES — A ripple of dread rolled through Hollywood's power publicist ranks in February.  For the first time since its 2012 debut, the anonymous secret-sharing app Whisper had ensnared an A-list star.  —  Gwyneth Paltrow …
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.
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.
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
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Sarah Palin launches subscription based online news channel, available for $9.95/month  —  Coming to a Website Near You: The Sarah Palin Channel  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is launching a new subscription-based online channel, a move that could cash in on the recent success of niche political content.
 
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Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
Al Jazeera America considers layoffs, 20 positions could be cut
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Bob Cusack named The Hill editor-in-chief
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