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10:40 AM ET, July 30, 2014


 Top News: 
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
The NYT's new paywall products flounder  —  Early problems for the paper's new apps  —  The New York Times's expanded paywall offerings are off to a poor start, and its three-year run of higher circulation revenue may be at an end.  —  The Times's digital-subscription strategy …
Brian Stelter /
Have digital subscriptions peaked at the NYT?  —  The New York Times' efforts to sign up digital subscribers came under new scrutiny on Tuesday after the company reported second quarter earnings that disappointed investors.  —  At midday the company's stock was down nearly 6 percent …
Discussion: mUmBRELLA and New York Times
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Contently Launches A Nonprofit Arm To Do Investigative Journalism  —  In the new era of digital media, everyone's a publisher — celebrities, nobodies, spy agencies, house plants and, especially, brands.  Building “the plumbing” for brands that want to be part of this new era …
Richard Ackland / Guardian:
WikiLeaks gag order: open justice is threatened by super-injuctions  —  Australian courts have increasingly been issuing suppression orders preventing the publication of legal proceedings - and an implicit dislike of the media is partly to blame  —  Last month, an Australian judge issued …
Discussion: @anonyops and Guardian
Australia bans reporting of international bank corruption case on ‘national security’ grounds
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
Max Mosley sues Google over News of the World photos  —  High court challenge is aimed at enforcing court order made against tabloid after it printed pictures of F1 boss at sex party  —  Max Mosley, the former head of Formula One, has launched a legal action against Google in the UK demanding …
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Amazon Joins With Alloy Entertainment on Digital Publishing Imprint  —  Amazon Publishing and Alloy Entertainment, a book packager and division of Warner.  Bros Television Group, are collaborating on a new digital publishing imprint dedicated to young adult, new adult and commercial fiction.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Al Jazeera America's Gaza coverage boosts ratings  —  The crisis in Gaza has provided a ratings boost for Al Jazeera America.  —  Over the past two weeks, Al Jazeera America has seen its ratings grow by 30% compared with the previous four weeks.  Its prime-time audience has jumped 40%.
Discussion: @latimes and Adweek
Peers say ‘right to be forgotten’ principle unreasonable  —  Demands for search engines to remove personal data from the web to respect people's “right to be forgotten” are unreasonable, a group of peers says.  —  The Lords Home Affairs EU Sub-Committee also said it was wrong to give search engines …
Andy Fixmer / Mashable:
Netflix Signs Peering Deal With AT&T to Reduce Buffering  —  This story has been updated to include a statement from AT&T confirming the peering deal.  —  Netflix has reached an agreement with AT&T to give its streaming service direct access to AT&T's network, with the goal of reducing buffering …
Megha Rajagopalan / Reuters:
With ‘Big Tiger’ caught, Chinese media can finally name its prey  —  (Reuters) - “Big Tiger” is gone.  “Master Kang” has disappeared.  —  The various euphemisms Chinese media have used to describe a once powerful domestic security tsar are no longer necessary, after the Communist Party announced …
Gary Graham / The Spokesman-Review:
Associated Press Media Editors survey finds 56% use comment-hosting services, 46% allow anonymous comments  —  Editors concerned about online comments  —  Associated Press Media Editors recently conducted a survey of newspaper and online editors to ask them how they manage public comments on newspaper websites.
Jack Shafer:
Plagiarists' real crime?  Ripping off readers.  —  The plagiarists are back in the news, taking public beatings for allegedly having filed refried copy at BuzzFeed, the New York Times, and the United States Army War College, where Senator John Walsh, (D-Mont.), has just been busted …
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Sky Deutschland's Second Biggest Shareholder Rejects BSkyB's Offer  —  Rupert Murdoch's former son-in-law, hedge fund manager Crispin Odey, says, ‘No, thanks’  —  LONDON — Hedge fund manager Crispin Odey, who is the former son-in-law of Rupert Murdoch, has turned down an offer …
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The Graduate Center, CUNY:
The Graduate Center Awarded Multimillion-Dollar Grant to Establish The CUNY Center for Digital Scholarship and Data Visualization
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Tories accused of picking politically partisan shortlist for new BBC Trust chairman
Simon Zekaria / Wall Street Journal:
ITV Says It's Ignoring Takeover Talk as It Posts 46% Profit Jump
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Ford and General Motors Sued Over ‘CD Ripping Cars’
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
In rush to mobile first, some news sites could risk alienating readers using desktops at work
Brent Lang / Variety:
‘Snowpiercer’ Hits $3.8 Million on VOD as Weinstein Co. Shakes Up Distribution
Discussion: Indiewire
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Publishing industry reels after nine million fewer books are given as gifts in 2013
 Earlier Picks:
Amazon proposes 35/35/30 split, says cheaper e-book prices offer more profit to all
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Twitter soars 34% after hours as monthly active users grow 24% year-over-year to 271M
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Tribune Publishing CEO: We're buying newspapers
Discussion: Poynter and Los Angeles Times
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Interview with anonymous tweeters who exposed BuzzFeed editor Benny Johnson's plagiarism