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3:20 PM ET, July 30, 2014


 Top News: 
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
NYT considering shorter print edition at roughly half the price with unlimited digital access  —  Shorter Times?  —  The New York Times is considering the introduction of a truncated version of its daily print edition at a discounted rate as the paper mulls new strategies for maximizing …
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
Steve Jones / mUmBRELLA:
Bob Garfield predicts bleak future for legacy publishers and journalists in digital age  —  Media world ‘in chaos’ as journalism, publishing and agencies face grim future, according to US commentator  —  The future of traditional journalism, particularly at a regional level, is “f**ked” …
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.
Discussion: and @gjbarb
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Sam Sifton to head new ‘Food’ desk at Times  —  The New York Times is creating a new department called Food to be edited by former national editor and restaurant critic Sam Sifton.  The department will include the dining section and the new NYT Cooking site and app that Sifton has been working on …
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 …
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Hollywood studios, under pressure, will keep Kodak's old-fashioned movie film alive  —  A coalition of Hollywood movie studios is close to a deal to keep Eastman Kodak Co. in the business of producing movie film.
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
Jason Deans / Guardian:
News of the World's former deputy editor and features editor to face charges over an alleged conspiracy to hack phones  —  Neil Wallis and Jules Stenson, the former deputy editor and features editor of the News of the World, are to be charged with an alleged conspiracy to hack phones.
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Journalist Rami Rayan Killed In Gaza Attack (GRAPHIC)  —  Rami Rayan, a Palestinian photojournalist, was killed on Wednesday in an Israeli air strike on a busy market in Gaza.  —  The attack killed at least 16 people and wounded over 150 more.  Rayan, a photographer reportedly working for a local website …
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 …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Time Warner's Bewkes faces grilling over Fox offer  —  Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes will be first on the heat seat next week when he gets grilled by Wall Street over the media giant's rejection of an $80 billion takeover bid from 21st Century Fox.  Bewkes was quick to rebuff Fox's $85-a-share bid …
Jeb Lund / Guardian:
The Sarah Palin Channel is full of bugs, but maybe that's the whole point  —  My free trial cost me $9.95.  And then I found Palin's new intelligibility  —  Sarah Palin wants your money.  Still via the Sarah Palin Channel  —  Given the content available and the affectedly simple presentation …
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
With dwindling newsstand sales and fierce competition for viral stories online, the New York tabloids are forced to recalibrate  —  With dwindling newsstand sales and fierce competition for viral stories online, the New York tabloids are forced to recalibrate
Discussion: @daviduberti
Arsalan Iftikhar / Quartz:
Twitter hashtags are finally neutralizing the Israeli government's propaganda  —  I told CNN during a recent television interview that there hasn't been a single hot-button topic treated with more intellectually dishonest, one-sided coverage than that which the American media has given …
Discussion: The Intercept
Roberto Baldwin / The Next Web:
Rhapsody expands its music streaming into Latin America and Europe, as it reaches 2m users  —  Established in 2001, Rhapsody helped start the music streaming business before Spotify, Rdio, the iTunes Store and even the iPod.  And while the latest services have been waging a battle …
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Former Hulu boss' new startup ‘Vessel’ is going after YouTube's top talent  —  More details have emerged about the new video startup Vessel from founder and former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar — specifically, how the company's business model might make YouTube sweat.
Discussion: Tubefilter and The Information
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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
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
In rush to mobile first, some news sites could risk alienating readers using desktops at work
Brent Lang / Variety:
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Discussion: Indiewire
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Publishing industry reels after nine million fewer books are given as gifts in 2013
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