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1:15 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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Wall Street Journal:
CEO Mike Fries, Chairman John Malone Talk About Media Consolidation  —  Cable magnate John Malone and his protégé Mike Fries helped light the fire in Europe's telecom consolidation.  Now they are on the prowl for media.  —  Liberty Global PLC—of which Mr. Malone is chairman …
Simon Zekaria / Wall Street Journal:
ITV Says It's Ignoring Takeover Talk as It Posts 46% Profit Jump
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Kodak Movie Film, at Death's Door, Gets a Reprieve  —  Tarantino, Abrams Mount Campaign to Get Studios to Promise Orders From Kodak  —  Faced with the possible extinction of the material that made Hollywood famous, a coalition of studios is close to a deal to keep Eastman Kodak Co. in the business of producing movie film.
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” …
Discussion: mUmBRELLA, @wendy_squires and @adnh103
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 …
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 …
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 …
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
IAC Falls as Aereo Writedown Leads to First Net Loss Since 2010  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp fell after reporting its first quarterly loss in more than four years as the company wrote down its investment in Internet-TV startup Aereo Inc.  —  IAC swung to a second-quarter net loss of $18 million …
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 …
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 …
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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
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Sky Deutschland's Second Biggest Shareholder Rejects BSkyB's Offer
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Publishing industry reels after nine million fewer books are given as gifts in 2013
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