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9:35 AM ET, August 1, 2014


 Top News: 
Russia enacts ‘draconian’ law for bloggers and online media  —  A new law imposing restrictions on users of social media has come into effect in Russia.  —  It means bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers must register with the mass media regulator, Roskomnadzor, and conform …
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
The rewriting of an AP tweet about Gaza shows the costs of avoiding perception of bias  —  The production of innocence: tale of two headlines over Gaza  —  “Members of Congress fall over each other to support Israel,” the AP said on Twitter.  Then the AP decided that it could not say that.  Why?
Jason Straziuso / Associated Press:
Father of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste says family is focusing on appeal of verdict  —  DAD OF JAILED REPORTER: SON A VICTIM OF INJUSTICE  —  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The father of an Australian Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt said Thursday that he respects the integrity …
Tanya Talaga / Toronto Star:   Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Fahmy still weighing appeal; has no faith in Egypt's courts
SEC spent months searching for Reuters sources about JP Morgan settlement in London Whale case  —  SEC launched extensive probe to identify sources in Reuters stories  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission watchdog conducted an extensive, months-long investigation to find …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Judy McGrath Joins Amazon's Board  —  Judy McGrath, former CEO of MTV Networks, has been elected to's board of directors effective Oct. 1, the company said.  —  McGrath also was appointed to the Amazon board's leadership development and compensation committee, according to an SEC filing Friday.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Facebook and fewer stories behind rise in web traffic, says Telegraph chief  —  Telegraph Media Group editor-in-chief Jason Seiken says a change in focus helped drive up the paper's website traffic in June  —  The Telegraph website's 20% traffic boost in June has been attributed …
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Google Details Problems With Handling Right to Be Forgotten Requests  —  LONDON - Google says complying with Europe's so-called right to be forgotten ruling is getting complicated.  —  In a lengthy response to questions from the region's data regulators, the search giant …
Han Bingbin / CHINAdaily:
Quotas may limit more foreign TV shows online  —  China's top media authority is likely to impose quotas on the licensing of overseas programs by video websites, local media reports.  —  Since last October, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television is rumored …
Richard Prince / Richard Prince's Journal-isms:
Associations representing black and Hispanic journalists plan joint convention in 2016  —  NABJ, NAHJ Approve Joint Convention  —  Meeting Could Assemble Most Journalists of Color Since '08  —  The associations representing journalists from the nation's two largest groups of color …
Discussion: @joeruiz and @bonnie_gonzalez
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Meredith targeting ‘individual’ acquisitions  —  Meredith Corp., which stopped monthly production of Ladies' Home Journal last quarter, is now looking to make acquisitions, it said in its fourth quarter earnings report released this morning and on an earnings call with Wall Street analysts.
Rachele Kanigel / Mediashift:
Matter's Corey Ford: Bring Project-Based Teamwork to Journalism Education  —  When Corey Ford was studying journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the late 1990s, he barely heard the word entrepreneurship.  That was back in the day when journalists were told …
Discussion: @themediatwits and @pbsmediashift
Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
Chinese Web Giant Tencent Moves Into Online Games, Novels  —  Tencent Literature pacts with Giant Interactive as Internet novels increasingly become go-to source of inspiration for game and film producers in China.  —  The Internet publishing business of Tencent, the world's fourth biggest Internet company …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
Facebook's unveils free, limited web access — such opportunity, but at what cost?  —  For better or for worse, welcome to the world without net neutrality.  More people will get online, but unless they have the money to pay their way into the free web, they'll effectively be in a walled garden.
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Scripps Plus Journal: Regional Strength, Going Deeper in Markets  —  ‘Screaming good opportunity’ to get scale, line up culturally similar outfits  —  While duopolies are hard to come by, especially with the FCC putting joint sales agreements under its microscope, regional synergies …
Discussion: Poynter
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Revamps Its iOS App With Offline Access, Support For Editing While On The Go  —  Wikipedia has today made a significant update to its iOS application, which most noticeably features a cleaner, “distraction-free” design, as well as the ability to edit Wikipedia articles from your smartphone or tablet device.
Karishma Mehrotra / Wall Street Journal:
College radio stations are leasing frequencies and playing less indie and experimental music  —  College Radio Changes Frequency  —  Stations Like WRAS in Atlanta and WRVU at Vanderbilt Lease Frequencies to Public Radio, Shifting From Experimental Music  —  Georgia State University's radio station …
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