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4:25 PM ET, August 10, 2014


 Top News: 
Amazon Books Team:
Amazon responds to “Authors United” with letter encouraging authors to email Hachette's CEO  —  A Message from the Amazon Books Team  —  Just ahead of World War II, there was a radical invention that shook the foundations of book publishing.  It was the paperback book.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon misrepresents George Orwell in attempt to argue Hachette is against the future of books  —  Dispute Between Amazon and Hachette Takes an Orwellian Turn  —  Maybe Amazon really is rattled by the whole Authors United phenomenon organized by Douglas Preston.
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
“Wrong side of your Orwell, mister editor.”  The New York Times falls down on the word torture.  —  These are my discussions notes to The Executive Editor on the Word ‘Torture.’ A letter to Times readers from Dean Baquet, August 7, 2014.  —  “It's time to celebrate that the newspaper …
Torie Rose DeGhett / The Atlantic Online:
The story of a gruesome 1991 Gulf War photo American media refused to publish  —  The War Photo No One Would Publish  —  When Kenneth Jarecke photographed an Iraqi man burned alive, he thought it would change the way Americans saw the Gulf War.  But the media wouldn't run the picture.
Discussion: @mbachelard and @antderosa
Dave Askins / The Ann Arbor Chronicle:
Ann Arbor Chronicle, local news site run by one couple, to cease publication after six years  —  Ending It: 6 of 1, Half-Dozen of The Chronicle  —  On Sept. 2, 2014, The Ann Arbor Chronicle will observe the sixth anniversary of its launch.  —  Chronicle carton.
Discussion: @andyfowler and @judell
Chris Tribbey / Home Media Magazine:
Amazon halts disc preorders of some Disney titles in an apparent contract dispute  —  Disney Disc Preorders Disappear From Amazon  —  The preorder option for almost every title from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has been removed on Amazon, in an apparent repeat of what Warner Home Video went through earlier this summer.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Pundits drive the sports news industry, but women's opinions are almost totally absent  —  Here's a question you won't hear debated by the panelists on sports-talk shows: Why are so few women among the panelists on sports-talk shows?  —  Women have made strides in virtually every area …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Former Vanity Fair star writer Kevin Sessums tries comeback as editor of FourTwoNine magazine  —  Former Vanity Fair Celebrity Journalist Looks for a Comeback  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For a time, in the 1980s, there were few celebrity journalists who lived quite as large as Vanity Fair's Kevin Sessums.
Lene Sillesen / Columbia Journalism Review:
As Netflix and other services gain viewer insights, filmmakers aren't seeing the full picture  —  As Netflix and other services gain viewer insights, filmmakers aren't seeing the full picture  —  Last week, Netflix acquired exclusive rights to Virunga, a documentary film about a national park …
Capital New York:
The 60-second interview: Greg Coleman, new Buzzfeed president  —  CAPITAL: Buzzfeed's ad strategy is designed around native advertising, but your background is in programmatic.  Should we expect Buzzfeed to add programmatic and retargeted ad products?  —  COLEMAN: We will be investigating …
Discussion: @capitalnewyork
Prominent radio journalist detained in Puntland after interview with Voice of America  —  The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) expresses its deep concern over the arrest of a prominent female radio journalist, Faduma Yusuf Said, in Garowe, Puntland, in northeast Somalia.
Matthew Lynley / BuzzFeed:
How Twitch co-founder and CEO Emmett Shear built a video game streaming site worth $1B  —  How A Site That Streams People Playing Video Games Became A Billion Dollar Business  —  Twitch CEO Emmett Shear wasn't born a leader, he became one almost by accident.  And he now runs one of the most valuable video properties on the web.
Eric Johnson / Re/code:   After Twitch's Music Copyright Crackdown, What About Games Themselves?
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Spy agency may have given away The Intercept's scoop, highlighting role of trust in reporting  —  Did a spy agency screw The Intercept?  —  For better and for worse, trust is key to coverage of the national security beat  —  Predicated on mutual trust, the relationship between reporters …
Discussion: @mlcalderone and @daviduberti
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Susanne Ault / Variety:
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Leigh Anne Williams / Publishers Weekly:
Copyright Changes Hit Canadian Publishers Hard
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
NFL fights to save its TV “blackout rule”
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Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Japan's SmartNews raises $36M, is in talks with western media for autumn expansion
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