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2:55 PM ET, August 15, 2014


 Top News: 
Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera Over $500 Million Current TV Deal  —  Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore sued Al Jazeera, the satellite network controlled by the Qatari royal family, over a $500 million deal to purchase his network, Current TV, according to filing in state court in Wilmington, Delaware.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Why a Young Writer Secretly Deleted Her Own BuzzFeed Post  —  As I wrote earlier, BuzzFeed has been taking heat for deleting thousands of old posts earlier this year without telling anyone.  (Gawker's J.K. Trotter was the first to report on the purge.)  The site's founder and CEO …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Peretti: deleted BuzzFeed posts were created before company chose to become journalistic  —  One Viral Media Company That Isn't Evil, Just Misunderstood  —  Thirty-Nine Listicles Whose Sourcing Is Shaky at Best.  —  One Writer Fired for Plagiarism.  —  Four Thousand Old Posts That Mysteriously Disappeared.
Mike Williams / BBC:
Premier League warns posting videos of goals online breaks copyright laws  —  Premier League warns about posting goal videos online  —  The Premier League has told Newsbeat they're going to clamp down on fans posting unofficial videos of goals online.  —  Thousands of goal Vines were posted on social media during the World Cup.
Gary Strauss / USA Today:
Icahn takes 6.6 percent stake of Gannett, wants role in company's planned split  —  Carl Icahn places bet on Gannett  —  Activist investor Carl Icahn has taken 6.6% stake in Gannett, saying he wants a role in the company's planned split of its TV and newspaper divisions.
New York Times:
Ferguson Images Evoke Civil Rights Era and Changing Visual Perceptions  —  Left, Whitney Curtis for The New York Times; right, Bill Hudson, via Associated Press  —  Danny Lyon, one of the photographers whose work came to define the civil rights upheaval in the South in the 1960s …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK consumer magazines lost nearly 1m print sales in first half of 2014 ABC  —  Sales of the hundreds of paid-for weekly and monthly titles fell 4.4% compared with previous six months, according to latest healthcheck  —  Music magazine New Musical Express has suffered another slump in its print sales.
Discussion: Guardian, @merciecaltd and @raju
Hollywood Reporter:
Xbox Shops Entertainment Studio to Warner Bros.  —  Microsoft's TV production arm might not be gone for good  —  Microsoft may have decided to shutter its nascent Xbox Entertainment Studios but it's not necessarily game over for the Santa Monica studio.  —  Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter …
Agence France-Presse:
Hong Kong media tycoon hits back against fake obituary  —  A Hong Kong media tycoon and founder of the liberal Apple Daily newspaper, Jimmy Lai, released a barbed video response to a fake obituary that was published by a rival newspaper.  —  The obituary of Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing …
Discussion: Gawker and Associated Press
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Andy Coulson eligible for move from Belmarsh prison  —  Ex-News of the World editor classified as posing no risk to society, clearing way for transfer from high-security institution  —  Andy Coulson, David Cameron's former director of communications, looks set to be moved …
Discussion: @neilwallis1 and mUmBRELLA
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Continues Its Higher Ed Book Sales March At Purdue, Offers Staffed On-Campus Pickup  —  Amazon debuted a program that seemed both inevitable and unthinkable earlier this year, depending on your perspective, when it teamed with UC Davis for a unique school-specific storefront that provided …
Discussion: @rseilham and GalleyCat
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Ex-Times journalist spared trial over hacking allegations  —  Patrick Foster cautioned for offence under Computer Misuse Act in relation to outing of Nightjack blogger  —  Foster was cautioned in relation to the unmasking of the anonymous Nightjack blogger, Lancashire detective Richard Horton.
Clifford Coonan / Hollywood Reporter:
China's Alibaba Discovers Possible Accounting Fraud in Newly Formed Film Unit  —  Alibaba Pictures, the recently formed film production arm of the e-commerce and entertainment giant says it won't be able to publish interim results on time  —  Alibaba Pictures, the recently formed film …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
How the absence of tweets led journalists to figure out that two reporters had been arrested  —  How social media freed reporters Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly from Ferguson police  —  When police in combat gear arrested two reporters last night in Ferguson, Mo., the journalists' first instinct was to tweet about it.
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why Obama's statement on reporters' arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Biggest cable TV providers sold more broadband than video subscriptions last quarter
Discussion: VentureBeat, Gigaom and The Verge
Amanda Meade / Guardian:
Australian ABC faces more cuts amid major restructure, says Managing Director Mark Scott
Discussion: mUmBRELLA and ABC
David Holmes / PandoDaily:
If Twitter implements a Facebook-style algorithm, you may not hear about the next Ferguson
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John Herrman / The Awl:
How the influential Drudge Report covered police shooting and ensuing unrest in Ferguson, Mo.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Washington Post