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1:00 PM ET, August 16, 2014


 Top News: 
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
48 news orgs send letter protesting ‘lack of information’ in Ferguson  —  Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press  —  On Friday, 48 media organizations signed a letter to the Ferguson, Missouri chief of police, the St. Louis County chief of police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol …
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Telegraph “Forgets” Its Own Stories Documenting Google “Right To Be Forgotten” Removals  —  Newspaper pulls recent articles intended to “keep alive” other stories that were removed from Google in the EU.  —  The Daily Telegraph's recent campaign to document all its stories that have been removed …
Discussion: @jeffjarvis, The Drum and Telegraph
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Web Trolls Winning as Incivility Increases  —  The Internet may be losing the war against trolls.  At the very least, it isn't winning.  And unless social networks, media sites and governments come up with some innovative way of defeating online troublemakers, the digital world will never be free of the trolls' collective sway.
Mónica Guzmán / GeekWire:
Seattle police asked citizens to watch what they tweet, raising free speech questions  —  The problem with the police's plea to ‘Tweet Smart’  —  Considering this week's events in Ferguson, Missouri, isn't it smartest for the public to tweet more real-time police activity in some emergencies, not less?
Selena Larson / ReadWrite:
In Exposing Followers, Medium Fails Readers  —  If Medium wants to turn itself into a respectable publisher, it probably shouldn't behave like a social network.  —  On Wednesday, the company announced it would make lists of followers public to Medium members.  Writers and readers can see who's reading whom.
Discussion: @txvoodoo, Medium and @counternotions, Thanks:@owenthomas
Scott Dadich / Wired:
The story behind Wired's photo session with Edward Snowden and an American flag  —  Call Me Ed: A Day With Edward Snowden  —  I was in a Russian hotel room, waiting for the biggest photo shoot of my life.  My suite's blackout curtains were drawn, the better to conceal …
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.
Anne L. Kim / Roll Call:
FCC Extends Deadline for Second Round of Net Neutrality Comments  —  People looking to file net neutrality reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission will have a few extra days to do so.  In a public notice, the FCC announced that the deadline for filing the second round of comments …
Chris O'Brien / Medium:
Tech journalist Chris O'Brien of the LAT says farewell to Silicon Valley after 15 years  —  Au revoir, Silicon Valley  —  On August 20, I'm moving from Silicon Valley to Toulouse, France.  My rock-star wife got a three-year post-doc at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Toulouse.
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Agence France-Presse:
Hong Kong media tycoon hits back against fake obituary
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
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Amanda Meade / Guardian:
Australian ABC faces more cuts amid major restructure, says Managing Director Mark Scott
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