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1:20 PM ET, August 21, 2014

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Amanda Meade / Guardian:
News Corp Australia defends use of James Foley beheading images  —  Julian Clarke tells forum ‘hiding the brutal reality’ is in no one's interest, despite family requests for the images not to be used  —  The chief executive of News Corp Australia has defended the decision to publish …
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James Ball / Guardian:
Twitter's claim to be just a platform, and not a publisher, is suspect if it censors images and videos  —  Twitter: from free speech champion to selective censor?  —  By acting on footage of James Foley's murder, Twitter has taken responsibility in a way it hasn't over abuse and threats.
Tom Risen / US News:
James Foley and Syria's News Repression  —  Syria was ranked the most dangerous nation for journalists like Foley, who was kidnapped and murdered.  —  Journalist James Foley rests at a Libyan airport in 2011.  Foley was later captured in Syria, which one press freedom group has deemed …
Discussion: @abeaujon and @usnews
Washington Post:
U.S. staged secret Syria operation in failed bid to rescue Foley, other journalists, hostages
James Ball / Guardian:
James Foley and the daily horrors of the internet: think hard before clicking
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Huffington Post teams up with Beacon Reader to fund a local journalist reporting in Ferguson for a year  —  The Huffington Post Is Not Leaving Ferguson  —  What happens in Ferguson and the St. Louis metro area the day after everybody leaves?  —  It's a question on the minds of nearly every resident …
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Why it's smart of the HuffPo to partner with Beacon Reader in crowdfunding a reporter  —  The Huffington Post has sparked a backlash by partnering with Beacon Reader to crowdfund a reporting fellowship in Ferguson, Mo. — but the project is actually a smart way to experiment …
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
Thomson Reuters emails Indian digital publisher Medianama: we'll take your articles if you don't tell us not to  —  Thomson Reuters: we'll take your articles if you don't tell us not to  —  We received a email from Thomson Reuters last evening, informing us that unless we write …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
SoundCloud to incorporate ads, allow artists to collect royalties, prepares to introduce paid subscriptions  —  Popular and Free, SoundCloud Is Now Ready for Ads  —  SoundCloud is the ubiquitous wild child of the digital music world.  Without paying artists or record companies …
Kim Williams / Sydney Morning Herald:
Former CEO Kim Williams calls News Corp leaks a festival of vengeance  —  During my time at News Corporation there were frequent frustrating leaks, much like the one this week, a comprehensive set of numbers on the company's Australian enterprises.  —  The leak, published in Crikey …
Discussion: @cjoye, @gay_alcorn and Guardian
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Nic Christensen / mUmBRELLA:
Crikey agrees to destroy copies of leaked News Corp financial statements
Lockhart Steele / The Verge:
Vox's Lockhart Steele commits to blogging again, hints at turning Chorus CMS into platform  —  The retro-futuristic future of blogging  —  I've been thinking about ecosystems lately.  As we're digging deeper into YouTube at Vox Media, I'm coming to appreciate the ways YouTube personalities interact …
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Conde Nast Media Group Names Vanity Fair Publisher Edward Menicheschi CMO and President  —  Condé Nast Media Group has named Vanity Fair publisher Edward Menicheschi its chief marketing officer and president.  He will succeed Lou Cona, who in April 2013 was named the company's president and chief revenue officer.
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Comcast to launch ‘Xfinity on Campus’, IP-based video service targeted at college students  —  Comcast: ‘Xfinity On Campus’ Is Open For Business  —  Several Schools On Board For IP-Based Multiscreen Offering  —  Following an extensive trial period, Comcast said it has moved forward …
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
AdDetector plugin detects native advertising on sites like BuzzFeed and the New York Times  —  Meet AdDetector — The New Plug-In That Labels Native Advertising  —  A week-old browser plug-in may have helped solve native advertising's labeling problem.  The service, AdDetector …
Discussion: The Verge, @joshsternberg and Engadget
 
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Mark Berman / Washington Post:
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