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7:35 PM ET, August 27, 2014


 Top News: 
Tom A. Peter / The New Republic:
I Was Kidnapped While Reporting in Syria.  The Risk Wasn't Worth It.  —  About a year and a half ago, I found myself in the living room of a luxury condominium overlooking a beach in Naples, Florida.  I'd been reporting in the Middle East, and, for the first time in two years, had returned home to the U.S. for a visit.
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
James Foley's Murder Highlights The Risks Freelance Journalists Take  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all had one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title “freelance journalist.”
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
As Online Video Surges, the .TV Domain Rides the Wave  —  You've heard of the dot-com boom.  Is the dot-tv boom next?  —  On Monday, Amazon said it would pay $1.1 billion for a website that streams people playing video games.  The website is called Twitch — but its address is not, but
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
A new report looks for lessons in successful (and unsuccessful) Knight News Challenge winners  —  What makes a media innovation project succeed?  —  That's the question the Knight Foundation has been asking about perhaps the most prominent program supporting media innovation, the Knight News Challenge.
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Nikki Finke Outed in New Video, Photos Amid Legal Settlement Talks  —  “GOTJA!” says the Committee for Decency in Journalism, an anonymous group that has launched  —  In perhaps the most bizarre chapter of the Nikki Finke saga, photos and video of the famously camera-shy Hollywood journalist …
Wannabe Hacks:
What's it like being a journalism student in China?  —  China's journalism schools, like those in many countries, are packed full of students preparing to join an industry where the supply of graduates far exceeds the number of positions available.  —  The press may be perceived …
Capital New York:
The Atlantic's senior editor Derek Thompson talks business models for news  —  The 60-second interview: Derek Thompson, senior editor, The Atlantic  —  CAPITAL: In an article about the 2014 newspaper purge, you write about the diversity of business models of journalism.
Lene Sillesen / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Guardian partners with more local news outlets to tell under-reported stories  —  The digital age may have increased competition between news outlets as the online fight for clicks and eyeballs becomes ever more fierce, but this week goes to show that digital journalism also enables partnerships that once would have seemed unlikely.
Discussion: @dangillmor and @texasobserver
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
London Times playing typewriter sounds in newsroom “to increase energy levels and help reporters to hit deadlines”  —  The Times' newsroom set to ring with the sounds of typewriters once more  —  Almost as if the digital revolution never happened, the newsroom …
James Estrin / New York Times:
Interview with Jonathan Klein, Getty Images co-founder, on why they made images free online  —  Giving Away Photos to Make a Profit  —  Photojournalism has gone through a sea change in both technology and business models in the nearly 20 years since Getty Images started.
Discussion: @jamesestrin and @nytimesphoto, Thanks:@ilamont
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
The Obama administration wants journalist James Risen in jail for not revealing sources  —  Why The Obama Administration Wants This Journalist In Jail  —  President Barack Obama came into office in 2009 promising a new era of unprecedented transparency in his administration.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Spotify announces Philips Smart TV integration; adds Bose and others as Connect partners  —  Spotify launches smart TV integration, signs deals with Phillips, Bose, and Panasonic  —  Spotify today announced the launch of the first “Spotify-enabled” smart TV in an exclusive deal …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing  —  Some argue that the rise of the internet has destroyed — or severely crippled — journalism, but all it has really done is disrupted traditional mass-media business models.
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
T-Mobile ‘Music Freedom’ adds limitless data for Songza, Rdio, Grooveshark, & others  —  Above: T-Mobile at the 2014 International CES.  —  Hoping to keep itself more competitive than rival carriers, T-Mobile today added a handful of new services to its “Music Freedom” program.
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Bob Sauerberg looking likely successor to Chuck Townsend as Condé Nast CEO  —  The summer of Sauerberg  —  Condé Nast has had a busy summer, with a shakeup of its senior management ranks, the spinoff of Lucky magazine and the sale of Women's Wear Daily and other fashion …
Discussion: MediaWire Daily
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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Pandora launches on Google Glass with voice controls and sound via earbuds or bone-conduction
Discussion: Gigaom, Popular Mechanics and Mashable
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Hostage's mother makes emotional plea to Islamic State for the release of her son, Steven Sotloff
Discussion: New York Times, CNN and USA Today
John McDuling / Quartz:
Rdio's secret weapon in the streaming wars may be country music
Discussion: @saralerner
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Chris Ip / Columbia Journalism Review:
Pew: reluctance to share dissenting opinions online about news shows threat of self-censorship
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Erik Sass / MediaPost:
Media Conglomerates Rely Less On Ad Revenues
Matthew Flamm / Media & Entertainment:
Advertising to grow 4.9% in 2015; digital media ad spend to overtake TV by 2017
Discussion: Nieman Lab and AdExchanger
Nine and Fairfax announce $100M partnership on new SVOD service StreamCO for Australia
Discussion: Nelbie, IF Magazine and mUmBRELLA
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
From Silicon Valley, Media Startup Vies for Adland's Attention
Discussion: VentureBeat, Thanks:@msebastian