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1:20 AM ET, September 16, 2014


 Top News: 
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
For James Foley's Family, U.S. Policy Offered No Hope  —  The email appeared in Michael Foley's inbox a year after his brother James disappeared on a reporting trip in northern Syria.  It made clear that the people holding him wanted one thing above all else: money.
Discussion: @lrozen and @katz
Hadas Gold / Politico:
NLRB orders CNN to rehire 100, compensate 200  —  The National Labor Relations Board on Monday ordered CNN to rehire 100 workers and compensate 200 over a labor dispute that has dragged on for eleven years.  —  In 2003, CNN replaced a unionized subcontractor called Team Video Services …
WikiLeaks releases copies of FinFisher malware governments reportedly use to spy on media  —  SpyFiles 4  —  Today, 15 September 2014, WikiLeaks releases previously unseen copies of weaponised German surveillance malware used by intelligence agencies around the world to spy on journalists, political dissidents and others.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
TWC Makes Dodgers Games Available on Broadcast  —  Points out that means available to MVPD subs as well  —  Broadcast and MVPD viewers will get to see the last six games of the Dodgers season, according to Time Warner Cable, which said Monday it had struck a deal with L.A. independent KDOC to air the games.
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
NPR Adds to Live Shows, With Almost 24 Planned  —  NPR, following the lead of other news and radio organizations, is widely expanding its live stage shows, with a slate of nearly two dozen events planned nationwide in the coming months.  —  The most ambitious of three “NPR Presents” series …
Discussion: @meburks and @tinaantolini
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
As tech firms take on the role of newsrooms, will they care about legal fights for public interest?  —  As the legal budgets of traditional news rooms keep shrinking, they have been unable to fight the public interest battles of the past.  Will tech companies be willing or able to pick up that torch?
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Spotify launches on Amazon Fire TV in US, available to premium subscribers only  —  Spotify fires up on Amazon Fire TV  —  Amazon's streaming-media box adds support for the music service with more than 20 million songs.  To use Spotify Connect, you'll need a premium subscription.
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
Literary magazine n+1 survives 10 years, opens archives to subscribers online and in print  —  n+1: Learning that print and digital can peacefully coexist  —  At ten years old, n+1 is no longer a newcomer to the small magazine scene.  Carla Blumenkranz, a contributing editor who recently left …
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
AOL's 2,000 publisher partners help grow its AOL On video library reach 1.2B views a month  —  How AOL has quietly become a digital video powerhouse  —  Publicly, AOL struggles to shake its reputation as a floundering Web giant.  But investors have a reason to be bullish …
Discussion: @digiday and @ladouglass
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Flipboard is testing fullscreen video ads; Jack Daniel's and Gucci amongst first advertisers  —  Flipboard Presses Play on Full-Page Video Ads  —  Flipboard's brand advertising playbook has culled not only from print magazines but now TV as well.  The news-reading service …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Personal Audio wins $1.3M from CBS in podcast patent case; firm can proceed against NBC, Fox  —  Jury finds CBS infringes podcasting patent, awards $1.3 million  —  “Patent troll” lost its damages case, but it can move on to trials against NBC, Fox.  —  A jury in Marshall …
David Chazan / Telegraph:
Netflix launches in France to hostile reception  —  The subscription-based video streaming service launches in France to frosty reception from local media although it is funding Gallic answer to its “House of Cards” series  —  The American video streaming service Netflix launches …
Rapid TV News:   Netflix signs deal with French telecoms firm Bouygues to host service on its Bbox platform
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