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2:40 PM ET, August 11, 2015

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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Online paywall builders Piano Media and Tinypass merge, new company named Piano  —  Online Paywall Builders Piano Media and Tinypass Merge  —  Tinypass and Piano Media, two companies that help publishers sell their content on the Web, are combining.  —  The deal means that if you encounter …
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery charged with trespassing and interfering with police officer for Ferguson incident last year  —  Washington Post reporter charged with trespassing, interfering with a police officer  —  A Washington Post reporter who was arrested at a restaurant …
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly to face trespassing and interfering with police officer charges stemming from 2014 Ferguson incident
Online News Association:
2015 Online Journalism Awards finalists include reported.ly and news startup Billy Penn  —  2015 Online Journalism Awards finalists announced  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Finalists for the 2015 Online Journalism Awards, representing a wide range of nonprofit, public, academic, major media …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
New Republic redesigns print edition, drops ‘The’ from its title  —  The (new) New Republic: How the magazine's bosses are building a company around ‘novel solutions’  —  It's been more than eight months since Gabriel Snyder penned a note to readers upon ascending to the editorship …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, The Wrap and @jayrosen_nyu
Howard Amos / The Moscow Times:
Writers accuse Russian publisher Algoritm of printing their books without permission  —  Western Experts Cry Foul Over Russian Books Published in Their Names  —  Prominent Western experts and journalists accused a Russian publishing house Sunday of pirating their work and printing books using …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
With 30M followers across 15 platforms, Funny or Die recognizes the importance of hiring social media platform experts  —  How Funny or Die learned to stop worrying and embrace platforms  —  Even Funny or Die has had to get serious about its platform approach.
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Brian Williams' six-month suspension is over, will resume new role as MSNBC breaking news anchor in mid-September  —  Brian Williams' suspension is over  —  It's been six months since Williams was suspended without pay by NBC News for telling an exaggerated story about a helicopter mission during the Iraq War.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Periscope has received 1,391 copyright takedown requests so far — Twitter complied with 71% of them  —  Young livestreaming app Periscope received nearly 1,400 copyright (DMCA) takedown requests during its first three months of existence, and Periscope owner Twitter has so far complied with 71 percent — or about 994 — of them.
Tom Corrigan / Wall Street Journal:
Filmed Entertainment, owner of DVD mail-order service Columbia House files for bankruptcy, lists total assets of about $2M, liabilites of about $63M  —  Columbia House Owner Files for Bankruptcy  —  Parent seeking sale of former mail-order music seller  —  The owner of onetime mail-order …
Paul O'Donnell / Washingtonian:
Ezra Klein Finds Conversations About the Future of Journalism “Tiresome”  —  Once dubbed “the prince of DC media” by the New Republic, Ezra Klein, founder of the Washington Post's influential Wonkblog, stunned publishing circles early last year when he bolted the Post for Jim Bankoff's Vox Media.
Stephen Ceasar / Los Angeles Times:
Donald Sterling sues celeb news site TMZ and source, over story about alleged racist remarks, says tape recordings were doctored  —  Donald Sterling sues TMZ, V. Stiviano over leaked tapes  —  Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling has filed a lawsuit against TMZ and former girlfriend V. Stiviano …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter, UPROXX and Mediaite
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
New York Times day editor talks about how the newsroom has changed to deliver better mobile push alerts: filing stories in chunks, global coordination, more  —  Push it: A look behind the scenes of a New York Times mobile alert  —  Editor's note: This is the first in a series of stories …
 
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ITV Acquires Minority Stake in MCN Channel Mum
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Is a Viable TV Alternative For Advertisers, But Some Are Wary of Commitment
Discussion: @digitalshields
Doug Bolton / The Independent:
Journalist Rasim Aliyev killed in Azerbaijan after criticising a football player on Facebook
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Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Source: StumbleUpon to lay off about 70 of its 100 employees this week after failing to raise new round
Discussion: bizjournals
Paul Resnikoff / Digital Music News:
Sources: Spotify will offer some releases only to paying subscribers or for limited times, starting in early 2016
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Football fans need to cry foul on clubs that ban journalists
Discussion: @davidtpegg
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
As it grows, The Marshall Project finds plenty of partners, but fundraising is still not easy
Discussion: @niemanlab