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5:45 AM ET, August 12, 2015


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Marco Arment /
The profusion of privacy-violating web trackers invalidates the already-shaky theory that ad-blocking violates an implied contract  —  The ethics of modern web ad-blocking  —  More than fifteen years ago, in response to decreasing ad rates and banner blindness, web advertisers and publishers adopted pop-up ads.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Wrap and Digital Spy
Paul Mason / Guardian:
Digital devices have shortened readers attention spans, increased skim-reading, and authors are now struggling to create immersive content  —  Ebooks are changing the way we read, and the way novelists write  —  Our attention spans have shortened, we're distracted, and authors have changed …
Discussion: Telegraph, @nicolalitagent and The Awl
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Rdio to add 460 AM/FM stations owned and operated by Cumulus Media to its service Wednesday amid increasing competition  —  Rdio cues up traditional radio stations, hoping to get an edge on competition  —  The increasingly crowded streaming music industry is starting to look a little more like old-fashioned radio.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fusion Adds Roku to Its List of Streaming Venues in Bid to Win New Viewers  —  Fusion, the TV network aimed for millennials that is owned by ABC News and Univision, is expanding to Roku.  —  Users of the service will be able to tap into the Watch Fusion channel on Roku to watch Fusion programs …
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Canadian TV journalist is charged in incident related to 2014 Ferguson coverage  —  A Canadian TV journalist has become at least the third charged almost a year after being detained while covering the protests in Ferguson, his employer reports.  —  CTV's Los Angeles Bureau Chief Tom Walters …
Online News Association:
2015 Online Journalism Awards finalists include 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 …
Ariha Setalvad / The Verge:
Facebook makes it hard to find and take down copyright-infringing videos as it tries to establish itself as the go-to platform for viral videos  —  Why Facebook's video theft problem can't last  —  Earlier this year, Facebook's increased focus on video — which began with it introducing autoplay video …
Discussion: Wired and SocialTimes
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.
Dave McNary / Variety:
Movie studio executive Julie Rapaport from Weinstein Co. joins fast-growing Amazon Studios  —  Julie Rapaport Exits Weinstein Co. for Amazon Studios  —  In a pre-Toronto Film Festival move, fast-growing Amazon Studios has hired veteran executive Julie Rapaport from The Weinstein Company …
Discussion: The Wrap and Hollywood Reporter
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