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12:55 PM ET, August 11, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
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 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 and The Wrap
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Tribune Publishing Q2 beats estimates as revenue drops 4.5% year-over-year to $410M; profit down to $3M from $15M in same period last year  —  The parent company of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune posts its latest financials.  —  Tribune Publishing, the parent company …
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 …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr ask to file amicus brief in movie studio suit against MovieTube, which seeks broad site-blocking SOPA-like power  —  Tech Giants to Hollywood: Stop Trying to Resurrect SOPA  —  Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr file a brief to the MPAA …
Discussion: @alisternburg
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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Doug Bolton / The Independent:
Journalist Rasim Aliyev killed in Azerbaijan after criticising a football player on Facebook
Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Source: StumbleUpon to lay off about 70 of its 100 employees this week after failing to raise new round
Discussion: bizjournals
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Paul Resnikoff / Digital Music News:
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Football fans need to cry foul on clubs that ban journalists
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
As it grows, The Marshall Project finds plenty of partners, but fundraising is still not easy
Discussion: @niemanlab
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cord-Cutting Gets Ugly: U.S. Pay-TV Sector Drops 566,000 Customers in Q2
Discussion: TechCrunch