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9:50 PM ET, August 11, 2015

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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.
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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
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 …
Paul Gallagher / The Independent:
Columbia Pictures accidentally delete their own trailer for new Adam Sandler movie Pixels in anti-piracy crackdown  —  An anti-piracy firm sent take-down notices on behalf of the company to Vimeo, ordering the website to remove videos containing the word ‘pixels’
Discussion: The Week and TorrentFreak
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 …
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 …
 
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Dave McNary / Variety:
Movie studio executive Julie Rapaport from Weinstein Co. joins fast-growing Amazon Studios
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
With 30M followers across 15 platforms, Funny or Die recognizes the importance of hiring social media platform experts
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ITV Acquires Minority Stake in MCN Channel Mum
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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Is a Viable TV Alternative For Advertisers, But Some Are Wary of Commitment
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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
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