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6:05 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 …
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 …
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: The Wrap and Sun-Times National
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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: TorrentFreak and The Week
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.
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
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.
 
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