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2:00 AM ET, August 17, 2015


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Amazon tests how far to push white-collar workers to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions, creating a bruising, data-driven workplace  —  Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace  —  SEATTLE — On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
The New York Times Company CEO Mark Thompson on NYT's future: digital revenue can exceed print revenue in 5 years  —  Times Reaches Online Milestone, but Many Challenges Await  —  LAST spring, Mark Thompson, chief executive of The New York Times Company, said The Times would soon boast of one million digital-only subscribers.
Discussion: @parrysingh and @jayrosen_nyu
Graham Readfearn / Guardian:
Climate Feedback allows scientists to grade and annotate news stories on climate science  —  Scientists get tool to mark online climate science media coverage and it's not a rusty teaspoon  —  New project has already scored the “scientific credibility” of climate science stories on CNN …
Discussion: @naypinya
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Dave Goldberg in memo to Sony Music: cut costs, focus on digital, move away from new music  —  A Radical Plan to Save the Big Music Labels: Shrink the Big Music Labels  —  A decade and a half after Napster, the music business is finally changing.  But only grudgingly …
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
Wikipedia's dwindling ranks of volunteer editors struggle to stop editors paid by PR firms  —  The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia—for Pay  —  On January 11, 2013, James Heilman, an emergency-room physician and one of Wikipedia's most prolific medical editors …
Discussion: @mollyesque, @ddiamond and @raju
Cora Lewis / BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed Founder Jonah Peretti: “I Don't Think A Union Is Right” For Staff  —  At a company meeting on Thursday, BuzzFeed's CEO told staff that unionization “isn't something I think would be great for the company.”  —  BuzzFeed's founder and CEO Jonah Peretti has told staff …
Lance Ulanoff / Mashable:
HBO deal saved Sesame Street from falling licensing revenue, which dropped over 50% since 2008  —  Inside the HBO deal that saved Big Bird and ‘Sesame Street’  —  Rubber Ducky, you were almost sunk.  —  There's a good chance that without HBO stepping in to fund and air Sesame Street …
Discussion: Variety, Thanks:@steverubel
James Cook / Business Insider:
The story of Tidal: How a European startup no one ever heard of got bought by Jay Z and became one of the best-known music companies in the world  —  The story of Tidal: How a European startup no one ever heard of got bought by Jay Z and became one of the best-known music companies in the world
Rachel Raudenbush / Digiday:
Mobile news app Wildcard bets on a card-based design to attract users  —  Just months after Circa folded, Wildcard is betting on card-based mobile news.  —  On Tuesday, the company released version 2.0 of its mobile news app, which, like Circa, uses card-based design and allows users to “follow” stories of interest.
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Kaelyn Forde / Refinery29:
How New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi reported on the Islamic State's new theology of sexual slavery  —  How One Woman Exposed The Way ISIS Uses Rape As a Weapon  —  Photo: Mauricio Lima/ The New York Times/ Redux.  —  New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal plans to personalize push alerts through human curation, algorithms, and customization options  —  Push it: How The Wall Street Journal plans to make its push alerts more personal  —  Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of stories on how news organizations manage their mobile news alerts.
Discussion: @elanazak
Jessamyn West / Medium:
A look at why comment sections fail as sites like The Verge and Daily Dot give up on them  —  Bad comments are a system failure  —  So why can't you fix them like any other bug?  —  Internet comments are awful.  Recently sites [like Popular Science, Bloomberg Business, Reuters, Mic …
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Live Streaming Platform Firetalk Teams Up With The Young Turks
Discussion: Tubefilter and VideoInk
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Journalists covering Tianjin explosion meet with interference
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
Justice Department releases report on its subpoenas, search warrants, and questioning of journalists in 2014
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Maker Studios' integration with Disney hits a few snags over missed performance targets; CEO Ynon Kreiz other other top execs may leave Disney at end of year
 Earlier Picks: 
William Branigin / Washington Post:
U.N. human rights experts call for ‘immediate release’ of Post's Jason Rezaian
Discussion: @postbaron, @katz and Poynter
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Turner Broadcasting acquires majority stake in online video company iStreamPlanet for nearly $200M
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Saudi Arabia to require online media to have commercial registration and office space, while editors-in-chief need college degrees and Saudi citizenship
Miranda Ward / mUmBRELLA:
News Corp CEO lashes Google for piracy, zealotry and kleptocracy at Lowy Institute event