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3:10 PM ET, August 17, 2015


 Top News: 
John Cook / GeekWire:
Full memo: Jeff Bezos responds to brutal New York Times story, says it doesn't represent the Amazon he leads  —  The cruel and back-stabbing environment described by The New York Times in a recent report on the workplace culture at has struck a nerve with Jeff Bezos …
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN's Dana Bash named chief political correspondent  —  Longtime CNN correspondent Dana Bash has been promoted to Chief Political Correspondent, one of the most coveted editorial positions at the cable news network, CNN President Jeff Zucker announced Monday.
Discussion: The Wrap, FishbowlDC, Variety and Poynter
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.
Evie Nagy / Fast Company:
Midroll relaunches Howl podcast app, free version with limited access, $4.99/mo premium offering with full network archive, WTF, Comedy Central access, more  —  Is Howl The “Netflix Of Podcasts” We've Been Waiting For?  —  There's no true one-stop, all-you-can-eat shop for podcast distribution.
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 …
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
BuzzFeed partners with Yahoo Japan to launch Japanese version of the site  —  BuzzFeed looks to go viral in Japanese  —  BuzzFeed is launching a joint venture with Yahoo Japan, the country's top internet portal, to create a Japanese-language version of the viral news and entertainment site.
Discussion: Politico
How ProPublica uncovered AT&T's unique partnership with the NSA by combing through Snowden documents  —  A Trail of Evidence Leading to AT&T's Partnership with the NSA  —  Documents provided by Edward Snowden mention a special relationship between the National Security Agency and an unnamed telecommunications company.
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast will offer content creators 70% of ad revenue on its new Watchable platform, more than Facebook and YouTube  —  Comcast's ‘Watchable’ Streaming Portal to Give Creators a Bigger Cut of Ad Revenue  —  Comcast is offering Web content partners for its new …
Discussion: Light Reading and @mattrosoff
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Straight Outta Compton Leaves Assault on Female Journo Straight Outta the Movie  —  After a long and winding road to the big screen, the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton hit it big this weekend, racking up an estimated $56 million in ticket sales and creating an online buzz …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
St. Louis professor on journalism lessons from Ferguson: ‘The impact is ongoing.’  —  Last August, as journalists flooded into St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri to cover the death and the aftermath of Michael Brown, Amber Hinsely was watching.  She tracked the hashtags as they evolved …
Discussion: @kristenhare
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Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
Facebook revamps ‘Notes’ to be your next blogging platform
Discussion: The Verge, @davewiner and The Next Web
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Dave Goldberg in memo to Sony Music: cut costs, focus on digital, move away from new music
Discussion: @brokep
Graham Readfearn / Guardian:
Climate Feedback allows scientists to grade and annotate news stories on climate science
Discussion: @naypinya
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
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Rachel Raudenbush / Digiday:
Mobile news app Wildcard bets on a card-based design to attract users
Discussion: @antderosa
Kaelyn Forde / Refinery29:
How New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi reported on the Islamic State's new theology of sexual slavery
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal plans to personalize push alerts through human curation, algorithms, and customization options
Discussion: @elanazak
Lance Ulanoff / Mashable:
HBO deal saved Sesame Street from falling licensing revenue, which dropped over 50% since 2008
Discussion: Variety, Thanks:@steverubel