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4:20 PM ET, August 24, 2015


 Top News: 
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
A Three-Way Mostly Civilized Family Contest To Become The Next Publisher Of The Times  —  The issue of succession is a difficult matter not just for family-run businesses but for the families that run them.  Take the Murdochs, for instance.  Or the Binghams, the Kentucky newspaper clan that imploded in the 1980s.
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Despite upsurge in mobile traffic, publishers say mobile ad dollars are lagging  —  Mobile Readers Abound; the Ads, Not So Much  —  Traditional and online publishers are struggling to cash in on their surging mobile traffic, raising questions about their future growth as consumers increasingly turn …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and Poynter
Following US shutdown in June, Twitter blocks 31 Diplotwoops and Politwoops accounts archiving deleted tweets of politicians, diplomats, and embassies globally  —  Twitter blocks access to political transparency organisation Politwoops  —  Group that archives deleted tweets from legislators has its access to social network shut off
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Audience for New York Times newsletters ranges from tens of thousands to millions  —  How The New York Times gets a 70 percent open rate on its newsletters  —  The New York Times has caught the newsletter fever.  In the past year, it has launched a dozen of them — it now has a total of 33.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Flipboard launches short silent Cinema Loop video ads  —  Flipboard is expanding its promoted stories program to now include videos.  Starting today, brands can submit their television-quality commercials and bring them to the digital magazine app.  These video ads will feature Cinema Loops …
Discussion: The Next Web
Kara Newhouse / ivoh:
How The Christian Science Monitor is helping readers bridge the gap between content & action  —  Screengrab from The Christian Science Monitor's “Take Action” website.  —  By Kara Newhouse  —  Kara is an education reporter for Lancaster Newspapers, a creator of the Faces of Mental Health Recovery project …
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
A Wall Street Journal reporter discusses her experience being labeled an American spy by Iranian state-run media  —  Smeared by Iran's State-Run Media: A Journal Reporter's Story  —  Veteran Iranian-American foreign correspondent Farnaz Fassihi now finds herself targeted as a spy by mouthpieces for Tehran's regime
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Behind Neetzan Zimmerman's Facebook strategy at The Hill, which has contributed to the huge rise of social engagement and traffic over the past six months  —  ‘I am the social’: Neetzan Zimmerman brings a little bit of Gawker to The Hill  —  Neetzan Zimmerman is having his comeback moment.
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
In U.S stock market fall, media companies including CBS and Time Warner drop 2.3% and 2.8% respectively  —  U.S. Media Stocks Tumble Amid “Black Monday” Carnage  —  Disney, CBS, Time Warner and Sony were among the entertainment stocks taking a big hit on Monday.
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Netflix Hitches With SoftBank For Japan Launch  —  Next week's launch of streaming video service Netflix in Japan will be boosted by a major partnership with Softbank Corp. The two companies may also be involved in local content.  —  With 37 million cellphone customers …
Discussion: Netflix and Hollywood Reporter
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
European media giant investments in online video networks are growing fast  —  European media join push to support online video groups  —  Online video networks are receiving an influx of capital from European investors as the companies behind some of the most popular content on YouTube seek to reach bigger global audiences.
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