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9:45 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
Max Seddon / BuzzFeed:
Russia tells ISPs to block Wikipedia after site editors refuse to delete article about charas, a form of hashish  —  Russia Says It's Banning Wikipedia  —  The site faces a total block after Wikipedia editors failed to comply with a court decision in a remote village.
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.
Discussion: @sophia_phan
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Neil Young's Pono Struggles With Funding, Searches for New CEO  —  Neil Young's music tech startup Pono is struggling with funding issues, which is slowing down the company's international expansion, the rock legend revealed in a Facebook post.  “We are trying to set up stores in multiple countries …
Discussion: RAIN News
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.
Jeff Gammage /
Terry Egger named publisher of Philadelphia Media Network  —  The parent company of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and named a new publisher Monday - Terrance C.Z. “Terry” Egger, an industry veteran who previously led the Cleveland Plain Dealer and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Nathalie Tadena / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix shares close down 6.8% for the day, 21% over three days, after being up 150% for year to date  —  Netflix Shareholders Gets Whiplash as Global Markets Plunge … As global markets continued to plunge in a tumultuous day of trading Monday, Netflix was whipsawed more than most.
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