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11:55 AM ET, September 4, 2015

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 Top News: 
Tim Peterson / Ad Age:
IAB Explores Its Options to Fight Ad Blockers, Including Lawsuits  —  Trade Org Has Held Two Summits This Summer to Map a Course of Action  —  As the digital media and advertising industries come to grips with the rise of ad blocking, so is one of the industry's more prominent organizing bodies.
Les Hinton / British Journalism Review:
Former Dow Jones CEO and News International executive chairman responds to Rupert Murdoch's critics  —  Life with Murdoch, Les Hinton  —  Rupert Murdoch's longest-serving lieutenant staggers under the weight of books written about his old boss More than half a century ago …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Mail Online sues Gawker and former employee for defamation for publishing writer's first-person account of workplace practices  —  Mail Online sues Gawker for defamation over first-person piece  —  On March 4, Gawker published a first-person piece by James King, a former worker for the Mail Online …
Celeste Lecompte / Nieman Reports:
How automation helps reporters expand coverage, engage audiences, and respond to breaking news  —  Automation in the Newsroom  —  How algorithms are helping reporters expand coverage, engage audiences, and respond to breaking news  —  Philana Patterson, assistant business editor for the Associated Press …
Discussion: MediaShift, @tedgioia and @ap_corpcomm
Marissa Newman / The Times of Israel:
Israel bans journalists at public broadcasting organization from expressing opinions in newscasts as broadcaster reorganizes, dropping TV tax  —  State broadcast journalists condemn ban on expressing political opinions  —  Reporter slams ‘shameful’ clause in new law; Press Council …
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Rights groups call on Twitter to reverse its ban on Politwoops accounts  —  A coalition of rights groups from more than a dozen different countries have posted an open letter to Twitter TWTR , asking that the company restore access to more than 30 Politwoops accounts it recently blocked …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: difficulty of making deals with CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox has delayed Apple TV's launch  —  Local TV Creates Hurdle to Streaming  —  The difficulty of lining up deals to offer CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox programming is one reason Apple has decided to push back its Web-TV service
Discussion: @gerryfsmith
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon buys web and mobile video conversion company Elemental Technologies for a reported $500M  —  Amazon to Buy Video Reformatter Elemental Technologies  —  Deal could help Amazon become central player in rush to provide consumers video on all types of devices
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Journalists ‘pushed away’ from ‘distressing scenes’ involving migrants at Hungarian train station  —  about Journalists ‘pushed away’ from ‘distressing scenes’ involving migrants at Hungarian train station- Comments  —  Journalists have reported being “pushed away” by police from …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Sudanese journalist arrested in Saudi Arabia, faces deportation  —  New York, September 3, 2015—A Sudanese journalist has been detained for more than a month without charge in Saudi Arabia, according to news reports.  Waleed al-Hussein al-Dood could face deportation to Sudan …
Discussion: Sudan, Guardian and @cpjmena
Gurman Bhatia / Poynter:
Al Jazeera English builds Slack bots that share breaking news alerts with staff, give traffic analytics, and recommend related stories with keywords  —  The Slack bot trend continues, this time with Al Jazeera English  —  When the Virginia shooting happened last week …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Spotify updates privacy policy with clearer language after backlash  —  Spotify is overhauling its privacy policy today with plainer language that should be readable to the average human — not just lawyers.  The streaming service found itself amid a furor last month after its users complained …
 
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Peggy McGlone / Washington Post:
US Copyright Office's online registration has been down since last Friday, part of a larger computer failure at Library of Congress
Discussion: @xor, Federal Computer Week and @xor
 Earlier Picks: 
Jennifer Brandel / Medium:
News organizations should include the public in the reporting process allowing questions to replace focus on post-publishing comments
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Heather Chaplin, director of The New School's journalism-and-design undergraduate program
Discussion: @aejmc
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The New York Times' Anemona Hartocollis travels with and documents a group of migrants and refugees as they move through Europe
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Publishers will be able to determine when smartphone users are bored and push content at them
Discussion: Engadget, Fortune and pielot.org