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5:50 PM ET, August 4, 2015


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Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Sunlight Foundation, Melody Kramer, and 20 others media/tech projects get Knight Prototype Funds  —  Knight Foundation is giving 22 media and technology projects the chance to get one step closer to reality with a little help from the Prototype Fund.  The projects include open-source tools …
Discussion: Knight Foundation
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Justice minister fires Germany's top prosecutor, Harald Range, over his treason probe targeting Netzpolitik journalists  —  German Justice Minister Fires Top Prosecutor for Treason Probe of Bloggers  —  Dismissal of federal prosecutor general marks crescendo in debate over press freedom
Discussion: BBC, Associated Press, DW.COM and Techdirt
Germany's top prosecutor Harald Range accuses government of interfering in investigation into news site  —  Top German prosecutor accuses Berlin of interfering in treason investigation  —  Germany's top public prosecutor accused the government on Tuesday of interfering …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
MLB Advanced Media to spin out streaming video unit valued at over $3B, signs deal giving NHL up to 10% equity in the new company named BAM Tech  —  Pro Baseball's Streaming Video Unit Gets Ready for a $3 Billion Spinoff by Adding Pro Hockey  —  MLB Advanced Media, the company that streams video …
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran will let some BBC journalists in the country to report for a week on special report  —  Official: Iran to partially allow BBC to report for a week  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian government official said Tuesday the Islamic Republic will allow some BBC journalists to report …
Discussion: The Iran Project and Global Voices
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Guardian head of news Stuart Millar follows Janine Gibson and James Ball to Buzzfeed  —  Buzzfeed has announced the recruitment of another high-profile Guardian journalist, head of news Stuart Millar.  —  Press Gazette reported last week that Millar was leaving the newspaper after 19 years.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How Mashable took user-generated content to create an animated story about Syria  —  When Louise Roug first saw the storyboards for Mashable's animation on a city in Syria, they were just rough outlines.  Then the animators started filling in the color.  —  “That's when I completely recognized parts …
Discussion: Mashable, @meganspecia and @kellymcb
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:NEW!
Political row in Scotland over police snooping on journalist  —  Newspaper claims that officers contravened Ripa code by seeking to discover a reporter's confidential sources  —  A political row has broken out in Scotland over the use by police of covert monitoring in order to discover a journalist's confidential sources.
Matt Pakes / Medium:
Facebook product manager responds to YouTube vlogger Hank Green's allegations, defends viewing metrics, says they're exploring new IP management tools  —  Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video  —  Hi, my name is Matt Pakes and I'm a product manager at Facebook, responsible for video products.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Netflix sets launch date in Japan for Sept. 2, with Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Iceland to follow in coming months  —  Netflix to launch in Japan, its first Asian market, on September 2  —  Netflix finally has a launch date for Asia — it will launch in Japan on September 2, 2015.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Variety and The Verge
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Bloomberg homepage gets more headlines, smaller photos  —  Jed Sandberg, Michael Shane and Paul Maya of Bloomberg's web operation sent the below note this morning to the Bloomberg staff:
Storyful / Medium:
How a Production Company Faked ‘Instagram Migrant’ Account  —  By Eliza Mackintosh, Storyful journalist  —  An Instagram account purportedly documenting a migrant's journey from Dakar, Senegal, to Spain began trending on Sunday after the Huffington Post shared a story about it.
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Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
fuboTV, a subscription-based OTT platform which livestreams soccer matches, raises $4M from investors, including Sling Media co-founder Blake Krikorian
Discussion: Media & Entertainment
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Apple denies that it has discussed or plans to launch an MVNO cellular service

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