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8:45 AM ET, September 4, 2012


 Top News: 
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Here's how Samsung flew bloggers halfway around the world, then threatened to leave them there  —  Let's pretend that you're a blogger.  You're given the chance to review new, hot hardware from a major company.  All that's required is that you participate in some tasks, but these tasks would fit into your coverage so you agree.
Karan Bajaj /
Clearing the air around Samsung Mob!lers vs Indian bloggers fiasco  —  It all started this morning when a close friend Nimish Dubey tagged me on Facebook with a link to The Next Web's story on how Samsung took two Indian bloggers to IFA, Berlin and then threatened to leave them there without return tickets and hotel.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:   Don't Want to Be Mistaken for a Prostitute? Don't Get into Samsung's Creepy Limo
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Samsung “deeply apologizes” to Indian blogger: We put you through undue hardship
Discussion: Business Insider
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Based on His Experience at the RNC, Network Producer Cancels Plans to Cover the DNC  —  Is the cost associated with network television coverage of the conventions over the top?  Could the money be put to better use doing long-form reporting about critical issues facing the nation?
Dylan Byers / Politico:
DNC 2012: Press puts a new spin on Obama  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For over a year now, the political press has been writing the ever-evolving book on Mitt Romney.  But as the Democratic National Convention gets under way in Charlotte, major media outlets are sending President Barack Obama through …
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
UK tells Ecuador Assange can't be extradited if he faces death penalty  —  William Hague says Wikileaks founder could only be sent to US if both Britain and Sweden believe human rights would not be breached  —  Britain has assured Ecuador that Julian Assange has a double guarantee …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning's lawyer demands sentence cut  —  The civilian lawyer of Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of transferring hundreds of thousands of state secrets to WikiLeaks, is demanding that at least seven years be lopped off any sentence he might be given on grounds that he was improperly treated while in military custody.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:   WikiLeaks supporters take down Swedish government sites with DDOS attacks
Rachel McAthy /
World Press Trends: 2.2% of newspaper ad revenues from digital  —  The annual World Press Trends survey by the World Association of Newspapers and Publisher (WAN-IFRA) has highlighted a “lack of intensity” in digital news consumption, which it says is being shown in the digital revenue shares reported by newspapers.
David Carr / New York Times:
Left Alone by Its Owner, Reddit Thrives  —  There are many ways to measure the traction of a social media platform: time spent, page views or unique users.  But it might be useful to add one more metric: if the leader of the free world stops by to answer questions from your users, you're probably doing O.K.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Business Insider
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Reporters: We loathe 2012 campaign  —  Is that all there is?  —  Presidential campaigns are supposed to be the greatest show in American politics—infused with big ideas and historical import.  Yet after 16 months enduring a Republican primary and then a two-man contest so far defined by gaffes …
Discussion: @juliemmoos
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
Twitter's Chief Lawyer Defends Free Speech With Revenue in Mind  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Alexander Macgillivray, Twitter's chief lawyer, says that fighting for free speech is more than a good idea.  He thinks it is a competitive advantage for his company.  —  That conviction explains why he spends …
Discussion: The Verge and GigaOM
Jason Deans / Guardian:
Phone hacking investigations and prosecutions ‘could take three years’  —  Senior Scotland Yard officer Stephen Kavanagh is to take over Sue Akers's role overseeing the investigations into phone hacking and other alleged illegal activities by journalists, with the police budgeting for the process …
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
‘Good Girls’ Fight to Be Journalists  —  WHEN I graduated from college, before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 took effect, sex discrimination was legal.  I wanted to write for a newspaper or newsmagazine, but despite an armload of credentials and skills, I soon learned the score …
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 More News: 
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
NBC rebrands Olympics app as NBC Sports Live Extra, promises streams for a wider athletic universe
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Why newspapers must raise their price
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Drop in defamation cases may be due to Leveson inquiry
Allison Goldstein / American Journalism Review:
Adding a Player-Coach to the Lineup
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Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
Want to Watch the Paralympics? Now You Can—Not on NBC, but on YouTube
Sherry Ricchiardi / American Journalism Review:
Playing Defense  —  With digital information so vulnerable to theft …