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10:55 PM ET, June 26, 2013


 Top News: 
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
The personal side of taking on the NSA: emerging smears  —  Distractions about my past and personal life have emerged - an inevitable side effect for those who challenge the US government  —  When I made the choice to report aggressively on top-secret NSA programs, I knew that I would inevitably …
Alex Berenson / New York Times:
Snowden, Through the Eyes of a Spy Novelist  —  FOR a spy novelist like me, the Edward J. Snowden story has everything.  A man driven by ego and idealism — can anyone ever distinguish the two? — leaves his job and his beautiful girlfriend behind.  He must tell the world the Panopticon has arrived.
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Secrecy Is the Problem  —  Some people say that Edward Snowden …
Discussion: Politico
Erik Wemple:
Bloomberg News reporter had 18 ledes ready for Supreme Court rulings  —  Persistent mistakes by news organizations on big, national stories have spawned a growing consensus in journalism circles.  Better to be right than first, goes the thinking.  People won't remember who was first to report …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
CNN Lays Off Some Staff In DC  —  CNN has quietly laid off a handful of staffers in its Washington DC bureau.  —  We hear that most of the departures were senior level producers and staff, many on specific beats like the White House, national security and the Department of Justice, and who had been with the channel for a long time.
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Twitter CEO sees role for editors: Weed through tweets  —  WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo urged newsroom editors in the U.S. to embrace the service and news media's increasingly important role in synthesizing and analyzing millions of tweets that are produced daily.
Eliza Kern / GigaOM:
Twitter is testing ways to replay live events, but can it separate signal from noise?  —  Twitter knows that it has a problem: a replay problem.  —  The social network that's now used by about one in five Americans is at its best during a live news event.  There's no substitute …
The Wrap:
Newsday Shuts Down Westchester, N.Y., Branch (Exclusive)  —  Cablevision, which owns Newsday, shut down its year-old Westchester site effective immediately, an insider with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.  No statement from Cablevision yet, but its official Twitter account, @NewsdayNY, and Facebook is already gone.
Discussion:, Poynter and FishbowlNY
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Pandora founder fights back against RIAA, dispels artist royalty myths  —  Pandora's co-founder Tim Westergren is seeking to clear the air about some misconceptions being hurled at his company's direction.  In a blog post today, he struck back at opponents who claim that the service's royalties are not what they should be.
Discussion: Pandora Blog and GigaOM
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post Guild: ‘The Post would like to fire you’  —  The Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild says a Washington Post proposal for a new agreement with the union “would give managers the power to fire anyone for any reason” and also inserts a “poison pill that would make it even harder …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Discovery explores Internet subscription service  —  (Reuters) - Discovery Communications is at work on an Internet streaming service that could charge cable subscribers a small fee to gain access to hours of documentaries and reality shows, executive chairman and founder John Hendricks said on Tuesday.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Maker Studios Founder Danny Zappin Sues Company Over ‘Ouster’  —  Former CEO alleges breach of contract and fraud, after executive chairman Ynon Kreiz took over top role  —  Maker Studios co-founder Daniel Zappin is suing the YouTube multichannel network provider, alleging breach of contract and fraud in …
Discussion: AllThingsD and TechCrunch
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Intel Has Internal Launch Date for Pay TV Service  —  Cable companies have been doing their best to stop or slow Intel and others from launching competing paid TV services over the Internet.  But that doesn't seem to be stopping the chipmaker, which still plans to ship its web-connected TV box later this year.
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