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10:05 PM ET, July 1, 2013


 Top News: 
Edward Joseph Snowden / WikiLeaks:
Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow  —  One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth.  My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will.
Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times:
Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says
Nitasha Tiku / Gawker:
New York Times Blogger Demanded Travel and Expenses from Companies  —  A blogger for The New York Times has been requesting thousands of dollars in “expenses” and travel airfare from a public relations firm trying to get its clients covered in the Times, according to emails obtained by Gawker.
Discussion: @lindsaygoldwert and @timamolloy
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Why Every Company In TV Is Trying To Merge  —  The three factors behind a massive wave of consolidation.  —  Content is king — which is why seemingly every company that distributes it, from local television stations to cable operators to satellite distributors, is trying to merge.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:   Tribune CEO says TV deal won't factor into decision on newspapers
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
News Corp. Down, 21st Century Fox Up In First Day Of Trading After Split  —  Shareholders in the media conglomerate formerly known as News Corporation breathed an all but audible sigh of relief Monday as a split-up plan announced a year ago culminated in the first full day of trading for the stocks of the two offspring companies.
Discussion: Variety and Los Angeles Times
Matt Brian / The Verge:
Twitter's new ‘embedded on these websites’ feature helps users discover the story behind a tweet  —  Twitter has begun trialling new features that give users a way to learn more about the tweets that they read.  As noted by security expert Mikko Hypponen, Twitter has enabled a new …
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
The Independent Dish: Six Months In  —  We promised to keep you up to date with the new independent Dish's progress - and six months seems like a good time to summarize.  The current number of subscribers to the Dish now stands at 27,349.  I don't think there's a purely online site …
Discussion: paidContent
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Who's Winning at Volume in Publishing  —  Winning in digital media now boils down to a simple equation: figure out a way to produce the most content at as low a cost as possible.  —  In recent years, new players like The Huffington Post burst onto the scene by pumping out a dizzying amount of content each day.
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Leela de Krester Is Leaving DNAinfo  —  Editorial director and publisher Leela de Krester is leaving, founder Joe Ricketts announced today in an email to staff.  —  “I wanted to let you know about a change at  After 4 years of dedicated work helping to establish the company …
Discussion: Capital New York
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN airs Zimmerman's SSN, phone number  —  CNN appears to have broadcast the social security number and telephone number for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who is suspected of having killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., last February.  —  On Monday at 12:16 p.m. ET …
Discussion: Mediaite
Bill Mickey / Folio:
TechMedia Network Buys Bestofmedia Group  —  Deal includes Tom's Hardware, Tom's Guide and Tom's IT Pro.  —  TechMedia Network, a group of digital properties for technology and science enthusiasts and professionals, has acquired Bestofmedia Group, publisher of tech and gadget review sites Tom's Hardware, Tom's Guide and Tom's IT Pro.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Tech Media Network
Rachel McAthy /
Why Associated Press is focusing on UGC standards and safety  —  Social media and UGC editor for international at AP Fergus Bell explains how the news agency is working to focus attention on the ‘standards with which we treat user-generated content’  —  Copyright: By Das Fotoimaginarium on Flickr.
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian Joins The Verge to Host Web Series (Exclusive)  —  The entrepreneur teams with the tech site for a ten-part series on startup culture.  —  Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is teaming up with Joshua Topolsky's The Verge for a 10-part web series that tells …
Discussion: Betabeat and The Verge
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Former Newsweek Editor: There Never Was a ‘Golden Age’ of Journalism  —  As we get ready to celebrate that rarest of American work week wrinkles (an officially sanctioned four-day weekend), FishbowlNY would like to do its civic holiday duty by passing on some feel-good news about journalism.
Discussion: PenBay Pilot
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Ericsson beefs up its media services business with the acquisition of Red Bee Media  —  Sweden's Ericsson is doubling down on its digital media business after it announced that it has agreed to buy UK-headquartered Red Bee Media for an undisclosed sum.  —  The acquisition will beef …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
U.S. court throws out Google digital books class status  —  (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday said a lawsuit against Google Inc's effort to create the world's largest digital books library should not have been allowed to proceed as a class action.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
With 30M Uniques Under Its Belt, Upworthy Is Ready To Monetize  —  The fastest growing news site ever is ready to start making money.  —  Coming off its biggest month of traffic yet, Upworthy, the social news aggregator that pairs progressive politics with viral marketing savvy …
Discussion: PandoDaily, TechCrunch and VentureBeat
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Associated Press:
Prosecution wrapping up its case against Army private who gave classified info to WikiLeaks
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Reuters editor departs suddenly
Discussion: THE BARON and Reuters
Tom Watson / Forbes:
Is WikiLeaks Now An International Political Party?
Discussion: Gawker and New York Times
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
ABC rolling out Watch ABC app to Los Angeles and other markets
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
HuffPost Names Head of Business Development
Erik Wemple:
Kurtz vows independence at Fox News
 Earlier Picks: 
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Senior Murdoch lieutenant Richard Caseby leaving after 24 years
Discussion: The Drum and Guardian
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sky News cleared over ‘canoe man’ email hacking
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Penguin and Random House complete merger
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Post and Courier, in transition