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4:40 PM ET, July 2, 2013


 Top News: 
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post's Unbelievable Snowden Editorial  —  The Washington Post's editorial board drew catcalls on Tuesday for calling for the leaks from Edward Snowden to be stopped—even though the Post itself had benefited from those leaks.  —  The editorial board, which is run independently …
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Edward Snowden breaks silence to threaten new U.S. leaks
Tom Parfitt / Telegraph:
Edward Snowden cancels bid for asylum in Russia but lists 18 other countries where he's seeking refuge
Discussion: Guardian, Times of India and Guardian
Edward Joseph Snowden / WikiLeaks:
Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Near Time Warner Cable Deal for TV Programs  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is nearing a deal with Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) to give subscribers of the cable television service access to channels via Apple TV, people with knowledge of the negotiations said.
Discussion: GigaOM and @joemfbrown
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Buys Qwiki for About $50 Million (Like ATD Said)  —  As reported two weeks ago that it was likely to, Yahoo said it has bought Qwiki, the New York startup that makes an Apple iPhone app that allow users to turn photos, music and videos into short movies automatically.
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
US military blocks entire Guardian website for troops stationed abroad  —  Troops deployed to Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East and South Asia have ‘theater-wide block’ to Guardian  —  For US military personnel in the Middle East and south Asia, the restrictions apply to the entire Guardian website
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Data Journalism is improving — fast  —  The last Data Journalism Awards announced last week at the Global Editors Network News Summit in Paris established one important fact: The genre is getting better, wider in scope and gaining many creative players.  —  Data Journalism is thriving.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A buck ninety-nine: Esquire sells a new story online for the first time  —  Luke Dittrich might be my favorite magazine writer, and his “The Prophet” — a skeptical profile of Dr. Eben Alexander — will be in August's Esquire.  But the magazine's also posting it for sale separately on its website.
Discussion: Esquire
Deborah Potter / NewsLab:
Salaries decline in local TV newsrooms  —  For the first time in four years, local TV news salaries have taken a dive.  The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University survey says pay was down on average by almost 2% in 2012.  If you factor in the rate of inflation, real wages were down by about 4%.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
News UK chief backs digital paywalls  —  Mike Darcey says some organisations are sacrificing profits by staying free to view as they attempt to attract users  —  Mike Darcey, the chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's UK publishing operation, believes free websites may get more readers …
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Police could investigate BBC pay-offs scandal  —  The police could be called into investigate whether any fraud was committed by BBC managers who allowed one in four of their colleagues to leave with bigger payoffs than they were entitled to, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
Fernando Alfonso III / Daily Dot:
The Reddit sleuths who brought down a meme empire  —  In June 2011, the biggest meme-generating forum on the Internet held elections.  The community's moderators had become overwhelmed with its runaway popularity.  Reddit's r/AdviceAnimals needed help.  They got it in the form of redditor gtw08, the eventual winner.
Discussion: The Verge
Sarah Darville / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Evening Edition looks to build beyond its simple model  —  Mule Design co-founder Mike Monteiro has never argued that Evening Edition — the five-stories-delivered-at-5 o'clock news roundup from Mule Design — is a complicated idea.  “Evening Edition is ridiculously, stupidly simple,” he told me.
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Pip Bulbeck / Hollywood Reporter:
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
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TechMedia Network Buys Bestofmedia Group
Associated Press:
Prosecution wrapping up its case against Army private who gave classified info to WikiLeaks
Discussion: The Huffington Post