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5:00 PM ET, July 18, 2013


 Top News: 
Kevin Roose / New York Magazine:
Let Tech Blogs Celebrate Start-Ups  —  Sarah Lacy, in her TechCrunch days, interviewing Keith Rabois, formerly of Square.  —  Sarah Lacy is having a rough month.  The founder of tech blog PandoDaily and perennial Valleywag target first ignited criticism with inflammatory comments …
Erin Banco / New York Times:
Judge in Manning Case Allows Charge of Aiding the Enemy  —  The military judge in the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning decided on Thursday not to drop a charge accusing Private Manning of “aiding the enemy.”  If he is found guilty of the charge, he faces a life sentence in military custody with no chance of parole.
Ben Wizner / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
How Today's Ruling in the Bradley Manning Case Could Adversely Affect Journalists and Whistleblowers
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Techdirt
Emily Bazelon / Slate:   Bradley Manning trial and WikiLeaks: The government's charge that he aided the enemy is wrong and dangerous.
Dorothy Pomerantz / Forbes:
Don't Get Too Excited About Those Netflix Emmy Nominations  —  The fact that Netflix scored 14 nods at this morning's Emmy Awards nominations is the story of the day.  Until recently, Netflix was a tech company distributing content that other companies made.  Now, suddenly, it's a player in creating that content.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Netflix's “House of Cards” gets first major Emmy nominations for online-only show
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Netflix Needs To Turn Emmy Nominations Into Subscribers
Discussion: Daily Dot
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Condé Nast Touts Biggest September in Five Years  —  Fashion bible Vogue seems to be the winner in the September ad page race so far.  —  The Condé Nast book weighed in last year at 658 ad pages; this year, publisher Susan Plagemann added 1 percentage point for a total of 665 total ad pages.
Erik Maza / WWD:   Ad Sales Tick Up for September Issues
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
New York Post Looks Thinner After News Corporation Split  —  It's been a while since Rupert Murdoch's New York tabloid has had a jaw-dropping scoop—or a front page that went viral.  And some laid-off staffers aren't being replaced.  David Freedlander on why staffers are worried.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘New York Post’ gears up for early August web relaunch  —  Late last month, Robert Thomson, C.E.O. of the new publishing-focused iteration of News Corp., told The Financial Times that the New York Post was working on a plan to compete nationally with large, well-financed digital media brands like Buzzfeed.
Discussion: bizjournals
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] Sun-Times lays off 14 production staffers  —  The downsizing continues at the Chicago Sun-Times.  —  The paper confirmed today that 14 production employees were laid off last Wednesday.  The paper released this statement after I asked about the cuts:
Steve Jordon / Omaha World-Herald:
Warren Buffett's newspaper company to buy Atlantic City paper  —  Warren Buffett's newspaper company said Thursday it plans to acquire the Press of Atlantic City, N.J., for an undisclosed price.  The Press is owned by Abarta, a private holding company in Pittsburgh that is owned by the Bitzer and Taylor families.
Discussion: Poynter and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Apple's Move Into TV Relies on Cooperation With Industry Leaders  —  When Apple wanted to revolutionize cellphones, it held hands with AT&T. The partners fought endlessly, but the public loved the finished product: the iPhone.  —  Now, as Apple tries to reimagine television …
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Media Diversity: Washington Post Expands Into Industrial Boilers … Washington Post Co. agreed to buy Forney Corp., a global supplier of products and systems for power and industrial boilers, from United Technologies Corp. (UTX), as the education and media company continues …
Discussion: Washington Post, bizjournals and Herald
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
Swell raises $5.4M to ‘reinvent news radio’ around your preferences  —  Swell wants to expand your mind.  —  Today the startup “reinventing news radio” closed a $5.4 million round of funding, led by elite firm Draper Fisher Jurveston.  Swell provides a Pandora-like service for listening to podcasts.
Sean Michaels / Guardian:
Liam Gallagher sues New York Post over ‘love child’ claims  —  Beady Eye singer's spokesman confirms he will be ‘pursuing legal action’ over story about a child with a US journalist  —  Liam Gallagher is suing the New York Post over their allegation that he may have fathered a child with an American journalist.
Lacey Rose / The Hollywood Reporter:
'Community's' Dan Harmon Reveals the Wild Story Behind His Firing and Rehiring  —  TV's most controversial showrunner (and self-professed “rude a**hole") renews his feud with Chevy Chase, recalls his attacks on NBC and Sony, reveals his regrets over the rape joke and details how Joel McHale helped him get his old job back.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Byliner's new iPad app aims to find your next long read  —  Long-form journalism site Byliner has a new iPad app that aims to match readers with articles based on how much time they have to read.  The app is also going to be the main vehicle for Byliner's $9.99 subscription product, Byliner Plus.
Discussion: AppNewser
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Aereo's Kanojia: On Track for 22 Markets by Fall  —  In C-SPAN interview, calls service criticism ‘irrational saber rattling from people not interested in innovation’  —  Fresh off its latest court victory, which its founder says validates the service, Aereo is on track to be in 22 markets by fall.
Discussion: Variety
John Cook / Gawker:
Here's Where Your Crackstarter Money Is Going  —  As you may recall, roughly six weeks ago we succeeded in raising $200,000 from readers in an effort to purchase and publish a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine.  I'm disappointed to announce definitively that the money …
Discussion: Guardian
Sandra Laville / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch admits error in criticism of police investigations  —  Media mogul writes to MP Keith Vaz to retract ‘incompetence’ remark but says inquiries have taken too long  —  Read the full text of Murdoch's letter to Vaz  —  Rupert Murdoch has admitted that he was wrong to describe …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Pew: 31% of tweets reflected anger following Zimmerman verdict  —  The Pew Research Center analyzed nearly 5 million tweets in the first 26 hours after the George Zimmerman verdict.  Pew found that 39 percent of the tweets shared news sans opinion.  Of the 38 percent of tweets that reflected opinions …
Gavriel Hollander / Press Gazette:
Independent management warns journalists print edition in question beyond 2015 unless cuts made  —  Senior management at The Independent have told staff that they could struggle to produce a print edition beyond 2015 unless proposed cuts are made.  —  At a meeting held yesterday to discuss …
Feminista Jones / Salon:
Is Twitter the underground railroad of activism?  —  The Zimmerman trial may have introduced white America to “Black Twitter,” but its roots go back centuries  —  “It's just Twitter” is a refrain often tweeted by people who insist that they don't take much of what they read on Twitter seriously.
Aisha Harris / Slate:
What Is “BlackBuzzfeed”?
Discussion: The Awl and The Huffington Post
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Carrie Johnson / NPR:
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Reading news through gestures: New York Times to release Leap Motion app
Discussion: TechCrunch, FishbowlNY and MacRumors
Joe Holleman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis Public Radio-Beacon merger moving ahead
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Why OC Weekly Will Continue to Use the Term “Illegal Immigrant,” and Even “Illegals”
Karl Taro Greenfeld / Businessweek:
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
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Discussion: Telegraph
Kimberly Nordyke / Hollywood Reporter:
Edward Snowden Book: Glenn Greenwald Gets Deal
John Paul Titlow / FastCo.Labs:
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Susan Currie Sivek / Mediashift:
Magazines of Stuff: Embracing the Physical in the Digital Age
Discussion: VentureBeat
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Ustream broadcast over 7m live video streams in first half of 2013, now boasts 24 million users
Discussion: EON
Ian Crouch / News Desk:
The Inconvenient Image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and Others Call for More NSA Transparency
Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times:
China says it'll relax film, TV censorship; directors unimpressed