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5:10 AM ET, July 19, 2013


 Top News: 
Kevin Poulsen / Wired:
MIT Moves to Intervene in Release of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File  —  Lawyers representing MIT are filing a motion to intervene in my FOIA lawsuit over thousands of pages of Secret Service documents about the late activist and coder Aaron Swartz.  —  I am the plaintiff in this lawsuit.
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.
Max Read / Gawker:
Incredible Photos Capture Last Moments of Boston Bombing Manhunt  —  In response to the Rolling Stone cover featuring Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Instagram selfie, Boston magazine has published a number incredible of photos from behind the scenes of the manhunt that captured the accused Boston bomber …
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 he was wrong to describe phone-hacking …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Vivendi Declined SoftBank's Lucrative Offer for Universal  —  Vivendi, the French media and telecommunications conglomerate, rejected an $8.5 billion cash bid from SoftBank for the Universal Music Group, even though it represented a premium of at least $2 billion more than some analysts' estimates …
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
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:   New York Post Looks Thinner After News Corporation Split
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
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.
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Netflix Needs To Turn Emmy Nominations Into Subscribers
Discussion: Daily Dot
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Netflix's “House of Cards” gets first major Emmy nominations for online-only show
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
Former Fox Exec Mike Darnell Moving to Warner Bros. TV  —  New position will put him in charge of unscripted programming for the production company behind “American Idol” rival “The Voice”  —  It looks like Mike Darnell has found a new gig.  —  Darnell, who until the end of June had served …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
How Watching ‘Unbundled’ ESPN and AMC Could Cost More Than Your Whole Cable Bill  —  One last word (for now) on sports and the cable bundle  —  ESPN would cost as much as $30 a month if you yanked it out of the cable bundle and made it a standalone service, according to new analysis from Needham Insights.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Hollywood Reporter:
'Anchorman's' David Koechner Makes Instagram Movie  —  The actor created a buddy-cop comedy consisting of eight 15-second segments.  —  Actors David Koechner and Harland Williams have used Instagram's new video tool to create a buddy-cop movie consisting of eight 15-second segments.
Discussion: Variety and Mashable
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
What Will It Take To Make Cheap Over-The-Top TV Viable?  —  In theory, there are any number of reasons why a person might eschew a cable or satellite subscription and choose to get his television over a broadband connection, ie. over the top.  Maybe he has a demanding job that makes it impossible to wait around for the cable guy.
LaGrange News:
Civitas Media to Close Suburban Newspapers in Ohio and North Carolina  —  DAVIDSON, N.C. - July 17 -, 2013 - Civitas Media, parent company to the LaGrange Daily News, a multi-platform information provider to local communities, announced today that it is closing eight suburban weekly newspapers in the Dayton, Ohio and Raleigh, NC areas.
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Justice's Rules Mean Reporter Need Not Testify, Lawyer Says  —  A lawyer for New York Times reporter James Risen is citing new Justice Department guidelines about when to subpoena journalists to support his argument that Risen is covered by a common-law reporter's privilege and need not testify …
Discussion: emptywheel
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
CBS and Time Warner Cable take distribution feud public  —  A CBS ad warns some Time Warner Cable subscribers that they may lose access to the network.  (CBS)  —  CBS and Time Warner Cable are taking their business battle public, with each launching ad campaigns critical of the other.
Discussion: New York Times and Reuters
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
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Discussion: Variety
Joe Holleman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis Public Radio-Beacon merger moving ahead
Gustavo Arellano / Navel Gazing:
Why OC Weekly Will Continue to Use the Term “Illegal Immigrant,” and Even “Illegals”
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
Swell raises $5.4M to ‘reinvent news radio’ around your preferences
Steve Jordon / Omaha World-Herald:
Warren Buffett's newspaper company to buy Atlantic City paper
Discussion: Poynter and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Karl Taro Greenfeld / Businessweek:
Fox Sports 1's Strategy vs. ESPN: ‘Jockularity’
BuzzFeed's Community section: Publications recruit staff with UGC
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
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Jake Maxwell Watts / Quartz:
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Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] Sun-Times lays off 14 production staffers
Discussion: Melville House Books
Gavriel Hollander / Press Gazette:
Independent management warns journalists print edition in question beyond 2015 unless cuts made
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Operation Elveden: six journalists in court over payments
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Pew: 31% of tweets reflected anger following Zimmerman verdict