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10:00 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.
Janet Shoko / The Africa Report:
Zimbabwe gets a new television station ahead of elections  —  A new privately owned television station is due to be launched in Zimbabwe on Friday to break the 33 year old monopoly by the country's state broadcaster.  —  The station - 1st TV - is a brainchild of Zimbabwean exiled journalists based …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Big names among Independent leavers  —  Several of The Independent's best-known journalists are among those due to leave the paper following the paper's decision 10 days ago to make 27 staff redundant.  —  It appears to be a cull of the older, well-paid veterans.
Jasper Jackson / The Media Briefing:
Future's profit slowdown highlights difficulties of digital publishing transition  —  Digital edition sales are up, digital advertising is up, but it's still not enough for Future to meet its profit targets.  The magazine publisher has revealed it expects EBITDA to be £8 million this year …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Guardian
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Operation Elveden: Sun journalist and ex-soldier plead not guilty  —  Former sergeant at Sandhurst and his wife accused of selling information to the paper about Princes William and Harry  —  The Sun's royal correspondent, a former sergeant at Sandhurst and his wife have pleaded not guilty …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Check out Slate's cool tool for better Twitter headlines  —  A story's headline on a website doesn't always work on Twitter, so Slate has found a cool fix.  —  A headline that works on a website or in a print publication often isn't the best headline for getting a story shared on social media.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Guardian chief exec Miller rejects metered paywall model and says no more redundancies planned  —  Uniquely among UK national newspaper publishers, Guardian News and Media has avoided compulsory redundancies.  —  And speaking in the wake of annual results which revealed a sharp reduction in losses …
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 …
Joanna Zelman / The Huffington Post:
Officer Who Released Boston Bomber Photos ‘Relieved Of Duty’  —  The Massachusetts State Police officer who released photos of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has reportedly been relieved of duty, but not been fired.  —  Boston Magazine editor John Wolfson tweeted that tactical photographer …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Ben Wizner / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
How Today's Ruling in the Bradley Manning Case Could Adversely Affect Journalists and Whistleblowers  —  A version of this post originally appeared on the ACLU Free Future blog in 2012.  It has been updated and cross-posted with permission from the author.  Today, the military judge overseeing …
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.
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
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Carrie Johnson / NPR:
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Joe Holleman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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Discussion: WWD Media Headlines and Adweek
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Discussion: bizjournals and The Daily Beast