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11:10 PM ET, August 15, 2013

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Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds  —  The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
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Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Court: Ability to police U.S. spying program limited  —  The leader of the secret court that is supposed to provide critical oversight of the government's vast spying programs said that its ability do so is limited and that it must trust the government to report when it improperly spies on Americans.
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say
Discussion: ZDNet and Hillicon Valley
Philip Bump / The Atlantic Wire:
Syrian Hackers Use Outbrain to Target The Washington Post, Time, and CNN  —  For a brief period on Thursday morning, the Washington Post's website redirected some visitors to a webpage controlled by the Syrian Electronic Army.  In a brief statement, the site didn't indicate how the infiltration occurred …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post website hacked  —  Readers were “redirected to the site of the Syrian Electronic Army,” Senior Social Media Producer TJ Ortenzi writes in an editor's note.  “The Post is working to resolve the issue.”  —  The New York Times' website was down Wednesday …
Bryan Goldberg / PandoDaily:
Take Two  —  I messed up.  —  There has been a lot of response to my fundraise blog post on PandoDaily on Tuesday.  Most of that response has been negative.  And there are many good reasons for the criticism:  — It over-simplified the editorial landscape.
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
What Was This Bro Thinking?  Bustle.com's Bryan Goldberg Explains Himself  —  Considering he only wanted to launch a women's-interest website, Bryan Goldberg must have been surprised to find himself the internet's primary object of hatred yesterday.  —  No doubt it had a lot …
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
Al Jazeera America Debut Approaches, With Fewer Commercials  —  Cable News Network Will Have Just Six Minutes of Ad Time per Hour  —  Al Jazeera America will have fewer commercials than other cable TV networks when it begins transmitting on Tuesday.  —  The cable news network will air …
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Al Jazeera America faces more than the usual new-kid challenges
Discussion: @jbflint
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Robert Feder partners with Tribune  —  Longtime Chicago media columnist Robert Feder is launching a standalone media blog next month through a partnership with the Chicago Tribune.  —  The editorially independent Web site, RobertFeder.com, will be owned by Feder, but licensed and marketed …
John Ourand / SportsBusiness Daily:
Sources: Distributors Hold The Line On Fox Sports 1 Sub Fee  —  The frenzied rush that saw several of the country's biggest distributors agree to carry FS1 at launch occurred only after Fox surprisingly backed off its asking price of $0.80 per subscriber per month, according to multiple high-level sources.
Discussion: @ourand_sbj and The Big Lead
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Viacom-Sony TV Is a Big Deal.  It's Also the Same Deal We Already Have.  —  Viacom's deal to deliver its cable TV shows to a new Web video service from Sony isn't final.  —  But it is a big deal: As the Wall Street Journal first reported today, this is the first time a major programmer has agreed …
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Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Maer Roshan Joins Board of Directors at Assignmint.com  —  Maer Roshan, former editor of Radar and founder of the recently shuttered The Fix, is joining the board of directors at Assignmint.com, a start-up job management site designed to streamline the editorial process between freelance writers and publishers.
 
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