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3:10 AM ET, August 16, 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.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Edward Snowden To HuffPost: Media Being Misled  —  NEW YORK — National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to set the record straight after individuals associated with his father have, in his words, “misled” journalists into “printing false claims about my situation.”
Discussion: CNN and New York Magazine
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Snowden downloaded NSA secrets while working for Dell, sources say  —  (Reuters) - Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden began downloading documents describing the U.S. government's electronic spying programs while he was working for Dell Inc in April 2012, almost a year earlier …
Discussion: ZDNet and Hillicon Valley
Mollie Reilly / The Huffington Post:
How The Washington Post Slapped Back The White House
Discussion: emptywheel
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 …
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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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
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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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.
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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 …
Peter Lauria:
NBC Says Advertisers Committed To Olympics, No Slowdown In Demand  —  As pressure mounts against Russia's anti-LGBT propaganda law and for the International Olympics Committee to take action in support of human rights, NBC says advertisers are still committed to the Sochi Games.
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.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Were Journalists Deliberately Targeted In Egypt?  —  Several news outlets and press freedom groups are raising the question of whether journalists have been deliberately targeted in the bloodshed currently engulfing Egypt.  —  Wednesday saw at least three journalists shot dead, and several others wounded, beaten and detained.
 
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Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
The Next Web sheds key staff amid shift in editorial priorities
Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
‘Quartz’ Passes ‘The Economist’ in U.S. Web Traffic
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Blackout brawler: meet the combative CEO keeping CBS off your television
Discussion: @richbtig
Rainey Reitman / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Bradley Manning Did Not Hurt the United States
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Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
‘New York Times’ Publishes Articles on Facebook During Site Outage
Discussion: The Next Web
Rachel Bartlett / Journalism.co.uk:
Full Fact launches online fact-finding tool
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