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1:15 PM ET, August 28, 2013


 Top News: 
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Understanding the New York Times hack  —  Hackers — most likely the Syrian Electronic Army — attacked The New York Times' website Tuesday, complicating access for many users.  In an email to Poynter, Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy writes the “situation is close to being fully resolved.”
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Times Web Site Affected by External Hacking Attack  —  The New York Times Web site was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon following an attack on the company's domain name registrar, Melbourne IT.  The attack also required employees of The Times to stop sending out sensitive e-mails.
The Atlantic Wire:
Syrian Electronic Army Responsible for New York Times Website Crash
Michael Lee / ZDNet:
Hackers had Melbourne IT reseller credentials to attack NYT, Twitter
Discussion: New York Times and Forbes
David Ford / ABC News:
ABC News Reopens Bureau in Beirut  —  ABC News has reopened a bureau in Beirut, Lebanon.  Alexander Marquardt who covers the region for the network will be based there.  The Beirut bureau is in addition to ABC's long-standing base in Jerusalem.  ABC's first Beirut bureau was opened 45 years ago by a young Peter Jennings.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
As Syria Attack Looms, Few U.S. News Outlets Report From Damascus  —  NEW YORK — When Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem held a news conference Tuesday in the capital city of Damascus, Wall Street Journal reporter Sam Dagher asked about the government's reaction to reports of chemical weapons use.
Discussion: NBCNews, @jpeyron, BBC and Press Gazette
Reporters Without Borders:
News providers targeted by both government and opposition forces  —  Amid growing signs of imminent western military intervention in Syria, Reporters Without Borders has compiled figures that show that around 100 news providers have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict in March 2011.
Discussion: Poynter
USA Today:
Gannett cuts jobs at some local papers … A company spokesman says the papers “are making cuts to align their business plans with local market conditions.”  —  CONNECT  —  Gannett, owner of 82 daily newspapers and 23 television stations, confirmed Tuesday that some of its local papers have cut staff over the last several weeks.
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
Can Rupert Murdoch hold on to Kara Swisher?  —  Who is the best journalist (so far) of the new millennium?  Who has best embraced the opportunities afforded by digital media, and used them to deliver breaking news and incisive opinion to the greatest effect?  Put like that, it's hard to wind up with any name other than Kara Swisher.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Time Warner Cable's new Xbox app won't count against data caps  —  Time Warner Cable launched a new app on the Xbox 360 Tuesday that gives subscribers of the pay TV provider access to live feeds from up to 300 TV channels, including programming from networks like ABC, FOX and Comedy Central.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vine gets better with age: How screens, speed and networks are changing the future of online video  —  Earlier this morning when sitting in the San Diego Airport while waiting for my flight, I did what most people do these days in those situations — I peered into my phone and cycled through my various social media applications.
Pascale Paoli-Lebailly / Rapid TV News:
France Télévisions to axe 600 jobs, cut spending and boost digital  —  Rémy Pflimlin, France Télévisions president, who aims to bring his group's finances back to balance in 2015, is confident about the company's current reforms and cost reduction strategy …
Discussion: Beet.TV and Hollywood Reporter
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Arianna Goes (Even More) Global: HuffPost Live Launches WorldPost in Berggruen Institute Partnership  —  HuffPost Live Host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin speaking with Mehdi Hasan, political director of HuffPost UK.  —  HuffPost Live, the Huffington Post's live-streaming network, is adding a new editorial element …
Patrick Smith / TheMediaBriefing:
Johnston Press expects mobile future as print takes £250m hit  —  By 2015 mobile and tablet devices will account for one third of Johnston Press's entire audience by 2015 - including print - according to CEO Ashley Highfield.  And it's a good thing too, as the company swung …
Simon Rogers / Twitter Blog:
The New York Times tests a new Tweet feature  —  Last week, The New York Times (@nytimes) experimented with a new feature that highlights quotes and sentences within a story, and in one click turns those sentences into Tweets.  —  The story they chose, “The God of ‘SNL’ Will See You Now,” …
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi is out of stock.  New e-readers on the way?  —  Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi is out of stock, suggesting that new models may be on the way.  —  It's been about a year since Amazon launched the front-lit Kindle Paperwhite, and the company plans to introduce new tablets this fall …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Courting All Bookworms, Kobo Debuts 3 New Reading-Friendly Arc Tablets, A New Aura E-Reader …
Dorothy Otieno / Data Driven Journalism:
Data Journalism in Kenya: Introducing Data Dredger  —  Two years ago Kenya launched the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI).  It was a first for sub-Saharan Africa.  —  For the first time Kenyans would access and interrogate government data from their computer terminals, and cell phones.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Pari Bradlee and the brilliance of Fox News's Howard Kurtz  —  No one cared about the Facebook photos of one Pari Bradlee.  No one cared that one of them portrayed her in a “Swiss-cheese bra.”  No one cared that another showed her posing nude, “shot from the back, twisting one arm behind her.”
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sally Quinn ‘appalled’ by Kurtz column
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
CO Everywhere Wants To Fill The Hyper-Local News Gap With Its New Mobile App
Discussion: Street Fight, PRWeb and Street Fight
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The Guardian's Android and iPhone apps now offer free ad-supported and premium access
Discussion: The Guardian and Guardian
Vibhuti Agarwal / India Real Time:
Worrying Trend in Journalists' Murders
Discussion: Times of India and @wsjindia
Dimitra DeFotis / Tech Trader Daily:
Tivo Earnings Hit Positive Post-Settlement Milestone, CEO Says
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
Michael Hastings' Family Chides Media for Inaccuracies, Guards His Legacy
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Makes Its Apple TV-Killer More Appealing for Apple Owners
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The big ‘New York Post’ digital revamp, close up
Discussion: @jarroddicker
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Fruzsina Eordogh / Guardian:
BuzzFeed is taking trolling to a new level by pandering to right-wing nuts
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
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