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10:40 AM ET, August 28, 2013


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Times Site Is Disrupted in Attack by Hackers  —  The New York Times Web site was unavailable to readers on Tuesday afternoon after an online attack on the company's domain name registrar.  The attack also forced employees of The Times to take care in sending e-mails.
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.”
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
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.
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,” …
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.”
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 …
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: Hollywood Reporter
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
CNN, MSNBC Shell Out ‘Thousands’ To Air MLK Speech  —  In a rare move, CNN and MSNBC reportedly paid “thousands” in licensing fees to air Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic “I have a dream speech.”  —  The two networks will air the speech in its entirety to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Discussion: Wonkblog
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 …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Makes Its Apple TV-Killer More Appealing for Apple Owners  —  Nice timing: On the same day that Apple upgraded Apple TV by adding more content to its Web TV box, Google upgrades Chromecast, its Apple TV competitor — by making it more appealing to Apple users.
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: Washington Post, @jpeyron, NBCNews and BBC
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The big ‘New York Post’ digital revamp, close up  — Coincidence?  ‘New York Post,’ ‘Daily,’ next-door neighbors at News Corp. HQ, both score big with ‘THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN FREAKING’ headline  — Looking for answers for, Rupert Murdoch and Col Allan rely on a standby general: Jesse Angelo
Discussion: @jarroddicker
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Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
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:
Brian Lewis Speaks Out: Roger Ailes and Fox News Should Fear Him
Joshua Brustein / Businessweek:
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