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11:45 AM ET, November 26, 2013


 Top News: 
Rachel Bartlett /
CNN shares Instagram images from the ground on new Scenes platform  —  Broadcaster CNN has launched a new online platform where it will share Instagram images from its journalists across the world, giving a glimpse of life on the ground, and behind the headlines.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Julian Assange unlikely to face U.S. charges over publishing classified documents  —  The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing classified documents because government lawyers said they could not do so without …
Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Girls Against Boys: What's Wrong With the (Latest) Beastie Boys Lawsuit  —  “Oh no!” said the email that went round the EFF office on Friday.  Could it be true that the Beastie Boys had unleashed the legal hounds to shut down a parody ad that uses the group's classic misogynistic ditty, “Girls”?
Mark Duffy / Gawker:
Buzzfeed's Ben Smith responds to charges of advertising influence from fired employee  —  TOP 10 BEST EVER WTF OMG REASONS BUZZFEED FIRED ME, LOL!  —  I achieved the near-impossible Monday morning, October 7, at approximately 9:30 am.  I got fired from BuzzFeed.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Error in WHO report sparks media storm; wrongly said half of Greek HIV cases “self-inflicted”  —  Claim of ‘Self-Inflicted’ H.I.V. in Greece an Error, W.H.O. Says  —  LONDON — A claim by the World Health Organization that “about half” of new H.I.V. cases in Greece are …
Global News:
Former Reuters news executive Chrystia Freeland wins election to Canadian parliament  —  Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland wins Toronto-Centre byelection  —  TORONTO - Liberal candidate Chrystia Freeland has defeated her New Democrat rival Linda McQuaig in Toronto-Centre, ensuring the longtime Liberal riding remains red.
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
In Myanmar, Newly Free Media Struggle to Turn a Profit  —  YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's journalists celebrated this year when the government lifted a five-decade ban on private newspapers.  —  But six months after a dozen dailies rushed into production, journalists who had withstood the wrath …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab: Google's punishment and the perils of blackhat SEO  —  I hope you've been following the saga of, the former home of the Online Journalism Review.  In brief: When USC allowed the domain name to expire, an Australian company named Oneflare snagged the domain name and proceeded …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Paul Carr talks about why NSFW Corp. failed — but also what it almost got right  —  It may have gone unnoticed in mainstream media circles, but the death of entrepreneur Paul Carr's NSFW Corp. on Monday caused more than a few tremors in the world of new-media startups …
Emily Brill / ChinaFile:
Former Committee to Protect Journalists Honoree Says Bloomberg Chief Should Not Chair Press Freedom Dinner  —  A prominent Hong Kong-based journalist has called on Daniel Doctoroff, Chief Executive Officer of Bloomberg L.P., to step down from his role as chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists' …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Hacked Off warns local paper publishers not to join new regulator  —  A battle for the hearts, minds and pockets of small and medium-sized newspaper publishers is being fought over the new system of press regulation.  —  The large publishing companies who created the Independent Press Standards Organisation …
Jina Moore / Columbia Journalism Review:
Hearing (new) voices  —  An innovative financing model may change the face of public radio  —  Sue Schardt wants to mess with your mind.  Specifically, she wants to mess with how you think about public media.  A public radio veteran, Schardt is the executive director of the Association …
Kate Torney / ABC:
Without fear or favour: why we broke the spy story  —  The ABC projects Australian democracy to the world not by acting as a mouthpiece for government, but by reporting the news as it is with rigour and independence.  That's why you'll continue to see us breaking stories like the one on Indonesian phone-tapping, writes Kate Torney.
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