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8:55 PM ET, June 11, 2014


 Top News: 
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Amazon Prime music streaming could launch as early as this week with Sony and Warner, but without Universal  —  Amazon Said to Be Close to Unveiling Music Streaming Service  —  Amazon is planning to introduce a limited music streaming feature as early as this week, according to several people briefed on the company's plans.
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Songwriters Are Losing $2.3 Billion A Year Due To Outdated Government Regulations
Discussion: Billboard and hypebot
Steve Henn / NPR:
NPR and Ars Technica team up for security test that tapped Internet while a reporter worked  —  Project Eavesdrop: An Experiment At Monitoring My Home Office … If someone tapped your Internet connection, what would he find out about you?  —  It's been just over a year since Edward Snowden became …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
AT&T's Pitch to the Feds: Let Us Buy DirecTV, and Maybe TV Bills Won't Go Up So Much  —  Remember when AT&T told investors that it could cut its programming bills by 20 percent if it buys DirecTV?  —  That was last week.  This week AT&T is telling regulators why they should let it buy DirecTV, and it's making a similar argument.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable, Variety and CNET
Jason Deans / Guardian:
Kickstarter links with the Guardian to highlight journalism projects  —  Crowdfunding website to have a dedicated category for the sector, plus a curated page picking out noteworthy new ideas  —  The Vancouver Observer's Tar Sands Reporting Project was funded through Kickstarter
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Jury in Rebekah Brooks trial retires to consider verdicts  —  Eight-month trial over alleged phone hacking, corruption and perversion of the course of justice enters final phase  —  The jury in the Rebekah Brooks trial has retired to consider its verdicts on a string of offences related to phone hacking …
Discussion: Reuters, BBC and mUmBRELLA
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
2014's most talked-about media startups aren't distinguished by the what, but the how  —  With the launch of new site after new site in 2014, it's been a fascinating time to watch digital media try to figure itself out.  Amid the turmoil of disruption, buffeted by tech companies' control …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Sun marks the World Cup by giving away 22m papers to English homes  —  In a burst of patriotism on behalf of England's World Cup team, The Sun is distributing 22m copies of a special issue to almost every household in England.  —  The 24-page paper is being delivered over the next two days …
Discussion: Forbes, Variety and Guardian
Felix Salmon / Matter:
A Q&A with BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti on everything from print to innovation  —  BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti Goes Long  —  The media mogul (twice over) on being both contagious and sticky  —  I first got to know Jonah Peretti in February 2011, very shortly after the Huffington Post was sold to AOL.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Christian Science Monitor tweaks its engagement algorithm  —  The Christian Science Monitor, a 106-year-old news organization that boasts a serious, civic-minded audience, would seem well poised to crack the engagement code.  A digital-focused publication since 2008 …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Vice Launches A Sports Channel, With Modest Ambitions (For Now)  —  Vice Media CEO Shane Smith wants to displace ESPN as the global leader in sports news.  He's said so publicly and often.  —  When I interviewed him for a FORBES profile in December 2011, he told me, “I want to be the next CNN …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
In the news media, are Muslims the only ‘terrorists’?  —  What do you call a couple who espouse an extremist, anti-government ideology and kill two policemen and a bystander while draping one of their victims in a flag associated with a political movement?  —  After Sunday's shooting spree perpetrated …
Agence France-Presse:
Egypt court extends Jazeera journalist detention 45 days  —  Cairo (AFP) - An Egyptian court extended for a further 45 days Wednesday the detention of an Al-Jazeera journalist who has been on hunger strike for nearly five months, judicial sources said.  —  Abdullah Elshamy …
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Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
MuckRock sues the CIA for denying Freedom of Information Act requests
Discussion: Muckrock
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Comcast to test its YouTube competitor by the end of the year
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Around the world, media outlets and journalists are using chat apps to spread the news
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Florida-Based Ad Fraudsters Skim Millions From Advertisers, Then Disappear
Discussion: @learmonth
Kent Gibbons / Multichannel News:
Multiplatform TV: Showtime's Blank Likes Business Model
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why the Orange County Register's bold experiment hit the skids
Discussion: @ryanchittum
Jeff Sonderman / American Press Institute:
Unlocking mobile revenue and audience: New ideas and best practices
 Earlier Picks: 
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Parade magazine said to be on the sales block
Discussion: FishbowlNY and MediaWire Daily
New York Times:
Hong Kong Media Worries Over China's Reach as Ads Disappear
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Fortune magazine triples amount of online content even as Time Inc. cuts costs
Discussion: Digiday and Talking Biz News
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Revenue Drops to Record Low
Discussion: Music Week and VentureBeat
Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
Oliver Stone Options Novel by Edward Snowden's Russian Lawyer
Discussion: Variety and Media Law Prof Blog
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon Stops Taking Advance Orders for ‘Lego’ and Other Warner Videos
Ralph Cipriano / Big Trial:
Lenfest to buy out Drew Katz to take sole control of Philly Daily News, Inquirer, websites