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10:50 PM ET, August 14, 2014


 Top News: 
Gary Strauss / USA Today:
Icahn takes 6.6 percent stake of Gannett, wants role in company's planned split  —  Carl Icahn places bet on Gannett  —  Activist investor Carl Icahn has taken 6.6% stake in Gannett, saying he wants a role in the company's planned split of its TV and newspaper divisions.
Brian Stelter /
“Meet the Press:” Gregory out, Todd in  —  NBC will name Chuck Todd the new host of “Meet the Press” as early as Thursday afternoon, according to people with direct knowledge of the network's plans.  —  The sources confirmed widespread speculation that David Gregory, the moderator …
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why Obama's statement on reporters' arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical  —  Obama defends reporters in Ferguson, but demands compliance from James Risen  —  In a news conference Thursday addressing the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and resulting unrest in Ferguson, MO …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
How the absence of tweets led journalists to figure out that two reporters had been arrested  —  How social media freed reporters Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly from Ferguson police  —  When police in combat gear arrested two reporters last night in Ferguson, Mo., the journalists' first instinct was to tweet about it.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Arrested reporters freed after call by LA Times journalist to police chief
Will Oremus / Slate:
Peretti: deleted BuzzFeed posts were created before company chose to become journalistic  —  One Viral Media Company That Isn't Evil, Just Misunderstood  —  Thirty-Nine Listicles Whose Sourcing Is Shaky at Best.  —  One Writer Fired for Plagiarism.  —  Four Thousand Old Posts That Mysteriously Disappeared.
Ethan Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:
Ad-supported web led to targeting and surveillance as a default; let's try again, with fees for service  —  The Internet's Original Sin  —  Ron Carlson's short story “What We Wanted To Do” takes the form of an apology from a villager who failed to protect his comrades from marauding Visigoths.
John Herrman / The Awl:
How the influential Drudge Report covered police shooting and ensuing unrest in Ferguson, Mo.  —  Ferguson, Missouri, According to Drudge  —  “Today Matt Drudge can influence the news like Walter Cronkite did,” Mark Halperin said in a 2006 interview promoting his new book, cowritten with John Harris, who had not yet founded Politico.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and The Daily Banter
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
In Ferguson, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery gives account of his arrest
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Police: Tear Gas Not Fired at Al Jazeera News Crew Intentionally (Video)  —  Raw video shows an Al Jazeera America news crew covering the Ferguson, Mo., protests being hit with tear gas.  After they fled, a SWAT team pulled up to dismantle their equipment.  —  The footage has become …
Max Fisher / Vox:
Al Jazeera journalists teargassed by security forces — in Ferguson, Missouri, USA
Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
NBC selling African American news and politics site The Grio back to its founders  —  NBC News Selling  —  First on TVNewser: NBC News is selling back to its original owners, TVNewser has learned.  —  The African American news and politics site will be sold …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Lab:
Racist content forces Thought Catalog to put barriers between contributors and Twitter  —  There's no need to enumerate the breadth and variety of godawful content published by millennial angst engine Thought Catalog.  The site's propensity for publishing garbage is so well known, they actually address it in the FAQs.
Michael Jackson music video premiered on Twitter  —  Epic Records has premiered a video for a new Michael Jackson single on Twitter - a coup for the social network, which is more commonly used to provide links to others' material.  —  To promote the event, Twitter created a map showing …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Head of Media Matters becomes chairman of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington  —  Media Matters' David Brock expands empire  —  In a major power play that aligns liberal muscle more fully behind the Democratic Party — and Hillary Clinton — the self-described right-wing …
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Why BuzzFeed is expanding with new Distributed division
Discussion: Pacific Standard
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Bill Shine, Brian Jones to Take Expanded Roles at Fox Business
Discussion: TVNewser and Wall Street Journal, Thanks:@bluechoochoo
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Austin Tice has now been missing for two years
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
DISH TV Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments
Democracy Now:
Glenn Greenwald Criticizes NPR for Relying on CIA-Linked Firm in Report on Impact of Snowden Leaks
Discussion: Boing Boing
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Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Flipboard will introduce video ads in September with Chanel as an initial partner