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2:15 PM ET, August 14, 2014


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Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
In Ferguson, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery gives account of his arrest  —  FERGUSON, Mo. — For the past week in Ferguson, reporters have been using the McDonald's a few blocks from the scene of Michael Brown's shooting as a staging area.  Demonstrations have blown up each night nearby.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Arrested reporters freed after call by LA Times journalist to police chief  —  Journalists across the United States are up in arms about the arrest of two reporters who were covering a demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri.  —  And it appears that their release followed a call …
Mark Berman / Washington Post:
WaPo reporter describes arrest; exec editor Marty Baron calls it an assault on press freedom  —  Washington Post reporter arrested in Ferguson  —  Wesley Lowery, a reporter for The Washington Post who has been reporting on the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was detained Wednesday evening by police in Ferguson.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
HuffPo correspondent Ryan Reilly and WaPo reporter Wesley Lowery arrested, assaulted by Ferguson police
Ethan Zuckerman / The Atlantic Online:
To build a better web, we need to ditch ad-supported business models  —  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.  It begins:
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Don't give up on the advertising model - make it better  —  Unoriginal sin  —  The amazing Ethan Zuckerman argues at eloquent length in The Atlantic that advertising was the web's original sin, which really is just a corollary to the contention that giving away content for free on the web …
Discussion: @jeffjarvis
Brian Stelter /
NBC could name Chuck Todd as host of Meet the Press as soon as Thursday afternoon  —  “Meet the Press:” Gregory out, Todd in  —  NBC will name Chuck Todd the new host of “Meet the Press” as soon as Thursday afternoon, according to people with direct knowledge of the network's plans.
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 …
Max Fisher / Vox:
Al Jazeera journalists teargassed by security forces — in Ferguson, Missouri, USA  —  Here is a sentence that will be immediately familiar to anyone who has ever followed even a little news out of the Middle East: Journalists from the Qatari news outlet Al Jazeera were attacked …
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 …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
DISH TV Now Accepts Bitcoin Payments  —  Another day, another major corporation accepting BTC.  This time it's DISH TV, a satellite TV provider that is working with Coinbase to accept bitcoin payments online.  —  Why is this news?  Well, considering Overstock is now accepting $15,000 …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Josh Tyrangiel elevated to head up all Bloomberg's consumer content  —  Josh Tyrangiel has been promoted at Bloomberg L.P., where he's been working closely on a revamp of the company's consumer media division.  —  Bloomberg Media Group chief executive Justin Smith announced in an internal memo …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Flipboard will introduce video ads in September with Chanel as an initial partner  —  Social reading service Flipboard is the latest US social network to go down the route of video advertising, following the path of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (soon) and others.
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