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7:40 PM ET, August 15, 2014


 Top News: 
Al Gore Sues Al Jazeera Over $500 Million Current TV Deal  —  Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore sued Al Jazeera, the satellite network controlled by the Qatari royal family, over a $500 million deal to purchase his network, Current TV, according to filing in state court in Wilmington, Delaware.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Why a Young Writer Secretly Deleted Her Own BuzzFeed Post  —  As I wrote earlier, BuzzFeed has been taking heat for deleting thousands of old posts earlier this year without telling anyone.  (Gawker's J.K. Trotter was the first to report on the purge.)  The site's founder and CEO …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Telegraph “Forgets” Its Own Stories Documenting Google “Right To Be Forgotten” Removals  —  Newspaper pulls recent articles intended to “keep alive” other stories that were removed from Google in the EU.  —  The Daily Telegraph's recent campaign to document all its stories that have been removed …
Discussion: @jeffjarvis and Telegraph
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
48 news orgs send letter protesting ‘lack of information’ in Ferguson  —  Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press  —  On Friday, 48 media organizations signed a letter to the Ferguson, Missouri chief of police, the St. Louis County chief of police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol …
Mike Williams / BBC:
Premier League warns posting videos of goals online breaks copyright laws  —  Premier League warns about posting goal videos online  —  The Premier League has told Newsbeat they're going to clamp down on fans posting unofficial videos of goals online.  —  Thousands of goal Vines were posted on social media during the World Cup.
Anne L. Kim / Roll Call:
FCC Extends Deadline for Second Round of Net Neutrality Comments  —  People looking to file net neutrality reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission will have a few extra days to do so.  In a public notice, the FCC announced that the deadline for filing the second round of comments …
Discussion: Multichannel News and TechCrunch
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK consumer magazines lost nearly 1m print sales in first half of 2014 ABC  —  Sales of the hundreds of paid-for weekly and monthly titles fell 4.4% compared with previous six months, according to latest healthcheck  —  Music magazine New Musical Express has suffered another slump in its print sales.
Discussion: Guardian, @raju and @merciecaltd
Agence France-Presse:
Hong Kong media tycoon hits back against fake obituary  —  A Hong Kong media tycoon and founder of the liberal Apple Daily newspaper, Jimmy Lai, released a barbed video response to a fake obituary that was published by a rival newspaper.  —  The obituary of Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing …
Discussion: Gawker
Chris O'Brien / Medium:
Tech journalist Chris O'Brien of the LAT says farewell to Silicon Valley after 15 years  —  Au revoir, Silicon Valley  —  On August 20, I'm moving from Silicon Valley to Toulouse, France.  My rock-star wife got a three-year post-doc at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Toulouse.
New York Times:
Ferguson Images Evoke Civil Rights Era and Changing Visual Perceptions  —  Left, Whitney Curtis for The New York Times; right, Bill Hudson, via Associated Press  —  Danny Lyon, one of the photographers whose work came to define the civil rights upheaval in the South in the 1960s …
Hollywood Reporter:
Xbox Shops Entertainment Studio to Warner Bros.  —  Microsoft's TV production arm might not be gone for good  —  Microsoft may have decided to shutter its nascent Xbox Entertainment Studios but it's not necessarily game over for the Santa Monica studio.  —  Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Ex-Times journalist spared trial over hacking allegations  —  Patrick Foster cautioned for offence under Computer Misuse Act in relation to outing of Nightjack blogger  —  Foster was cautioned in relation to the unmasking of the anonymous Nightjack blogger, Lancashire detective Richard Horton.
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