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11:50 AM ET, August 18, 2014


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
View of #Ferguson Thrust Michael Brown Shooting to National Attention  —  Ferguson, Missouri, was just a place — a working-class suburb of St. Louis — before an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by the police, before protests and looting erupted …
Gabrielle Bluestone / Gawker:
Ferguson Police Threaten to Shoot Reporter, Mace Chris Hayes  —  Ferguson police were caught on camera Sunday night threatening to mace one reporter and shoot another.  At least two other journalists also claim they were arrested while following police orders.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Ferguson rioters harass, threaten reporters
Michael Depp / NetNewsCheck:
Scripps group developing new digital businesses like a severe weather app, original news shows  —  Inside Scripps' Entrepreneurial A-Team  —  E.W. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne says he's “never seen real R&D units work,” so he created the Digital Solutions Group, a unit directly tasked …
Alastair Reid /
How The Marshall Project will illuminate US justice system  —  Editor-in-chief Bill Keller and managing editor for digital Gabriel Dance talk storytelling, interactives and building their own CMS at the non-profit start up  —  Credit: By on Lonpicman on Wikimedia.
Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
Washington Post has had Amazon ‘Buy It Now’ buttons for 5 years on the side of articles, mistakenly put them in text during redesign  —  Washington Post Stories Briefly Feature Amazon ‘Buy It Now’ Buttons  —  For a few hours this weekend, it looked like Jeff Bezos had finally showed his hand with The Washington Post.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Anthony Bourdain and VICE Each Take Home Outstanding Informational Series Emmy  —  In a rare occurrence, there were two winners for Outstanding Informational Series at last night's Creative Arts Emmy awards.  —  CNN's Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was honored for the second straight year.
Discussion: CNN and Guardian
Press Association:
South Yorkshire police says BBC violated own editorial guidelines in Cliff Richard case  —  Cliff Richard case: South Yorkshire police complain to the BBC  —  Force accuses the corporation of breaching its editorial guidelines and failing to clear police of leaking quickly enough
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
History of podcasting: from RSS audio enclosures to mainstream acceptance and patent lawsuits  —  10 years of podcasting: Code, comedy, and patent lawsuits  —  “Thank you very much for taking the time to download this MP3 file.”  —  A decade ago today—August 13, 2004 …
Discussion: @mattwatson
Nearly 1200 German writers sign petition protesting Amazon's treatment of publishers  —  German authors protest to Amazon over e-book price war  —  More than 1,000 German-language writers have signed a petition protesting against the methods used by online retailer Amazon in its e-book price battle …
Capital New York:
The 60-second interview: Nick Davies, Guardian special correspondent, author of Hack Attack  —  CAPITAL: Your new book out this week, Hack Attack: How the truth caught up with Rupert Murdoch, is the inside story of the phone-hacking saga that nearly toppled Murdoch's media empire …
Discussion: @joepompeo
Jack Shafer:
If you must quote anonymous sources, make sure they say something!  —  A decade ago, both the Washington Post and the New York Times conceded that they had lost control of the use of anonymous sources in their pages and each set up new guidelines to police the practice.
Discussion: @_biancah, @dcabo, @ahmed and @mlcalderone
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