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3:10 AM ET, August 24, 2014


 Top News: 
David Weigel / Slate:
Politico says Vox isn't living up to the hype, as Vox traffic grows to pass Politico  —  Here's What You Need to Know About Politico's Coverage of Vox, in Two Charts  —  Politico's media reporter Dylan Byers is out with a strange piece describing how “many journalists and news executives find themselves …
Dan Nosowitz / Fast Company:
The Look Of Funny: How The Onion's Art Department Works  —  The absurd scenes and photos that look like bad stock art?  They're all designed from scratch.  Here's why.  —  An Onion article titled “New Law Enforcement Robot Can Wield Excessive Force Of 5 Human Officers” …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Nikki Finke Goes Silent in Reported Legal Dispute With Penske Media  —  The Hollywood journalist Nikki Finke has stopped writing about the movie industry while she and a former employer, Penske Media Corporation, try to reach a legal settlement, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Researchers created fake social network to access & understand China's internet censor systems  —  Researchers Made a Fake Social Network to Infiltrate China's Internet Censors  —  It's no secret that China has been censoring and controlling the information its citizens can send and receive, especially on the internet.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Guardian and St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial pages are teaming up for Ferguson coverage  —  It started, like so many things now do, with a tweet.  On August 12, three days after Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. and just as the protests there were beginning …
Javier Garza / Mediashift:
At-Risk Journalists Need More Than Words from the UN for Protection  —  The delegates, journalists and observers gathered at the recent meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council were focused on a noble purpose: promoting freedom of the press and the security of journalists worldwide.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Now Piloting CPM Ads With Select Amazon Associates Publishers  —  Amazon has launched a display ad network, in the form of Amazon CPM ads, to members of its online affiliates program, Amazon Associates.  Select members of the program have recently been invited to test the new advertising option …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
British TV industry at risk from US tech and media giants, says Channel 4 chief  —  David Abraham says creativity will be sacrificed for profit as US companies buy up British broadcasters and producers  —  The chief executive of Channel 4 has warned that large parts of the British television industry …
Joe Konrath / A Newbie's Guide to Publishing:
To resolve dispute with publishers, Amazon should stop discounting print books  —  Amazon vs. Hachette  —  I had a thought.  —  Right now, publishers want Amazon to discount paper books, but they don't want Amazon to discount ebooks.  —  There is a very easy fix that will force publishers to lower their prices.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The case for a social media standard on sensitive content  —  The tragic, public airing of James Foley's murder at the hands of the Islamic State is raising sensitive questions about the role that social media companies play in disseminating news online.  Was Twitter right to block the gruesome video showing Foley's death?
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
CNN Held Talks About Joint Venture With Glenn Beck's The Blaze  —  Both Sides Could Not Agree On Terms  —  Time Warner Inc. 's CNN has looked beyond Vice Media in its quest for a partner to help revamp its struggling sister station, HLN.  —  CNN executives have held talks in recent weeks …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast and Time Warner Cable Get Questions From the FCC
Discussion: Multichannel News
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Al Jazeera's negotiations with distributors eroded value of Current TV, Gore complaint claims
Maria Sheahan / Reuters:
German regulator won't pursue complaint demanding Google pay for giving access to articles
Discussion: Reuters
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Discussion: @jen_brika
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Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Beleaguered Spin Media's new C.E.O., Stephen Blackwell, lays out a plan
Discussion: FishbowlNY and MediaWire Daily