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1:35 PM ET, August 25, 2014

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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Time Inc. Faces a Looming Existential Magazine Deadline  —  What should a magazine company be now?  The most storied one in America has to come up with an answer fast.  —  In the 92 years since Henry Luce co-founded Time Inc., there have been just seven journalists to hold the title of editor-in-chief.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
New York Times defends Michael Brown Jr. ‘no angel’ characterization
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Following layoffs memo, Jeff Zucker tells CNN employees they need to “do less and do it with less”  —  CNN chief: News operation will do less with less  —  CNN chief Jeff Zucker recently shared not so encouraging words with some of the news operation's employees, many of whom have been bracing for potential jobs cuts.
Fox News:
US, UK eye rapper as British-born militant who beheaded journalist James Foley  —  American and British intelligence officials are eyeing a British-born rapper as the militant who beheaded journalist James Foley.  —  A senior Western intelligence official told Fox News that 23-year-old …
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David Carr / New York Times:
Its Edge Intact, Vice Is Chasing Hard News  —  In early 2010, I wrote a column about Vice in which Shane Smith, one of the founders, suggested that he and his band of insurgents were building “the next MTV.”  And then there was a promise to become “the next CNN” — outrageous claims at the time …
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Quartz has a new look—and for the first time, a homepage  —  We just shipped version 3.0 of Quartz, which you are looking at right now.  It's our second major redesign in as many years, a rapid pace of reinvention that makes good on our promise to continually evolve and improve on what a purely digital news organization can be.
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Peter Theo Curtis, Abducted by Nusra Front in 2012, Is Released  —  An American journalist held captive for nearly two years by Al Qaeda's official branch in Syria has been freed, according to a representative of the journalist's family and a report on Sunday by the Al Jazeera network.
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Profile of NBC News President Deborah Turness as she completes her first year in the role  —  NBC News President Rouses the Network  —  In her first year as president of NBC News, Deborah Turness received one message loud and clear: Welcome to the feeding frenzy.
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Yahoo rolls out its native ad network to other publishers, including Vox Media's SB Nation  —  Here Is Yahoo's Native Ad Network  —  Content Recommendation Box on Vox Media, CBS Interactive Sites Includes Yahoo's Ads  —  Yahoo's content recommendation box places its native ads on others' sites.
The Information:
Amazon has been in late-stage talks to acquire video game streaming site Twitch  —  Amazon Nears Deal to Acquire Twitch  —  Amazon.com has been in late-stage talks to acquire video site Twitch, according to two people familiar with the matter, after reports that Google had virtually sealed a deal to acquire the site for $1 billion.
Discussion: Business Insider
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Vice News sparks debate on engaging younger viewers  —  Traditional broadcasters such as BBC and Channel 4 examine how to attract generation focused on YouTube and social media  —  Vice News report on The Islamic State has attracted more than 2.5m views on YouTube
Discussion: @eelcoromeijn
 
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David Weigel / Slate:
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
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