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1:00 AM ET, August 27, 2014


 Top News: 
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it's mass-media business models that are ailing  —  Some argue that the rise of the internet has destroyed — or severely crippled — journalism, but all it has really done is disrupted traditional mass-media business models.
Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims  —  When Journalists Go Missing  —  In 2003, when the United States invaded Iraq, I was working as a senior editor at the Washington Post.  Our owner and publisher—Don Graham and Bo Jones …
Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US  —  Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US … BOSTON (AP) — Journalist Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the United States on Tuesday, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months, his family said.
Discussion: Business Insider
Emily Yahr / Washington Post:
Netflix, again, can't win any major Emmy awards.  What's going on?  —  View Photo Gallery —Winners, speeches and memorable moments from the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards.  —  For the second year in a row, Netflix racked up nominations and buzz at the Emmy Awards — and went home nearly empty-handed.
Sruthijith KK / Quartz:
Times of India demands ownership and passwords of staffers' company-related social accounts as well as disclosure of personal accounts  —  The Times of India just instituted a bizarre Twitter and Facebook policy  —  Hundreds of journalists working at the Times of India and its sister publications …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Gannett Looks to Ignite the Return of the Giant Banner Ad  —  Over the past few years, the banner ad, in all its shapes and sizes, has been seriously out of vogue as online advertisers have taken great pains to create ads that are “native.”  In-your-face ads are out as brands strive to blend in.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks and co-defendants try to recoup £20m in hacking trial costs  —  News UK to submit majority of claims for legal fees of up to £25m in case presiding judge called ‘most expensive in country’  —  Rebekah Brooks and her co-defendants in the phone-hacking trial are looking …
Erik Sass / MediaPost:
Media Conglomerates Rely Less On Ad Revenues  —  Big media companies are moving to lessen their reliance on advertising revenue in favor of other sources of revenue including subscriptions, syndication, and production fees, according to a new analysis by SNL Kagan.
Mike Reynolds / Multichannel News:
Verizon FiOS Joins SEC Network Carriage Team  —  With Telco Deal, Cablevision Only Major Provider Not Yet In Huddle  —  As expected, Verizon FiOS has become the latest top distributor to join the SEC Network affiliate roster.  —  The telco has reached a carriage accord with ESPN …
Discussion: Verizon and PR Newswire
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
De Correspondent, Quartz, and CIR editors on the importance of newsroom titles  —  What's in a name?  Three startups talk about the value of newsroom titles  —  The newsonomics of Gannett's “newsrooms of the future”  —  Gannett is right: Newsroom job titles do matter.
Chris Ip / Columbia Journalism Review:
Pew: reluctance to share dissenting opinions online about news shows threat of self-censorship  —  News on social media suffers a ‘spiral of silence’: Pew study  —  If social media users think their followers don't share their opinion on the news, they are less likely to post those views …
Matthew Flamm / Media & Entertainment:
Advertising to grow 4.9% in 2015; digital media ad spend to overtake TV by 2017  —  Ad revenue forecast to set record next year  —  Magna Global says the U.S. will see its biggest leap in a decade, with a new all-time high in 2015.  —  The future of U.S. advertising is looking up …
Discussion: AdExchanger
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Netflix pushes to block the Comcast-Time Warner merger, submitting a ‘Petition to Deny’ to the FCC  —  Netflix has made no secret of its opposition to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger, previously calling it ‘anti-competitive’.  Now, the streaming giant has officially lodged its concerns …
Sherif Mansour / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Solidarity in wake of Foley's murder inspires jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy  —  Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy has been languishing in an Egyptian prison since December.  He is waiting for an appeal hearing on his seven-year sentence for “conspiring with the Muslim Brotherhood …
Discussion: @sestapleton, @cpjmena and @repent11
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Apple TV trots out Showtime Anytime app  —  HBO Go isn't alone anymore.  Premium-cable rival Showtime gets its video-on-demand app into the “walled garden” of Apple's TV-streaming box.  —  Showtime, the premium cable network known for “Dexter” and “Homeland,” has made it past Apple's gates …
Nine and Fairfax announce $100M partnership on new SVOD service StreamCO for Australia  —  Fairfax, Nine launch online venture  —  Fairfax and Nine will enter the online streaming market through a new $100 million joint venture.  —  The media giants will spend up to $50 million each …
Discussion: IF Magazine, mUmBRELLA and Nelbie
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Discussion: Gigaom, Thanks:@steverubel
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