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9:20 PM ET, August 4, 2015


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Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Justice minister fires Germany's top prosecutor, Harald Range, over his treason probe targeting Netzpolitik journalists  —  German Justice Minister Fires Top Prosecutor for Treason Probe of Bloggers  —  Dismissal of federal prosecutor general marks crescendo in debate over press freedom
Discussion: BBC, Associated Press, DW.COM and Techdirt
Reuters:   Germany's top prosecutor Harald Range accuses government of interfering in investigation into news site
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Sunlight Foundation, Melody Kramer, and 20 others media/tech projects get Knight Prototype Funds  —  Knight Foundation is giving 22 media and technology projects the chance to get one step closer to reality with a little help from the Prototype Fund.  The projects include open-source tools …
Discussion: Knight Foundation
Davey Alba / Wired:
Inside Jukin Media, which finds, licenses, and sells potentially viral videos and is aiming for $15M-20M in revenue this year  —  Inside the Company That's Made Viral Videos Big Business  —  Nate Granzow settles into his chair and taps a few keys on his keyboard.  Two large computer screens blink to life.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
MLB Advanced Media to spin out streaming video unit valued at over $3B, signs deal giving NHL up to 10% equity in the new company named BAM Tech  —  Pro Baseball's Streaming Video Unit Gets Ready for a $3 Billion Spinoff by Adding Pro Hockey  —  MLB Advanced Media, the company that streams video …
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran will let some BBC journalists in the country to report for a week on special report  —  Official: Iran to partially allow BBC to report for a week  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian government official said Tuesday the Islamic Republic will allow some BBC journalists to report …
Discussion: The Iran Project and Global Voices
Matt Pakes / Medium:
Facebook product manager responds to YouTube vlogger Hank Green's allegations, defends viewing metrics, says they're exploring new IP management tools  —  Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video  —  Hi, my name is Matt Pakes and I'm a product manager at Facebook, responsible for video products.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Political row in Scotland over police snooping on journalist  —  Newspaper claims that officers contravened Ripa code by seeking to discover a reporter's confidential sources  —  A political row has broken out in Scotland over the use by police of covert monitoring in order to discover a journalist's confidential sources.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Asks BitTorrent Inc. to Block Infringing Content  —  Through no real fault of its own, uTorrent creator BitTorrent Inc. has become associated with the massive piracy carried out every day by its users.  Due to the company sharing its name with the successful protocol …
Discussion: Mashable
Jessica Pressler / Vulture:
Nikki Finke's Hollywood Dementia site launches using pay-per-story model, with nine fiction stories from various authors including Finke  —  Nikki Finke Is Now Making Up Her Stories (Sort Of)  —  “All of fiction is derived from truth.”  —  For Nikki Finke, fiction was always the enemy.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Guardian head of news Stuart Millar follows Janine Gibson and James Ball to Buzzfeed  —  Buzzfeed has announced the recruitment of another high-profile Guardian journalist, head of news Stuart Millar.  —  Press Gazette reported last week that Millar was leaving the newspaper after 19 years.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How Mashable took user-generated content to create an animated story about Syria  —  When Louise Roug first saw the storyboards for Mashable's animation on a city in Syria, they were just rough outlines.  Then the animators started filling in the color.  —  “That's when I completely recognized parts …
Discussion: Mashable, @kellymcb and @meganspecia
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Netflix sets launch date in Japan for Sept. 2, with Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Iceland to follow in coming months
Discussion: TechCrunch, Variety and The Verge
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
fuboTV, a subscription-based OTT platform which livestreams soccer matches, raises $4M from investors, including Sling Media co-founder Blake Krikorian
Discussion: Media & Entertainment
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
The more brands use influencers for social ad campaigns, the less impact each influencer has
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