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2:55 PM ET, August 14, 2015


 Top News: 
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Miranda Ward / mUmBRELLA:
News Corp CEO lashes Google for piracy, zealotry and kleptocracy at Lowy Institute event  —  News Corp CEO Robert Thomson has accused Google of “piracy, zealotry and kleptocracy”, labelled LinkedIn a “pretender” and described the redistribution of content created by journalists as “unnatural”.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
U.N. human rights experts call for ‘immediate release’ of Post's Jason Rezaian  —  U.N. human rights experts expressed grave concern Friday about Iran's continued detention of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and called on authorities in Tehran to release him immediately.
Discussion: @postbaron, @katz and Poynter
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Saudi Arabia to require online media to have commercial registration and office space, while editors-in-chief need college degrees and Saudi citizenship  —  Saudi Arabia announces more restrictions on online media  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns new restrictions …
Mark Stevenson / Associated Press:
Reporter Juan Santos Carrera killed in bar attack along with a reputed gang boss and four others in Veracruz; two other reporters fired for being at scene  —  Reputed gang leader, reporter, 4 others killed in Mexico  —  MEXICO CITY (AP) — Five gunmen burst into a bar early Thursday …
Bloomberg Business:
Sources: Apple's live TV streaming service now slated for 2016 launch as licensing talks stall  —  Apple Said to Delay Live TV Service to 2016 as Negotiations Stall  —  Apple Inc. customers waiting for the company to revolutionize live television as it did for music and phone service …
Ruma Paul / Reuters:
Bangladesh says arrests two Islamists over killing of secularist blogger  —  Bangladesh police said on Thursday they had arrested two members of a banned Islamist group for alleged involvement in the killing of a blogger, the latest attack on critics of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority nation.
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Turner Broadcasting acquires majority stake in online video company iStreamPlanet for nearly $200M  —  Time Warner's Turner Cable Unit Acquires Majority Stake In iStreamPlanet  —  Time Warner Inc.'s Turner Broadcasting cable unit said it has acquired a majority stake in online video specialist iStreamPlanet …
Discussion: Variety and Sports Video Group
Julie Makinen / Los Angeles Times:
Mongolia has 3M inhabitants, 138 TV stations, 111 newspapers, 90 magazines, and 72 radio stations  —  Mongolia is awash in media choices with even a remote yurt hooked up to 60 channels  —  Deep in a desolate, rocky canyon, about 10 miles from the nearest paved road and even farther from any power line …
Discussion: @juliemaklat, @latimes and @gbaterdene
James Warren / Poynter:
Q&A with Lowell Peterson, executive director of the Writers Guild of America East, on dealing with traditional vs. new media companies like Gawker and VICE  —  Who's the leader behind the union moves at Gawker, VICE and Salon?  —  Journalists at Gawker Media, VICE and Salon are now brothers …
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Time Inc UK bets on fashion ecommerce with investment in visual search engine Snap Fashion
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Editorial cartoonists' association calls on Los Angeles Times to review evidence used to justify dropping Ted Rall for factual discrepancies
Discussion: aNewDomain
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Yahoo names former Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief Martha Nelson as global editor-in-chief to oversee digital magazines, reporting to Kathy Savitt
Discussion: Yahoo, WWD and @mathewi
Nicole Spector / Adweek:
Advertisers increasingly investing in Facebook's autoplay video strategy, embedded instead of interstitial and sound muted as default
 Earlier Picks: 
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
SNL Kagan report: pay-TV services record biggest-ever quarterly drop in Q2, losing 625K accounts
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter, PRWeb and MediaPost
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
With BI Films, Business Insider ventures into long-form video
Discussion: The Hill