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Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC Show Announced: Actor Will Host Up Late (HuffPost)
Alec Baldwin’s MSNBC deal is official, the network said Thursday. The actor will be hosting Up Late With Alec Baldwin at 10 p.m. Friday nights, starting October. The network confirmed the news on Twitter on Thursday. Baldwin will discuss current events and culture on the show. TVNewser “After two seasons of my WNYC podcast, I’ve developed a fondness for hosting a show that involved talking with smart, talented and engaging people in every imaginable field,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I’m grateful to MSNBC for helping me bring a similar show to television.” NYT The network said that Baldwin — most recently the star of the comedy 30 Rock on the news channel’s sister network NBC — would host a show where he would conduct interviews related to current events and culture. THR / The Live Feed Certainly Baldwin’s liberal politics are an organic fit for MSNBC, which has been making changes to its primetime and early prime lineup with the addition of Chris Hayes at 8 p.m. and Ed Schultz at 5 p.m. Baldwin is a frequent critic of conservatives and conservative media. He told THR some days he feels as if he were “born” to spit on Rupert Murdoch and his media empire, which includes the New York Post and Fox News. He also engages in frequent Twitter battles with detractors.

Nikki Finke Seeks to Break From Penske Media (WSJ)
In the viciously competitive world of Hollywood trade publications, it was hardly a shock when one outlet recently mocked another for its “humiliating loss of readership and influence.” In this case, though, there was a twist., the source of the badmouthing, and Variety, the target of the put-down, are both owned by the same person: Jay Penske. After Penske purchased Variety last year, Deadline founder and editor Nikki Finke became unhappy that he didn’t give her a role at the older and more famous competitor. She is now seeking to buy back control of her website, she says, or if that isn’t possible, start a new one. FishbowlNY On page B1 of Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, there it is. That rare entity known as an extensive on-the-record Finke interview. Finke emails and phones reporters all the time, but it’s usually always off-the-record. So kudos to Ben Fritz for being the one holding the scoop this time around. The Atlantic Wire Although Finke is known for her acidic writing style (the initial rumors of her firing claimed her aggressive attitude as the main justification), her brief comments to the Journal were relatively placid. “I have confidence that no matter what happens, Jay and I can reach an amicable solution to all of this,” she said.

Revealed: The NSA’s Secret Campaign to Crack, Undermine Internet Security (ProPublica)
The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents. The Guardian US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden. The files show that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have broadly compromised the guarantees that Internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, online banking and medical records would be indecipherable to criminals or governments. HuffPost ProPublica: “The story, we believe, is an important one. It shows that the expectations of millions of Internet users regarding the privacy of their electronic communications are mistaken.”

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PR Fail: Kenneth Cole Still Thinks War Is A Funny Promo Gimmick (PRNewser)
We have no idea who’s in charge of the Kenneth Cole Twitter feed, but they clearly haven’t learned that the prospect of armed conflict isn’t a good tool for selling clothing. And, given the flack the Kenneth Cole received for this equally tone-deaf 2011 tweet about Egypt, we have to wonder if its social media managers are toying with us here. Gawker He responded to the new criticism via an Instagram, saying, “you’re welcome, everyone.” And, “I’ve always used my platform to provoke dialogue about important issues, including HIV AIDS, war and homelessness. I’m well aware of the risks that come with this approach, and if this encourages further awareness and discussion of critical issues, then all the better.”

16 Major Firms May Have Received Early Data From Thomson Reuters
(Rolling Stone / Taibblog)
Readers may recall an ugly story that broke earlier this summer, when New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman rebuked the news/business information firm Thomson Reuters for selling access to key economic survey data two seconds early to high-frequency algorithmic traders. The story strongly suggested that some Thomson Reuters customers were using their two-second head start (an eternity in the modern world of computerized trading) to front-run the markets. It turns out that there’s more to the story.

Changes at The Onion: America’s Finest News Source Adjusts to Internet Speed (Slate / Technology)
Whether you like the new Onion or not, something has clearly changed at the paper. What happened? Two words: the Internet. About a year ago, The Onion went through one of the most profound transitions in its history — a change you could see as ruinous or necessary, either the best or the worst thing that’s ever happened to fake news.

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Rush Limbaugh to Publish Children’s Book (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Rush Limbaugh has announced that he will publish a new children’s book next month. The book, titled Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans, tells the story of “a fearless middle-school history teacher named Rush Revere, who travels back in time and experiences American history as it happens, in adventures with exceptional Americans.”

A Newspaper in Las Vegas, at Risk of Closing, Divides A Family (NYT)
Tanned and fit, collar unbuttoned and no socks under his loafers, Brian Greenspun, the president of The Las Vegas Sun, stood in the middle of the newsroom, surrounded by $500 Herman Miller chairs, flat-screen monitors and floor-to-ceiling third-story windows offering an unmatched view of the Las Vegas Strip. It was June 2005. Greenspun, whose family has owned the paper since his parents founded it in 1950, told dozens of reporters and editors that the joint operating agreement between the Sun and its more conservative rival, The Las Vegas Review-Journal, had been amended: The Sun would become the first daily in the country to be delivered inside its competitor, as if it were a separate section.

Mail Online Executive: False Stories ‘Not Completely Out of The Realm of Possibility’ (Poynter / MediaWire)
Michael Sebastian’s story about Mail Online, the Internet home of Britain’s Daily Mail, is filled with fascinating stuff: The site gets most of its advertising from UK businesses, for instance, and it has no plans for a stateside print edition. But perhaps most interesting is when Sebastian asks Mail Online about a story it ran based on an Ad Age poll that didn’t exist. “The story created significant buzz — it inspired The Huffington Post to create a slideshow — despite the lack of an available Ad Age story to link back to,” Sebastian writes. FishbowlNY You’ve got to love a list that starts off with gloves-off comments from executives at a pair of very recognizable media brands.

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No, Seriously: Oyster Comes Pretty Close to Being A Netflix for eBooks (GigaOM)
I was skeptical that we’d ever see a Netflix for eBooks. Oyster’s launch on Thursday proved me wrong: It offers books that you’ve actually heard of, in a very well-designed app, for $9.95 per month.

Sorry, Jeff Bezos, The News Bundle Isn’t Coming Back (The Washington Post / The Switch)
This week, journalists at The Washington Post (including, full disclosure, me) got our first look at our new boss’ vision for the Post. There was a lot to like. Bezos emphasized the importance of a focus on the long term, dedication to readers and learning from scrappy upstarts like Business Insider. But part of Bezos’ vision for the Post represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the online news business — and what it will take for the Post to thrive in it.

Welcome to The Monkey House: The Inherent Conflict in Being The NYT’s Public Editor (paidContent)
Margaret Sullivan is the “public editor” of The New York Times, the fifth person to hold that position since the job was created in 2003, after a controversy over the fraudulent reporting of Jayson Blair. In a recent blog post, Sullivan wrote about completing her first year, and said that while she would have done some things differently, she feels she deserves a passing grade. But it was a follow-up post — in response to an email complaint from a reader — that brought out some interesting questions about the nature of her job, and whether it’s possible for anyone to really do it justice.

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A New Website for The New York Post
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The New York Post hit the switch on its much-anticipated Web relaunch, and while they still appeared to be working out some bugs Thursday morning, it looked like a vast improvement over the clunky, dated version readers were used to. FishbowlNY While the old was so cluttered reading it would give you a headache, this version is much cleaner. It’s also easier to navigate, as sections are clearly marked. The font used in the body of articles has also been enhanced. Photos get their own shiny new section, titled “Postography,” that allows you to scroll through each large, high-resolution image of B-list celebrities engaging in B-list behaviors.

Washington Post Magazine Struggles With Advertising Relationship (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
The Washington Post Magazine’s Aug. 11 Education Issue came out a bit on the thin side. It contained a helpful cover story on how to emerge from college with a job. One of the lessons: Lots of students who pursue a degree in the sciences — which generally fetches a higher-paying job than the humanities — end up flaming out. To round out the special issue, the magazine’s editors had planned a couple of other education stories. One, by reporter Jenna Johnson, was on college drinking; another was an interview by reporter Nick Anderson with the outgoing College of William and Mary rector about whether Virginia’s public universities would get with the times on benefits for gay and lesbian couples. Neither made it into the education issue.

Vanity Fair Debuts New Logo for 100th Anniversary (HuffPost)
Vanity Fair has introduced a new logo for its 100th anniversary. The magazine tweeted it Thursday, writing, “New century. New logo.” It is the name of the magazine in bold, stylized letters with more curves. The new logo appeared on the cover of its commemorative issue, which featured Kate Upton photographed by Annie Leibovitz and mimicked the cover of the first issue of Dress & Vanity Fair in 1913.

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