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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. Deadline.com, 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.”