Peter Greste: Mother Lois says rumours of his release from Egyptian prison make for 'grim days

Radio Australia :: The mother of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste says while her son is coping well in an Egyptian jail, rumours of his imminent release are getting him down.

Read Staff, Radio Australia, www.radioaustralia.net.au

How Putin secretly conquered Russia's social media over the past 3 years

Global Voices :: For many years, the Internet was Russia’s last beacon of honesty. That’s no longer the case. Over the past three years, a social-media army fielded by the Kremlin has stormed what was once a stronghold for people who seek a “Russia without Putin.” Here’s how it happened.

Read Ilya Klishin, globalvoicesonline.org

Emily Bell: we are seeing the tabloidisation of everything

Guardian :: The 12th annual Hugh Cudlipp lecture, as delivered by the director of Columbia University’s Tow centre for digital journalism.

Read Emily Bell, www.theguardian.com

NYC Space/Time Directory (nypl.org)

New York City Space/Time :: A discovery tool linking cultural heritage material (photographs, newspapers, business directories, literary references, census data, and much more) in historical and geographic context.

Read Staff, New York City Space/Time, spacetime.nypl.org

Facebook is making News Feed better by asking real people direct questions

Wired :: It’s a well-known fact that Facebook’s flagship feature, News Feed, is run by algorithms. But Facebook knows that it can do better than relying solely on these cold computations.

Read Davey Alba, www.wired.com

Venezuela drops tourism advert with detained US reporter

BBC :: A US reporter detained while covering the 2013 elections in Venezuela has become the unlikely star of a Venezuelan tourism advert.

Read Staff, BBC, www.bbc.com

How Daily Mail, Vice, CNN, Fusion, Cosmopolitan plan to use Snapchat's new channels

AdWeek :: With Snapchat Discover launching earlier this week, publishers now have a new way to tease their content on social media and find backing from brands. The new offering allows marketers to directly sponsor stories on the platform, getting their names in front of a younger audience.

Read Michelle Castillo, www.adweek.com