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2:50 PM ET, February 6, 2013

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Time Inc. Layoffs Will Cost $60 Million  —  Time Inc.'s move to lay off about 6 percent of its workforce will cost the company at least $60 million in restructuring charges this year.  —  Time Inc. corporate parent, Time Warner, disclosed the number as part of its guidance for its 2013 financials.
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Addresses Netflix Competition  —  Speaking on an earnings call, Bewkes plays down the company rival as a threat to HBO and dismisses suggestions of a Turner Sports Network and “contentiousness” with Legendary Pictures.  —  On a conference call after the announcement …
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Cable TV Revenues Helps Spur Time Warner Profit  —  The cable television business helped propel Time Warner to a 51 percent increase in net income and offset weakness in magazine publishing and movies in the three months that ended Dec. 31.  —  The media company said Wednesday that an increase …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Newspapers, magazines will have ‘not-great’ choices as USPS plans to end Saturday delivery  —  The U.S. Postal Service intends to cut first-class delivery on Saturdays, CBS reported Wednesday.  “That means most mailers, letters and catalogs would not arrive on Saturdays,” CBS' report reads.
Bloomberg:
Google Said in Talks to Invest $50 Million in Vevo Site  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube is negotiating a $50 million equity investment in music video service Vevo LLC, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.  —  Google would own less than 10 percent of the company …
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Katzenberg Says Mobile Viewers Will Pay by ‘Inch’  —  Hollywood studios will eventually charge less for entertainment streamed to small devices, basing prices on screen size, DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA) Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg predicted.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Wall Street Journal Reporters Urged To Write More Short Articles, ‘Fun Brites’  —  Rupert Murdoch has always been fond of shorter articles in newspapers — something Journal staffers accustomed to writing deep, investigative stories worried about when he bought the paper in 2007.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Automattic Pulls A Customer's Posts After Plagiarist Claims Copyright Infringement [Update]  —  A blog called RetractionWatch has been hit by a DMCA copyright notice from an Indian website with a tendency to plagiarize, which claims ten posts about a disgraced doctor - all of them copied …
Lauren Kirchner / Capital New York:
At 50, ‘New York Review of Books’ celebrates the longevity of a magazine, and a mission  —  The first issue of The New York Review of Books came off the presses, famously, in February 1963, during the third month of a printers' strike that had shut down seven New York City newspapers …
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Jennifer Schuessler / ArtsBeat:
Mean Streets to Grub Street? Scorsese Films New York Review's 50th Anniversary
Discussion: bookforum.com
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon wins broad patent to create marketplace for used digital content  —  Amazon has won a patent for an “electronic marketplace” where users can resell digital content.  The company had filed for the patent in 2009 and it was awarded on January 29, 2013.  —  GeekWire first reported the news.
Jemima Khan / New Statesman:
The inside story of how Julian Assange alienated his allies  —  I passed through Los Angeles recently on my way to the Sundance Film Festival.  I don't know the place well, but it always feels to me as if it is in limbo and has never grown into a proper city: a municipal playground, populated by restless kidults.
Discussion: @aljwhite
Guardian:
Disney considers ESPN exit from British TV sports coverage  —  Disney's Jay Rasulo says ESPN had ‘experienced losses’ and was ‘exploring an exit’ after losing out on big broadcast deals  —  Disney is “exploring an exit” from the UK TV sport market after ESPN lost several big broadcast deals including live Premier League football.
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Caleb Garling / The Technology Chronicles:
Twitter buys digital bridge to television  —  Twitter has bought BlueFin Labs, a software company that analyzes conversations on the Internet about television programming so brands and networks can make intelligent strategy decisions, in an effort to bridge the gap between the micro-blogs presence on the web and the outside world.
Discussion: Engadget and Bloomberg
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Bluefin Labs Joins Twitter: Getting to the Future of Social TV Faster
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Journalists Take Refuge in The World of Branded Content  —  Until December, Melissa Lafsky Wall was the editor of Newsweek's iPad edition, a job she landed on the strength of bylines in The New York Times, Salon, Wired and The Christian Science Monitor, as well as editing stints at the Huffington Post and the Freakonomics blog.
 
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News International rushes to settle phone-hacking claims ahead of hearing
Reed Stevenson / Bloomberg:
Apple ITunes Store Sells 25 Billion Song Downloads Over Decade
Discussion: Apple and VentureBeat
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
BBC Aims For More Int'l Growth, Releases First Worldwide Sports App For iOS, Android Coming Soon
Arif Durrani / Media Week:
PPA to publish combined print and digital figures for magazines
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Brazil: The Social Media Capital of the Universe
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ABC News:
Guardian Australia funder says site will usher in era of open journalism
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Agustino Fontevecchia / Forbes:
Liberty Global To Buy Virgin Media For $23B As Billionaire John Malone Challenges Murdoch
Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing:
Datawatch: News accounts for less then four percent of time spent online
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Super Bowl online streaming viewership grows to 3 million in second year
Discussion: Forbes and AdAge
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Would you watch a video to access content? Selectable Media thinks so, expands to mobile
Ben Flanagan / The National:
Viacom to invest in Arabic content and production
 

 
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