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9:05 AM ET, August 3, 2010

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Washington Post:
Dr. Sidney Harman to Purchase Newsweek from The Washington Post Company  —  Companies:  —  Related Quotes  —  SymbolPriceChange  —  WPO  —  433.89  —  WASHINGTON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO - News) announced today that it has signed a contract to sell Newsweek to Dr. Sidney Harman.
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
Harman Signs Deal to Buy Newsweek From Washington Post Co.  —  It's Official: Audio Tycoon to Take Control of Storied Newsweekly  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — It's official: Sidney Harman, the businessman who made his fortune selling stereo equipment, has secured a deal to buy Newsweek …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Newsweek's Meacham prepares to leave the magazine
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Newsweek editor Meacham expected to leave after sale
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:   Newsweek's Fineman helped bring Harman to the table
Michael Corkery / Deal Journal:
The 411 on Newsweek Buyer Sidney Harman
Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
Newsweek's new owner should make changes
Discussion: Media Decoder
David Carnoy / CNET News:
Amazon: We have 70-80 percent of e-book market  —  Recently, I sat down with Ian Freed, an Amazon vice president in charge of the Kindle, to get a sneak peek at the new Kindles and discuss e-books and the Kindle business in general.  Naturally, a good portion of the conversation centered …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
No E-Books Allowed in This Establishment  —  A few weeks ago I decided to mosey over to a local Manhattan coffee shop for an afternoon cappuccino.  —  After placing my order I sat down at a table and pulled out my Amazon Kindle.  —  I barely made it a sentence into the e-book I was reading …
Wall Street Journal:
E-Book Prices in Question
Richard Morgan / The Awl:
Seven Years as a Freelance Writer, or, How To Make Vitamin Soup  —  People like my resume—here's a PDF!  But a resume is only the skin of a career.  And, even then, it's skin with a lot of make-up on it.  People live their lives, knowing the interior of their existence …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Forbes Blogs To Get A Big Upgrade, Every Reporter Will Have One  —  Forbes.com will complete a major upgrade of all its blogs by tomorrow afternoon, we hear from several sources familiar with the plans.  —  The blogs will relaunch on a completely revamped WordPress installation that's expected …
Discussion: Guardian and NetNewsCheck Latest
Gawker:
Will Wired Proclaim ‘The Web is Dead?’  —  Word from inside Wired is the magazine is prepping a cover story in which editor Chris Anderson declares that “the Web is Dead.”  At a magazine founded by digital utopians, that would be something close to sacrilege.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Hey, Newspaper Paywall Fans: News is Not Like HBO or Talk Radio  —  Fans of newspaper paywalls like to roll out a number of defences for their position, including the fact that some publications — such as the Wall Street Journal and the Economist — charge for their content, and therefore, every newspaper should be able to.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV unveils pay-TV push  —  Five-year strategy to cut dependence on advertising begins with deal to put three high-definition channels on Sky  —  ITV today made its first move back into pay-TV for nearly a decade with a deal to put three high-definition channels behind BSkyB's subscription wall …
Steve Outing:
One city's blossoming digital media landscape  —  Over on the website of the Digital Media Test Kitchen (I'm director of that program at CU-Boulder), I've posted an update on one of our projects, called “Slices of Boulder,” which we're working on with a technology partner, Toronto-based Eqentia …
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
You are not an eyeball: Why tracking is the ad biz's last gasp  —  Marketers are following you around on the Internet.  They don't know your name but they know what you do, what you buy, where you buy it, what you're interested in, and more.  The sites you visit collect this information …
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
WikiLeaks must be stopped  —  Let's be clear: WikiLeaks is not a news organization; it is a criminal enterprise.  Its reason for existence is to obtain classified national security information and disseminate it as widely as possible — including to the United States' enemies.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Restructures U.S. Ad Sales Force-With No New Head (But Apparently a Lot of Prince Charmings)  —  Yahoo announced today that it was restructuring its advertising sales force, after being without a head of its key U.S. unit since mid-March.  —  Big news: No new top ad sales exec.
Vanity Fair:
Lady Gaga On Sex, Fame, Drugs, and Her Fans  —  Photograph by Nick Knight.  Lady Gaga tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Lisa Robinson that she tries to avoid having sex because she is afraid of depleting her creative energy—"I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they're …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
WikiLeaks will fund itself via Flattr, Pirate Bay founder's startup  —  WikiLeaks, the Sweden-based organisation that publishes anonymous leaks of secret material (most recently 90,000 documents about the War in Afghanistan) has until now, relied on donations to fund its activities.
The Wire:
Fake Steve Jobs Interviews Henry Blodget About Digital Media And Business Insider — The Transcript  —  Newsweek tech editor Dan Lyons (a.k.a., Fake Steve Jobs) was kind enough to send Henry Blodget a bunch of questions a few weeks ago in connection with an article on digital media businesses.
Media Week:
Virgin Media in regulatory challenge to Project Canvas  —  Virgin Media has submitted a formal complaint to Ofcom, asking the regulator to investigate the internet-connected digital TV service Project Canvas on the grounds that it is anti-competitive and restricts consumer choice.
Discussion: Guardian
Keith L. Alexander / Washington Post:
Law journal can publish information from court file  —  A D.C. Superior Court judge abruptly lifted a temporary restraining order on Friday that had barred a legal journal from printing information it obtained from a court file, ending a dispute that legal observers said was destined to become …
Discussion: Techdirt and Romenesko
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS, Comcast ink 10-year content deal  —  Greater access to content agreed before end of prior deal  —  NEW YORK — CBS Corp. and Comcast Corp., the largest U.S. cable operator, on Monday unveiled a 10-year content and carriage agreement that provides for retransmission consent …
Discussion: TVNewser
Richard Gray / Telegraph:
Minority Report-style advertising billboards to target consumers  —  Advertising billboards similar to those seen in the film Minority Report, which can recognise passers-by, target them with customised adverts and even use their names, are being developed by computer engineers.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
Elizabeth Spiers Is Launching 4 New Blogs, Working On Conde's Gourmet App  —  Elizabeth Spiers, the blogger maven and founding editor of Gawker, is launching four new sites for the Toronto-based blog network b5media, she announced today in her email newsletter, SpiersList.
 
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Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating

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Filing: Take-Two plans to lay off 5% of its workforce, expecting to incur up to $200M in charges as part of the downsizing, including $140M from canceled titles

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