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2:05 PM ET, June 19, 2013


 Top News: 
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Michael Hastings Dead at 33  —  The bold journalist died in a car accident in Los Angeles  —  Michael Hastings, the fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a car accident in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone has learned.  He was 33.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Missing Michael Hastings  —  One of the great reporters of his generation died Tuesday at 33.  The stories he wrote, and the ones he didn't live to write.  —  Michael Hastings was really only interested in writing stories someone didn't want him to write — often his subjects; occasionally his editor.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Michael Hastings - journalists pay tribute to ‘fearless’ war correspondent  —  Reporter who was killed in a car accident on Tuesday had little time for ‘spinmeisters’ and an incredible instinct, say colleagues  —  Tributes have poured in for the award-winning journalist and war correspondent …
Beth Healy / The Boston Globe:
At least 8 potential purchasers may give offers to Times Co.  —  At least eight potential buyers, ranging from former newspaper executives with local roots to private equity investors from the West Coast, are weighing bids for The Boston Globe as the June 27 deadline for submitting offers approaches …
Adam Haigh / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Spinoff Falls in Sydney After Murdoch Split  —  News Corp. (NNC), the Wall Street Journal publisher spun off by Rupert Murdoch, fell in its Sydney debut as stock in the billionaire's newspaper assets started trading separately in a split from his entertainment businesses.
Guardian:   Rupert Murdoch donates $50,000 in memory of late correspondent
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch splits empire but keeps faith in tomorrow's newspapers
Discussion: Big News
Thomas Beller / Page-Turner:
The Ongoing Story: Twitter and Writing  —  I was in the Time magazine archives recently, doing research for my biography of J. D. Salinger, when I pulled open a drawer and found a small box containing a bunch of discarded typewriter heads for the I.B.M. Selectric typewriter—the cutting-edge writing technology of my youth.
Discussion: @robinsloan and @qhardy
Jason Deans / Guardian:
ITV buys US production company Thinkfactory Media  —  UK broadcaster continues US spree, paying £19m for 65% stake in producer behind Kevin Costner drama Hatfields & McCoys  —  ITV has made its third foray into the US TV production sector, paying $30m (£19m) …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
U.K. Regulator Launches Review of BT Competition Complaint Against BSkyB  —  The telecom giant has argued that the pay TV company, in which Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. owns 39 percent, has abused its market power in sports channel carriage talks.  —  U.K. media regulator Ofcom said Wednesday …
Discussion: Guardian and Reuters
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
BT chief steps down to take UK government role as Sky Sports battle intensifies
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
How PBS Won at Digital  —  Millions of Americans can point to PBS as a third parent, as the network that helped raise them with programs like “Sesame Street” and “Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.”  —  But PBS is not immune to the transition from analog to digital and needs to continually reinvent itself.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Apple TV Finally Gets HBO GO And WatchESPN, iTunes Shoppers Now Buying 800K TV Shows Per Day  —  Apple has added two major new content sources to Apple TV today, via HBO GO and WatchESPN integration.  The new streaming services adds a considerable selection of content to the company's streaming …
John Reynolds / Guardian:
P Diddy to launch cable music channel Revolt TV  —  US hip-hop star aims to fill gap left when MTV stopped playing music videos with the ‘first channel of the social media age’  —  Sean “P Diddy” Combs is to launch a cable music channel, Revolt TV, which he claims will be the …
Discussion: Business Insider and @peterlauria3
Dish abandons Sprint bid for now to focus on Clearwire  —  (Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said it would not make a new offer to buy No. 3 U.S. wireless provider Sprint Nextel in time for a Tuesday deadline and will instead focus on its tender offer for Clearwire Corp.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
AP CEO Says Government Sources Won't Talk After Justice Department Probe  —  “The government may love this,” says the AP CEO.  “I suspect that they do.”  —  Image by CBS, Chris Usher / AP  —  WASHINGTON — The CEO of the Associated Press told an audience Wednesday that the Department …
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Viacom joins Twitter Amplify program to pump up second screen volume (and insert more ads)  —  Movie and TV giant Viacom hopped on the Twitter Amplify program to pump up the second screen volume, starting with its 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on August 25.  —  Amplify is Twitter's name …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Advance Publications name game  —  The old Newhouse Pledge and the company's corporate shuffle  —  The Oregonian is about to get Newhouse'd.  —  As the billionaires' Advance Publications has rolled out its newspaper-liquidation plan across the country, it has engaged in a curious bit of corporate name-shuffling.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Time Warner Cable Sued Over Spending on Lakers, Dodgers Rights  —  Class-action filing claims sports costs will be passed on to consumers  —  Time Warner Cable is being hit with a class action suit by four Southern California pay TV subscribers, who claim that the $11 billion the cable operator …
Annie Machon / Using Our Intelligence:
Edward Snowden — the Globalisation of Whistleblowing  —  I have held back from writing about the Edward Snowden NSA whistleblowing case for the last week — partly because I was immersed in the resulting media interviews and talks, and partly because I wanted to watch how the story developed, both politically and in the old media.
Helienne Lindvall / Guardian:
YouTube and Spotify ripping: why won't they act?  —  Media giants appear to be doing little to halt sites offering apps that can be used for converting videos and streams into MP3s  —  Spotify hit the headlines recently after an app surfaced on the Chrome Web Store that allowed users …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UK newspapers' print ad revenue ‘to shrink by £400m by the end of 2014’  —  Group M forecasts digital media will help drive rise in overall UK ad spend - but regional press in particular will suffer  —  Almost £400m in print advertising is forecast to be lost from the UK newspaper market …
Discussion: HoldTheFrontPage
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William Turvill / PressGazette:
BBC fails in bid to have critical clip removed from YouTube following copyright complaint
Esther Zuckerman / The Atlantic Wire:
Amazon Wants to Create Appointment TV Online, Not Follow Netflix Binging
Discussion: The Wrap, GeekWire and WebProNews
BBC spent £28m of licence-fee payers' money gagging 500 staff
Discussion: Guardian and London News
Mitch Stoltz / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Looking Deeper into MPAA's Copyright Agenda
Janko Roettgers / paidContent:
Yet another YouTube funding: Bedrocket invests in Shira Lazar's What's Trending
Discussion: The Next Web and Variety
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Which blogs stay and which go at ‘The New York Times’?
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Fox Business Terminates Contract With Contributor Who Was Paid $50,000 To Boost A Stock
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
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Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
AOL's Patch Limps Toward Profitability
Discussion: Street Fight
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Google challenges U.S. gag order, citing First Amendment
Chris Ariens / FishbowlLA:
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Study: Facebook third most popular news source in Arab world
Discussion: GigaOM