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5:55 PM ET, July 15, 2013


 Top News: 
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Spotify Defends Against New Music Backlash, Says It Will Pay Out $1B To Rightsholders By End Of 2013  —  Spotify, the music service with 24 million active users, says that it is on track to pay out $1 billion to artists that stream music on its platform by the end of 2013 …
Lauren Hockenson / GigaOM:
Radiohead's Yorke pulls music from Spotify, Rdio, citing lack of support for new artists  —  There has been a lot of chatter — and debate — recently about the royalties offered by streaming music services, most notably an open letter written by the members of Pink Floyd that criticized the rates paid by Pandora.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CNN, ABC Veteran David Doss in Talks with Al Jazeera America (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Producer negotiating a senior editorial role but not the top CEO post  —  Veteran news producer David Doss is in talks for a senior editorial position with Al Jazeera America.  —  Doss is not a contender for the cabler's top job of president-CEO.
jessica lessin:
Exclusive: Apple Pitches Ad-Skipping for New TV Service  —  Apple has a new trick up its sleeve as it tries to launch a long-awaited television service: technology that allows viewers to skip commercials and that pays media companies for the skipped views.  —  For more than a year …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, The Verge and Business Insider
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Forbes Exec Meredith Levien Tapped For Top Advertising Job At New York Times  —  In a move suggesting a possible new approach to its advertising business, The New York Times Co. has hired Meredith Kopit Levien of Forbes as its new chief revenue officer.  It's the first major appointment …
Associated Press:
Asiana Airlines confirms it will sue KTVU-TV over broadcast of racist fake pilot names  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Asiana Airlines announced Monday that it was going to sue a San Francisco TV station that it said damaged the airline's reputation by using bogus and racially offensive names …
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Study finds elders pick web over newspaper, too  —  In fresh evidence of the mounting demographic challenge facing publishers, a new study from Oxford University found that online sites beat newspapers as the preferred news source for every age group - including those over 55 years of age.
Katerina Matsa / Pew Research Center:
News magazines hit by big drop in ad pages  —  In a difficult advertising environment for the magazine industry overall, newly-released numbers from the Association of Magazine Media (MPA) show the nation's news magazines being hit particularly hard.  —  Total consumer magazine ad pages …
Alastair Reid /
Associated Press extends live video capabilities with new LiveU deal  —  Some AP reporters will use LiveU hardware, such as backpack units, to broadcast live video via mobile networks rather than satellite link  —  Copyright: Image by jsawkins on Flickr.  Some rights reserved
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
HuffPo Co-Founder on Where He Thinks Tina Brown's Daily Beast Went Wrong  —  Just in case you missed it, BuzzFeed Chairman Ken Lerer was the star of the full-page front-of-book Q&A in yesterday's New York Times Magazine.  (Though the magazine doesn't ID him as such, he's also managing director …
Discussion: TechCrunch, FishbowlNY and Betabeat
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Forbes names new chief revenue officer  —  Forbes Media announced the promotion, effective immediately, of the company's senior vice president of digital advertising strategy Mark Howard to chief revenue officer.  —  In his new role, Howard will be responsible for the U.S. and European digital …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Jenny McCarthy to Join ‘The View’ on ABC  —  One of the vacancies on ABC's longtime hit daytime television talk show “The View” has been filled by Jenny McCarthy, the former Playboy Playmate and actress.  —  The show's creator, Barbara Walters, announced on the air Monday morning that Ms. McCarthy …
Matthew Futterman / Wall Street Journal:
Pay-TV Providers Bid to End Sports Networks' Win Streak  —  Cable, Satellite-TV Firms Push Back on Rising Cost of Sports Programming  —  When the Houston Astros and Rockets decided to launch their own cable network last year, their owners hoped to reap a sports-television bonanza.
Discussion: Yahoo! News, SlashGear and The Verge
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