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1:45 AM ET, July 30, 2013


 Top News: 
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Media, left out of the relationship  —  Note who's missing in Tanzina Vega's New York Times story today about the monster merger of ad agencies Publicis and Omnicom.  —  Media — TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, online — are nowhere to be seen.  This merger, they all say …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
ESPN confirms it will hire bloggers to cover every NFL team  —  ESPN will hire bloggers to cover every NFL team, Rob King confirmed by phone Monday afternoon.  “If you're going to place a bet anywhere, place it on the NFL,” said King, ESPN's senior vice president for content, digital & print media.
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
CBS and TWC Talks Break Down, But CBS Isn't Going Dark Just Yet (Updated)  —  CBS to go dark in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas  —  As it turns out, CBS won't be going dark for Time Warner Cable in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas just yet.  —  “At the request of CBS, we have halted going dark on their channels.
Ruth Margalit / The New Yorker:
The Israeli Answer to Al Jazeera  —  Timing could not have been more fortuitous for i24 News.  Two weeks ago, as the Israel-based news channel was preparing to launch its first broadcast, reports started trickling in that a chain of people had resigned from Al Jazeera in protest …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NYT interview with Obama: No surveillance questions?  —  Jackie Calmes and Michael D. Shear's interview with President Obama packed in enough news to fill three New York Times articles and one media story: “It was the paper's first exclusive chat with the president in nearly three years,” The Huffington Post's Jack Mirkinson writes.
Shira Ovide / Digits:
Thomson Reuters Twitter Account Is Hacked  —  The main Twitter account of news outlet Thomson Reuters was taken over Monday, apparently by the Syrian Electronic Army group that has hacked other news organizations.  —  “Earlier today @thomsonreuters was hacked,” a spokesman for the news organization said in an email late Monday.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN to produce Hillary Clinton film  —  CNN Films has tapped documentary filmmaker Charles H. Ferguson to direct a film about former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, POLITICO has learned.  —  “CNN is very pleased to be working with Academy-Award winner Charles Ferguson on the film …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Why the time is right for The Washington Post & others to boost video initiatives  —  The Washington Post will formally launch PostTV today — a big gamble that it can widen audience and win significant advertising revenue by producing digital video programs and distributing the segments to various partners.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:   Washington Post Launches New Political Web Shows
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Hearst Poaches Todd Haskell From New York Times to Lead Digital Revenue  —  And Names Publisher For Still-Untitled Dr. Oz Magazine  —  Hearst Magazines has hired Todd Haskell away from The New York Times, where he had been group VP-advertising since 2007, to become senior VP and chief revenue officer …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning judge to release verdict on Tuesday in WikiLeaks trial  —  Army private faces sentence of life in military custody with no chance of parole if convicted on ‘aiding the enemy’ charge  —  Bradley Manning, the self-confessed source of the massive WikiLeaks trove of US state secrets …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google's New Zagat Is Much More Limited (For Now), but It's Free  —  Google today put out a gussied-up version of the Zagat website, Android and iOS apps.  —  Regular users of Zagat's famous local ratings might be disappointed to find that the new site features just nine cities: San Francisco …
David Carr / New York Times:
VCR's Past Is Guiding Television's Future  —  The last few weeks have been a rugged legal stretch for incumbent television companies.  —  First, an appeals court declined to rehear a case in which broadcasters sought to close down Aereo, a company that allows users to record and play back broadcast television over the Internet.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Your Poor Couch!  Netflix Viewers Don't Cut Back on Regular TV.  —  Are you watching a ton of Netflix?  —  Then you had better make sure you're getting fresh air and exercise.  Because you're probably not cutting back on your regular TV habit.  —  That's according to a new study …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
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Marc Tracy / New Republic:
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