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8:40 PM ET, August 1, 2013


 Top News: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Employer Tipped Off Police To Pressure Cooker And Backpack Searches, Not Google  —  In what might be Medium's first widespread Twitter moment, music writer Michele Catalano used the platform to blog details of an unexpected visit to her home yesterday, from six men she identifies as members of the “joint terrorism task force.”
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
Eric Deggans to leave Tampa Bay Times for job as NPR's first TV critic  —  Eric Deggans, TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, will become NPR's TV critic.  —  After nearly 18 years critiquing television, media, music and pop culture at the Tampa Bay Times, I will be leaving the newspaper …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
The NYT's $150 million-a-year paywall  —  Growth slows sharply, but digital-subscriber revenue is propping up the paper  —  The New York Times's once-torrid paywall growth continued to slow in the second quarter, adding 23,000 digital-only subscribers.  —  That's the second quarter in a row …
Discussion: Forbes, The Dish and @cjr
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Digital subscriptions up 35% at New York Times & IHT, 70% at Boston Globe  —  Circulation revenues in the second quarter of 2013 rose 5.1 percent over the same period the year before, a company earnings report says.  Advertising revenue fell 5.8 percent over the same period.  Overall, revenue was down by .9 percent.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Profit Tops Estimates on Digital Subscribers
Discussion: @paulxharris
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times C.E.O. Mark Thompson stays the course in second-quarter earnings call
Discussion: Business Insider
Brad Stone / Businessweek:
Can Marissa Mayer Save Yahoo?  —  Marissa Mayer is sitting in URLs, the Yahoo! (YHOO) cafeteria, making the case for the future of a company that almost everyone in Silicon Valley views as doomed.  Employees swarm around her, assembling rows of chairs for the afternoon's FYI …
Is Tumblr Shrinking?  —  Yahoo bought Tumblr because Tumblr has millions of young users.  But are they sticking around?  —  Last November, David Karp posted on Tumblr's staff blog.  “I have an exciting and slightly overwhelming milestone to share with you,” the site's founder and CEO said.
Brendan Nyhan / Columbia Journalism Review:
The scandal attention cycle  —  How the media lost interest in IRS targeting, even as new facts emerged  —  At this point, the evidence on the Internal Revenue Service scandal is clear.  Contrary to the initial hype, there is no credible evidence of White House involvement …
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Despite Controversy, Rolling Stone ‘Boston Bomber’ Issue Is a Hit on Newsstands  —  Rolling Stone's “Boston Bomber” issue got a rash of bad publicity and retailers like CVS and Stop & Stop pulled it from shelves after a “Boycott Rolling Stone” campaign gained steam on Facebook.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Fusion Launching October 28 With Nightly Jorge Ramos Program, Satire Block  —  Fusion, the upcoming cable channel from ABC News and Univision, will launch Monday October 28, the companies say.  The channel will launch on a number of pay-TV operators, including Cablevision, Charter and Cox.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Plain Dealer plans special print section to explain shift to digital  —  The Plain Dealer, which laid off about 50 employees Wednesday, “plans a six-page special section in Sunday's paper to further explain the changes ahead,” Jay Miller reports.  —  The laid-off employees …
Will Bunch /
The de-newspaperization of America
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
U.S. Adults Now Spending More Time on Digital Devices Than Watching TV  —  Digital Devices Now Get More Than Five Hours Per Day, According to eMarketer  —  American adults this year will for the first time spend more time each day using digital media than watching TV, according to a new report by eMarketer.
Snowden granted 1-year asylum in Russia, leaves airport  —  NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and is allowed to enter the country's territory.  —  The whistleblower has been granted temporary political asylum in Russia, Snowden's legal representative Anatoly Kucherena said.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish Hit With 53-Station Blackout in Fight With Raycom  —  Local stations go dark for satcaster in 36 markets in latest clash over retransmission payments  —  In the latest blowup over broadcast TV retransmission fees, Dish Network customers in 36 markets lost access to 53 television stations owned …
Discussion: TVSpy, EON and Broadcasting & Cable
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
CBS Alternative Programming Head Jennifer Bresnan to Step Down  —  Jennifer Bresnan, executive vice president of alternative programming for CBS, will step at the end of the summer, the network said Thursday.  —  Bresnan, who's led the network's alternative programming since 2008 …
Henry C. Jackson / Associated Press:
Senate Takes Initial Step Toward Media Shield Law … WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel took a step forward on legislation to protect reporters and the news media from revealing their sources.  But lawmakers put off until September a broader debate over whether Congress defines who is a journalist.
Discussion:, @jayrosen_nyu and USA Today
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish  —  A book published during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur has a greater chance of being in print today than one published during the time of Reagan.  —  Last year I wrote about some very interesting research …
Neal Ungerleider / Co.Labs:
How Vice Hacked Google Glass To Tell Crisis Stories  —  When I spoke with Tim Pool on the phone, the Vice reporter and media innovator (first to pioneer the use of drones for reporting on demonstrations, for instance) was having a typically busy week.  Just after coming back from working …
Discussion: HighTalk and Fast Company
Allie Jones / The Atlantic Wire:
What Women Want: Bylines  —  If you looked at the homepage of The New York Times' website right this second, you could count up and find that 24 men and 8 women have bylines.  Or you could go to WhoWritesFor, which culls data every five minutes to show the gender disparity on the front web page …
Discussion: Poynter, Jezebel and Salon, Thanks:@steverubel
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Want to sell some Kurt Vonnegut fan fiction?  Now you can, on Amazon's Kindle Worlds  —  Amazon's Kindle Worlds has secured a license to Kurt Vonnegut works like Slaughterhouse-Five and Cat's Cradle, allowing users to write and sell fan fiction based on those works.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu Plans to Hook Subscription Service Into Google Chromecast  —  Online TV joint venture says it is ‘actively working’ with Google to add Hulu Plus access to $35 streaming adapter  —  Google's cheap Chromecast Internet TV adapter already lets users stream free Hulu content to their televisions …
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New Spying Accusations Against U.S.
Discussion: Poynter
1,700 Russian websites on strike against new anti-piracy law
Gannett Blog:
GCI launches stealth round of newspaper layoffs; total is expected to exceed 100 in coming days
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and Gannett Blog
Saabira Chaudhuri / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Cable Earnings: Profit Up 6.4% Amid Revenue Growth
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Andrea Peyser Is Leaving the New York Post for a While [Updated]
Discussion: New York Post and Gawker
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cord-Cutting to Blame? DirecTV Loses 84,000 Subscribers
Eric R Danton / Rolling Stone:
Bradley Manning Hollywood Drama Planned
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Andy Meek / BuzzFeed:
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Discussion: Mother Jones, The Week and GigaOM
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
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