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4:05 PM ET, August 1, 2013


 Top News: 
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.
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 and @cjr
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Profit Tops Estimates on Digital Subscribers  —  New York Times Co. (NYT), the newspaper publisher controlled by the Ochs-Sulzberger family, reported second-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates as it drew more subscribers for its digital editions.
Discussion: @paulxharris
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   Times C.E.O. Mark Thompson stays the course in second-quarter earnings call
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.
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  —  It used to be there were local newspapers everywhere.  If you wanted to be a journalist, you could really make a good living working for your hometown paper.  Now you have a few newspapers that make a profit because they are national brands …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Broadcasting & Cable, TVSpy and EON
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg:
If Politics Is So Easy, Why Can't Journalists Do It?  —  Chrystia Freeland, a columnist and senior editor at Thomson Reuters, said last week that she's quitting her job to run for political office in Canada, where she was born.  Freeland is an accomplished journalist and the author of a book …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
German Publishers Can't Wean Themselves Off Google News, Despite Winning Copyright Law Change  —  Germany's new copyright law comes into force today but several major German publishers haven't rushed to pull their news snippets from Google News, despite lobbying in favour of tightening the law.
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Netflix debuts multiple user profiles so your roomate won't screw up your recommendations  —  Members of a household using one Netflix account can each create their own viewing page  —  Netflix has built one of the world's most powerful recommendation engines.
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 …
Eric R Danton / Rolling Stone:
Bradley Manning Hollywood Drama Planned  —  ‘We Steal Secrets’ makers seeking screenwriters for new film  —  A Hollywood drama about whistleblower Bradley Manning is already in the works: Variety reports that Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney and producer Marc Shmuger are seeking writers …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Did the media drop the ball on the Bradley Manning trial?
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 …
Discussion: The Switch and New Yorker
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Gannett Blog:
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Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and Gannett Blog
Saabira Chaudhuri / Wall Street Journal:
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Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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Andy Meek / BuzzFeed:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Comcast and CBS Post Strong Results, Aided by Web
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
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Discussion: Home Media Magazine, AdAge and Reuters
David Batty / Guardian:
Twitter bomb threats to female journalists