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10:45 AM ET, August 2, 2013


 Top News: 
Henry C. Jackson / Associated Press:
Senate Takes Initial Step Toward Media Shield Law
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
U.S., states propose remedy for Apple e-book price-fixing
Discussion: AllThingsD and The Verge
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times C.E.O. Mark Thompson stays the course in second-quarter earnings call
Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Big Boss, Not Big Brother, Spotted Long Island Family's ‘Suspicious’ Google Searches  —  On Wednesday morning, six law enforcement officers visited a house in Long Island.  They were there to ask whether the residents — a married couple and their son — were involved in terrorism.
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 …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Cox Said to Discuss Merger With Malone-Backed Charter  —  Cox Communications Inc., the third-largest U.S. cable provider, has held talks about combining with rival Charter Communications Inc. (CHTR), according to two people with knowledge of the matter.  —  Cox President Pat Esser has discussed …
Saabira Chaudhuri / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Cable Earnings: Profit Up 6.4% Amid Revenue Growth
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post Co.'s newspaper division posts another loss, but online revenue is up  —  The Washington Post's newspaper division posted an operating loss of $49.3 million in the first six months of 2013, the company says in its second-quarter earnings report.
Discussion: Washington Post and
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
HuffPo Pushes Further Into Sponsored Content  —  Publishers are crazy for native advertising, but they're stuck with a problem: Who is going to create it?  —  That's why publishers like Vice and Gawker have begun partnered content-creation arms.  Add The Huffington Post to the mix.
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
Max Blumenthal / Mondoweiss:
Exclusive: Al Jazeera English's online US broadcast to end with the launch of Al Jazeera America  —  Staff members of Al Jazeera have informed me that as soon as Al Jazeera America (AJAM) launches on August 20, American viewers will be unable to access the online livestream of Al Jazeera English (AJE).
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
YouTube to Open Production Studio in New York Next Year  —  That complements a 41,000-square foot studio in Los Angeles  —  YouTube will open a production studio in New York next year, the company announced at VidCon on Thursday.  The company complements similar facilities in London …
Discussion: MediaPost, CNET and Business Insider
Erik Wemple:
Dear CNN: Find a female media critic  —  Politico's Patrick Gavin yesterday tweeted that he'd be hosting the long-running CNN program “Reliable Sources” this Sunday.  He is among the crowd that is filling in following the departure of Howard Kurtz* for Fox News.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
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.
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.
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James Barron / New York Times:
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Brendan Nyhan / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Neal Ungerleider / Co.Labs:
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Allie Jones / The Atlantic Wire:
What Women Want: Bylines
Discussion: Poynter and New York Times, Thanks:@steverubel
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
CBS Alternative Programming Head Jennifer Bresnan to Step Down
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1,700 Russian websites on strike against new anti-piracy law
Discussion: Softpedia News
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
The Hole in Our Collective Memory: How Copyright Made Mid-Century Books Vanish
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish Hit With 53-Station Blackout in Fight With Raycom
Discussion: EON, TVSpy and Broadcasting & Cable