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8:50 AM ET, August 5, 2013


 Top News: 
New York Times:
The Last Temptation of Tina Brown  —  On Nov. 12, 2010, Tina Brown gathered the staff of her Web site The Daily Beast in the third-floor conference room at its Chelsea offices with its commanding views of the Hudson.  Brimming with the fervor she has brought to all her endeavors …
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Newsweek has been sold to IBT Media, publishers of International Business Times; will remain ‘100% digital’  —  Earlier today, IAC Interactive reached a deal to sell Newsweek, the remains of the old magazine in digital format, to the owners of the International Business Times.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of John Henry buying The Boston Globe  —  It was a big auction — on paper.  Literally.  The storied Boston Globe, the 141-year-old Globe that has won 21 Pulitzers and dominated its region's reporting for so long, went for a song: $70 million.
Peter May / New York Times:
Red Sox Owner's Purchase of Boston Globe Worries Journalists  —  BOSTON — As the list of potential purchasers of The Boston Globe leaked out, the newspaper's longtime sportswriter and columnist Bob Ryan said his only thought was: please, let it be anyone but John Henry.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tim McLaughlin / Reuters:
From Boston hero to goat, billionaire John Henry takes on Globe challenge  —  As recently as five years ago, billionaire John Henry, could do no wrong in Boston, but since then the image of the man who agreed to buy the Boston Globe on Saturday has taken a beating.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Katharine Weymouth Takes Charge at the Washington Post  —  WASHINGTON — On the eve of the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner, this city's annual media-politico-Hollywood love fest, Katharine Weymouth convened the sort of Washington power dinner for which her grandmother, Katharine Graham …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Viewers Wait for CBS and Time Warner to Make Up  —  The two sides in the fee dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable stayed in their respective corners Sunday, and may not engage in further direct confrontation for some time.  —  As a result, CBS's stations, and cable networks owned by CBS …
Discussion: The Week and @brianstelter
David Carr / New York Times:
Self-Serving War of Words by 2 Giants in Television  —  As consumers in the modern age, we've become accustomed to the brinkmanship between cable distributors and programmers.  Most of the time, there is much rattling of sabers and then some accommodation is reached.
Discussion: Forbes and @cressman
David Carr / New York Times:
Parodying Cable News With a Talk About Race  —  On Tuesday night on MSNBC's “All In,” Chris Hayes had a very direct conversation about race with the Gawker writer Cord Jefferson.  Prompted by a news report of a group of young people in Huntington Beach, Calif., who looted and vandalized property …
Bob Cohn / Folio:
Good Comment, Bad Comment: Fixing a Broken System  —  Either commit to aggressive moderation or reconsider commenting's utility.  —  One of the great promises of digital journalism is that it breaks down barriers between publications and readers.  —  Consider print: You publish a story …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Rulings Blur the Line Between a Spy and a Leaker  —  WASHINGTON — The federal government is prosecuting leakers at a brisk clip and on novel theories.  It is collecting information from and about journalists, calling one a criminal and threatening another with jail.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Pogue / New York Times:
Chromecast, Simply and Cheaply, Flings Web Video to TVs  —  Ever hear the old saying, “Information wants to be free?”  Well, here's a corollary for you: “TV wants to be à la carte.”  —  Take the story of the iTunes store.  The instant somebody offered the chance to buy songs individually, the world changed forever.
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