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4:25 AM ET, August 5, 2013


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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 …
Discussion: @pkafka
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.
PR Newswire:
IBT Media to Acquire Newsweek  —  Newsweek to Add to IBT Media's Growing Portfolio of Global News Brands Serving 30 Million Unique Users per Month  —  IBT Media (, an international digital-only news company, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Newsweek from IAC.
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Newsweek's New Owners Say They Bought “A Lot Of Cachet”  —  Less than a year after announcing that it would cease publishing in print, the remaining assets of Newsweek have been sold to IBT Media, publishers of the International Business Times.  The deal, announced Saturday afternoon …
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: @brianstelter and Reuters
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: @cressman
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 and Media Nation
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.
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 …
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.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
PBS: Acting like a network as well as service  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Honey Boo Boo, the management at PBS wants to thank you.  —  You, too, real housewives.  And naked castaways, Long Island princesses, breakaway Amish, storage warriors, pawn stars and pickers.
Discussion: @brianstelter
Frank Thorp / NBC Politics:
Asking Nancy Pelosi a question through Google Glass  —  While reporters had a number of questions for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Calif., during her weekly press briefing today, she had a question for me when I asked about the fate of immigration reform in the House: “What's with the Google Glass?”
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