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2:45 PM ET, August 6, 2013


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David Remnick / New Yorker:
Donald Graham's Choice  —  “The pattern of a newspaperman's life is like the plot of ‘Black Beauty,’ ” A. J. Liebling wrote.  “Sometimes he finds a kind master who gives him a dry stall and an occasional bran mash in the form of a Christmas bonus, sometimes he falls into the hands of a mean owner …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos  —  The Washington Post Co. has agreed to sell its flagship newspaper to founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family's stewardship of one of America's leading news organizations after four generations.
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David Carr / New York Times:
The Washington Post Reaches the End of the Graham Era  —  In late 2012, Donald E. Graham, the chairman and chief executive of The Washington Post Company, met with the paper's publisher, Katharine Weymouth, to look at the paper's future for the next three years.  Their assessment troubled them.
Laura Bennett / New Republic:
Author of Bezos Book: 'He's Buying a Lot of Political Influence'  —  Businessweek senior writer Brad Stone has written a book about Amazon—titled The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon—that will be released by Little, Brown in October.  Stone spent several years reporting the book …
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Here's Why I Think Jeff Bezos Bought The Washington Post  —  Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider, so in the wake of news that he's buying the Washington Post, folks have been asking me two questions:  — What's it like being owned or invested in by Jeff Bezos?
Gregory Ferenstein / TechCrunch:
Bezos In 2012: People Won't Pay For News On The Web, Print Will Be Dead In 20 Years  —  Before Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million, he had some choice words for the ailing print news industry.  In a wide-ranging interview with the German paper, Berliner-Zeitung …
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
'This Isn't Rupert Murdoch': Bob Woodward Praises ‘Innovator’ Jeff Bezos, Predicts ‘Renaissance In Reporting’  —  Bob Woodward, a man more associated with the Washington Post than almost any living figure, spoke to MSNBC's Morning Joe about yesterday's shocking sale of the paper to Amazon's Jeff Bezos …
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
If Anyone Can Save the Washington Post, It's Jeff Bezos
Discussion: Poynter, Mediashift, Forbes and DealBook
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Jeff Bezos Agrees To Pay All Post Employees The Same Salary (Or More) For One Year
Discussion: Mashable
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff to Co-Anchor ‘NewsHour’  —  The PBS “NewsHour,” which was co-anchored for decades by the two men who created it, will soon be co-anchored by two women.  —  PBS announced on Tuesday that Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff would take over the nightly newscast in September …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Andrew Morse Expected To Leave Bloomberg TV For CNN  —  Bloomberg LP head of U.S. television Andrew Morse is planning to leave the financial news channel for CNN, TVNewser has learned.  —  At CNN Morse is expected be in a high-level role related to newsgathering, though his exact title isn't yet clear.
Discussion: Lost Remote and FishbowlNY
David Taintor / Adweek:
Quartz Lets Readers Comment on Specific Paragraphs  —  Quartz is taking reader comments to the margins.  —  Atlantic Media's 10-month-old business publication on Tuesday introduced a new feature that lets readers weigh in on—and publish comments right next to—individual paragraphs within articles rather …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Rupert Murdoch pays tribute to ‘loyal and distinguished’ Richard Caseby as former Sun managing editor leaves News UK  —  News UK has confirmed that Sun managing editor Richard Caseby is leaving after 24 years with News UK and News International.  —  News Corporation executive chairman Rupert …
Discussion: @edgecliffe and Guardian
Gerry Shih / Reuters:
Nielsen study links Twitter chatter with TV ratings  —  (Reuters) - A frenzy of Twitter chatter about a broadcast program generally means more viewers are tuning in, while more popular TV shows generate more Twitter activity, a new study by Nielsen has found.
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