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2:00 AM ET, August 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Dear Jeff Bezos, Here's What I Saw as an Analog Nobody in the Mailroom of the Washington Post  —  While it might seem an awful cliche, the fact of the matter is — if you go back to a time long before the commercial Internet existed, and well before you became so rich that you have $250 million …
Corey Pein:
We Already Know What Kind of Newspaper Owner Jeff Bezos Will Be  —  Remember when Amazon pulled the plug on Wikileaks?  —  There's already a great flood of commentary wondering whether Jeff Bezos, the new owner of the Washington Post, will be a good king or a bad king.  —  The tech crowd is predictably enthusiastic.
Discussion: TIME and AMERICAblog
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Times Co. Chairman Declares Paper Not for Sale  —  After a week in which both the Boston Globe and The Washington Post were purchased by new owners, the publisher of The New York Times Company emphatically declared Wednesday night that his company was not for sale.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
AOL Bets On Programmatic With Adap.TV, Pulls Back On Patch  —  Here's a sign that Tim Armstrong feels he's regained control of the narrative at AOL : He's back in the market for big-ticket items.  —  AOL's $405 million purchase of the video advertising platform Adap.TV is the biggest acquisition …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Patches  —  Tim Armstrong says he will close, sell, or find partners for 300 local Patch sites to reach profitability.  —  I have a fourth option, Tim: Invest.  Set up independent entrepreneurs — your employees, my entrepreneurial graduates, unemployed newspaper folks — to take over the sites.
Discussion: AdExchanger
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
AOL Is Acquiring Video Ad Platform For $405M
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Amazon, Kobo and Sony petition FCC to exempt e-readers from accessibility laws  —  Amazon, Kobo and Sony are petitioning the Federal Communications Commission to permanently exempt e-readers from certain federal accessibility laws for the disabled, arguing that e-readers are barebones devices designed for a single purpose: reading text.
Discussion: @stkonrath, @metrodigi and @baldman
Alastair Reid /
Why negative comments are like broken windows  —  A look at how and why the quality of content below the line can affect readers, editorial and a publication's brand  —  Copyright: By Luton Anderson on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.  —  The topic of online abuse has been coming under scrutiny …
Jim Romenesko:
Mark Russell out as editor of Tribune-owned Orlando Sentinel  —  Mark Russell, who was promoted to Orlando Sentinel editor in October of 2010, is being replaced by content director Avido Khahaifa.  Here is publisher Howard Greenberg's memo: … * Russell is leaving as part of a restructuring, the paper says (
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Univision News Receives $500,000 Grant to Expand Investigative Journalism  —  Univision News has received $500,000 in grant funds from the Ford Foundation to support and expand its documentary and investigative units.  —  The one-year grant from the Ford Foundation's Freedom of Expression Unit …
Discussion: @kljdavis and @jczamora
Christina Chaey / Fast Company:
The Twitterization Of Facebook Continues With Trending Topics  —  FACEBOOK'S NEW TRENDING TOPICS FEATURE ACTS A LOT LIKE TWITTER TRENDS.  —  Facebook is bringing some users a new Trending Topics feature later today, according to AllThingsD.  Sound familiar?
Brian Moylan / Guardian:
Nielsen's tracking of Twitter's relation to TV is missing the point  —  Aside from its Twitter innovation, it can't keep up with all the different ways we're all Keeping Up with the Kardashians  —  Just last week Japan broke a world record and sent 143,109 tweets per second over one event.
Discussion: Nielsen and Kotaku
Chad Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers Object to E-Book Plan for Apple  —  Provisions of Proposal Would Punish Them, They Said  —  Five major U.S. publishers objected to the Justice Department's proposal to limit Apple's influence in the electronic books market, saying it would effectively alter their existing settlements with the U.S. government.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Knight gives $345,000 to Philadelphia media incubator  —  The Knight Foundation is putting $345,000 into Project Liberty, a digital media incubator housed in the headquarters of Interstate General Media, which owns The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and
Tom Vanderbilt / Wired:
The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You'll Watch Next  —  If you liked 1960s Star Trek, the first non-Trek title that Netflix is likely to suggest to you is the original Mission: Impossible series (the one with the cool Lalo Schifrin soundtrack).
Time Inc. Spinoff Delayed Until Early Next Year  —  Publishing Revenue Slips While TV Grows  —  Time Warner said Tuesday that it won't complete its plan to separate Time Inc. division into an independent company this year as anticipated, prolonging a period of uncertainty at the publishing division just a little bit longer.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Associated Press:
Time Warner 2Q net income jumps 87 pct
Philip Bump / The Atlantic Wire:
This Year's Yemen Leak Isn't Angering Congress as Much as Last Year's  —  Someone in the government told the press confidential details of a terror operation centered on Yemen.  In 2012, that meant broad outcry, with members of Congress calling for investigations and criminal charges.  In 2013: crickets.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and CBS News
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Discussion: The Verge
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Discussion: The Wrap
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Discussion: The Huffington Post
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