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4:20 PM ET, August 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
What would it look like if the Times had to find a Bezos, too?  —  It was a natural question to ask after news broke that The Washington Post is to be sold for $250 million to Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos: Could it happen here?  —  By here, I mean New York City, and by it …
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.
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:   The NY Times Isn't Selling - 6 Newspapers That Should
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Time Warner Cable Taking Bigger Hit Than CBS in PR War Over Blackout: Survey  —  Cable operator's consumer-perception score drops lower into negative territory while the Eye has neutral rating, according to YouGov  —  Consumers have increasingly negative views of both Time Warner Cable …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
CBS, Time Warner Cable trade barbs on Day 7 of blackout  —  Aug 8 (Reuters) - A CBS Corp executive said on Thursday that negotiations with Time Warner Cable Inc have “gone badly off course” and accused the cable company of trying to negotiate terms that would limit CBS's ability to do business …
New York Business Journal:
‘I want my CBS,’ TV pirates say, and they aren't waiting for Time Warner to listen
Discussion: Variety, TechEye and TorrentFreak
Jim Romenesko:
[UPDATED] Patch is laying off hundreds of employees on Friday  —  UPDATE — A Patch tipster reports: “Patch employees will learn their fate starting tomorrow at 9 a.m. on an all company call with Tim Armstrong.  Managers were told last night not to discuss the layoffs with subordinates or reference them at all.”
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
YouTube Founders Introduce MixBit To Crack The Code Of Video Editing On Mobile  —  From the two co-founders behind YouTube, MixBit is a brand new mobile-first video platform.  But contrarily to other video apps focused on recreating a social network, MixBit is all about editing and putting …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Ben Bradlee to receive Medal of Freedom  —  Benjamin C. Bradlee, the Washington Post's former executive editor who oversaw the Watergate coverage that helped end the presidency of Richard Nixon, will be awarded the highest civilian honor by President Obama later this year, the White House said.
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.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Dear Jeff Bezos, Here's What I Saw as an Analog Nobody in the Mailroom of the Washington Post
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Media General Revenue Down 1%  —  Lack of political spend drags down second quarter for expanding broadcast group  —  Media General reported total station revenues in the second quarter of $82 million, down 1% from the $83 million it recorded in the prior year.  Political revenues decreased 86% in the quarter.
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Fox projects growth as it invests in new channels  —  (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, the film and TV company recently separated from News Corp, expects to increase profit over the next few years while it invests in new sports and entertainment networks, Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey said on Thursday.
John Koblin / Deadspin:
What Is Nate Silver's New ESPN Site Going To Look Like?  —  Nate Silver's ESPN-owned 538 site is not going to be The Nate Silver Show + a few contributors.  Silver's plan is to make it a Grantland II, of sorts.  “I'm actually out here kind of meeting with you and [Grantland publisher] …
Discussion: GigaOM
Aereo to enter Dallas, other markets as CBS blackout continues  —  (Reuters) - Internet TV startup Aereo will soon be available in Dallas, one of the cities affected by the Time Warner Cable-CBS blackout, which extended into its seventh day on Thursday.  —  Aereo said on Thursday …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
NBCU Cable taps ABC's Kennedy to head research  —  NBC has again made an executive raid on ABC.  Charles Kennedy, a senior vice president of research at ABC, is joining the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group as its executive vice president of research and insights.
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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Rakuten Launches iPad And Android Apps For Its Streaming Service In Europe  —  Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten has launched tablets apps on iOS and Android to support the launch of its Wuaki video streaming service in the U.K. and Spain.  The apps allow users of the service to purchase …
Discussion: The Next Web
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