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5:30 PM ET, August 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
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, I mean the sale of our broadsheet, The New York Times, controlled by the Sulzbergers …
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:   The NY Times Isn't Selling - 6 Newspapers That Should
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Times Co. Chairman Declares Paper Not for Sale
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 …
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.”
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Fox's Chase Carey calls a la carte programming ‘a fantasy’  —  21st Century Fox Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey on Thursday called “a la carte” programming “a fantasy” at Fox's Investor Day in Los Angeles.  Here, he's seen in a July 11 photo.  (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg / August 8, 2013)
John McDermott / AdAge:
Vevo Developing Apple TV App for 24-7 Music Video Channel  —  Will Allow It to Sell Video Ads Made Specifically for Televisions  —  Cord-cutting millennials will soon have a new way to quench their insatiable thirst for '90s nostalgia.  Music video website Vevo is developing an app …
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 …
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Rdio expands its Internet radio stations to take on Pandora  —  Screenshot of Rdio Inc.'s new Internet radio platform.  (Rdio Inc.)  —  Rdio Inc., a San Francisco-based streaming music company, has revamped its Internet radio service with new types of stations and additional features …
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.
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.
Human Rights Watch:
Russia: Silencing Activists, Journalists ahead of Sochi Games  —  Six Months Before Olympics Launch, Fresh Concerns about Intimidation  —  (Moscow) - Local authorities have harassed numerous activists and journalists who criticized or expressed concerns about preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
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 …
Erik Wemple:
James Risen asks Justice to drop subpoena  —  James Risen wants his subpoena scrapped.  —  Risen is the New York Times reporter at the heart of a juicy court case that sits astride important First Amendment and journalism issues.  His 2006 book, “State of War: The Secret History of the CIA …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
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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