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1:45 PM ET, August 8, 2013


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
Sara Morrison / The Wrap:
The NY Times Isn't Selling - 6 Newspapers That Should  —  New York Times chair Arthur Sulzberger batted down speculation that the paper would follow in the Washington Post's footsteps  —  With the Washington Post and the Boston Globe changing hands, there's plenty of chatter about which will be the next to go.
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  —  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 …
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 …
Jim Romenesko:
Patch is laying off hundreds of employees on Friday  —  Here's what AOL boss Tim Armstrong told Patch employees in a conference call on Wednesday, according to tipsters:  —  He's going to the board today to recommend “bold action” that includes killing “a bucket of sites” — as many as 300.
New York Business Journal:
‘I want my CBS,’ TV pirates say, and they aren't waiting for Time Warner to listen  —  After CBS Corp.'s broadcast network signal was blacked out for Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York and several other large cities over a retransmission-fee dispute, piracy of CBS shows ticked up significantly …
Discussion: Variety, TechEye and TorrentFreak
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable's Plea to Washington for Help Tuned Out
Discussion: The Verge
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.
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
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
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google Play Music All Access comes to the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand  —  It's been a few months since Google launched its Play Music All Access service, the company's answer to Spotify, Xbox Music, or Rdio, and now it's making its way out to countries besides the US.
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David McKnight / Guardian:
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