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9:05 AM ET, July 14, 2014

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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Inside Amazon's pricing war with Hachette, which is making some publishers and authors anxious  —  Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It's Fed  —  Vincent Zandri hails from the future.  He is a novelist from the day after tomorrow, when Amazon has remade the worlds of writing, printing …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Time chief content officer Norman Pearlstine on the spinoff, The Awl, Twitter, and more  —  Norm Pearlstine on Standing in Checkout Lines and The Awl  —  Norm Pearlstine.  (Illustration by Paul Kisselev) … What does the spinoff mean for Time Inc.?  We were very much defined …
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Biggest Scorer in World Cup?  Maybe Univision  —  Months before the first whistle of the World Cup, Juan Carlos Rodriguez, the president of Univision Communications's sports division, presented his engineers with a challenge: Could they figure out how to beam its soccer broadcasts …
David Carr / New York Times:
Hulu receives exclusive rights to stream South Park immediately after broadcast and entire back catalog in deal worth $80M+  —  Hulu to Stream ‘South Park’ as More Players Jostle for Online Rights  —  While the media moguls in Sun Valley, Idaho, jockeyed for parking spaces for their jets …
Reuters:
Exclusive: YouTube weighs funding efforts to boost premium content - sources  —  (Reuters) - YouTube has embarked on a new round of discussions with Hollywood and independent producers to fund premium content, two sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters, a move that could bolster …
Discussion: @pkafka, VatorNews and Beyond Search
Craig Calcaterra:
Sports Illustrated gets modern media; gets criticized for it  —  The LeBron James news dominated sports media for the past several days.  Everyone — even people who don't much care about basketball — was interested in it at least on some level.  Even if it was only to joke, snark and/or join in some fun collective happening.
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Role of Sports Illustrated in LeBron James's Announcement Raises Journalistic Questions
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Newspaper revenue experiment throwdown: crowdfunding vs underwriting  —  Crowdfunded beats might not work, but there are good reasons for newspapers to give them a try  —  CHARLESTON, SC — Last week, we wrote about a deal between the News & Record in Greensboro, NC, and a local arts group …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
News Corp calls for piracy crackdown in Australia  —  Rupert Murdoch company requests toughening of laws to force internet service providers to act on copyright theft  —  News Corp, owner of film studio 20th Century Fox, has called for the toughening of piracy laws in Australia.
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
BitTorrent launching paywall and using crowdfunding to finance new sci-fi series  —  BitTorrent to Try a Paywall and Crowdfunding  —  LOS ANGELES — This might be the latest twist on crowdfunding — or the web equivalent of seeking a ransom.  —  BitTorrent, a purveyor of file-sharing technology …
Mike Rose / Gamasutra:
Weighing the ethics of video game makers paying YouTubers for coverage  —  Pay for Play: The ethics of paying for YouTuber coverage  —  Ethics are regularly a hot topic in video game criticism.  —  Whether it's readers accusing big-name consumer game sites of taking money for positive reviews …
Michael Martina / Reuters:
Chinese prosecutors detain China Central Television financial news anchor in corruption probe  —  Chinese prosecutors detain top TV news anchor  —  (Reuters) - Prosecutors detained a top Chinese news anchor shortly before a nightly broadcast, state media reported, as authorities extend …
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
At Year Two, TheSkimm Hits 500,000 Subscribers  —  As morning television news shows struggle to build loyal audiences of women who once started their days with Katie Couric, Jane Pauley and Erma Bombeck, two young former NBC News producers have quietly built a following for their morning news service, theSkimm.
Discussion: @tinasharkey
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Video Streaming Platform RayV  —  Following rumors of talks going as far back as May, we'd been hearing whispers all morning that Yahoo had finally acquired the video broadcasting platform RayV.  —  Sure enough, it's just been made official.
 
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