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5:55 PM ET, August 7, 2014


 Top News: 
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Google partners with Barnes & Noble for same-day book deliveries from stores in West LA, SF Bay Area, and Manhattan  —  Google and Barnes & Noble Unite to Take On Amazon  —  Google and Barnes & Noble are joining forces to tackle their mutual rival Amazon, zeroing in on a service …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon has an advantage over Google Express/B&N because it owns the customer relationship  —  Why Google Express, B&N vs. Amazon is apples and oranges  —  Summary: Google Express may prove to give Amazon a run, but ultimately the customer relationship will win out.  Advantage Amazon.
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Gannett's changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat  —  A conversation with Joshua Awtry, the chain's top editor in the Carolinas  —  Yesterday was a busy one for Joshua Awtry.  He was one of a handful of editors at Gannett-owned papers around the country who spent …
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Jason Rezaian of Washington Post and Wife Still Held  —  Jason Rezaian of Washington Post and Wife Still Held  —  TEHRAN — Jason Rezaian knew he was being watched.  A man on a motorcycle had been following him and his wife for weeks, his colleagues said.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Netflix now has more subscription revenue than HBO  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings humble-bragged on Facebook today: + Reed Hastings on Facebook He's right.  (About the financials, at least—Silicon Valley, an HBO sitcom about tech startups, was really bad.)  Here's how HBO's subscription revenue compares …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The New York Times explores cheaper digital subscriptions  —  The New York Times is considering a cheaper version of its digital subscription as it continues to look for ways to get more revenue out of consumers.  —  According to a survey sent to readers this week, the new offering …
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Twitch CEO: “We screwed up” with short notice on policy changes affecting archives and audio  —  Under Fire, Twitch CEO Says “We Screwed Up” Policy Announcement  —  When Twitch announced yesterday that it would start muting copyrighted music in on-demand videos, the Internet freaked out.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Electronista
Michael McWhertor / Polygon:
Twitch implements YouTube-like system for blocking copyrighted audio
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
CNN Politics eliminates more than a dozen positions in shift to video  —  More than a dozen employees in CNN's Digital Politics division learned yesterday that their positions will be eliminated at the end of the month, Capital has learned.  —  The employees were told that they would have to re-apply …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg to cancel ‘Political Capital with Al Hunt,’ lay off TV and print staff  —  Bloomberg Media has decided to cancel its weekly political talk show, “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” and will lay off several television and print employees in its Washington, D.C., bureau, POLITICO has learned.
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
How a new Washington stifles a new political press  —  As political PR machines become more sophisticated and aggressive, journalists need to rethink how they cover government  —  The video featured all the trappings of a heartwarming human interest piece: uplifting piano music, a hometown angle, and a main character named Earnest.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Crowdfunding bid to acquire Rupert Murdoch's Times and Sunday Times  —  Idealists of the world unite!  An organisation calling itself Let's Own The News has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the aim of acquiring the Times and Sunday Times.  —  It believes £100m would do the job …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT recalibrates on “torture” for clear cases where interrogators inflicted pain on prisoners  —  N.Y. Times broadens use of ‘torture’  —  The New York Times will now use the word “torture” to describe any incident in which interrogators “inflicted pain on a prisoner in an effort …
Discussion: @froomkin and @talkingnewmedia
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Police Arrest Operator of Torrent Site Proxies  —  Earlier today news broke that the proxy service Immunicity had been taken offline by the UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).  Several reverse proxies offering access to blocked sites such as The Pirate Bay and KickassTorrents suffered the same fate.
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ABC News Radio To Move Distribution From Cumulus To Skyview
Discussion: TVNewser and ABC News
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Viacom Q3 Profit Falls 5% Due to Film Revenue Declines
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Ex-BBC Chief Technology Officer John Linwood wins unfair dismissal case against corporation
Discussion: The Courier and BBC
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Maker Studios Claims Former CEO Owes $325K as Result of Disney Merger (Exclusive)
Bob Dietz / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Q&A: Pakistan's Hamid Mir speaks about climate for press freedom following attack
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Deb Aoki / Publishers Weekly:
Japanese Manga, Anime Firms Debut Latest Antipiracy Project
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
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Steven Waldman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why the ad technology revolution that was supposed to help publishers actually devastated so many of them
Discussion: ZDNet
Heidi Moore / Guardian:
Spin-offs, break-ups and dropped bids: can big media survive without moguls?
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Russell Simmons' All Def Digital Closes $5M in Series A Financing
Discussion: Variety