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7:10 AM ET, August 9, 2014


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg shifting political news power to NYC marks end of a decade of focus on Washington  —  Bloomberg's game change: New York's in charge  —  Bloomberg Media wants to be a dominant player in political news.  In order to make that happen, the New York powers have wrested control of the steering wheel from Washington.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
ESPN is shutting down its public API  —  Sportscaster ESPN is getting ready to shut down its public API.  ESPN's API team announced this week that it won't be issuing any new API keys going forward, and that all previously issued API keys are going to be revoked in early December.
Susanne Ault / Variety:
Survey: YouTube Stars More Popular Than Mainstream Celebs Among U.S. Teens  —  U.S. teenagers are more enamored with YouTube stars than they are the biggest celebrities in film, TV and music.  —  That's the surprising result of a survey Variety commissioned in July that found the five …
Leigh Anne Williams / Publishers Weekly:
Copyright Changes Hit Canadian Publishers Hard  —  Canada  —  When the Canadian Copyright Modernization Act was passed in 2012, publishing associations were happy with certain aspects of the legislation, including its antipiracy measures.  But dissatisfaction in the industry has been mounting …
Matthew Lynley / BuzzFeed:
How A Site That Streams People Playing Video Games Became A Billion Dollar Business  —  Twitch CEO Emmett Shear wasn't born a leader, he became one almost by accident.  And he now runs one of the most valuable video properties on the web.  —  The founding team, from left to right …
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Japan's SmartNews raises $36M, is in talks with western media for autumn expansion  —  Exclusive: Twitter-Mining News App SmartNews Raises $36 Million from Atomico and Gree  —  Japanese newsreading app SmartNews has raised $36 million in new funding, in a round led by growth-stage investment firm Atomico …
Discussion: Tech in Asia, Gigaom and VentureBeat
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Senate panel: let cable subscribers pick local TV stations they're willing to pay for under “Local Choice” plan  —  Sources: Sen. Commerce Floats Retrans Remake  —  “Local Choice” pitch would be to let subs decide whether they want to pay station prices, get stations
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
NFL fights to save its TV “blackout rule”  —  Despite $9B revenue, NFL says blackout rule needed to keep football on free TV.  —  The National Football League (NFL) is trying to convince the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to preserve 39-year-old blackout rules that prevent games …
Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Announces Iraq Airstrikes With a Tweet  —  News first broke of the U.S. starting air strikes on Iraq militants in an unexpected way - it was announced by the Pentagon press secretary's Twitter account.  —  The account, associated with Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby …
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
After Twitch's Music Copyright Crackdown, What About Games Themselves?  —  Videogame streaming site Twitch is officially a big media site and can no longer fly under the legal radar, as evidenced by this week's announcement that videos in its archives with unlicensed music will be flagged and partially muted.
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google is testing “Listen Now” ads with Spotify, Rhapsody, and Apple's Beats Music  —  Google Tests New Music Ads  —  Google is testing “Listen Now” ads with Spotify, Rhapsody and Apple 's Beats Music, the latest in a string of new ad formats that can simplify purchases for consumers.
Discussion: AppleInsider, @rolfewinkler and 9to5Mac
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