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5:40 AM ET, September 4, 2014

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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Michael Bloomberg to reassume leadership of Bloomberg LP; Dan Doctoroff to step down as CEO at year end  —  Michael Bloomberg to Return as Chief of Company He Founded  —  Michael R. Bloomberg will reassume the leadership of his business empire only eight months after ending his final term as mayor of New York.
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Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Here's An Idea For Michael Bloomberg: Buy CNN  —  The investment banker-turned-media-mogul-turned New York City mayor is heading back to run the company he founded.  And as Bloomberg expands its news operation into magazines, politics and more, his first order of business should be to buy CNN.
Discussion: @peterlauria3 and @peterlauria3
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Vice raises $250M from Technology Crossover Ventures for 10% stake, now valued at over $2.5B  —  Vice Lands 2nd Investment, to Fuel Expansion  —  Vice Media, the rabble-rouser of the news and entertainment business, has landed a pair of investments totaling $500 million to fuel the expansion of its media empire.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
USA Today lays off between 60 and 70 staffers  —  USA Today laid off between 60 and 70 staffers Wednesday, with about half those cuts hitting its newsroom, a company source tells Poynter.  —  Gannett, which owns USA Today, announced in August it plans to spin off its publishing business.
Michael Daly / The Daily Beast:
From ISIS Videos to JLaw Nudes, When Is Looking Abetting Evil?  —  The Steven Sotloff execution video, like the James Foley video before it, was made for you to see.  The stolen celebrity nude photos were never meant for you to see.  So should you?  —  To look or not to look, that is the question of this digital age.
Discussion: Forbes, @mathewi and TIME
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Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Murdered journalist Steven Sotloff had dual US-Israeli citizenship
Media Standards Trust:
Media Standards Trust: post Leveson coverage of press regulation mostly negative, did not include public opinion  —  How newspapers covered press regulation after Leveson  —  The Media Standards Trust today publishes the first comprehensive analysis of UK national newspaper coverage …
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
WWD Seeks an Expanded Online Presence and Larger Staff  —  The day after Condé Nast announced last month that it was selling Fairchild Fashion Media for a reported $100 million, the new owner, Jay Penske, held several meetings with staff members of its crown jewel publication, Women's Wear Daily.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Rdio Moves to Free Music Model to Compete with Spotify and Others  —  In the face of growing competition in the streaming music market, Rdio, a four-year-old service that charges for online subscriptions, has moved into a new phase with abundant free music — as well as free music's ever-present companion, advertising.
Christine Lagorio-Chafkin / Inc.:
Profile of Dao Nguyen, who helped quintuple Buzzfeed's traffic in two years  —  Meet BuzzFeed's Secret Weapon  —  Meet Dao Nguyen.  She helped BuzzFeed quintuple traffic in two years.  The secrets behind how she became one of the most important and beloved BuzzFeeders.
Discussion: bookforum.com
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Yelp does not “extort” by trading review placements for ad contracts, appeals court rules  —  Does Yelp manipulate reviews based on whether a business buys advertising?  There's no proof it does but, in an important decision, an appeals court found that Yelp has the right do so if it wishes.
Ben Mook / Current.org:
Merged newsroom boosts St. Louis Public Radio's response to tumult in Ferguson  —  The aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., proved to be a critical test for the newsroom of St. Louis Public Radio, whose expansion through a merger with a local news nonprofit provided …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Bill Carter / New York Times:
‘The Simpsons’ Marathon Lifts Ratings for Fledgling FXX Network  —  A quarter-century ago, the animated comedy “The Simpsons” put the fledgling Fox network on the map as the fourth broadcast network.  Now, with a much-promoted marathon of all 552 episodes that ended Monday, “The Simpsons” …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
How the Fox v. TVEyes lawsuit might impact the future of news  —  More on How a Fox News Lawsuit Might Impact the Future of News  —  TVEyes asserts that it serves the public interest by facilitating criticism of Fox News  —  Is Fox News about to be decimated by a media-monitoring service?
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Penguin Random House Plans to Combine 2 Units  —  In the latest reorganization at Penguin Random House since the two publishers merged last year, the company will combine two units in another effort to streamline its operations.  —  Markus Dohle, the chief executive of Penguin Random House …
Discussion: Deadline and Bookseller news
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
‘Good Morning America’ Anchor Robin Roberts Launches Production Company  —  By allowing viewers of ABC's “Good Morning America” to witness many of her struggles - including a months-long grapple with the bone-marrow disease myelodysplastic syndrome - Robin Roberts has become something much more than a morning-show anchor.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast spinoff “GreatLand Connections” to be 5th largest cable company  —  New name for “SpinCo,” the spinoff created by Comcast/TWC merger.  —  “GreatLand Connections” is the United States' next cable company, potentially coming to 2.5 million subscribers currently served by Comcast in 11 states.
 
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
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Chris Sutcliffe / TheMediaBriefing:
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