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3:45 AM ET, August 6, 2015


 Top News: 
John Koblin / New York Times:
Jon Stewart, sarcastic critic of media and politics for 16 years, signs off from The Daily Show on Thursday night  —  Jon Stewart, Sarcastic Critic of Politics and Media, Is Signing Off  —  On Thursday night 10 presidential candidates will spill onto a stage in Cleveland …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
TV programming stocks slide following Tuesday's report of subscriber losses for ESPN  —  Cord-Cutting Contagion!  Wall Street Bails on Big Media Stocks.  —  Big media companies used to insist that cord-cutters — people dropping pay TV for Internet video — were a myth.
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
21st Century Fox beats Q4 estimates with $.39 EPS on $6.21B in revenue, with growth in cable revenue, declines in film and TV revenue  —  21st Century Fox Beats Earnings Estimates for Q4 2015  —  21st Century Fox took a big revenue hit in the fourth quarter of 2015, pulling in $2.2 billion less …
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Dish may sell or lease spectrum, or sue FCC, after expected denial of $3.3B in discounts won during AWS-3 incentive auction, CEO Charlie Ergen says  —  Dish Mulls Throwing In Spectrum Towel  —  Ergen Says Could Sell, Lease Wireless Licenses  —  Dish Network chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Motor Trend launching a quarterly print magazine based on Roadkill YouTube series for $9.99/issue, with companion website  —  Motor Trend's YouTube Series ‘Roadkill’ Is Becoming a Print Magazine Aimed at Millennial Car Lovers  —  An old school print company is launching a new magazine, with a unique twist.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Media Outlets Debate Whether Increased Access To Kochs Is Worth All The Strings Attached  —  NEW YORK — The Washington Post published an “exclusive interview” on Tuesday with Charles Koch, the press-shy billionaire industrialist, who, along with his brother David, is a major backer of conservative causes.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Felix Salmon / Fusion:
Mobile ad blocking won't threaten the advertising/publishing industry, which is already working toward better ads  —  Relax, blocking mobile ads won't kill publishers  —  Online publishers are apparently doomed.  “Things could get ugly quite suddenly,” says Charles Arthur.
Discussion: @felixbot and ReadWrite
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCU Expects More Than $1 Billion In Advertising for 2016 Rio Olympics  —  For advertisers, the Olympics and the Super Bowl have a lot in common: They both cost a fortune, demand commercials that make a splash and bring in some of TV's biggest audiences.  But Madison Avenue seems …
New York Times:
Spotify's Content Chief Moves to Online Video Start-Up Pluto TV  —  Spotify is losing a top executive to Pluto TV, a start-up in the fragmented and competitive world of online video.  —  Ken Parks, Spotify's chief content officer and one of its longest-serving executives …
Discussion: mUmBRELLA, Business Insider and Variety
Associated Press:
One arrested so far in slaying of journalist Ruben Espinosa and four women in Mexico City  —  Slain Mexican journalist had felt unsafe even in capital  —  MEXICO CITY (AP) — One person was in police custody Wednesday in connection with the slaying of a Mexican photojournalist and four women …
Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
German privacy site says it has received more than €50K in donations since news of government investigation broke  —  Treason probe boosts fortunes of German digital rights site  —  4 photos  —  BERLIN (AP) — A German website specializing in coverage of online privacy …
Discussion: USA Today and Wall Street Journal
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal is targeting its loyal subscribers with its new news digest mobile app
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook Starts Livestreaming, Too — But Just for Celebrities
Tim Peterson / Ad Age:
New York Times to retire interstitials, banner ads, plans to add mobile-native ads, similar to Facebook's and Twitter's in September
Discussion: Digiday and Poynter
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Movie studios sue MovieTube, seek SOPA-like power through broad site-blocking court order
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Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
SoundExchange Hits $3 Billion Payout Milestone
Discussion: New York Times and hypebot
Steven Scheer / Reuters:
Taboola signs three-year strategic partnership with Gannett
Dan Kennedy / Nieman Lab:
New Haven Independent launching a low-power FM radio station, WNHH, seeking to build community and sustainability
Discussion: The Laurel