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9:20 PM ET, August 5, 2015


 Top News: 
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.
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Movie studios sue MovieTube, seek SOPA-like power through broad site-blocking court order  —  Memo to MPAA: Congress didn't pass SOPA  —  Studios' suit demands “entire Internet” block, filtering infringing sites, EFF says.  —  Remember 2012, when there was that giant Internet backlash …
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
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 …
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 …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal is targeting its loyal subscribers with its new news digest mobile app  —  In late April, after The Wall Street Journal debuted its redesigned website, the Journal's chief innovation officer Edward Roussel told Nieman Lab that the past year had likely been …
Discussion: Cision
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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  —  New York Times Plans to Make Its Mobile Ads More Native, Less Interruptive  —  “Mobile advertising as a whole is just fairly crappy,” said Sebastian Tomich …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook Starts Livestreaming, Too — But Just for Celebrities  —  It was always a question of when, not if.  So here's the answer: Facebook, following in the footsteps of Meerkat and Twitter's Periscope, is today rolling out its own version of a livestreaming app.
Jason Patinkin / Associated Press:
South Sudan shutters 2 newspapers in apparent crackdown  —  JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The South Sudanese government has stopped operations of two newspapers, editors at the publications said Wednesday in an apparent crackdown on the independent media.  —  Agents from the National Security Services …
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
SF Weekly publisher backs off plan to use cover story to ‘make up’ with advertiser  —  Score one for editorial independence, at least in one corner of the alt-weekly world.  After a report of his newsroom meddling drew notice from journalists around the country, Glenn Zuehls, publisher of SF Weekly …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish Sheds 81,000 Pay-TV Subs in Q2, As Sling Fails to Offset Satellite Losses  —  Dish Network's Sling TV over-the-top service now has more than 250,000 subscribers — but the company dropped more satellite TV customers than that over the first half of 2015.
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Discussion: @nicknotned
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