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11:00 AM ET, August 6, 2015


 Top News: 
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Passes One Million Digital Subscriber Milestone  —  The New York Times Company announced today that as of Thursday, July 30, it had passed the one million paid digital-only subscriber mark, less than four-and-a-half years after launching its pay model.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times Q2: $16M net income, 33K new digital subscribers, digital advertising up 14%  —  New York Times Co. Reports $16 Million Profit  —  The New York Times Company reported net income of more than $16 million for the second quarter on slightly lower revenue, as digital growth …
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
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 …
Set of ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ To Be Donated to the Newseum
Marco della Cava / USA Today:
Apple Music has 11M trial subscribers with 2M on family plan; App Store has record month in July with $1.7B in transactions  —  Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App Store has record July  —  One month after unveiling its new streaming music service, Apple has locked in 11 million trial members …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Profile of Issa Rae and the struggles she faced taking her web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, to HBO  —  The Misadventures of Issa Rae … Somewhere, during the elaborate chor­eography leading up to my initial meeting with Issa Rae, a miscommunication between her publicist …
Discussion: Clutch Magazine and The Awl
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Dave Butler, editor in chief of Digital First Media, to retire this fall  —  Digital First Media editor in chief to exit  —  Dave Butler, editor in chief of nationwide newspaper chain Digital First Media, announced on Wednesday that he plans to retire sometime this fall.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Mercury News
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.
Discussion: @digitalshields and @angus_mack
Sam Borden / New York Times:
In the UK and US, some pro sports teams are limiting media access and communicating directly to fans  —  English Club Shuts Out Journalists With New Kind of Defense  —  SWINDON, England — A few months ago, a reporter for the local newspaper here went to a charity event in town.
Discussion: Press Gazette and Guardian
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 …
Lisa Beilfuss / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom Q3: revenue down 11% to $3.06B, movie division revenue down 44%, TV networks up 2%  —  Viacom Reports Lower Sales, Profits Amid Fewer Films  —  Filmed entertainment revenue drops 44% as theatrical revenue nearly halves  —  Viacom Inc. said profit slipped in its latest quarter, due largely to a blank summer movie slate.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business, CNBC and Variety
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 …
Teo Cheng Wee / The Straits Times:
Malaysia issues arrest warrant for London-based journalist, Clare Rewcastle-Brown  —  Malaysia issues arrest warrant for Sarawak Report founder  —  Malaysian police have obtained an arrest warrant for the founder of London-based Sarawak Report for allegedly spreading falsehoods and committing an act …
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
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.
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Media Outlets Debate Whether Increased Access To Kochs Is Worth All The Strings Attached
Discussion: Guardian and ThinkProgress
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal is targeting its loyal subscribers with its new news digest mobile app
Associated Press:
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Frank Jordans / Associated Press:
German privacy site says it has received more than €50K in donations since news of government investigation broke
Discussion: USA Today
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
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Discussion: Facebook Media, TechCrunch and @pkafka
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Movie studios sue MovieTube, seek SOPA-like power through broad site-blocking court order
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
SoundExchange Hits $3 Billion Payout Milestone
Discussion: New York Times and hypebot