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12:30 PM 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 …
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.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Channel 4 News ‘banned’ from Newcastle United press conference - because reporter wanted to ask about media bans  —  A Channel 4 News reporter has condemned Newcastle United after he was “banned” from a press conference - because he wanted to ask about media bans.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
HBO Now adds Chromecast support to its iOS and Android apps  —  HBO NOW Adds Support For Google's Chromecast  —  HBO's over-the-top streaming service may not be making money just yet, but it is rapidly expanding its footprint.  Starting today, the service will support Google's Chromecast …
Discussion: The Next Web and Variety
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.
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
Ken Doctor / Politico:
The Washington Post's audience has grown 65% YoY due to newsroom investment, embracing technology, and engaging in distribution partnerships  —  Is The Washington Post closing in on the Times?  —  Could it be?  An old-fashioned newspaper war, but one fought in the digital trenches?
Discussion: Nieman Lab and
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 …
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
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: CNBC, Bloomberg Business and Variety
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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
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
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Reddit Finally Bans Racist r/CoonTown And Other Hateful Communities, Updates User Policies
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Associated Press:
One arrested so far in slaying of journalist Ruben Espinosa and four women in Mexico City
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
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook Starts Livestreaming, Too — But Just for Celebrities
Discussion: Facebook Media, TechCrunch and @pkafka
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
TV programming stocks slide following Tuesday's report of subscriber losses for ESPN
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
Movie studios sue MovieTube, seek SOPA-like power through broad site-blocking court order