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8:10 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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Linda Ge / The Wrap:
CBS narrowly beats expectations with $0.74 EPS on revenue of $3.22B; CEO Les Moonves emphasizes progress in nonadvertising revenue sources  —  CBS Narrowly Beats Earnings Expectations in Q2 2015  —  CBS reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2015 on Wednesday, surpassing Wall Street expectations.
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
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Media Outlets Debate Whether Increased Access To Kochs Is Worth All The Strings Attached
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 and Wall Street Journal
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Steven Scheer / Reuters:
Taboola signs three-year strategic partnership with Gannett