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8:40 AM ET, February 6, 2013


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Time Inc. Layoffs Will Cost $60 Million  —  Time Inc.'s move to lay off about 6 percent of its workforce will cost the company at least $60 million in restructuring charges this year.  —  Time Inc. corporate parent Time Warner disclosed the number as part of its guidance for its 2013 financials.
Discussion: @keachhagey and @mtoney
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Time Warner Reports Higher Fourth-Quarter Earnings, Raises Dividend  —  The entertainment conglomerate's latest results beat Wall Street estimates as its TV networks and film units recorded higher operating profits.  —  Time Warner on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings …
Bluefin Labs:
Bluefin Labs Joins Twitter: Getting to the Future of Social TV Faster  —  It's a big day for social television and for us at Bluefin Labs - we're announcing today that we're joining Twitter!  —  We've had an incredible time pioneering the field of social TV analytics over the last few years.
Caleb Garling / The Technology Chronicles:
Twitter buys digital bridge to television  —  Twitter has bought BlueFin Labs, a software company that analyzes conversations on the Internet about television programming so brands and networks can make intelligent strategy decisions, in an effort to bridge the gap between the micro-blogs presence on the web and the outside world.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Engadget and The Wrap
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon wins broad patent to create marketplace for used digital content  —  Amazon has won a patent for an “electronic marketplace” where users can resell digital content.  The company had filed for the patent in 2009 and it was awarded on January 29, 2013.  —  GeekWire first reported the news.
Agustino Fontevecchia / Forbes:
Liberty Global To Buy Virgin Media For $23B As Billionaire John Malone Challenges Murdoch  —  Liberty Global announced late Tuesday that it had reached an agreement to acquire Virgin Media of the U.K. for an enterprise value of $23.3 billion.  The deal pits billionaire John Malone against Rupert Murdoch …
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Katzenberg Says Mobile Viewers Will Pay by ‘Inch’  —  Hollywood studios will eventually charge less for entertainment streamed to small devices, basing prices on screen size, DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. (DWA) Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg predicted.
ABC News:
Guardian Australia funder says site will usher in era of open journalism  —  Broadcast:  —  The entrepreneur behind two of Australia's newest media ventures—the fledgling Global Mail and soon to be launched Guardian Australia website—has called for the development of ‘open journalism’ in a rare interview with RN Breakfast.
Discussion: TheAustralian, Guardian and Crikey
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
BBC Aims For More Int'l Growth, Releases First Worldwide Sports App For iOS, Android Coming Soon  —  The UK's BBC began to test the waters for BBC Sport apps globally last summer with the launch of a special app featuring content from the London Olympics, and today that game is entering its next quarter …
Google Said in Talks to Invest $50 Million in Vevo Site  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube is negotiating a $50 million equity investment in music video service Vevo LLC, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.  —  Google would own less than 10 percent of the company …
Arif Durrani / Media Week:
PPA to publish combined print and digital figures for magazines  —  The Professional Publishers Association (PPA) is set to publish combined print and digital figures for the magazine industry for the first time to sit alongside next week's Audit Bureau of Circulations report.
Loretta Chao / Wall Street Journal:
Brazil: The Social Media Capital of the Universe  —  SÃO PAULO—When Barbosa family members botched their cover of an old Brazilian gospel song last year on a family video, they thought it was pretty funny—funny enough to upload to YouTube.  —  But they didn't expect the rest of Brazil to laugh along with them.
Discussion: Media Week
Dana Rubinstein / Capital New York:
Court rules in favor of NYPD: ‘Times’ can't have addresses of handgun-license holders  —  Today, an appellate court ruled against the New York Times in a suit about gun permits, and public access to an electronic database containing the addresses of permit-holders, arguing that a lower-court judge had …
Discussion:, Poynter and The Wrap
Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
Profit Slides 6% at Disney as Movie and TV Divisions Lag  —  LOS ANGELES — Higher costs at ESPN and lower DVD sales resulted in a 6 percent decline in quarterly profit at Disney, the company said late Tuesday.  But Disney's video game and Web unit finally swung to a profit …
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Rupert Murdoch claims Chinese hackers are still attacking the Wall Street Journal  —  Last week news broke that the New York Times had been victim to a four-month long hacking campaign from China after publishing an investigative report on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's family finances in October 2012.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Super Bowl online streaming viewership grows to 3 million in second year  —  In the second year the Super Bowl has been streamed online, viewership has grown sharply — even if it's still barely a blip compared to traditional TV viewership.  According to CBS, its stream of Super Bowl XLVII …
Discussion: AdAge and Forbes
Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing:
Datawatch: News accounts for less then four percent of time spent online  —  People still want news online - even if they aren't prepared to pay for it.  Right?  In the context of a widening digital economy it's important to consider just how big a role online news and information plays.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
“The brain of the New York Times, the body of BuzzFeed” — Slate's third act  —  Slate started life as as a scrappy web pioneer under Microsoft in 1996.  Since then, it has gone on to carve out an enviable perch in the liberal media establishment as part of the Washington Post Company.
Ben Flanagan / The National:
Viacom to invest in Arabic content and production  —  The American media giant behind MTV and Nickelodeon plans to invest in Arabic content as it looks to grow its presence in the Middle East.  Viacom, which is listed on the Nasdaq exchange, says local productions and events centered around …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Would you watch a video to access content?  Selectable Media thinks so, expands to mobile  —  Online ad provider Selectable Media unveiled a new service Tuesday that lets publishers ask readers to watch a video ad in exchange for getting access to certain types of video game or news content on mobile devices.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
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