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8:50 AM ET, February 12, 2013


 Top News: 
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Dish Chairman Ergen Doesn't Want To Kill Ads, He Wants To Make Them Better  —  Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen is no stranger to controversy, so it should be no surprise that he has a controversial plan for the future of advertising.  At the D: Dive Into Media conference today …
Discussion: AdAge, AllThingsD and paidContent
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Dish's Charlie Ergen: “I think people are cutting the cord”  —  Cord cutting is real, argued Charlie Ergen, Chairman and co-founder of Dish Network at All Things Digital's Dive into Media conference in Dana Point, California Wednesday. “think people are cutting the cord,” Ergen said …
Discussion: VentureBeat, CNET and The Verge
Jared Newman / TechHive:
Dish Network's Hopper with Sling now available, combines ad-skipping and streaming  —  Dish Network's Hopper with Sling, a set-top box that can skip recorded ads and stream live video to other devices, is now available to Dish subscribers—much to the dismay of major TV networks.
Eliza Gray / New Republic:
Roger Ailes' Border War Can the Fox News CEO make his network more Latino-friendly?  —  Roger Ailes is kvetching.  “The president likes to divide people into groups,” he huffs into the phone.  “He's too busy getting the middle class to hate rich people, blacks to hate whites.
Bert Kok / imgZine:
DNP: the first newspaper with personal subscriptions to journalists  —  Dutch based Digital Second and imgZine today announced the launch of an innovative newspaper app: DNP (De Nieuwe Pers).  The app has an unique business model.  It is the first newspaper in the world that allows personal subscriptions to journalists.
Dan Farber / CNET:
Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studio working on interactive TV  —  Studio chief Nancy Tellem wants to deliver “hit” programming, including live events, reality shows and scripted programs with an interactive twist.  —  DANA POINT, Calif.—Microsoft is the new Hollywood.
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
If newspapers are to survive, they must abandon the defensive crouch and take a proactive approach.  —  The quote jumped right out of the excellent new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.  “If there's any business in the world that is built around the excuse …
100 people arrested for hacking and corruption  —  The arrest of a police officer has brought to 100 the number of people arrested by detectives investigating hacking and corrupt payments to public officials.  —  The 50-year-old serving officer was held this morning under Operation Elveden …
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Univision and Disney Give Details of Fusion, a Channel for Latinos  —  Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images  —  Univision's Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas interviewed President Obama in Coral Gables, Fla., during the campaign.  —  A new 24-hour news and entertainment channel has a name, Fusion.
Discussion: TVNewser and Broadcasting & Cable
Martin Belam / TheMediaBriefing:
It's tough below the line: the paradox of reader comments  —  In the last few days Bryony Gordon wrote a piece for the Telegraph about the experience of her parents getting divorced when she was 20.  It was a touching piece, full of understanding about her own reaction at the time …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Facebook Counted 43M Grammy-Related Likes, Comments — Oh, And 26M Related To Super Bowl Ads Last Week  —  After this year's Super Bowl, there were a number of articles proclaiming that Twitter had “won” the event thanks to the general explosion in usage, as well as the prominent use of hashtags in many of the TV ads.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
No Netflix for Sony, Which Stays With Starz  —  Sony's movie studio has renewed a deal to show its first-run films on the Starz pay-TV service; the new pact now keeps the two companies tied up until 2021.  Many industry observers thought that Netflix, after signing Disney to a landmark deal in December …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:   Starz strikes deal to hold on to Sony Pictures
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Janko Roettgers / paidContent:
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
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Giacomo Talignani / The Huffington Post:
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
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Michael Wolff / USA Today:
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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
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