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1:25 AM ET, February 27, 2013


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Maybe You'll Get the Pay TV You Want, After All: Cablevision Sues Viacom to Break Up the Bundle  —  Pay TV has a simple model: If you want to watch one channel, you have to pay for dozens — or hundreds — of others, whether you watch them or not.  That model drives lots of consumers nuts, but it has looked very, very hard to dislodge.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Time Warner Cable and DirecTV support Cablevison in Viacom fight  —  Pay-TV distributors Time Warner Cable and DirecTV have come out in support of Cablevision Systems Corp.'s lawsuit against Viacom Inc. The battle is over how Viacom, parent of more than 20 cable channels including MTV and Nickelodeon …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. listening to offers for its 8 newspapers  —  JPMorgan Chase and Evercore Partners hired to manage potential offers … Tribune Co. has hired two investment banks to manage offers to buy its newspapers, executives confirmed Tuesday, saying no decisions have been made about whether to sell any properties.
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Variety will kill its daily print edition and online paywall, keep weekly magazine  —  Three editors-in-chief will head coverage of movies, television, and digital content in new web-first approach  —  The iconic entertainment publication Variety will discontinue its daily printed edition on March 18th.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Variety Makes a Necessary Change - Here Are the Risks  —  Jay Penske has finally unveiled a strategy for his vision of Variety, a necessary move but one fraught with financial risk.  —  On Tuesday, with the Klieg lights barely cooled from the Oscar ceremony, the trade's new owner (below …
Erik Wemple:
NASCAR explains wreck-video blockage  —  On Saturday afternoon, a crash at a Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway injured at least 30 NASCAR fans.  As the media swarmed the scene and questioned authorities on the fallout, a secondary story line emerged …
Discussion: Trust But Verify and Kempton
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Pig Rescues Goat, and the Video Is Really Cute, but Totally Faked  —  It seemed too adorable to be fake, but it was too good to be true.  —  On Sept. 19 a 30-second video appeared on YouTube, depicting a baby goat that had become stuck in the pond of a petting zoo and that was heroically rescued …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The FJP
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
Nickelodeon Targets ‘Post-Millennials’ in Upfront  —  Children's Net Moves Beyond TV, Rolls Out App Along With New Shows  —  Nickelodeon's motto for its upfront presentation appears to be “in with the new.”  —  As the children's cable network looks to revive sagging ratings …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
New York Times backs AP in lawsuit against news collector Meltwater  —  The New York Times is supporting the Associated Press in a controversial copyright case against Meltwater, a service that monitors the news and reproduces headlines and story summaries for its clients.
Alex Knapp / Forbes:
Study Finds That Streaming And Spyware Are Killing Music Piracy  —  It seems that people just aren't pirating music the way they used to.  In many cases, because they don't have to.  That's according to the NPD Group, which just released their “Annual Music Study 2012.”
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
For the First Time Since Napster, Music Sales Are Growing
High court throws out challenge to surveillance law  —  (Reuters) - U.S.-based journalists, lawyers and human rights groups cannot challenge a federal law that allows surveillance of some international communications, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a case touching on government efforts to fight terrorism.
Discussion: New York Times
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Glam Media Just Secretly Filed For An IPO  —  Two sources familiar with the matter say that Glam Media, the digital lifestyle-content publisher, has filed confidential documents as part of a new secret IPO process.  —  Glam got its start offering fashion and gossip content on …
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web
Danny Shea / The Huffington Post:
Glenn Greenwald Rails Against BuzzFeed: ‘Reckless And Irresponsible,’ ‘Government-Subservient Stenography’ (VIDEO)  —  Guardian columnist and blogger Glenn Greenwald joined HuffPost Live Tuesday and railed against what he called “reckless and irresponsible” journalism by BuzzFeed reporter Tessa Stuart.
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