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8:10 PM ET, May 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
News Corp shareholders renew call for Rupert Murdoch to step down  —  Dissident shareholders file resolution calling for appointment of independent chairman  —  Dissident shareholders are pressing once more for media mogul Rupert Murdoch to step down as chairman of News Corporation.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Beats Profit Estimates on Higher Licensing Revenue  —  News Corp. (NWSA), the Rupert Murdoch-led media company that's set to split in two, beat fiscal third-quarter profit estimates on higher licensing fees for television shows such as “American Idol” and “New Girl.”
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp. earnings report highlights need for coming corporate crack-up  —  On a call with Wall Street analysts today, News Corp. chief operating officer Chase Carey said the international media conglomerate's planned split is “our top priority.”  —  And Dave Devoe, News Corp's chief financial officer …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Pink slips for a dozen-plus ‘Daily News’ staffers; vets Joanna Molloy and Albor Ruiz among them  —  The Daily News is now undergoing what employees of the tabloid have been fearing for weeks: Multiple insiders tell Capital that layoffs have hit the newsroom today.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and New York Magazine
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
NowThisNews Raises a New Round to Help Bring Pregnant Panda Videos to Your Phone  —  NowThisNews, the startup that's trying to create a video news service for the iPhone generation, has raised another $4.8 million.  —  In addition to earlier investors, who include Lerer Ventures …
Discussion: Beet.TV and VentureBeat
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Confessions of a Newspaper Ad Exec  —  The woes of the newspaper world in digital media are well known: a decimated subscription base, lower ad revenue and declining relevance.  —  Newspapers are continuing the long process of change, but the road is bumpy.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …, Thanks:@haniyarae
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Advocate owner says he ‘tried to buy’ Times-Picayune  —  In a May 2 interview, WWL-TV anchor Melanie Hebert passed on a viewer question to John Georges, the new owner of the Baton Rouge, La.-based Advocate: Would he be interested in buying the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, with which his paper is engaged in a growing newspaper war?
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
AOL's Earnings Are Light, but Revenue and Ad Sales Are on Track  —  This looks like a pretty good performance from AOL: Tim Armstrong's Internet company came in a couple pennies light on earnings in its Q1, but hit its revenue marks.  —  As important: Its underlying numbers look pretty good.
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Google, authors wrangle in court again over digital books  —  The authors are asking for $3 billion in damages related to Google's digital books project, while Google is asking for class action status to be revoked.  —  Google and the Authors Guild are wrangling in court again …
Mathew Ingram / paidContent:
Open interviews and gatekeepers: The media can either open up or sources can go direct  —  Startup founder Chad Whitacre caused a fuss recently when he suggested that a reporter do an “open interview” that would available to everyone — but why is that approach seen as such a threat by the some media outlets?
Discussion: 10,000 Words, Co.Labs and Medium
Tom Bill / Reuters:
Murdoch's News International in talks to occupy Shard neighbor  —  (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's News International is in talks to occupy the whole of an empty office block at the foot of London's Shard, Western Europe's tallest skyscraper, two sources told Reuters.
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Viacom says Cablevision bundling lawsuit should be tossed
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Jim Romenesko:
Philadelphia Inquirer returns to newsstands on Saturdays
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Piers Morgan to Exec Produce Tabloid Journalism Drama for Starz
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Nielsen to include Internet viewers in its definition of TV homes
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Get your cat on: BuzzFeed creates new section where readers can publish
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Nieman Journalism Lab
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Government acts on health care costs, in part because of Time story
Discussion: TIME, The Huffington Post and The Week
Steve Ladurantaye / Globe and Mail:
Rogers determined to butt heads with Netflix
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Most YouTube Subscription Videos Will Have Ads
Kate Kaye / AdAge:
Time Warner Cable, Hearst, HBO and Verizon Fund NYC Media Lab