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12:45 PM ET, May 14, 2013


 Top News: 
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Gov't obtains wide AP phone records in probe  —  The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Condemnation Of DOJ's AP Probe Continues; Carl Bernstein Calls It ‘Inexcusable’  —  The Obama administration woke up on Tuesday to another morning of scorching criticism about the Justice Department's decision to secretly obtain months of Associated Press phone records.
Discussion: Politico
nycsouthpaw / BuzzFeed:
Republicans In Congress Killed A Media Shield Law That Would Have Protected The Associated Press
Erin Madigan White / Associated Press:
AP responds to intrusive DOJ seizure of journalists' phone records
Nitasha Tiku / Gawker:
Source: Bloomberg Was Supposed to Cut Off Spying Last Year, But Didn't  —  A high-ranking newsroom official for Bloomberg News was ordered last year to cut off reporters' access to information about how clients used the company's information terminals, according to a former Bloomberg reporter, but the spying continued anyway.
Heidi Moore / Guardian:
The Bloomberg ‘snooping scandal’ is completely overblown  —  Bloomberg was using pretty standard ‘big data’ on users to get a slight edge.  It's exactly what Wall Street tries to do  —  Bloomberg News has been accused of violating the privacy of its users by collecting their personal contact information …
Wall Street Journal:
FDIC and Bloomberg In Contact Over Data
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
American Investor Targets Sony for a Breakup  —  Updated  —  An American hedge fund billionaire known for starting big fights has called for a breakup of the entertainment and electronic colossus Sony, according to people briefed on the matter, possibly setting off a battle that could roil Japan's famously staid corporate culture.
Jonathan Skillings / CNET:
Aereo gets set for Atlanta debut  —  The capital of Georgia will be the third city to get the TV streaming service, following New York and, from tomorrow, Boston.  —  Aereo is getting on a roll, with plans now to bring its streaming TV service to Atlanta.  —  The Atlanta launch is scheduled …
Britain charges reporter on Murdoch's Sun in corruption probe  —  British prosecutors have charged a reporter on Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper over alleged payments of more than 17,000 pounds ($26,000) to officials for details of confidential government spending plans.
Wall Street Journal:
ESPN, Twitter Expand Tie-Up  —  Sports Network to Increase Highlights on Messaging Service, Generating Ad Sales  —  ESPN and Twitter Inc. are announcing a major expansion of their collaboration to post sports-related videos on the short-messaging service—part of a growing wave of tie-ups …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Atlantic Media to Launch Another Digital-First Brand, for Defense Community  —  Six months after launching digital business site Quartz, Atlantic Media is preparing to roll out its fifth brand and second “digital-first” property.  Defense One, a news and information site for the national security community …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Mashable and eMedia Vitals
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Advertisers Will Spend Nearly $10 Billion This Week On A Broken TV Model  —  This week, advertisers will sit down with the broadcast TV networks and hash out their “upfront” ad buying deals for the year.  —  The talks are one of advertising's huge, dramatic set-pieces.
Discussion: AdAge, Variety and New York Times
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Sandvine: Netflix owns one-third of North American traffic at peak, has doubled its mobile share in 12 months  —  Once again, broadband Internet service tracking firm Sandvine has released its latest report for North America, and once again, Netflix is ruling Internet usage.
Discussion: GigaOM, AllThingsD and Softpedia News
Micah Singleton / CE: The Magazine:
A Chat With Jon Mitchell, Proprietor of The Daily Portal  —  Last week, on the day he unveiled his newest project, I had the chance to catch up with Jon Mitchell, founder of The Daily Portal, the newest addition to a rapidly growing collection of high-quality digital magazines.
Beth Healy / Boston Globe:
NY Times Co. is ‘pleased’ with the progress of its efforts to sell The Boston Globe  —  New York Times Co. chief executive Mark Thompson, speaking at an investor conference in Boston Tuesday morning, said he was “very pleased with the interest, and the progress, that's been expressed so far” …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Howard Kurtz isn't the problem at The Daily Beast, it's Tina Brown
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Maggie Brown / Guardian:
BBC top team blends experience and youth - but where are the women?
Channel 4 content boost results in £29m loss
Discussion: Media Week
Jenn Ettinger / Free Press:
New Free Press Report Shows How to Fix America's Broken Video Market
Wall Street Journal:
France Weighs New Tax to Fund Film, Music Industries
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Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
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Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
iTunes' recent growth shows content could be a big business for Apple
Discussion: Fortune and Business Insider
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