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2:25 PM ET, May 24, 2013


 Top News: 
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Eric Holder versus journalism  —  After AG signed off on warrant granting DOJ access to reporter's email, the question now is: Will Obama let him go?  —  Attorney General Eric Holder personally signed off on the warrant naming Fox News journalist James Rosen a “possible co-conspirator” …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Fox News CEO Roger Ailes blasts administration, praises his team  —  Roger Ailes fired back at the Justice Department.  —  Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes sent a memo to the channel's staff critical of the Obama administration in the wake of revelations that the Justice Department was probing phone …
Leonard Downie Jr / Washington Post:   Leonard Downie: Obama's war on leaks undermines investigative journalism
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Obama: Leak Investigations Could ‘Chill Investigative Journalism’
KKR, Silver Lake Said to Join Bidding for Hulu Online Video Site  —  Hulu Said to Get Bid From KKR, Silver Lake  —  KKR & Co. (KKR) and Silver Lake Management LLC have made separate bids for Hulu LLC, according to people with knowledge of the situation.  —  Silver Lake is working …
Discussion: The Next Web and Variety
Gavriel Hollander / Press Gazette:
Sun and ITV defend ‘public interest’ in broadcasting Woolwich terror video which Sky News judged too ‘distressing’  —  News organisations have defended their decisions to broadcast controversial video footage shot in the immediate aftermath of the Woolwich terror attack.
David Banks / Guardian:   Woolwich attack footage will stir debate over contempt laws
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Publishing Unit Gets $500 Million Buyback Fund  —  News Corp. (NWSA) said its publishing division, which will become a separate company in June, will start out with a $500 million fund to repurchase stock.  —  The board authorized News Corp.'s split into two companies …
News Corp to split in two on 28 June
Discussion: The Next Web
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
BBC axes £98m technology project to avoid ‘throwing good money after bad’  —  Independent investigation launched after Digital Media Initiative, which aimed to digitise archive, results in catalogue of errors  —  The BBC has admitted that it has wasted almost £100m on a technology project …
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and PressGazette
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Judge says leaning toward U.S. in Apple e-books case  —  (Reuters) - In an unusual move before a trial, a federal judge expressed a tentative view that the U.S. Justice Department will be able to show evidence that Apple Inc engaged in a conspiracy with publishers to increase e-book prices.
James Legge / The Independent:
Twitter libel: Sally Bercow's tweet about Lord McAlpine ruled libellous  —  Sally Bercow says she is “surprised and disappointed” by the High Court ruling that her tweet about Tory peer Lord McAlpine was libellous.  The tweet - which read: “Why is Lord McAlpine trending?
Discussion: Bloomberg, Agence France Presse and BBC
The Lens:
A year after Times-Picayune announced cutbacks, news habits changing in New Orleans  —  A year ago today, news leaked that The Times-Picayune would cease daily publication, cut staff and focus on its website,  The paper and ink edition now hits doorsteps and newsstands just three days a week: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Discussion: Poynter
ITV News Twitter account hacked by Syrian Electronic Army  —  (Reuters) - British broadcaster ITV on Friday became the latest media outlet to have one of its Twitter feeds hacked by anonymous supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, just days after Twitter beefed up security to prevent such attacks.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Telegraph cements place as only profitable mainstream ‘quality’ national with £58.4m surplus for 2012  —  Telegraph Media Group has claimed a slight improvement in operating profit for 2012 despite a marginal fall in turnover.  —  The publisher of the Telegraph print titles …
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
With downloads dwindling, music publishers throw a roadblock into Apple's iRadio plans  —  Streaming services, such as Pandora and Spotify, aren't as profitable for music publishers.  They want to change that.  —  For years, when it came to driving negotiations with internet music services over licensing …
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Arif Durrani / Media Week:
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
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Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Discovery to Launch ‘TestTube’ Online Video Network
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Top Politico Reporter Joins The New York Times