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5:25 PM ET, June 5, 2013


 Top News: 
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Keith Olbermann Returning to TV on Turner (Exclusive)  —  The former Current and MSNBC anchor will lead TBS' studio coverage of the Major League Baseball postseason.  —  After a messy public breakup with his last employer resulted in a $50 million lawsuit, Keith Olbermann will return …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Washington Post to phase in a paid online subscription model  —  The Washington Post will phase in a paid online subscription model for Web content starting June 12, charging some readers $9.99 a month for access to more than 20 articles a month on desktop and mobile devices.
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
Watch out, watchdogs  —  GOP-led Wisconsin legislature moves to push investigative journalists off campus  —  DETROIT, MI — At the conclusion of a marathon overnight session, Wisconsin legislators early this morning added a provision to the state budget that would expel the Wisconsin Center …
Discussion: JSOnline and
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Met police officer jailed for selling celebrity tip-offs to the Sun  —  Paul Flattley made £7,600 from providing information about stars including Kate Middleton and Zara Phillips to the red-top  —  A former Metropolitan police officer who had access to private information …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Rebekah Brooks Pleads Not Guilty to Phone-Hacking, Corruption Charges  —  The former CEO of News International, the U.K. publishing arm of News Corp., appeared in a London court along with nine other defendants, including husband Charlie.  —  LONDON - Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News International …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
The CIA Invests in Narrative Science and Its Automated Writers  —  Narrative Science has already proven that its robot writers can make sentences that are good enough for newspapers and internal company reports.  Now they're going to work for the CIA.  —  The Chicago-based startup …
Wall Street Journal:
Koch Eyeing Potentially Profitable Newspapers  —  WICHITA, Kan.-Charles Koch confirmed that his company, Koch Industries Inc., is looking into the possibility of acquiring newspapers, but he said it would do so only if he believed they could be operated profitably.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Bloomberg Begins Fund to Invest in Start-Ups  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the increasingly clubby world of Silicon Valley, some might say it was almost inevitable that Bloomberg L.P., the parent of Bloomberg News, would start its own venture capital firm to invest in start-ups, including some that its technology reporters write about.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
EIC Kerry Lauerman to exit  —  Kerry Lauerman, the editor-in-chief of, is leaving the website after thirteen years to partner with Lerer Ventures on a new start-up, POLITICO has learned.  —  Lauerman's start-up, a ‘content and commerce’ site, is expected to launch this fall …
David Dishneau and Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Bradley Manning Trial Characterized By Secrecy, Security  —  FORT MEADE, Md. — Pfc. Bradley Manning's court-martial over the leak of hundreds of thousands of classified documents has been all about secrecy and security, and his trial has taken on a cloak and dagger feel, too.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Bradley Manning Trial Mostly Ignored By TV
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon Wireless Pads NFL Deal  —  Multiyear, $1 Billion Deal Will Give Customers Access to Local Games on Phones  —  Verizon Wireless will pay $1 billion for rights to air more NFL games over its customers' smartphones, placing a big bet on changing viewer habits as Americans watch …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Global spending for media and entertainment to rise steadily  —  PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that global spending for media and entertainment will reach $2.2 trillion in 2017, compared with $1.6 trillion in 2012.  —  Digital media ¿ fueled by the expansion in ownership …
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Reader-funded journalism  —  This model is vital in sustaining real journalism: it fosters independence, invests readers in the work that is done, and keeps journalists accountable to individuals  —  Many news outlets around the world, in the age of the internet, have struggled to find …
Turkey police detain protesters over ‘libellous’ tweets  —  Turkey police detained at least 25 people early on Wednesday in the western city of Izmir for tweeting ‘misinformation,’ state-run Anatolia news agency reported, as anti-government protests raged for a sixth day across the country.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Paywalls or No Paywalls, Newspaper Revenue Declines Seen Through 2017  —  Total Revenue Expected to Keep Declining Over the Next Four Years  —  Despite the promise of online paywalls and gains in digital readers, newspapers' total revenue will continue to decline through at least 2017, a new report said.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and eMedia Vitals
Steve Donohue / FierceCable:
Britt: Time Warner Cable talking to Apple, Microsoft, Samsung about streaming video deals  —  Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) is talking to Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Samsung about streaming video deals similar to its pact with Roku, CEO Glenn Britt said Tuesday at an investor conference in London.
Ruma Paul / Reuters:
Bangladesh lifts ban on YouTube, blocked after anti-Islam film  —  (Reuters) - Bangladesh on Wednesday lifted a ban on video-sharing site YouTube which has been blocked since September after an online anti-Islam movie spawned violent protests across the Muslim world.
Discussion: YouTube News
Brian Womack / Bloomberg:
Google's YouTube Triples Mobile Sales Amid Wireless Shift  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube has tripled advertising sales on mobile devices in the past six months, the company said, contributing as much as $350 million to the video-sharing website's revenue.  —  About a quarter of YouTube's 1 billion global users …
Discussion: paidContent
Jim Romenesko:
China surpasses India to become the world's biggest newspaper market  —  Since 2008 circulation in America has fallen by 15% to 41 million while advertising revenue has plummeted by 42%, accounting for three-quarters of the global decline in advertising revenue in the same period.
Discussion: Economist
British booksellers seek Amazon curb  —  Booksellers Association calls for government action after France pledges €9m of funding to help its booksellers  —  British bookshops are pleading with the government to stand up for them against Amazon after France pledged €9m (£7.7m) …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
UK Police Launch Campaign to Shut Down Torrent Sites  —  Authorities and entertainment industry companies in the UK are working together on a new initiative which targets sites said to be offering copyrighted material without permission, TorrentFreak has learned.
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
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Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
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Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
Wochit's DIY newsroom platform attracts $4.75M, former Reuters executive as CEO
Sky News Australia:
New News Corp boss optimistic on print
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
BBC Digital Media Initiative project doomed to failure, Lord Patten was told
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Palestinian press centre opens to provide “haven of neutrality”
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