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3:35 AM ET, June 12, 2013


 Top News: 
Christopher Harrison / The Hill:
Why Pandora bought an FM radio station  —  The internet isn't just the future of radio; it is radio.  Today, 70+ million Americans listen to Pandora, accounting for more than 7 percent of all U.S. radio listening.  Our Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive music analysis ever undertaken …
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Pandora Buys Terrestrial Radio Station in South Dakota, Aims for Lower ASCAP Royalties  —  Internet radio giant Pandora is taking an innovative route to lower ASCAP fees: The purchase of a small-market terrestrial radio station.  The company announced Tuesday it has purchased KXMZ-FM in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Investors Approve Breakup Plan  —  After years of being criticized by investors for his love of newspapers, News Corp. (NWS) Chairman Rupert Murdoch is now a step closer to cleaving off the declining publishing business.  —  Shareholders voted to approve the breakup plan …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. says no settlement with U.S. Department of Justice  —  News Corp. said Tuesday that it had not reached a settlement with U.S. officials over a corruption probe.  Members of the media surround former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, center, as she gets into a car …
Associated Press:
‘TV Everywhere’ mobile initiative still hasn't gotten there, executives admit  —  Comcast Corp. CEO Brian Roberts gestured as he spoke during The Cable Show 2013 convention in Washington on Tuesday.  —  WASHINGTON — TV was supposed to be everywhere by now — watchable anytime, anywhere, on your smartphone or tablet.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
The Best (And Worst) Cities for Newspapers  —  Pittsburgh Tops Highest Readership; Atlanta Takes Honor for Lowest  —  The percentage of daily print newspaper readers in the U.S. has fallen nearly 20% since 2001, according to research firm Scarborough.  But that drop has not been spread evenly …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Amir Efrati / Digits:
How Google Transfers Data To NSA  —  How does Google hand over data to the government?  By old-fashioned secure “file transfer protocol,” or FTP.  And sometimes even by hand.  —  That detail, which Google disclosed for the first time late Tuesday, contrasts with earlier reports that claimed …
Obama Schmoozes Reporters At Secret Meeting  —  The president popped into an off-the-record briefing with reporters Monday.  —  Image by Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama held an off-the-record meeting with select reporters from some of the nation's largest print …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Guardian US Eligible To Enter Pulitzer Competition  —  The Guardian has received well-deserved praise for its reporting on the NSA and surveillance, which has also led to ample coverage of The Guardian itself and journalist Glenn Greenwald.  —  On Sunday, HuffPost wrote how The Guardian's US operation …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Majority Views NSA Phone Tracking as Acceptable Anti-terror Tactic
Washington Post:
Investigators looking into how Snowden gained access at NSA
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
‘PBS NewsHour’ Plans Layoffs as It Closes Offices  —  WASHINGTON — The “PBS NewsHour,” the signature nightly newscast on public television, is planning its first significant round of layoffs in nearly two decades.  —  Facing a multimillion-dollar shortfall in the program's budget …
Discussion: Poynter, TVNewser and
Alastair Reid /
The Wire launches digital archive of all 350 issues  —  All 250,000 pages of the underground music magazine's history are available to subscribers through the publication's app  —  Copyright: By ValleeC on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.  —  Underground music magazine The Wire has made its entire …
Dolia Estevez / Forbes:
Mexican Billionaires Slim And Azcarraga Not Concerned With Impact Of New Anti-Monopoly Telecom Law  —  This week Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law a landmark telecommunications bill designed to boost competition in Mexico's phone and television industry.
Discussion: CNBC
Niki Kitsantonis / New York Times:
Greece Shutting Down State Broadcaster Net  —  In a surprise move that angered labor unions and its junior partners, the conservative-led coalition government said the station, Net, would stop broadcasting at midnight Tuesday.
Discussion: Eurovision.TV and RT
Tim Sohn / Mediashift:
How Newspapers Can Make Augmented Reality Sexy (and Profitable)  —  Want to stay current on media and technology from around the web?  Get MediaShift's Daily Must Reads in your in-box!  —  Publishers in the United States have been slow to embrace augmented reality (AR) …
Dish-Sprint Talks Said to Falter in Part Over Breakup Fee  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) demanded a $3 billion reverse breakup fee from Dish Network Corp. (DISH) during their merger talks, one of a series of disagreements that has kept them from reaching a deal, people familiar with the matter said.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Verge
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Sprint Ends Talks About Sale to Dish Network, Supports Softbank Bid
Discussion: GigaOM, Forbes and Reuters
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Al Jazeera America Interviews Finalists For President Role  —  Al Jazeera America is closing in on finding its president.  —  Last week, Ehab Al Shihabi (pictured left), the executive director of international operations for Al Jazeera and the senior executive in charge of developing Al Jazeera America …
Discussion: and Inside Cable News
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: Al Jazeera America to Launch Week of Aug. 24
Discussion: TVNewser and Los Angeles Times
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Ex-BBC chief recalled to face Commons questions over earlier DMI evidence  —  Mark Thompson told public accounts committee in 2011 that parts of content management system were ‘already working’  —  Mark Thompson, the former BBC director general, has been recalled to parliament over evidence …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC accused of misleading parliament over ‘catastrophic’ digital media project
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
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Richard Nieva / PandoDaily:
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Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Gawker Media is Relaunching Defamer
Discussion: Gawker and The Wrap
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Google's Not-So-Evil Plan To Lower Your Cable Bill
Discussion: Media Money …
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
The Rest of the World Will Have to Wait for Apple's iTunes Radio
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Judge in Manning Wikileaks trial rules crowdfunded stenographers should get permanent court access
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Kills Mac And PC Dedicated Nook Apps, Looks Like Part Of Larger Strategy Shift
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Parody site ‘Kochifies’ L.A. Times stories
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Google: video ads for news tripled last year, 2 in 5 bought ads for first time
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Majority of Media and Entertainment Revenue Will Come From Digital by 2015, Study Finds
Discussion: ZDNet and Los Angeles Times
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Day 5 of the Apple ebooks trial: Publishing execs testify; Rupert Murdoch's role
Discussion: New York Post
Anya Kamenetz / Fast Company:
How Upworthy Used Emotional Data To Become The Fastest Growing Media Site of All Time
Discussion: eMedia Vitals