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3:25 AM ET, June 14, 2013


 Top News: 
Nikki Finke /
News Corp's Rupert Murdoch Files For Divorce Which Won't Affect News Corp Split  —  EXCLUSIVE 9 AM, 4TH UPDATE 11 AM WRITETHRU (new details): News Corp Chairman/CEO Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from wife Wendi Deng Murdoch this morning in New York State Supreme Court, Deadline learned at 9 AM.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
David DeVoe to Retire from News Corp.  —  David DeVoe, CFO of News Corporation, will retire from the company after it splits, on June 28.  He will retain his seat on News Corp.'s board of directors, a spot he has held since 1990.  —  Succeeding DeVoe is John Nallen, who will be named senior executive VP …
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Largest Newspaper Owner In Nation Apparently Doesn't Want To Be In Newspaper Business  —  Gannett, which owns the USA Today, Detroit Free Press and 80 other daily newspapers, spent $2.2 billion to buy a TV station company Thursday.  Gannett now owns 43 TV stations and gets more revenue from broadcasting than newspapers.
Discussion: Businessweek, Gannett Blog and GeekWire
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Gannett's deal for Belo worries media watchdogs
Saabira Chaudhuri / Wall Street Journal:
Gannett Expands TV Portfolio With $1.5 Billion Deal for Belo
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Two Ex-Interns Sue Condé Nast Over Wages  —  Two former interns filed a lawsuit against Condé Nast on Thursday, saying the company failed to pay them minimum wage at their summer jobs at W Magazine and The New Yorker, and asked that it be approved as a class-action suit.
Discussion: Poynter
Dan Froomkin / Columbia Journalism Review:
The case for a secrecy beat  —  The press has a major role to play in fostering the debate on transparency that the nation needs  —  Despite the recent blockbuster leaks about spying on the phone records of millions of Americans, and President Obama's stated willingness to discuss the issues they raise …
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predict ‘massive implosion’ in film industry  —  Movie theaters may be left behind for the living room  —  George Lucas and Steven Spielberg think the film industry is heading towards a cliff.  The pair behind some of the most successful franchises …
Ed Christman / Hollywood Reporter:
BMI Files Suit Against Pandora  —  Broadcast Music Inc. is seeking a determination of rates for a blanket license for all music played on the streaming service.  —  BMI, Broadcast Music Inc., today filed suit at the U.S. Southern District Federal Court in New York, seeking a determination …
Michael Carney / PandoDaily:
Sources: DirecTV will acquire Hulu by month's end, and why the deal makes sense  —  Several sources with knowledge of the ongoing Hulu acquisition talks tell PandoDaily that a deal is imminent and that DirecTV is the likely victor.  The acquisition price will be written with a “B,” according to our sources, but just barely.
Discussion: Gizmodo, BGR and Home Media Magazine
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Pandora competitor Rdio chases Spotify into Asian markets  —  Music streaming service Rdio said Thursday it has launched in Malaysia, Hong Kong and other new markets.  (Rdio)  —  Music streaming service Rdio, which competes with Spotify and Pandora, is launching in seven new territories, including Hong Kong and Malaysia.
Discussion: SlashGear, The Next Web and WebProNews
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple's Cue Says Publishers Pushed for Higher E-Book Prices  —  Just days after introducing Apple's new iTunes Radio streaming music service at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Eddy Cue — Apple's senior VP for Internet services and software, and its master dealmaker …
Paul Sloan / CNET:
Yes, iTunes Radio could crush Pandora.  But that's just for starters  —  Apple might seem late to the streaming music word, but, really, the digital music revolution is just getting going.  —  Eddy Cue unveiling iTunes Radio  —  iTunes chief Eddy Cue unveiled Apple's iTunes Radio …
Discussion: Forbes and ZDNet
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Boxee Wants a Big Round or a Buyer  —  Boxee wants some help.  —  The Web TV startup would like to raise a big investment round, or find a buyer.  It has been looking for cash or an exit since February, when it hired media banker Allen & Co., according to people familiar with the company.
BBC condemns Iran over ‘harassment’ ahead of elections  —  The BBC has condemned “unprecedented levels of intimidation” of BBC employees' families by Iran ahead of its Friday's presidential elections.  —  It said Iran had warned the families of 15 BBC Persian Service staff that they must stop working …
Peter Sterne / The New York Observer:
CNN Lets Readers Play Editor  —  Earlier this week, CNN columnist John D. Sutter asked his readers to tell him which topics to cover.  He posted an online poll with twenty stories and promised to report on the five stories that received the most votes.  —  “We're asking the audience …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Greek state TV switched back on as European broadcasters step in  —  ERT feed taken from studio and retransmitted into Greek homes over prepaid satellite link by EBU  —  Greek state TV broadcasts were dramatically switched on again on Thursday after broadcasters across Europe stepped in to try …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
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Sam Thielman / Adweek:
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Discussion: VentureBeat
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: Deadspin and New York Times
The Huffington Post:
ABC News Will Return To State Court
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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