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4:20 AM ET, July 3, 2013


 Top News: 
David Sirota / Salon:
Meet the “Journalists Against Journalism” club!  —  The clique of media figures outraged when news outlets challenge power has a new member: Washington Post higher-ups  —  From David Gregory to Andrew Ross Sorkin to David Brooks, the ranks of Washington's hottest new club continues to swell.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post's Unbelievable Snowden Editorial
Wall Street Journal:   Snowden's Asylum Requests Draw Cold Responses
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple Said to Near Time Warner Cable Deal for TV Programs  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) is nearing a deal with Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) to give subscribers of the cable television service access to channels via Apple TV, people with knowledge of the negotiations said.
Walter Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Deal for TV stations casts shadow on Tribune's credit rating  —  Peter Liguori, chief executive of Tribune Co., which had its S&P overall assessment of business prospects rise to “satisfactory” from “fair.”  (Fox / Fox Broadcasting)  —  Tribune Co. went a full six months with unblemished credit.
Deborah Potter / NewsLab:
Salaries decline in local TV newsrooms  —  For the first time in four years, local TV news salaries have taken a dive.  The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University survey says pay was down on average by almost 2% in 2012.  If you factor in the rate of inflation, real wages were down by about 4%.
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
Viral video startup raising $20M round of funding  — has raised $8.3 million of an intended $20 million funding round.  — is a hot startup that offers live-streamed video services.  It was one of the first live streaming platforms and continues …
Sarah Darville / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Evening Edition looks to build beyond its simple model  —  Mule Design co-founder Mike Monteiro has never argued that Evening Edition — the five-stories-delivered-at-5 o'clock news roundup from Mule Design — is a complicated idea.  “Evening Edition is ridiculously, stupidly simple,” he told me.
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Pandora Cuts Direct Pub Deal With Universal Music Publishing (While Fighting Direct Pub Deals In Rate Court)  —  While Pandora is maneuvering to lower its music publishing rates, it has cut a short-term deal with Universal Music Publishing Group that according to sources would represent …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
YouTube renews Vevo deal, buys stake in company to keep music videos off Facebook  —  Google said today that it has renewed its agreement with Vevo, the music video distributor, keeping its popular programming on YouTube and preventing it from falling into the hands of its rivals.
Discussion: CNET and Billboard
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Buys Qwiki for About $50 Million  —  As AllThingsD reported two weeks ago that it was likely to do, Yahoo said it has bought Qwiki, the New York startup that makes an Apple iPhone app that allows users to turn photos, music and videos into short movies automatically.
Wall Street Journal:
Front-Runner Emerges for Time Inc. CEO  —  Michael Klingensmith, Who Was Time Inc. CFO, Stabilized Star Tribune  —  By - JOANN S. LUBLIN And - KEACH HAGEY -  —  Former Time Inc. Chief Financial Officer Michael Klingensmith is a leading contender to become chief executive of the magazine giant …
Miriam Gottfried / Wall Street Journal:
Liberty's Strategy Too Far Ahead of Its Time  —  Pay-TV looks ripe for some tie-ups.  And Liberty Media wants to be the one to cable it all together.  —  Liberty, helmed by Chairman John Malone, has been trying to interest Time Warner Cable in a merger with its 27%-owned cable interest, Charter Communications .
Fernando Alfonso III / Daily Dot:
The Reddit sleuths who brought down a meme empire  —  In June 2011, the biggest meme-generating forum on the Internet held elections.  The community's moderators had become overwhelmed with its runaway popularity.  Reddit's r/AdviceAnimals needed help.  They got it in the form of redditor gtw08, the eventual winner.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A buck ninety-nine: Esquire sells a new story online for the first time
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Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC Editorial Director Announces Departure Less Than Two Months After Promotion
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