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12:10 PM ET, July 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Campaign Ad Cash Lures Buyers to Swing-State TV Stations  —  When Allbritton, the media company that owns Politico, put its seven television stations up for sale this spring, analysts quickly singled out one as the most attractive: WJLA, the company's ABC-affiliated station in Washington …
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Thomson Reuters to Suspend Early Peeks at Key Index  —  Over the last several years, an exclusive group of investors has paid a steep premium to receive the results of a closely watched economic survey a full two seconds before its broader release.  Those two seconds can mean millions …
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Village Voice Taps Tom Finkel for Editor  —  Former Riverfront Times editor tasked with revitalizing troubled alt-weekly  —  Tom Finkel will take the reins of struggling alt-weekly the Village Voice, the Voice Media Group said Monday.  —  Finkel comes to the New York publication …
Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
Not pretty, but profitable: Wall St Cheat Sheet writes its own rules for new media  —  The Wall St Cheat Sheet looks like a throwback to an almost-obsolete Internet media era.  Banners are dead?  Not here.  The site has two on each page, along with three square ad units, a skypscraper …
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and The Week
Daniel Ellsberg / Washington Post:
Snowden made the right call when he fled the U.S.  —  Many people compare Edward Snowden to me unfavorably for leaving the country and seeking asylum, rather than facing trial as I did.  I don't agree.  The country I stayed in was a different America, a long time ago.
Jack Shafer:
In praise of tabloid TV  —  Allow me to defend cable TV's extended live coverage of the George Zimmerman murder trial, even though I've not watched a second of it, nor have I tuned in to any of the nightly rehashes aired on CNN, HLN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel.
Discussion: @ravisomaiya
Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Egypt's New Leaders Press Media to Muzzle Dissent  —  CAIRO — As soldiers and policemen opened fire on supporters of President Mohamed Morsi outside an army officers' club on Friday, killing at least four people, one of Egypt's state television channels broadcast a religious show that advised viewers to respect the elderly.
Ken Yeung / The Next Web:
Inside YouTube's massive LA studio where it hopes to foster content that will rival television and cable  —  The Internet is certainly a magical place and has become the place to share information with everyone.  YouTube has been one of the preeminent services to help people express themselves.
Discussion: ClickZ
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
DirecTV among pay-TV distributors seeking over the top rights  —  Some of the nation's biggest pay-TV distributors are seeking to secure so-called over-the-top, or OTT, rights from programmers, according to several industry executives.  —  The efforts, if successful, could ultimately clear …
Discussion: The Verge
Sarah Young / Reuters:
App developer Shazam gets $40 mln backing from tycoon Carlos Slim  —  (Reuters) - Smartphone app developer Shazam has found an unlikely ally in the form of Carlos Slim, one of the world's richest men, who is investing $40 million to back the development of the start-up best known for helping music fans identify catchy songs.
Associated Press:
Newseum draws visitors but loses money; Officials reorganize education programs  —  Most museums have been struggling in recent years since the Great Recession, Ellis said.  Many are contending with rising expenses and must find ways to increase revenue.  —  As part of its reorganization …
Discussion: Poynter
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