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8:20 PM ET, May 7, 2014


 Top News: 
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’  —  MOSCOW — Russia has taken another major step toward restricting its once freewheeling Internet, as President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government, a measure that lawyers …
Olga Razumovskaya / Wall Street Journal:
Putin Signs Law to Restrict ‘Foul Language’ in Books, on Stage and in Film
Discussion: CNN, Slate, Telegraph, The Wrap and Mediaite
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Amazon, Netflix and tech giants defend net neutrality in letter to FCC  —  In a rare public stand for the internet retailer, Amazon has come out against the Federal Communications Commission's purported plan to bifurcate the internet into faster and slow lanes as part of its new network neutrality rules.
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Protesters set up camp at net neutrality rally outside FCC headquarters  —  Occupy-style protest against proposed ‘open internet’ rules that protesters say will give control of the web to major corporations  —  Protesters set up camp outside the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) …
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Jet Magazine to Shift to Digital Publishing Next Month  —  Jet, the pioneering African-American weekly magazine that rose to prominence covering the civil rights movement, is expected to announce Wednesday morning that it will no longer publish a regular print edition, the latest in a growing list …
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Fox News Just Unsettled Its $8 Million Hush-Money Settlement  —  Remember Brian Lewis, the former vice president of media relations for Fox News and even more former confidante of Fox News president Roger Ailes?  This past November, Fox paid approximately $8 million in hush money to settle …
Exclusive: investor Gannett mulls bid for entire company: sources  —  (Reuters) - Gannett Co Inc (GCI.N), one of the newspaper owners of, is exploring a bid for all of the auto sales website and has discussed teaming up with private equity firms in a deal that could reach $3 billion …
Discussion: Talking New Media
Joe Lucia / Awful Announcing:
MLB is urging iTunes to pull team-related podcasts (UPDATE)  —  In one of the more disappointing things we've seen out of them lately, MLB is reportedly requesting that iTunes pull several team-related podcasts from their service.  Among the affected podcasts are Twins podcast Gleeman and the Geek …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Daily Mail pays ‘substantial damages’ and apologises to JK Rowling  —  The Daily Mail carries an apology today to the author JK Rowling in which it states that it has paid her substantial damages over an article that claimed she had told a misleading “sob story.”
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans.  That's far fewer than even a decade ago.  —  A majority of American journalists identify themselves as political independents although among those who choose a side Democrats outnumber Republicans four to one, according to a new study …
Press Gazette:
Hacking trial summing up: ‘Who polices the journalists?  No Mrs Brooks[’  —  Jurors in the phone-hacking trial were today told to consider who knew about the “rotten state of affairs” that went to the top of the News of the World.  —  Former editors Rebekah Brooks (pictured above: Reuters) …
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Why Alibaba's IPO Matters to Hollywood  —  As China's e-commerce giant seeks a $150 billion flotation it is building an array of video and internet options and moving upstream into content.  —  Asia Bureau Chief  —  HONG KONG — The proposed share sale in the US of Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba …
Discussion: AdAge, Forbes and Hollywood Reporter
IOC awards Olympic Games broadcast rights to NBCUniversal through to 2032  —  Agreement ensures the long-term financial security of the Olympic Movement  —  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday awarded NBCUniversal (NBCU) the broadcast rights in the USA for the Olympic Games through to 2032.
Londn Evening Standard:
BBC Trust scandals may scare off new chair candidates, MP warns  —  The Government may struggle to persuade a strong enough candidate to head the BBC Trust after the wave of scandals that have hit the corporation, a senior MP warned today.  —  “You only have to look at Chris Patten's experiences …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
EndlessTV Serves Up Free Web Video to Your Phone, Minus the Ads.  How Long Can That Last?  —  Lots of people are trying to figure out ways to help people “discover” digital video, and lots of them don't work because they don't solve a real problem: Most folks have no trouble “discovering” video on their own.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Reinventing the internet: What if AMC took the plunge and unbundled from cable?  —  There's been much speculation about the possibility that HBO could one day directly compete with Netflix by offering consumers a way to subscribe to its HBO Go service without signing up for cable.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
TuneIn relaunches with a big focus on social to become the Twitter of radio  —  Streaming radio aggregator TuneIn relaunched its mobile apps and website Wednesday, introducing a Twitter-like follower model and adding new ways for podcasters, radio staions and brands to reach an audience.
Dorothy Pomerantz / Forbes:
Nielsen Is About To Help Programmers Profit From Your Online TV Viewing  —  For all the talk of a “golden age” of television, traditional TV networks have a big problem, and Mitch Barns, the new CEO of audience-measurement company Nielsen, thinks he can fix it.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers get creative with an à la carte approach to digital media  —  The all-you-can-eat approach to digital media is going away in favor of a la carte.  —  Consider Facebook.  It launched Facebook Messenger and Paper as standalone apps following its acquisition of Instagram.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
College newspapers are following students online, but will revenue come along, too?  —  Late last month, The Columbia Daily Spectator at Columbia University announced a big change, Peter Sterne reported in Capital New York.  The publication would still update its website daily …
Kevin Downey /
ConnecTV Shifts Focus To Video Clip Sharing  —  ConnecTV moves from its original social media app function to video clip sharing, selling advertising and offering video clips that link to stations' websites and YouTube channels.  It may be facing competition from Shazam …
Peter Suciu / Fortune:
Can Netflix kill cable TV if it's part of it?  —  The streaming TV company has always been portrayed as a television-killer.  In the wake of several deals to put its service on cable boxes, the reality is more complicated.  —  FORTUNE — Streaming television services such as Netflix (NFLX) …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
American Cable Association appeals to FCC after Viacom blocks its own websites in carriage dispute  —  Polka: Viacom's ‘Retaliatory’ Web Move Raises Openness Issues  —  Criticizes blocking move's affect on ACA's smaller operator members  —  American Cable Association president Matt Polka …
Ben Fischer / New York Business Journal:
BuzzFeed chairman Ken Lerer pledges independence, says IPO is a possibility  —  BuzzFeed Chairman Ken Lerer said Tuesday the growing media powerhouse won't sell itself and strongly hinted at an initial public offering one day, while not exactly denying recent reports of failed acquisition talks with The Walt Disney Co.
Discussion: @mjenkins and TechCrunch
Anna Prior / Wall Street Journal:
21st Century Fox Q3: net income $1.05B, 12% revenue increase on cable growth and Super Bowl  —  21st Century Fox reports a better-than-seen increase in revenue, helped by the Super Bowl.  —  21st Century Fox reported a better-than-expected 12% increase in third-quarter revenue …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Publisher ‘DRMs’ Physical Legal Textbook About ‘Property,’ Undermines Property And First Sale Concepts  —  We've talked in the past about just how badly certain industries would love to expand the restrictions created by DRM onto physical goods.  And that's because, unlike what copyright system defenders …
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Erin McCarthy / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: The Next Web
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Alexander Zaitchik / Salon:
Stephen Colbert won't save us, “Game of Thrones” is not that good: This “golden age” of TV is a big sham
Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
ITV is sitting pretty, but problems lurk
Discussion: Bloomberg
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Here are the BBC's plans for the first ‘24/7 World Cup’
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Brian Lowry / Variety:
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Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Virgin Media returns to revenue growth with 15,000 new TV customers
Elon Green / Salon:
Bloomberg News' hack nightmare: Why did it “double down” with Halperin & Heilemann?
Discussion: The Huffington Post