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12:20 PM ET, May 8, 2014


 Top News: 
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Conservative think tank Heritage Foundation launches mobile-first news site Daily Signal aimed at younger audiences on June 3  —  Daily Signal: Heritage Foundation News Site Seeks Mainstream Impact  —  Last year the conservative Heritage Foundation had more influence on the direction …
Mary Hui / Poynter:
As China's control grows, Hong Kong media freedoms recede  —  They got him as he stepped out of his car one morning in February.  Wielding a meat-cleaver, Lau Chun-to's assailant hacked at his back and legs, then sped away on a motorbike with an accomplice.
Gillian Wong / Associated Press:
China detains veteran journalist for state secrets
Discussion: Amnesty International and Guardian
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The complicated and disputed mission of the Huffington Post, 9 years after launch  —  The Huffington Post, nine years on  —  On Friday, March 7, Peter Goodman was writing an email to Arianna Huffington during the last hour of his last day as her employee, when a team of workmen showed …
Brian Braiker / Digiday:
Andrew Sullivan on native ads: Journalism has surrendered  —  Journalist and blog entrepreneur Andrew Sullivan is not one to jump on bandwagons.  The outspoken political blogger left the Daily Beast nearly a year and a half ago to launch The Dish, his own subscription-driven news site.
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.
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Major brands inadvertently supporting sites with pirated video via automated ads  —  Illicit Websites Use Automated Ad-Buying Systems to Their Advantage  —  It's easy for websites to make a profit selling online advertising.  All they have to do is avoid paying for content.
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
Oyster, the Netflix of e-books, now offers more than 500,000 titles  —  Oyster, an iPhone and iPad app, said it now has more than 500,000 e-books in its catalog.  —  Oyster, an iPhone and iPad app that gives users unlimited access to its catalog of e-books for $9.95 per month …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Liberty Media Sets Spinoff of Charter Holdings into Separate Company  —  John Malone's Liberty Media announced plans to spin off its cable holdings, largely comprising its stake in Charter Communications, into a new publicly traded company called Liberty Broadband by the end of 2014.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter, Reuters and RTTNews
Associated Press:
Scripps Networks 1Q profit rises 19 pct  —  KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Scripps Networks Interactive Inc., which owns the cable channels HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel, said Thursday its first-quarter profit jumped 19 percent, helped by increases in revenue from both advertising and affiliate fees.
Anthony Crupi / Adweek:
NBCUniversal Strikes Gold With Megawatt Olympics Deal  —  In a surprise development, the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday announced that NBCUniversal has secured the media rights to the Olympic Games through 2032.  —  The agreement, which covers broadcast rights across all media platforms …
J.J. Colao / Forbes:
With 18 pending patents, Aereo's options in the case of a Supreme Court defeat are open  —  If Aereo Loses In The Supreme Court, Can It Rise Again?  —  Once voluble and full of irreverent talk, Chet Kanojia barely picks at his plate of cheese during lunch overlooking Dupont Circle in Washington …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
All3Media sold to Discovery and Liberty Global in deal worth £500m  —  Maker of Skins and Midsomer Murders bought by US media giants after an attempt to sell in 2011 failed  —  Skins and Midsomer Murders maker All3Media has been sold to US media giants Discovery and Liberty Global …
Discussion: Sky News, Prolific North and Televisual
Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
Marissa Mayer: Stop Asking If Yahoo Is a Tech or Media Company  —  In 2007, Apple CEO Steve Jobs visited Yahoo's headquarters and urged employees to decide once and for all whether it wanted to be a media company or a technology company.  —  Yahoo's identity crisis, if you want to call it that …
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 …
ABC's Australia Network faces the axe, but severing contract will incur costs  —  There will be costs incurred unwinding agreements and the Coalition will have to legislate if it wants to offer a new tender  —  The ABC will lose its Australia Network contract next week …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Yahoo News Digest arrives on Android and launches an international edition  —  Four months after bringing its unconventional news app to iOS, Yahoo News Digest arrives on Android today along with international editions that bring a global perspective to currents.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Some news sites cracking down on over-the-top comments  —  Attention, reader comment-board trolls: News sites are getting tough on your crude, your rude and your sometimes lewd postings.  —  Faced with the unbounded id of anonymous readers who can't resist posting nasty comments under online articles …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks's PA gave her a false alibi, phone-hacking trial told  —  Cheryl Carter accused of lying to police about News International chief's presence in office on day notebooks were removed  —  Rebekah Brooks's PA gave the former News International chief executive a false alibi …
Discussion: TheAustralian, Guardian, BBC and
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
Beyond responsive: three mobile website design tricks becoming trends  —  The Los Angeles Times has a new-look website: a responsively designed effort from the same chaps behind sites for The Verge, Hearst and Mashable.  —  But apart from being mobile-friendly in its responsiveness …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Dish Network Q1 revenue rose 6.5% to $3.59B, adds subscribers amid pay TV slump  —  Dish Adds Subs in First Quarter, Earnings Drop  —  UPDATED: The satellite TV giant, led by chairman Charlie Ergen, reported higher quarterly revenue.  —  Dish Network on Thursday reported lower …
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 More News: 
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Channel 4 cuts executives' bonuses as it reports £15m loss
Discussion: MediaTel and Prolific North
Federico Mastrogiovanni / VICE News:
Photo Auction Raises Money for Another Murdered Mexican Journalist
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
College newspapers are following students online, but will revenue come along, too?
Kevin Downey /
ConnecTV Shifts Focus To Video Clip Sharing
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Reinventing the internet: What if AMC took the plunge and unbundled from cable?
Discussion: @dkthomp
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers get creative with an à la carte approach to digital media
 Earlier Picks: 
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
EndlessTV Serves Up Free Web Video to Your Phone, Minus the Ads. How Long Can That Last?
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
TuneIn relaunches with a big focus on social to become the Twitter of radio
Dorothy Pomerantz / Forbes:
Nielsen Is About To Help Programmers Profit From Your Online TV Viewing
Discussion: @forbestech
Erin McCarthy / Wall Street Journal:
Pandora tests Promoted Stations native ad product with 10% of users
Discussion: The Next Web