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5:50 AM ET, May 8, 2014


 Top News: 
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.
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
Two FCC Commissioners ask Wheeler to delay net neutrality proposal, but Wheeler doesn't budge  —  Democratic FCC Commissioners Ask Wheeler to Slow Down Net Neutrality Proposal  —  Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler may have just hit a snag in rushing his net neutrality proposal …
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 …
Discussion: Talking New Media
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.
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 à la carte.  —  Consider Facebook.  It launched Facebook Messenger and Paper as standalone apps following its acquisition of Instagram.
Federico Mastrogiovanni / VICE News:
Photo Auction Raises Money for Another Murdered Mexican Journalist  —  Applause and hoots of laughter can be heard from the steep stairs that lead up to the small room at the Gimnasio de Arte Cultural Center in Mexico City, where an auction to benefit the family of murdered journalist “Goyo” Jiménez is taking place.
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 …
Fairfax staff vote to end strike over job cuts  —  Employees of The Age and Sydney Morning Herald have voted to go back to work after walking off the job on Wednesday following the announcement of job cuts.  —  Fairfax announced plans to cut 80 jobs from the photography, editorial and Life magazine divisions in Melbourne and Sydney.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Heritage Foundation to launch news service  —  The Heritage Foundation, a powerful right-wing think tank, is planning to launch a new news service that will cater to a conservative audience, sources familiar with the organization's plans told POLITICO on Wednesday.
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.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: @dkthomp
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: @forbestech
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV Working With Goldman, Advisers on Possible AT&T Deal  —  Move Is Sign Satellite Broadcaster Serious About Combination  —  DirecTV is working with advisers including Goldman Sachs to evaluate a possible combination with AT&T Inc., people familiar with the matter said …
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) …
Discussion: Guardian
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