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4:35 PM ET, May 8, 2014


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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 …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Heritage Foundation's news site doesn't have ad or traffic constraints
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and @kagrox
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.
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: Guardian and Amnesty International
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Another FCC commissioner asks Tom Wheeler to delay net neutrality vote  —  Not long after FCC Commissioner Jennifer Rosenworcel asked agency chair Tom Wheeler to delay bringing his controversial net neutrality proposal to the table next week, another commissioner has also come out against the plan.
Discussion: Engadget and Techdirt
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Amazon, Netflix and tech giants defend net neutrality in letter to FCC
William Alden / New York Times:
YouTube Founders to Sell Delicious, a Social Bookmarking Site  —  The social bookmarking service Delicious has changed hands twice over the last decade, while failing to attract a mainstream audience.  —  Now it is being sold again.  Science Inc., a technology investment and advisory firm run …
Alastair Reid /
BBC to launch daily infographics shared on social media  —  Online visual journalism and social media are playing an increasing role in how the BBC is looking to experiment digitally  —  The BBC is to launch daily infographics distributed on social media as part of continued experimentation …
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 …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Muve Music Service Is Said to Be Up for Sale by AT&T  —  One of the most successful music subscription services in the United States may be up for grabs.  —  Muve Music, which is connected to Cricket Wireless, a prepaid wireless phone carrier, will be discontinued by AT&T …
Discussion: Gigaom, Billboard, Light Reading and hypebot
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 …
Discussion: Lost Remote
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Reporter offered pre-IPO shares by Arista Networks, considers it another sign of a tech bubble  —  Yes, we're in a tech bubble.  Here's how I know it  —  When tech startups are willing to offer almost anyone — even a journalist — shares ahead of an I.P.O., a burst isn't terribly far behind.
Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Egypt's el-Sissi tells media not to push freedoms  —  You are here  —  Home » Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi » Egypt's el-Sissi tells media not to push freedoms  —  CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top presidential candidate, the former military chief, warned newspaper editors not to press issues …
ABC News:
Australian journalist covering press freedom deported from Myanmar for lacking visa  —  Myanmar Deports Australian Journalist  —  Authorities in Myanmar said Thursday they have deported an Australian video journalist for covering a press freedom rally without a proper visa.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Quentin Tarantino Withdraws Lawsuit Against Gawker Over ‘Hateful Eight’ Leak (Exclusive)  —  The sudden reversal comes a week after the director filed a second complaint against the site.  —  Quentin Tarantino is sheathing his sword.  At least for the moment.
Discussion: Variety, Plagiarism Today and UPROXX
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
US House antitrust panel questions Comcast and TWC execs, hears from merger critics like Cogent, RFD-TV  —  Industry Executives Say Cable Merger Would Hinder Choice  —  WASHINGTON — Executives from Comcast and Time Warner Cable faced vigorous opposition to their proposed merger on Thursday …
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.
Tom Hals / Reuters:
LightSquared wins key ruling over debt held by Dish's Ergen  —  A bankruptcy judge on Thursday ruled to subordinate part of Charles Ergen's $1 billion loan debt claim in the bankruptcy wireless venture LightSquared.  —  Ergen, who is also chairman of Dish Network Corp, is LightSquared's largest creditor.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing takes full ownership of MCT news services  —  Tribune Publishing has acquired McClatchy Company's 50 percent stake in McClatchy-Tribune Information Services (MCT), giving it full ownership of the news and information business, the companies announced Thursday.
Discussion: Poynter and JIMROMENESKO.COM
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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