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10:00 AM ET, June 4, 2014


 Top News: 
Joseph Weber / Washington Post:
Chinese journalists are beginning to fight their government's censorship  —  Given a chance, many would write about the Tiananmen Massacre 25 years ago this week.  —  China's effort to choke dissent didn't begin 25 years ago Wednesday with the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Rose Powell / Sydney Morning Herald:
Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary: China chokes Google, social chatter  —  Chinese citizens are facing an even tougher internet firewall as the ruling Communist party tries to enforce silence and amnesia on a seething nation striving to grieve and commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Nags Another New Partner, Blaming Verizon for Slow Streams  —  Earlier this year Netflix signed a Web traffic deal with Comcast, then complained about it.  —  Here's a new version of the story: In April, Netflix signed a Web traffic deal with Verizon.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN to double digital politics staff for 2016  —  Ed O'Keefe was recently hired by CNN to boost the network's digital coverage of politics, a task he's not going to undertake alone.  —  “If you're a top talent in D.C., expect to get a call from CNN politics,” says the 36-year-old O'Keefe …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Phone-hacking trial: jury told not to be ‘dazzled’ by defendants' lifestyle  —  Judge sums up in trial of Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and others, saying ‘no one is so powerful they can ignore the law’  —  The jury in the phone-hacking trial has been told not to envy the lifestyle enjoyed …
Discussion: @lisaocarroll and @robindbrant
Peter Y. Hong / LA Weekly:
At LA Times, Dean Baquet sought out stories that had been killed and resurrected them  —  At the L.A. Times, Dean Baquet Dispatched a Strike Force to Rescue Stories Held Hostage  —  In 2000, a few months after Dean Baquet became managing editor of the Los Angeles Times …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
AT&T Says Bulking Up With DirecTV Will Help It Squash Programming Costs  —  The guys who sell you pay TV say they wish they didn't have to keep raising your rates.  It's just that the guys selling pay-TV programming keep raising their rates.  —  In theory, one way to stop or slow those hikes …
Nate Rau /
DOJ opens review of ASCAP, BMI consent decrees  —  The Department of Justice is conducting a review of the consent decree governing the nation's largest performance rights organizations, a critical development amid the ongoing debate over copyright reform.  —  ASCAP last had its consent decree …
Marwaan Macan-Markar / Nikkei Asian Review:
Thai coup darkens dawn of digital TV  —  BANGKOK — Gleaming new television studios across Bangkok were preparing to unveil a slew of fresh programs to launch Thailand's digital broadcasting age.  The big day was May 25, when 24 commercial stations, which had invested billions of baht …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Gov't Tries And Fails To Hide Details Of GHCQ/Telecoms Tapping Fiber Lines  —  Apparently, the UK government worked very hard to get the Guardian and others not to publish certain details about how GCHQ (and NSA) tap certain underwater cables that connect the internet around the globe …
Discussion: The Register and @csoghoian
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Why 'C7′ Won't Become TV's Standard This Year (And Maybe Not Even Next)  —  Analysis: Time-shifted viewers have value, but not to everyone  —  Does all of Madison Avenue believe in the value of TV viewers who see commercials up to a week after their initial run date, or is that interest found only in a few houses on the street?
Discussion: AdAge
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
People Magazine Sheds About a Dozen, All You Publisher Exits  —  People magazine lost roughly a dozen staff members to layoffs and buyouts last week, according to people familiar with the matter.  The departures come just before Time Inc., owner of People, starts to trade independently of Time Warner on Monday, June 9.
Discussion: MediaWire Daily and FishbowlNY, Thanks:@msebastian
Ian Griggs / MediaWeek:
Four of ‘The Unquiet Film Series’ released today, depicting the values of The Times newspapers  —  Times newspapers launch film series starring writers including Caitlin Moran  —  The Times and The Sunday Times have given a selection of independent film-makers access to its staff …
Discussion: @raju, Co.Create and The Drum
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Hungarian media tax threatens press freedom, says newspaper editor  —  Media companies in Hungary are alarmed by a proposal to impose a tax on advertising revenues, arguing that it threatens press freedom.  —  It would tax annual ad revenues in several bands, rising to a maximum rate of 40% on revenues above about £50m.
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Discussion: Guardian
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
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Alex Hern / Guardian:
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Discussion: Electronista