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12:55 PM ET, June 11, 2014


 Top News: 
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon Stops Taking Advance Orders for ‘Lego’ and Other Warner Videos  —  The Everything Store is shrinking again.  Amazon customers who want to order forthcoming Warner Home Video features, including “The Lego Movie,” “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Winter's Tale” and “Transcendence,” are finding it impossible to do so.
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Fortune magazine triples amount of online content even as Time Inc. cuts costs  —  As the newly standalone Time Inc. looks to cut costs by 25 percent and media writers [Bloomberg, The Atlantic, Nieman Lab] outline the magazine publisher's tenuous digital prospects, Fortune and Money …
Discussion: Digiday
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Jury in Rebekah Brooks trial retires to consider verdicts  —  Eight-month trial over alleged phone hacking, corruption and perversion of the course of justice enters final phase  —  The jury in the Rebekah Brooks trial has retired to consider its verdicts on a string of offences related to phone hacking …
Discussion: BBC and Reuters
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
2014's most talked-about media startups aren't distinguished by the what, but the how  —  With the launch of new site after new site in 2014, it's been a fascinating time to watch digital media try to figure itself out.  Amid the turmoil of disruption, buffeted by tech companies' control …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
In the news media, are Muslims the only ‘terrorists’?  —  What do you call a couple who espouse an extremist, anti-government ideology and kill two policemen and a bystander while draping one of their victims in a flag associated with a political movement?  —  After Sunday's shooting spree perpetrated …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Vice Launches A Sports Channel, With Modest Ambitions (For Now)  —  Vice Media CEO Shane Smith wants to displace ESPN as the global leader in sports news.  He's said so publicly and often.  —  When I interviewed him for a FORBES profile in December 2011, he told me, “I want to be the next CNN …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Ralph Cipriano / Big Trial:
Lenfest to buy out Drew Katz to take sole control of Philly Daily News, Inquirer, websites  —  The Partnership That Didn't Last Twenty Minutes  —  Auction winners Gerry Lenfest and Lewis Katz  —  for  —  In the moments after Lewis Katz and H.F. “Gerry” …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Music Groups Urge D.C. Lawmakers to Revamp Licensing Laws  —  Characterizing the current system as outdated as the heyday of vinyl records and 8-track tapes, representatives for musicians and music publishers called on Congress to overhaul laws governing how songwriters and others in the industry …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Parade magazine said to be on the sales block  —  Parade, the Sunday magazine, may be getting ready to march out of Advance Publications — the Newhouse family's media empire.  —  The company has quietly begun shopping the 73-year-old magazine to prospective buyers, according to reliable industry sources.
Discussion: MediaWire Daily and FishbowlNY
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Christian Science Monitor tweaks its engagement algorithm  —  The Christian Science Monitor, a 106-year-old news organization that boasts a serious, civic-minded audience, would seem well poised to crack the engagement code.  A digital-focused publication since 2008 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Revenue Drops to Record Low  —  The RIAA has submitted its latest tax filing to the IRS, covering the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, which provides some background on how the organization is faring.  —  Continuing the trend from recent years the total revenue of the anti-piracy group dropped once again, to $24.2 million.
Discussion: Music Week and VentureBeat
Tom Wheeler / Official FCC Blog:
Wheeler: state laws hurt broadband access in places like Chattanooga; FCC could preempt rules  —  Removing Barriers to Competitive Community Broadband  —  If any city understands the power of networks to drive economic growth, it's Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Felix Salmon / Matter:
A Q&A with BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti on everything from print to innovation  —  BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti Goes Long  —  The media mogul (twice over) on being both contagious and sticky  —  I first got to know Jonah Peretti in February 2011, very shortly after the Huffington Post was sold to AOL.
New York Times:
Hong Kong Media Worries Over China's Reach as Ads Disappear  —  HONG KONG — In what may be a major escalation of pressure by mainland China on Hong Kong's independent-minded news media, two major British banks have stopped advertising with one of the city's biggest newspapers, a top media executive said.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Industry body representing Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others opposes Comcast/TWC merger  —  CCIA Opposes Comcast/TWC  —  Association says it threatens innovation and should be blocked  —  The Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has come out against the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:   Tech group calls on feds to block Comcast merger
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Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
Oliver Stone Options Novel by Edward Snowden's Russian Lawyer
Discussion: Variety and Media Law Prof Blog
Maxim Eristavi / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporter forced to leave Eastern Ukraine after Russian journo accuses him of “spreading lies”
Discussion: Poynter
Rob Price / Daily Dot:
YouTube's copyright policies abused by rights holders despite protection of US fair use laws
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Stars from YouTube and Vine capitalize on internet success with live festivals and concerts
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Boston Globe launches Capital, a new section for political junkies
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
How a credulous media repeated dubious claims of a Turing Test milestone
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Fox News pushes back on Gawker report
Discussion: Gawker and @ericboehlert
 Earlier Picks: 
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC journalists to ballot for strike action
Discussion: Poynter, Press Gazette and mUmBRELLA
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Ross Levinsohn Departs Guggenheim Digital Media
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Time's International Editor Bobby Ghosh joins Quartz as Managing Editor