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11:15 AM 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.
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” …
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
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Music Groups Urge D.C. Lawmakers to Revamp Licensing Laws  —  Characterizing the current system as outdated as the heyday of vinyl records and 8-track tapes, representatives for musicians and music publishers called on Congress to overhaul laws governing how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 …
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 …
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
Felix Salmon / Matter:
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.  At the time, he explained to me that BuzzFeed, a company he had built …
Discussion: New York Magazine and
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.
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: VentureBeat and Music Week
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Mirror group faces new phone-hacking claims  —  Cilla Black, Christopher Eccleston, Alan Yentob and Davina McCall among new claimants for compensation  —  The publisher of the Sunday Mirror is facing compensation claims over alleged phone hacking from at least a dozen new litigants including Cilla Black …
Maxim Eristavi / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporter forced to leave Eastern Ukraine after Russian journo accuses him of “spreading lies”  —  In Eastern Ukraine, one journalist turns on another  —  A German reporter is forced to flee after a Russian counterpart denounces him on social media
Discussion: Poynter
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Stars from YouTube and Vine capitalize on internet success with live festivals and concerts  —  Performing Without Net: Stars of YouTube Take to the Stage  —  A capacity 12,500 tickets have been sold.  More than 70 performers are appearing on three stages.
Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
Oliver Stone Options Novel by Edward Snowden's Russian Lawyer  —  The filmmaker and his producing partner have acquired movie rights to “Time of The Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena, set to be published later this year.  —  Oliver Stone and his producing partner, Moritz Borman …
Discussion: Variety and Media Law Prof Blog
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
The Vice-Time Warner deal, HLN, and CNN  —  With the news that Time Warner is seeking a major investment in Vice, the possibility of HLN's involvement raises a number of questions.  —  HLN has been teased as possibly going to Vice as part of the deal, though there was enough wiggle room …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Boston Globe launches Capital, a new section for political junkies  —  Boston Globe wants to make political-junkie-style coverage accessible  —  On Friday, The Boston Globe launched Capital, a new section on politics that comes out Fridays in print and updates regularly online.
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.
Discussion: Variety, Techdirt and The Wrap
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:   Tech group calls on feds to block Comcast merger
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