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10:55 AM ET, August 8, 2014


 Top News: 
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp. holds firm on value of print  —  News Corp., the global publishing conglomerate chaired by Rupert Murdoch, reaffirmed its commitment to print in the face of ongoing financial pressures that have upended the industry as more readers migrate from paper to digital platforms.
News Corp ends first year away from Fox with mixed results: $.02/share income; $2.19B revenue  —  News Corp. Revenues Fall on Weaker Ad Sales, Subscriptions  —  Revenues at News Corp. fell during the most recent fiscal quarter on weaker subscription sales and a sluggish advertising market.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Plot Thickens as 900 Writers Battle Amazon  —  ROUND POND, Me.  — Out here in the woods, at the end of not one but two dirt roads, in a shack equipped with a picture of the Dalai Lama, a high-speed data line and a copy of Thoreau's “Civil Disobedience,” Amazon's dream of dominating the publishing world has run into some trouble.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
How Vice News Got Unprecedented Access To The Islamic State  —  NEW YORK — When The New York Times reported last month on life in Raqqa, Syria, the de facto capital of the extremist group the Islamic State, the paper didn't reveal its reporter's identity or that of anyone interviewed out a fear of retaliation.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Coming to the Internet: Shows From CBS That You Won't See on CBS  —  CBS is working on shows that you won't see on CBS.  Instead, the plan is for you to see them on the Internet, via video services like Netflix or Amazon's Prime Instant Video.  —  If that happens, it means CBS will have opened …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Ex-Sun reporter charged over stolen phone tells of how career was destroyed  —  Ben Ashford tells Old Bailey jury that he was sacked by the Daily Mail in the US and had his visa cancelled after his arrest  —  A former Sun reporter charged with criminal offences in relation to a stolen phone …
Capital New York:
The 60-second interview: Derek Willis, reporter, the Times' The Upshot  —  CAPITAL: You joined The Upshot in February (in your hiring note, David Leonhardt called you “the intellectual father of the Times' Interactive News department.")  How are things going so far?  What are your primary responsibilities?
Discussion: @clockwerks, @jacqui and @jeremymbarr
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Publisher Hachette's 3-Way Deal to Acquire Perseus Fails  —  The Hachette Book Group's deal to acquire the independent publisher Perseus has collapsed after months of negotiations, representatives from each company said on Thursday.  —  The three-way agreement among Hachette …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Turning a profit in the Netherlands: How a Dutch hyperlocal network has grown  —  While lots of U.S. media companies are still struggling to figure out how to make hyperlocal news financially viable, in the Netherlands, a four-year-old network of hyperlocal sites began turning a profit earlier this year.
Discussion: Street Fight
Nellie Andreeva /
Nic Pizzolatto & HBO Refute ‘True Detective’ Plagiarism Claims  —  At the beginning of this week, with Emmy voting campaign in full swing, a story surfaced online that posed the question whether True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, a nominee for writing the episode “The Secret Fate of All Life …
Joe Miller / BBC:
Wiki wars: Do Wikipedia's internal tiffs deter newcomers?  —  Berlin-born Knut has been at the centre of one of Wikipedia's fiercest edit battles  —  As WikiMania, the annual conference for the Wikipedia faithful, gets under way, there is bound to be much back-slapping over the successes …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Digital editions up slightly at U.S. magazines
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
After Sale to Disney, Maker Studios' Last Two Founders Leave
Discussion: @pkafka
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
NYT recalibrates on “torture” for clear cases where interrogators inflicted pain on prisoners
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Amazon has an advantage over Google Express/B&N because it owns the customer relationship
Discussion: BGR, SlashGear, Los Angeles Times and Wired
Eric Johnson / Re/code:
Twitch CEO: “We screwed up” with short notice on policy changes affecting archives and audio
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Discussion: TVNewser and ABC News
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
CNN Politics eliminates more than a dozen positions in shift to video
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Gannett's changes bring excitement, some pain, and a full-time beer beat