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Viacom and DirecTV Settle

Viacom and DirecTV have settled their fee dispute, which means the satellite service’s 20 million customers will get access to shows like “Dora the Explorer” and “The Colbert Report” again. Neither side revealed terms, but they are very likely to be the same as every other carriage agreement: Viacom will get less than the fee increase it was asking for, DirecTV will pay more than it wanted to, and the costs will be transferred to TV watchers.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald