Google Tries Rebooting Its Flipboard Clone, and Starts Selling the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal

Remember Google “Currents”? No? Exactly. But Google is still trying to make a social newsreader app work.
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Next Issue Media, the Hulu for iPad Magazines, Expands to Canada, Adds New Investor

Next Issue Media, the publishing industry’s attempt to create a Hulu-style joint venture for digital magazines, is expanding to Canada and taking on a new investor. The JV, whose members include Time Inc., Hearst and Conde Nast, will add Rogers Communications’ Roger Media unit as an equity partner; Rogers will add two executives to Next Issue’s board of directors.

Yet Another Way to Get a Super-Cheap Web TV Box

This one comes from Roku and BSkyB, and will cost you all of $15.

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Aereo Wins Another Court Battle, as Court Rejects Move to Retry Case

Another legal victory for Aereo, the controversial TV-over-the-Web service: A federal appeals court has denied a motion to re-hear a case they ruled on in April, when they allowed Aereo to keep offering its service in the New York City area. Meanwhile, TV station owner Hearst has sued Aereo after the company expanded its operations to Boston. Here’s a statement from CBS, one of the plaintiffs in the original suit: “This decision comes as no surprise and all industry lawsuits against Aereo and similar services that steal our content are going forward as planned.”

Hearst Taps Demand Media’s Bradford and Yucaipa’s Johnson to “Redefine” the San Francisco Chronicle

Can the City by the Bay finally get the newspaper it deserves?
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Hearst Gets Its Million Digital Subscribers

A few months behind schedule. But who’s counting? (Besides us.)
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Startup Studio Science Hires Digital Veteran Jason Rapp

The Mahalo, IAC and New York Times veteran joins the startup factory.


Hearst Executive Quits

Scott Sassa has quit as president of entertainment and syndication at Hearst Corp., the media conglomerate confirmed.

David Carey Says Hearst Is No Time Inc.

That is: The magazine publisher thinks his industry can come back. Here’s his plan.
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Here’s a Marissa Mayer M&A Candidate You Haven’t Heard Of

Grab Media, a video distribution company. Tim Armstrong bought one in 2010, and that worked well for him and AOL.