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The industry looks at Disney with envy… It is a highly successful and unique strategy, well-executed and hard to duplicate.

— Reif Cohen, speaking to Bloomberg’s Anousha Sakoui (Disney’s buying spree will reshape Hollywood for years to come)

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Not a joke: Rupert Murdoch tried to buy Time Warner last month

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox broadcasting and media conglomerate made an offer for Time Warner last month which was almost immediately rebuffed, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal (which Murdoch also controls and mostly owns). Despite his advanced age and recent troubles like the News of the World phone hacking scandal, Murdoch’s dangerous empire-building ambitions remain as grand as ever.

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New York Times calls on DOJ and FCC to block Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger

The New York Times has weighed in against Comcast’s planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable, arguing it would give Comcast “too much control over what information, shows, movies, and sports Americans can access on TVs and the Internet.”

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Alaska Dispatch to buy Anchorage Daily News from McClatchy

An Anchorage-based media company that founded an online news publication for The Last Frontier several days ago is buying the state’s newspaper of record, the Anchorage Daily News, from the McClatchy Company for $34 million. The new owners plan to continue publishing the paper seven days a week. No layoffs are expected, although the ADN’s publisher and editor are retiring.

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Chevron launches its own news site for Richmond, California

One of the world’s largest multinational oil conglomerates, Chevron-Texaco, has launched its own online news site in Richmond, California, where one of its largest refineries is located. Fittingly, the name of the publication is the Richmond Standard (Chevon, like other modern oil companies, is descended from Standard Oil). It includes an editorial section titled “Chevron Speaks”. Says a spokeswoman for Chevron: “There of course have been some questions – which we understand – about the motivations for this.” That’s for sure!