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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Unveils Fire Phone | Carney’s Final Briefing

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Amazon Launches Smartphone (GalleyCat)
Amazon has gotten into the smartphone business with the launch of the Fire, Amazon’s first smartphone. NYT Though the device is called the Fire phone, Amazon’s new gadget is less a phone than a pocketable cash register hooked directly into the retailer’s intelligent warehouses. And it’s not cheap. The Fire phone sells for $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. Although it also comes with a free one-year subscription to Amazon’s Prime membership, the Fire phone is essentially the same price as high-end phones made by Apple and Samsung. For Amazon, a company whose previous devices have had innovative pricing plans that often involved selling devices at cost, the Fire phone’s uninspired price tag is a surprising disappointment. The Washington Post / The Switch The phone lets you scan products in stores, so that you can buy things directly from Amazon, using a new service called “Firefly.” Users can even use the phone to “listen” to songs or videos, and link users to places to buy them. It can also recognize art, and scan text such as phone numbers and then immediately place a call. The Verge There’s one big difference here: the Fire phone’s interface changes based on how you’re looking at it and how you orient the device. Amazon calls the feature “Dynamic Perspective,” which basically means that some apps on the phone will have a three-dimensional depth to them, and tilting the phone will let you peer around edges, just as you can with real objects. Mashable The history of 3D-type screens in mobile suggests consumers aren’t interested in the feature. The two most notable devices, the HTC Evo 3D and the LG Optimus 3D, both flopped. The only real 3D success in mobile so far has been the Nintendo 3DS, which is explicitly a game console.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Lewis Katz Dies | Carney Steps Down | Zuckerberg Donates

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Co-Owner of Philadelphia Inquirer Dies in Plane Crash (Philly.com)
Lewis Katz, 72, co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, died Saturday night in the crash of a private jet at a Massachusetts airfield. All seven people aboard were killed when the Gulfstream IV crashed about 9:40 p.m. as it was departing Hanscom Field in Bedford for Atlantic City International Airport, said a Massachusetts Port Authority spokesman. Boston Globe The plane exploded in a blast that sent a fireball and a large plume of black smoke into the air, said Bedford resident Jeff Patterson, 43, who lives beside the runway. The flames rose 60 feet in the air, he said. His 14-year-old son, Jared, said the explosion rattled the house. Bloomberg Katz and H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest won control of the Inquirer and its sister publication at a court-ordered auction four days earlier. A native of Camden, N.J., Katz was increasingly involved with his philanthropic giving. In May, Temple University announced it would name its medical school after Katz, who told the Inquirer that while his mother wanted him to be a doctor, he couldn’t stand the sight of blood. CNN Katz was formerly the principal owner of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils. He was a shareholder of the Nets, the New York Yankees and the YES Network at the time of his death. New York Daily News The Yankees honored long-time minority owner Katz in the Bronx with a moment of silence before the national anthem on Sunday at the Stadium. Katz will be remembered for his hot-and-cold relationship with George Steinbrenner. NPR / The Two-Way Drew Katz, Lewis’ son, said in a statement that his father’s sudden death has brought “an incomprehensible amount of grief.” He added: “My father was my best friend. He taught me everything. He never forgot where and how he grew up, and he worked tirelessly to support his community in countless ways that were seen and unseen. He loved his native city of Camden and his adopted home of Philadelphia.” Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: WH Probes CIA Press Leak | Katz, Lenfest Win Inquirer Bidding | New Abramson/NYT Details

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White House Launches Probe Into CIA Station Chief Disclosure (Politico)
The White House has launched an investigation into how the name of the CIA’s station chief in Afghanistan was released to the press Sunday during President Barack Obama’s surprise visit to U.S. troops there, officials said. TVNewser White House counsel Neil Eggleston will oversee the investigation. FishbowlDC On Sunday as President Obama spoke at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, a pool report sent to upwards of 6,000 journalists included the name of a CIA station chief in the country, as one of many briefing the President during his visit. HuffPost The Washington Post’s Scott Wilson, who wrote the pool report, had received the list from White House officials. Wilson included the list as part of a pool report from Obama’s visit to Afghanistan that was distributed Saturday by the White House press office, which later sent out a revised version not including the station chief’s name. Despite the pool report appearing in thousands of inboxes, all major news outlets have continued to withhold the covert agent’s name at the government’s request. Time The CIA official operates under a cover, though their identity is known to the Afghan government. The release of the name is not only a faux pas in intelligence circles, but could jeopardize the CIA officer’s career and safety.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Separatists in Ukraine Seize TV HQ | CNN Raises Ethical Questions | Gregory Slams Report

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Separatists Seize Control of TV HQ in East Ukraine City (Reuters)
Pro-Russian separatists on Sunday seized control of the offices of regional state television in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and said they would take it off air and broadcast a Kremlin-backed Russian channel instead. Sky News Four men wearing masks and armed with truncheons were standing at the entrance to the building in Donetsk, while more separatists could be seen inside wearing camouflage fatigues. The regional governor’s office and the city hall in Donetsk have already been seized by separatists. NBC News About 15 police officers were standing a short distance away but were not trying to resist the separatists. A crowd of around 400 people surrounded the building and shouted “Russia!” and “Referendum!,” a reference to a vote the separatists want to hold on seceding from Ukraine. The protesters later drifted away, but the separatist guards on the doors remained. One of the masked men at the entrance, who asked why the building had been seized, said: “They show lies; they try to influence the people and they broadcast misinformation.” The Guardian The station’s shaken director, Oleg Dzholos, emerged soon afterward to say that the separatists had brought with them a technician who was turning off Kiev television and replacing it with Rossiya 24. The Russian state channel calls Ukraine’s pro-western leaders “fascists” and frequently runs montages of them with footage of the Nazis. “We hope to continue broadcasting,” Dzholos said. His staff of 250 would be back at work on Monday morning, he said. WSJ Sunday’s incident marked an escalation in the struggle between pro-Russian protesters who want to turn Ukraine’s industrial heartland into a sovereign republic and Kiev’s interim government, which has tried, without success, to defeat a separatist rebellion that threatens the unity of the country. Ukraine accuses Russia of stirring up the separatist unrest by broadcasting strident anti-Kiev views on Russian television channels and by sending covert operatives to help organize the insurgency, particularly in Slovyansk, a city north of Donetsk that has been taken over by heavily armed gunmen. Moscow denies any role.

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Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Philly.com Sold for $55 Million

The two biggest papers in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, have been sold to a group of local business moguls. The website, Philly.com, was also part of the deal, which includes another $10 million in working capital.

Philadelphia Media Network, which filed for bankruptcy in 2009, will turn over operations to six investors who have formed the new parent company, Interstate General Media. The new leadership team includes Lewis Katz, George Norcross IIIH.F. Lenfest, Krishna Singh, William Hankowsky and Joseph Buckelew.

As part of the deal, the six investors signed an agreement that they would not interfere with the operation of the newsrooms. PMN’s CEO, Gregory Osberg, will also remain in place.

More Troubles For Philly Papers

225px-Brianti111erney_2007PRSA.jpgLast year, it is arguable that no one city was hit the hardest in the newspaper industry recession than Philadelphia. Both the Philadelphia Enquirer and Philadelphia Daily News were forced to declare Chapter 11 under the umbrella of their publisher, Philadelphia Newspapers LLC. They were subsequently bought out by hedge-fund investors, but the price of two of the city’s biggest local papers remains unknown, and a federal judge has just backed up the creditors claim that they do not have to reveal the number.

This might be a problem for CEO Brian Tierney who, along with local investors, has raised $52 million to buy the paper back. It may seem like altruism, but remember, this is the same Tierney who was given a transportation budget of $1,500-a-week back in 2008. With numbers like that, no wonder the company went bankrupt.

Tierney bought the papers from McClatchy in 2006 for $562 million.

Read More: Hedge-fund creditors win round in newspapers’ bankruptcy case –Philly.com

, Tensions Flare in Philadelphia Newspapers BankruptcyNew York Times

Previously: CEO of Philly Papers Given $1,500/Week for Transportation, Brian Tierney’s Business & PR Plan for Philadelphia Papers

CEO of Philly Papers Given Spent $1,500/Week for on Transportation

philly04.24.09.jpgBrian Tierney, the chief executive officer of Philadelphia Newspapers, received $81,000 in 2008 for transportation expenses from the company that filed for bankruptcy in February 2009.

Tierney, who along with other investors purchased the publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News in 2006 for more than $500 million, also received $650,000 in salary, a $350,000 bonus for 2008, and a $175,000 bonus for 2007. In total, his compensation came to $1.175 million, a number he called “very low.”

In late 2008, Philadelphia Newspapers union members agreed to give up their raises in an attempt to keep the company from bankruptcy.

Philadelphia Daily News Issues Cease-and-Desist to The Daily Beast

phillybeast.pngImitation is the sincerest form of flattery, also cause for a law suit! The other day we, and others, noted the striking similarity between the logo for Tina Brown‘s newly launched website The Daily Beast and that of the Philadelphia Daily News. Seems it wasn’t lost on the folks in Philly either. Parent company Philadelphia Newspapers LLC, has issued a cease-and-desist order demanding the news site stop using “its potentially trademark-infringing logo.”

[The logo] is virtually identical in shape, color, font and style to our own Daily News logo…our readers could easily be duped into thinking that your Web site is somehow affiliated with the Daily News.</blockquote