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Vodafone may sell Verizon Wireless stake; MPAA wins piracy case

August 29, 2013|By Ryan Faughnder
  • Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest mobile phone companies, has been in discussions to sell its stake in Verizon Wireless.
Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest mobile phone… (Don Ryan / Associated Press )

After the coffee. Before the Associated Press Stylebook adds a "twerk" entry.

The Skinny: Grantland occasionally creates recurring features that send me into black hole of binge reading. Their "Escape from Pop Purgatory" series is no exception. Thursday's headlines include the MPAA's copyright victory and Vodafone potentially selling its stake in Verizon Wireless.

Daily Dose: This seems appropriate, given the entertainment news cycle this week. The Washington Post has a chart that perfectly illustrates how news breaks on Twitter, starting with everyone feeling the need to "weigh in" and ending with cat pictures. I'm betting Howard Kurtz can relate to this.

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MPAA wins in Hotfile suit: The MPAA has claimed victory in a legal battle against Hotfile, a cyber-locker company that the group accused of enabling copyright infringement on a massive scale. Here's the full download, from The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

New normal: Friday marks the beginning of Week Four of the CBS/TWC blackout, nearing what brand new couples call a "monthiversary." To condense the dispute (because we can't really recap "Under the Dome," can we?), CBS stations are still dark for Time Warner Cable subscribers, with analysts calling for the Federal Communications Commission to intervene until Congress updates legislation. The Los Angeles Times provides an update ahead of football season.

Can you hear me now? $115 billion. How about now? That's what analysts estimate Vodafone's 45% stake in Verizon Wireless is worth. The British telecom giant is looking to sell its holdings in the joint venture with Verizon Communications. Details from the now-functioning New York Times website and the Associated Press.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Glenn Whipp examines the possibility of an Oscar going to Oprah Winfrey for her performance in "The Butler." John Horn previews the Telluride Film Festival.

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