News Briefing for Tuesday, June 3, 2008 The long presidential primary season has been a boon to cable news networks, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In particular, MSNBC established itself as a rowdy competitor on primary nights and may have finally attracted a sizable, loyal following. [Hollywood Reporter]

Among major Internet-specific businesses, only Google and Amazon are likely to remain successful in the next few years, writes Sanford C. Bernstein Jeffrey Lindsay in the report "U.S. Internet: The End of the Beginning," as reported by Reuters. The rest of the Internet players will be acquired or will fade from view entirely. [Reuters]

Google acceded to the wishes of Thailand’s government and blocked access to a video clip. As a reward, Google’s YouTube was allowed to reach computers in that country, Bloomberg reports. [Bloomberg]

The Sportsman Channel launched on Comcast systems in Twin Cities, Minn.; Richmond, Va.; central Pennsylvania; Independence, Mo.; Kokomo, Ind.; Olathe, Kan.; Redhouse, W.Va.; Western Wisconsin; and Chico, Grass Valley, Yuba City and Oroville systems in California. 

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will speak at the International Stop Cyberbullying Conference in New York today. [New York Observer]

Verizon is negotiating with the town of Milford, Mass., to bring FiOS TV to the area. [Milford Daily News] Monday’s Top Stories

Time’s running out to nominate companies for CableFAX: The Magazine‘s Top 10 Places to Work in Cable. Complete our online nomination form by June 9 and let us know why your employer is tops. 

Visit Cable360 to respond to the poll question: Which political party are cable operators, satellite distributors and telcos more likely to contribute to in the general election for the presidency?

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AT&T Gets an Upgrade

SVB MoffettNathanson upgraded AT&T to “market perform” from “underperform” and keeping its target price unchanged at $17. “We don’t see things in wireless generally, or at AT&T

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