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10:40 AM ET, May 9, 2014

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David Gelles / New York Times:
Apple Said to Be in Talks to Buy Rising Music Brand for $3.2 Billion  —  Apple is in discussions to buy Beats Electronics, the company behind the popular Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, for $3.2 billion, according to people briefed on the talks, in what would be the biggest acquisition in Apple's history.
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Why Apple Is Betting Big on Beats: Hardware for Now, Streaming for Later  —  Apple is set to make the biggest purchase in its history: A $3 billion-plus deal for Beats, the company that sells high-end headphones and recently launched a streaming music service.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Hachette Says Amazon Is Delaying Delivery of Some Books  —  Amazon has begun discouraging customers from buying books by Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Colbert, J. D. Salinger and other popular writers, a flexing of its muscle as a battle with a publisher spills into the open.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Books offset newspaper losses at News Corp posting 14% revenue increase, e-book revs up 46%  —  News Corp. is bullish on books  —  Books continue to be a bright spot for News Corp., which has been struggling with lower ad revenues at its core newspaper assets.
Discussion: Variety
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David Gelles / New York Times:
Omnicon-Publicis $35B mega-merger called off due to internal differences and regulatory issues  —  Ad Agency Giants Said to Call Off $35 Billion Merger  —  Omnicom Group and Publicis have called off their $35 billion merger, bringing a premature end to a deal that would have created …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Journalist Adam Baron Deported From Yemen  —  NEW YORK — Adam Baron, a freelance journalist reporting from Yemen the past three years, has been deported from the country.  —  Baron regularly writes for the McClatchy newspaper chain and the Christian Science Monitor.
Dave Lee / BBC:
UK ISPs agree to begin sending out warnings to customers who pirate content from next year  —  Deal to combat piracy in UK with ‘alerts’ is imminent  —  The agreement has been more than four years in the making  —  BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media will send “educational” letters to customers believed to be downloading illegally.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo, News Distribution Network deal stalled, next video target could be YouTube network Fullscreen  —  Yahoo Deal to Buy NDN Video Service Stalls — So What's Its Next Video Target?  —  According to sources close to the situation, the $350 million deal for Yahoo to buy online-video service News Distribution Network has stalled.
Luke Westaway / CNET:
Netflix price hike is $1 extra per month, £1 in UK and €1 in Europe  —  The new, higher price only affects new subscribers, the streaming service says, with existing Netflix customers exempt from paying extra for two years.  —  Netflix  —  Netflix has issued the first details …
Michael Kranish / The Boston Globe:
Facebook's push of “related articles” to users without checking credibility draws fire  —  A surprise awaited Facebook users who recently clicked on a link to read a story about Michelle Obama's encounter with a 10-year-old girl whose father was jobless.  —  Facebook responded to the click …
Discussion: @kegill, Thanks:@steverubel
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Dish aims to launch Web TV service by year's end  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dish says it plans to launch its Internet-delivered TV service by year's end on mobile devices, game consoles and smart TVs for about $20 to $30 a month.  It will contain live sports, entertainment and children's programming.
Discussion: Forbes and Hollywood Reporter
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Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
Goodbye to Katie Cotton, the Queen of Evil Tech PR  —  After 18 years of spin, Katie Cotton, Apple's magnetically ruthless vice president of worldwide corporate communications, has left her job, and tributes from the tech press are pouring in.  What no one will admit is that we were all afraid of her.
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Dan Lyons / Inbound Hub:
Three Lessons from Katie Cotton, Apple's Departing PR Boss
Discussion: @tcarmody
Gina Hall / Bizwomen:
With “Lean In” collection, Getty Images finds that photos of real women sell  —  Realistic portrayals of women sell.  That's according to Getty Images, which launched its “Lean In” collection earlier this year.  Since then, the stock photos that feature women as surgeons, painters and soldiers …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
New US policy bans national-security employees from citing news reports based on leaks  —  Obama Policy Bans Employee Use of Leaked Material  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is clamping down on a technique that government officials have long used to join in public discussions …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The late Michael Hastings' last book is his debut novel  —  Advance copies of Michael Hastings' last, posthumous book are beginning to land in newsrooms.  —  The novel, titled The Last Magazine and based on Hastings' experiences as a young magazine journalist in the mid-aughts …
Discussion: Pressing Issues
Todd Spangler / Variety:
E! Harvests Instagram for Celeb-Photo Tracker on TV, Online  —  NBCUniversal pop-culture network E! is grabbing photos and videos celebrities post to Facebook's Instagram, with a feature for its website and on-air news show ranking the top 200 stars in real time.
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
NBC's Olympic TV Deal Accounts for Advances in Technology  —  Eighteen years ago, there was no certainty that we would be watching sports and movies on little mobile screens or that outfits like Netflix would engage us by streaming series a season at a time.
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Comcast Plots Big Push in Web Video Ads  —  As debate over Comcast's control of Internet and TV in American households plays out in front of regulators reviewing its bid for Time Warner Cable, the cable industry leader is quietly planning a major foray into the Web advertising business.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Times completes ‘innovation report’ led by Sulzberger scion  —  Back in July, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson announced that Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, a metro reporter and the son of Times chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., would “take a leave from metro …
Discussion: @mathewi and @justinnxt
John McDermott / Digiday:
Why media buyers are still wary of Tumblr ads  —  It's been nearly a year since Yahoo acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion, and slightly longer since Tumblr first rolled out its version of native ads.  And yet despite the headlines roused by that deal and the platform's continued growth …
 
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Chris Hall / Pocket-lint:
Sony Reader Store to close on 16 June, Kobo to supply Reader and Xperia device content
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET:
NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts channel coming to Roku later this month
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube Global Creator-Development Lead Bing Chen Resigns
Discussion: BING CHEN
Joseph Checkler / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Says LightSquared Restructuring Plan Unfair to Ergen
Discussion: New York Times, Bloomberg and Reuters
Nat Ives / AdAge:
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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Reporter offered pre-IPO shares by Arista Networks, considers it another sign of a tech bubble
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Another FCC commissioner asks Tom Wheeler to delay net neutrality vote
Discussion: Businessweek and Washington Post
Maggie Michael / Associated Press:
Egypt's el-Sissi tells media not to push freedoms
Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
BBC to launch daily infographics shared on social media
Associated Press:
Australian journalist covering press freedom deported from Myanmar for lacking visa
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Muve Music Service Is Said to Be Up for Sale by AT&T
 

 
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