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6:20 PM ET, July 17, 2014

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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children  —  Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday's killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave …
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Tyler Hicks / New York Times:
Pulitzer-prize winning NYT photographer describes witnessing the deaths of four boys in Gaza  —  Through Lens, 4 Boys Dead by Gaza Shore  —  GAZA CITY — My day here began at 6 a.m. Photographing something as unpredictable as war still has a routine.  —  It is important to be out the door …
Paula Mejia / Newsweek:
Foreign Journalists Ordered to Evacuate Beach Hotels in Gaza
New York Times:
Time Warner Chief's Turnaround Effort Opened the Door to Fox's Bid  —  On a Saturday in early June, Jeffrey L. Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner, got an email from Chase Carey, the president of 21st Century Fox, proposing lunch.  —  They met a few days later in the executive dining room of the Time-Warner Center.
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David Carr / New York Times:
In Modern Media Realm, Big Mergers Are a Bulwark Against Rivals  —  When the news broke on Wednesday that 21st Century Fox, Rupert Murdoch's huge media and entertainment company, made an $80 billion offer to buy Time Warner Inc., another big media conglomerate, it seemed like a seismic jolt in the business landscape.
John McDuling / Quartz:
It's not TV that Rupert Murdoch wants: It's HBO  —  The shockwaves from the news that Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox recently approached Time Warner (and was rebuffed) about an $80 billion takeover are still rippling through New York's media scene today.  —  And the early consensus among analysts …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mashable
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
21st Century Fox Bid Puts CNN in Cross Hairs
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
John Sweeney loses job in cull of all Panorama's staff reporters: ‘Management will gain more control’  —  John Sweeney has revealed his office nickname for the past few months has been “dead man walking”, and he was not surprised to have been made redundant by the BBC today.
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BBC:
BBC News to cut a further 415 jobs
CNBC:
US Copyright Office says Aereo not a cable company under terms of Copyright Act  —  US copyright officials have told Aereo that they do not consider it a “cable company” under the terms of copyright law, according to a letter obtained by CNBC.  Aereo, which lost a key Supreme Court ruling …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
After Shutting Down Xbox Studios, Microsoft Faces Trust Issues With Advertisers  —  Microsoft 's decision to shutter the Xbox Entertainment Studios division, as part of 18,000 layoffs announced on Thursday, has shocked and angered several top ad buyers, causing some to once again question the company's commitment to advertising.
Discussion: Forbes and /Film
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Nailed It: Buzzfeed Cracks The Pinterest Code  —  Buzzfeed is one of of the fastest growing media companies ever, with a monthly audience of 150 million and counting, thanks chiefly to its unmatched understanding of what people will read or share on Facebook.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
What's going on at Scientific American?  Deleted posts, sexism claims, a fired writer.  —  Throughout its 169-year history, Scientific American has been an august and sober chronicler of the advance of human knowledge, from chemistry to physics to anthropology.  —  Lately, however, things have become kind of a mess.
Discussion: @brianpmoore666, @jswatz and @dabeard
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Public records tools, reader metrics, and more among new Prototype Fund winners  —  The latest round of small grants from the Knight Prototype Fund includes several projects and digital tools that could eventually prove useful to journalists.  —  A developer from Grist wants to build tools …
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Kindle Unlimited: More details and a few questions about Amazon's subscription book service (exclusive video)  —  An ebook subscription service, available on any device including your Kindle: That appears to be what Amazon is planning, but is it worth $9.99 a month?
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
What Do Consumers Hate More Than TV Ads?  Online Video Commercials  —  Consumers love to complain about TV commercials.  But if they dislike anything more, its online video ads.  —  A recent survey of about 700 consumers found that about 36% of those polled said they find online video ads more irritating than TV ads.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Edward Snowden is designing tools for journalists  —  Edward Snowden is using some of his time in Russia to design “encryption tools to help professionals such as journalists protect sources and data,” Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill write in The Guardian.  They interviewed the NSA whistleblower in Moscow.
 
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Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Deezer quietly drops its Premium plan, now offers only free or Premium+
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Wall Street Journal:
EU Invites Google, Microsoft to Discuss ‘Right to Be Forgotten’
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Ed Christman / Billboard:
Sony/ATV Makes Organized Catalog Available Online
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China's Censors Crack Down on Streaming Services Showing Hollywood Content
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Eight jobs at risk as Sunday Mirror and People editorial teams set to merge
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Rupert's red top: the rise and fall of Rebekah Brooks
Joe Strupp / Media Matters for America:
NPR Backs Off Planned “Downgrade” Of Ombudsman
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A change in the IRS process for granting tax-exempt status could be a boon to nonprofit news
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Publishers have an updated evergreen strategy: Make the old new again
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