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2:45 PM ET, August 1, 2014

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Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
Vivendi Sells Its 13% Beats Stake to Apple for $404 Million  —  Vivendi SA (VIV) sold its stake in Beats Electronics LLC to Apple Inc. (AAPL) for $404 million as part of the iPhone maker's takeover of the headphone company.  —  The stake was about 13 percent, Paris-based Vivendi said today …
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Facebook and fewer stories behind rise in web traffic, says Telegraph chief  —  Telegraph Media Group editor-in-chief Jason Seiken says a change in focus helped drive up the paper's website traffic in June  —  The Telegraph website's 20% traffic boost in June has been attributed …
BBC:
Russia enacts ‘draconian’ law for bloggers and online media  —  A new law imposing restrictions on users of social media has come into effect in Russia.  —  It means bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers must register with the mass media regulator, Roskomnadzor, and conform …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Judy McGrath, Former CEO of MTV Networks, Joins Amazon's Board  —  Judy McGrath, former CEO of MTV Networks, has been elected to Amazon.com's board of directors effective Oct. 1, the company said.  —  McGrath also was appointed to the Amazon board's leadership development and compensation committee, according to an SEC filing Friday.
Discussion: The Wrap, Forbes, GeekWire and @peterlauria3
Shelli Weinstein / Variety:
Scout Media Names Ross Levinsohn Executive Chairman, Announces Full Exec Team  —  Multi-channel, male-focused media network Scout has appointed Ross Levinsohn to executive chairman, announced CEO James Heckman on Thursday.  Levinsohn will lead the company's strategic expansion …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and MediaWire Daily
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Google Details Problems With Handling Right to Be Forgotten Requests  —  LONDON - Google says complying with Europe's so-called right to be forgotten ruling is getting complicated.  —  In a lengthy response to questions from the region's data regulators, the search giant …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Please Stop Saving Me A Click  —  Lately, a new behavior seems to be picking up steam.  More and more, average men, women, androgynous novelty Twitter accounts, and even brands are bravely butting in, taking up a conservationist cause.  It looks like this: … There are clicks in need of saving.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Israel Censor Wants To Pre-Approve New York Times Coverage Of Soldier  —  NEW YORK — The Israeli military told The New York Times on Friday to withhold publishing additional information about an Israeli soldier reportedly captured by Palestinian militants until it is first reviewed by a censor.
Bloomberg:
Aereo Asks Court to Stop ‘Bleeding,’ Allow New Life  —  Aereo Inc. asked a judge to grant it new life, allowing it to operate like a cable-TV service and stop the “bleeding” after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the streaming video company violated broadcasters' copyrights.
Discussion: Businessweek and @joshuabrustein, Thanks:@alexbarinka
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
YouTube's consumer products lead, who worked on music subscription service, leaves for Spotify  —  As YouTube Gets Ready to Launch a Spotify Competitor, a Top Exec Heads to Spotify  —  Here's another change for YouTube's management team, which has been in flux for much of the year …
Michael Rondon / Folio:
Bonnier to Move U.S. Titles Off Its Own Platform  —  Mag+ shifting focus to corporate applications.  —  Bonnier Corp. is moving its digital editions off of the Mag+ platform—a platform it helped create and one that's owned by its Swiss-based parent company, Bonnier AB—and onto Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite system.
Jason Straziuso / Associated Press:
Father of Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste says family is focusing on appeal of verdict  —  DAD OF JAILED REPORTER: SON A VICTIM OF INJUSTICE  —  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The father of an Australian Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt said Thursday that he respects the integrity …
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Tanya Talaga / Toronto Star:
Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Fahmy still weighing appeal; has no faith in Egypt's courts
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