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1:30 PM ET, August 1, 2014


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Apple closes $3B Beats deal, welcomes the company ‘to the family’
Discussion: Gigaom, RAIN News, Daily Dot and Re/code
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.
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 …
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 …
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
The rewriting of an AP tweet about Gaza shows the costs of avoiding perception of bias  —  The production of innocence: tale of two headlines over Gaza  —  “Members of Congress fall over each other to support Israel,” the AP said on Twitter.  Then the AP decided that it could not say that.  Why?
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
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.
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: MediaWire Daily
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 …
Tanya Talaga / Toronto Star:   Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Fahmy still weighing appeal; has no faith in Egypt's courts
SEC spent months searching for Reuters sources about JP Morgan settlement in London Whale case  —  SEC launched extensive probe to identify sources in Reuters stories  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission watchdog conducted an extensive, months-long investigation to find …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Judy McGrath, Former CEO of MTV Networks, Joins Amazon's Board
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Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
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Han Bingbin / CHINAdaily:
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Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Meredith targeting ‘individual’ acquisitions
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David Meyer / Gigaom:
Facebook's unveils free, limited web access — such opportunity, but at what cost?
Karishma Mehrotra / Wall Street Journal:
College radio stations are leasing frequencies and playing less indie and experimental music
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Scripps Plus Journal: Regional Strength, Going Deeper in Markets
Discussion: Poynter and Poynter
Alex Hayes / mUmBRELLA:
Huffington Post to be Australian ‘market leader’ in three to five years says general manager
Discussion: @aerohaveno