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Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs  —  Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round of layoffs is taking place at Beats, saying there have been no layoffs (save for about five performance-based terminations) …
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Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
With Apple-Beats Deal Complete, Ian Rogers To Run iTunes Radio  —  Now that Apple has officially swallowed Beats, Ian Rogers, the head of Beats' subscription-music service, will also oversee the iPhone-maker's iTunes Radio efforts, according to people familiar with the matter.
Don Reisinger / CNET:
Apple closes $3B Beats deal, welcomes the company ‘to the family’
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.
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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Times Foreign Editor Responds on Israeli Censorship  —  Isabel Kershner and Fares Akram reported Friday in The Times that detailed information about a kidnapped Israeli soldier would be subject to a rare instance of Israeli military censorship.  The passage from the article reads as follows:
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Vauhini Vara / New Yorker:
Amazon's Failed Pitch to Authors  —  In May, the publishing company Hachette revealed that the online retailer Amazon had been delaying shipment of physical books published by Hachette while the companies argued over how e-books should be sold on Amazon.  Since then, the public-relations war between …
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Farhad Manjoo / NYT Bits:
Amazon Wants Cheaper Ebooks.  But Should It Get to Enforce Prices?  —  In a short blog post meant to shed light on its ongoing contract dispute with the publisher Hachette, Amazon argued this week that its data proves that lower ebook prices are better for everyone in the market for books.
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Remembering War Correspondent Jim Frederick, 42  —  Jim Frederick (via Facebook).  —  On my first day at Money magazine in January 2001, this guy I kinda knew named Scott Medintz was assigned to walk me around the office and introduce me.  Everyone had these large offices with a window …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Mail did not reveal to PCC or Leveson that News of the World hacked staff  —  Four Mail on Sunday journalists were told by the police in 2006 that their mobile phones had been hacked  —  Vital evidence about phone hacking was withheld from the Press Complaints Commission when it held …
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Men's Sporting Vertical Scout Media Taps Big Digital Talent With An Eye On Programmatic  —  Scout Media is pulling together an A-team of digital talent in the wake of founder James Heckman's repurchase of the business from Fox/News Corp. The new execs, including Ross Levinsohn and Ramsey McGrory …
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) on Friday won preliminary court approval for its $450 million settlement of claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.  —  In approving the accord …
Discussion: Forbes, CNET, AppleInsider, 9to5Mac and The Verge
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 …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Disney Renews Carriage Deal With NCTC, Adding Sports Networks and Digital Rights To Mix  —  The National Cable Television Cooperative renewed its carriage deal with The Walt Disney Company in an agreement that will add a few of Disney's sports networks to the distribution mix as well as encompass rights for digital distribution.
 
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How Digital Media Can Save Retail … I'll admit, I'm a digital native.  When I think about shopping, my mind goes online first - if not to buy, at least to check reviews and prices.
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Ed Christman / Billboard:
Jody Gerson Named Head of Universal Music Publishing Group
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. closes $416-million deal for romance publisher Harlequin
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Bonnier to Move U.S. Titles Off Its Own Platform
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Scout Media Names Ross Levinsohn Executive Chairman, Announces Full Exec Team
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