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6:50 PM ET, July 3, 2013


 Top News: 
Andy Davies / Channel 4:
Revealed: the Rupert Murdoch tape  —  “Incompetent” cops, regrets over his own investigation, promises to protect Sun journalists: a secret recording reveals Rupert Murdoch's real attitudes to the scandal that has engulfed his empire.  —  Watch Channel 4 News from 7pm to hear the audio recording
Nitasha Tiku / Gawker:
Rupert Murdoch Caught on Tape: “We Will Hit Back”  —  ExaroNews a British investigative web site, has just published the full transcript of a secretly recorded meeting between media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the staff of The Sun, a U.K. tabloid owned by News Corp., in which Murdoch admitted …
Yasmine Saleh / Reuters:
Egyptian army secures state TV studios: sources
Hayley Tsukayama / Washington Post:
Do you use Reddit?:  Six percent of American adults online do  —  Reddit is the self-proclaimed front page of the Internet — a community of people who submit links and vote them up or down based on their quality, novelty or general ability to generate amusement.  —  But does Reddit really have enough users to make that claim?
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Meet Reddit's New Director of Communications
Discussion: SocialTimes and FishbowlDC
Eric Deggans / Poynter:
Snowden's leaks force media self-examination  —  Besides forcing government and national-security institutions to face the public about their spying efforts, Edward Snowden's decision to release information on America's massive public surveillance efforts has thrown another system into a flurry of self-examination:
Discussion: Mediashift, Adweek and Salon
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Acquires Xobni for Upward of $30 Million (Like ATD Said, Part 2)  —  Yahoo said it has bought Xobni, as AllThingsD had previously reported it was planning to do.  —  According to numerous sources close to the company, Yahoo paid $30 million to $40 million for the maker of address book apps and plugins.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Extends PBS Pact, Scoring Two Exclusives  —  Netflix gains subscription-streaming rights to ‘Super Why!’ and ‘The Bletchley Circle’  —  The rivalry between Netflix and for online streaming content has been a boon to TV programmers, as the two are motivated buyers eager to one-up each other.
Jim Romenesko:
Patch editor: ‘From what I see on the ground, we are on our last legs’  —  I've received a few emails in recent days from Patch people unhappy with Patch 2.0.  One was from a former manager who said “I can speak to morale issues, tone deaf management and why the new website could be the final straw …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Boxee acquired by Samsung, reports peg sale at $30 million  —  Boxee, a relatively small company known for its set-top box that streams media to TVs, has been purchased by Samsung for roughly $30 million.  The news comes out of Israeli site The Marker, though Boxee CEO Avner Ronen has declined to comment on the rumor.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Al Jazeera America Launching August 20  —  Al Jazeera America now has a launch date, as it continues to staff up.  AJAM will launch Tuesday, August 20, according to Ali Velshi on Twitter.  AJAM will be taking over the channel space currently occupied by Current TV in some 40 million U.S. homes.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and FishbowlNY
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
YouTube renews Vevo deal, buys stake in company to keep music videos off Facebook
Discussion: Billboard and Variety