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10:45 AM ET, July 2, 2014


 Top News: 
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Source: Google paid more than $39M for Songza  —  Google in Deal for Songza, a Music Playlist Service  —  In a sign of growing consolidation in the digital music business, Google announced on Tuesday that it had bought Songza, a three-year-old app that competes with Pandora and others …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Google acquires music streaming service Songza for undisclosed amount; product intact for now  —  Google Buys Songza  —  Google has acquired music streaming service Songza after weeks of speculation around a potential buyout.  —  Songza uses information about the user and context …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Bloomberg set to launch digital multi-platform brands starting with a politics site Oct 6  —  The new Bloomberg Media  —  Last weekend, Bloomberg L.P. held its annual company picnic, a seven-figure soirée on Randall's Island with the types of attractions you'd expect …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Senior Amazon executive defends company against criticism it bullies publishers, says fight with Hachette is for customers  —  Amazon Defends Its Stance Against Hachette  —  Executive Says Fight Is for Customers, Denies Retailer Has Too Much E-Book Clout  —  A senior Inc. executive …
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Do you have a fair use right to publish World Cup goals?  ESPN takedowns raise questions  —  Bang!  A beautiful cross and a header into the top corner of the net — it's the sort of moment that's perfect for World Cup fans to share on social media.  Until, that is, the video disappears.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
World Cup Mania Shows How Sports Driving Biggest Mergers  —  More Americans have watched the U.S. soccer team in this World Cup than ever before.  The two biggest announced acquisitions in the world this year are for U.S. pay-TV operators.  Yes, there is a connection.
Discussion: @larryreibstein
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Media execs discuss how to close gender gap in journalism leadership at National Press Club  —  It's time for women journalists to ‘banish bashfulness’ when it comes to pay  —  The next generation of leaders at The New York Times is “not going to have careers like mine,” …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gawker editor Max Read pushes internal staff chatter to a public channel at Disputations  —  Never go another day without knowing what Gawker's staff is eating for lunch  —  Once upon a time, I visited the Gawker offices in Manhattan, and I was struck first and foremost by the silence.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
EFF Changes Position On Net Neutrality: Recognizes FCC Must Act, But Narrowly  —  For years, the EFF has pushed back against the FCC's attempts to preserve net neutrality, reasonably worrying that it might open the door to the FCC further meddling in the internet where it had no real mandate.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Most Major Media Conglomerates Underperforming at Half-Year Mark  —  Disney outperforms the broader markets, and Time Warner keeps pace.  Video games are a hit while new media is a mixed bag.  —  At the halfway mark of 2014, the major media-entertainment conglomerates are underperforming …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Stuff magazine drops pics of scantily-dressed women from the front page after research shows they harm sales  —  Gadget magazine Stuff is axing scantily-dressed women from its cover 18 years after launching.  —  The Haymarket-owned title, which recorded a monthly circulation of 62,391 …
Discussion: Guardian and @katebussmann
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC News brings in no surprises rule after McAlpine and Savile scandals  —  Corporation says new regime, which aims to alert senior management to issues of concern, will not curb investigations  —  BBC News has instigated a “no surprises” rule in the wake of Newsnight's Lord McAlpine scandal …
Sara Morrison / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why sports media have always been newsroom innovators  —  The toy department shall lead us  —  Why sports media have always been newsroom innovators  —  Birth of an icon George Grande, left, and Bob Ley, right, on the SportsCenter set at the ESPN studios in 1980.
Manuela Mesco / Wall Street Journal:
Mediaset Seeks Spanish Pay-TV Partnership with Telefónica  —  Mediaset to Respond to Telefónica's Offer for Its Digital Plus Stake Friday  —  Italian broadcaster Mediaset said late Tuesday it is confident it will reach an agreement with Spanish Telefónica SA …
Discussion: Reuters
Nicholas White / VentureBeat:
Caveat Emptor: Why the current VC/Media marriage may be bad for journalism  —  For years, all of us in digital media bemoaned the fact that you couldn't raise money from venture capitalists (VCs) for the endeavor.  Now, all of a sudden, there is a kindling of interest in media companies among VCs …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Village Voice employees set strike deadline after negotiations break down  —  The Village Voice's union has set a strike deadline after a “13-hour marathon” negotiating session Monday that was unsuccessful, according to a press release.  —  This means that the union's bargaining committee …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Hackers Turn Music Industry Site into The Pirate Bay  —  There was a time when music and movie industry aggression against The Pirate Bay was met with aggression right back, with sites belonging to the MPAA, RIAA, IFPI and others targeted in retaliatory moves.
Discussion: Billboard and The Daily Caller
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Increasing numbers of journalism startups turning to non-profit model, with much success  —  Journalism's nonprofit surge  —  “It's starting to have that start-up feel,” said Bill Keller, stepping into his new office on the 25th floor of 250 West 57th Street.
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
100+ ex-BBC World Service journalists write UK Egypt ambassador to protest Al Jazeera trial
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Stock Hits All-Time High on Upbeat Analyst Estimates
Ronald Grover / Reuters:
Potential Fox-Sky deal may help Murdoch scout for acquisitions at Sun Valley next week
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In Philadelphia, the Internet Archive is assembling a new way to monitor campaigns on TV
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Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
DirecTV Was In Talks With Competitor Prior to AT&T Deal
Discussion: Forbes and Wireless Week
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CBS Makes Up to 20% More Ad Revenue Online Than TV per Viewer: Research Chief
Discussion: Business Insider
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Tumblr “shadow CEO” Derek Gottfrid is out according to internal email from David Karp
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Pulitzer names Mike Pride new administrator
Discussion: Poynter, @raju, Politico and FishbowlNY