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7:05 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 …
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.
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.
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,” …
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: @raju, @rafat and @joshdilworth, Thanks:@tched
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.
Discussion: Free Press Blog
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.
George Monbiot / Guardian:
The real enemies of press freedom are in the newsroom  —  The principal threat to expression comes not from state regulation but from censorship by editors and proprietors  —  Three hundred years of press freedom are at risk, the newspapers cry.  The government's proposed press regulator, they warn, threatens their independence.
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.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Fusion Names Jane Spencer Its Editor for Digital Content  —  Fusion, a joint online and television venture between Univision and Disney/ABC Television Group, announced on Tuesday that Jane Spencer, a veteran of The Daily Beast and The Wall Street Journal, would be its editor in chief for digital content.
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Felix Dennis deeded ownership and profits of Mental Floss and The Week to a UK forest trust  —  Felix Dennis left a forest for his legacy ... and heir  —  When Felix Dennis, the idiosyncratic owner of namesake publishing businesses in the U.S. and U.K., died at age 67 last week …
Discussion: @mhattikudur and MediaWire Daily
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
100+ ex-BBC World Service journalists write UK Egypt ambassador to protest Al Jazeera trial  —  100 BBC World Service journalists condemn Egypt for ‘retrograde step’ following seven-year Al Jazeera sentences  —  More than 100 former BBC World Service journalists have written …
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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
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
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Tumblr “shadow CEO” Derek Gottfrid is out according to internal email from David Karp
Discussion: AdAge and VentureBeat
 Earlier Picks: 
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Pulitzer names Mike Pride new administrator
Discussion: Poynter, @raju, Politico and FishbowlNY
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
World Cup Ratings Soar; Univision Has Most-Viewed Telecast in History
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
AP on robot reporters: 'I can't have journalists spending a ton of time data processing'
Discussion: USA Today and The Daily Caller
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
New York Times shutting down India Ink, its first country specific blog
Brown Moses Blog:
Brown Moses launching crowdfunding campaign July 14 for open investigations site, Bellingcat
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
BBC appoints Matthew Postgate as chief technology officer