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3:00 PM ET, July 2, 2014

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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 …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Layoffs at Wall Street Journal as Part of Newsroom Re-evaluation  —  The Wall Street Journal has cut between 20 and 40 staff members in recent weeks, according to people familiar with the matter, as part of a re-evaluation of its newsroom that came at the end of its financial year.
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 …
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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Google acquires music streaming service Songza for undisclosed amount; product intact for now
James Ball / Guardian:
EU's right to be forgotten: Guardian articles have been hidden by Google  —  Publishers must fight back against this indirect challenge to press freedom, which allows articles to be ‘disappeared’.  Editorial decisions belong with them, not Google  —  When you Google someone from within the EU …
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
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 Amazon.com Inc. executive …
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.
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.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Tech journo Steven Levy on his move to Medium  —  With the news of his move to Medium, Wired's Steven Levy became the latest journalist to leave the security of the media establishment for an online startup.  Medium is a blogging platform started by Twitter founder Ev Williams …
John Otis / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Ecuador newspaper shutters its presses, citing government pressure  —  Blaming government harassment and a related advertising slowdown, the daily newspaper Hoy ceased its Quito-based print edition Monday, and said it would transform into an online-only newspaper.
Discussion: Poynter
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 …
Claire Brownell / Financial Post:
Globe and Mail reporters appear to be preparing competing publication as possible strike looms  —  On the eve of a contract vote which could lead to a strike or a lockout at the Globe and Mail newspaper, unionized reporters appear to be preparing to launch a competing publication to add leverage to their standoff with management.
Discussion: @clabrow and @sladurantaye
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 …
 
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
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Manuela Mesco / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Reuters
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
EFF Changes Position On Net Neutrality: Recognizes FCC Must Act, But Narrowly
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Hackers Turn Music Industry Site into The Pirate Bay
Discussion: Billboard and The Daily Caller
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Increasing numbers of journalism startups turning to non-profit model, with much success
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
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Ronald Grover / Reuters:
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