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3:10 AM ET, July 25, 2014

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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Post reporter, other Americans appear to have been detained in Iran  —  Three American citizens, including The Washington Post's correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, U.S. officials and the newspaper said Thursday.  —  Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Joshua Topolsky, editor in chief of The Verge, joins Bloomberg as editor of a series of new online ventures, will be replaced by Nilay Patel  —  Josh Topolsky of The Verge Is Joining Bloomberg  —  Josh Topolsky, the co-founder of the technology website The Verge, will join Bloomberg …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google's $1B purchase of Twitch confirmed — joins YouTube for new video empire  —  Google has reached a deal to buy game livestreaming firm Twitch for $1 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter.  —  Citing unnamed sources, Variety said back in May that Google had made an all-cash offer …
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Why Harry Potter And The Simpsons Are Key To A Fox-Time Warner Deal  —  Uniting the Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox production studios would give Rupert Murdoch control over the two largest film and television catalogs ever assembled, creating a highly lucrative annuity and allowing …
Discussion: @buzzfeedben and @peterlauria3
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Reuters:
Carey pressured from both sides of Fox Time Warner deal to stay in job
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
CNN:
Journalist working for CNN abducted in Ukraine  —  Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) — A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN remains in detention two days after he was abducted by pro-Russian separatists.  —  Armed men from the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic seized Anton Skiba outside …
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Time Warner Cable C.E.O.: F.C.C. workload may delay Comcast merger  —  In a memo sent to Time Warner Cable employees Thursday, C.E.O. Rob Marcus said that a strained F.C.C. could delay approval for the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.  —  In the letter, Marcus cited …
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Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Major League Baseball Cries Foul on Net Neutrality Proposal  —  Count Major League Baseball among those who aren't wildly excited by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to allow broadband providers to offer fast-lane Internet access to content companies.  —  Last week, the sports league's …
Discussion: The Verge and Gigaom
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
BuzzFeed Editor Caught Lifting Text From Yahoo! Answers  —  Yahoo! Answers, one of the great artifacts of Internet history, is intently studied at viral news website BuzzFeed, where its trove of half-literate questions (and even less literate answers) has supplied material for at least fifty different posts and listicles.
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Amazon Drops 5% After Missing In Q2 With In-Line Sales Of $19.34B, Larger Than Expected Loss Of $0.27  —  Following the bell today, Amazon reported its second quarter financial performance including a $0.27 per share loss on revenue of $19.34 billion.  Analysts had expected Amazon to lose $0.15 on revenue of $19.34 billion.
Alexa Olesen / Foreign Policy:
China's Pengpai mixes public service journalism and party objectives, pleases no one  —  The New Website That Has China Buzzing  —  “Pengpai” has tens of millions of dollars in funding, and everyone in journalism is talking about it.  But no one seems pleased.  —  GOOGLE +
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Wikipedia blocks anonymous edits (and trolling) from a congressional IP address  —  A Wikipedia administrator has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of “disruptive” edits being made by someone located in the House of Representatives, a spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation confirmed.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
And minder makes three: For White House interviews, it's never just one-on-one  —  When NBC News White House reporter Chuck Todd conducts background interviews with government officials these days, he and his source usually aren't the only ones in the room or on the call.
John McDuling / Quartz:
An epic battle in streaming music is about to begin, and only a few will survive  —  “One thing is for sure,” declared an influential American critic and record industry analyst, Bob Lefsetz, in a recent post on the topic of streaming music.  “One service will dominate, it's where we'll all go …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Conde Nast's Golf World Magazine Goes Digital-Only  —  Fewer Than 10 People Laid Off  —  Creativity Top 5  —  The 67-year-old Golf World magazine is closing its print edition and shifting entirely to digital media, where it will be part of the Golf Digest website, the magazine said Wednesday.
Discussion: Associated Press and Folio, Thanks:@msebastian
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Twitter/Nielsen study: 87% of moviegoers say Twitter influenced their recent movie choice  —  Twitter Survey Explains Why Movie Tweets Matter  —  According to a survey from Twitter and Nielsen, 140 characters can make a significant impact on moviegoing decisions.
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
FCC Approves Sinclair/Allbritton Deal  —  Follows DOJ Sign-off Earlier This Week  —  The FCC's Media Bureau Thursday approved Sinclair's purchase of Allbritton TV stations and denied petitions to deny the deal.  —  That came on day 327 of its informal 180-day review of the deal …
Discussion: Variety, bizjournals and Reuters
 
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
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Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
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Discussion: @jamcnn and Pocket-lint
Advanced Television:
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Arab Times:
Kuwait Shuts Pro-Opposition TV, Newspaper
John Schwartz / Current.org:
In spectrum auction, FCC should protect public TV's coverage
The Local:
German state bans Hells Angels' logo online
Discussion: Gigaom