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2:45 PM ET, July 25, 2014

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Juliette Garside / Guardian:
BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £4.9bn cash  —  Broadcaster to buy Fox's 57.4% interest in German firm, while Italian purchase to use cash and National Geographic sale  —  BSkyB is to become a pan-European broadcasting company after agreeing to buy Sky Italia …
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Reuters:   Murdoch's 21st Century Fox pledges to extend buybacks
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:   BSkyB Adds More TV Subs in Latest Quarter, Posts Lower Full-Year Profit
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Why Harry Potter And The Simpsons Are Key To A Fox-Time Warner Deal
Discussion: @peterlauria3 and @buzzfeedben
Financial Times:
Financial Times says digital subscriptions up 33%, making up 2/3 of paying audience; overall circulation up 13%, year-on-year  —  Financial Times - 2014 interim statement  —  The FT's total circulation is at an all time high - up 13 per cent year on year to more than 677,000 across print and online.
Discussion: Press Gazette, Guardian and @emilyjg
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Bloomberg:
Pearson Cutting 4,000 Jobs as First-Half Sales Decline
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Nick Davies / Guardian:
The pervasive power of Rupert Murdoch: an extract from Hack Attack by Nick Davies  —  In this first extract from his new book, the reporter who broke the phone hacking story looks at Rebekah Brooks's 2009 wedding - and how it was a perfect display of the nature of Rupert Murdoch's hold on British life
Discussion: @kenearlys
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Press Gazette:
Four security guards accused of helping to destroy Rebekah Brooks evidence have case against them dropped  —  Four security guards accused of helping to hide or destroy evidence around the time of Rebekah Brooks's arrest will not face trial, a court was told today.
Our Bad Media:
Six more plagiarism accusations against BuzzFeed's Benny Johnson  —  More Plagiarism From “One Of The Web's Deeply Original Writers”  —  Yesterday, this blog posted an article about serial plagiarism by Buzzfeed's Benny Johnson that came after said reporter called out another publication for plagiarizing his own work.
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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Google Granting Around Half Europe's Search De-Index Requests — But Won't Show Its Workings  —  Following a meeting between European regulators and search engines yesterday, to discuss the latter group's implementation of a recent European Court of Justice privacy ruling …
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Rowena Mason / Guardian:
Jimmy Wales says Google should not be ‘censoring history’ after web search company reveals it has approved half of requests  —  Right to be forgotten: Wikipedia chief enters internet censorship row  —  Jimmy Wales says Google should not be ‘censoring history’ after web search company reveals …
Discussion: @jamesrbuk, @chrisschaef and The Verge
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Pandora joins the billion-dollar music payouts club with Spotify and YouTube  —  When the likes of Spotify look to a possible future as public companies, Pandora remains the most high-profile example of a post-IPO digital music business riding the Wall Street rollercoaster.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and @soundboy
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Washington Post:
Iran confirms arrest of Post correspondent  —  Iran confirmed Friday that The Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran has been arrested on unspecified charges.  —  Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, director general of the Tehran Province Justice Department, told reporters that the …
Anne Helen Petersen / BuzzFeed:
The Down And Dirty History Of TMZ … For just $53, you can purchase a guaranteed front-of-the-bus seat on the TMZ NYC Tour.  After stepping on the bus in the middle of Times Square, a TMZ-trained tour guide — handsome, blond, amiable Australian — will ask you and the rest of the bus if you're a huge fan of the show.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Vevo, the Giant Music Video Site, Tries to Fix Itself Before It Sells Itself  —  Music videos are huge on the Web, and Vevo is huge in music videos.  It generates six billion views a month, and is crucial to both the music industry and YouTube.  —  Now Vevo's owners want to find a new investor …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
London Live applies to Ofcom to slash local programming  —  Four months after launch, TV station wants to cut primetime local content from three to just one hour a day  —  London Live's local evening programming includes Not the One Show, a reference to BBC1's The One Show.
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sources: Google signed deal to buy Twitch for $1B  —  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.
 
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Comixology users can now download DRM-free backups of some comics
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Newsnight's Evan Davis: 'It could all go wrong, but it'll at least be an adventure'
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Judge takes issue with Apple's $450M e-books settlement offer
Discussion: Re/code, GalleyCat, 9to5Mac and The Register
Jacob Silverman / Politico:
The State Department's Twitter Jihad
Discussion: @cwarzel and @mathewi
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
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Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Time Warner Cable C.E.O.: F.C.C. workload may delay Comcast merger
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
FCC Approves Sinclair/Allbritton Deal
Discussion: Variety, Reuters and bizjournals
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Wikipedia blocks anonymous edits (and trolling) from a congressional IP address
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Amazon Drops 5% After Missing In Q2 With In-Line Sales Of $19.34B, Larger Than Expected Loss Of $0.27