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9:55 AM 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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Kamal Ahmed / BBC:
BSkyB - James Murdoch's master plan comes closer to fruition  —  Today's announcement that BSkyB has made a £4.9bn bid to buy Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia from 21st Century Fox is, on the surface, a straightforward play by a British pay-tv business to become a European giant.
Discussion: USA Today
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Why Harry Potter And The Simpsons Are Key To A Fox-Time Warner Deal
Discussion: @buzzfeedben and @peterlauria3
Reuters:
Carey pressured from both sides of Fox Time Warner deal to stay in job
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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  —  Pearson Plc (PSON), the publisher of the Financial Times, said today it will have cut a total of about 4,000 jobs in the two years through 2014 and reported a sales decline of 6.5 percent for the first half.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Post reporter, other Americans appear to have been detained in Iran
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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: Gizmodo, The Verge and Gigaom
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Newsnight's Evan Davis: 'It could all go wrong, but it'll at least be an adventure'  —  Davis replaces Paxman as lead anchor and faces the challenge of attracting a bigger audience to the BBC show  —  Evan Davis is the new star presenter of BBC2's Newsnight - but it almost didn't happen.
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Judge takes issue with Apple's $450M e-books settlement offer  —  After the tech giant agrees to pay millions in the e-book price-fixing lawsuit, the presiding judge says, “I'm concerned about the terms of the settlement.”  —  Apple  —  Skirting an upcoming trial, Apple agreed to pay $450 million …
Discussion: Re/code, The Register and 9to5Mac
Alex Ben Block / Hollywood Reporter:
Time Warner Cable Signs on for ESPN's New SEC Net  —  ESPN closed the deal, which also includes Bright House Networks, to bring carriage of the newest college conference network to about 60 million U.S. TV homes.  —  The college football conference that has been a big winner on the gridiron in recent years …
Discussion: SI.com and Los Angeles Times
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 …
Discussion: Reuters and Washington Post
Samantha Smith / The Australian:
Peter Greste to appeal against conviction and jail term in Egypt … JAILED Australian journalist Peter Greste's family will appeal against his seven-year sentence in Egypt in an effort to “exhaust” all legal channels until a political solution can arise.  —  Greste's parents are already …
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
Jacob Silverman / Politico:
The State Department's Twitter Jihad  —  Can a bureaucracy out-tweet the terrorists?  —  The skirmish began like so many others: with a tweet.  On June 26, a Twitter user with the handle @AboudouAbdallah, who identifies himself as living in Morocco and supporting the terrorist group Islamic State …
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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Brian Fung / Washington Post:
Behind Comcast's truthy ad campaign for net neutrality
Discussion: Techdirt
 
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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
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC gets its chance to overturn state limits on broadband competition
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Chromecast has been used 400M times to ‘cast’ sessions to TVs since it launched a year ago
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Attention, TV Networks: Facebook Is Coming For You Next
Discussion: @jamcnn
Advanced Television:
Half broadband users use video apps monthly
Discussion: Digital TV Europe
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