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4:30 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  —  (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox said on Friday it would renew a share buyback program using the proceeds from its partial exit from European pay-TV, regardless of any acquisitions the media group undertakes.
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
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
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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.
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, @emilyjg and Guardian
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Bloomberg:
Pearson Cutting 4,000 Jobs as First-Half Sales Decline
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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
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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 …
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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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
BuzzFeed is reviewing Benny Johnson's work  —  BuzzFeed is reviewing the work of viral politics editor Benny Johnson, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith tells Poynter.  —  Two Twitter users who go by @blippoblappo and @crushingbort have published what they call “more plagiarism” from Johnson …
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.
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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.
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video  —  Amazon's Instant Video service has traditionally been thought of as both a rival to iTunes and Netflix, in terms of offering movies and TV shows for rent, purchase or for free streaming via the company's Amazon Prime membership program.
Discussion: Variety and Pocket-lint
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sources: Google signed deal to buy Twitch for $1B
Gallup:
Russians Rely on State Media for News of Ukraine, Crimea  —  Few trust Western media or independent Russian media  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Most Russians have been following the news about Ukraine and Crimea over the past few months, with nearly nine in 10 paying attention before Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
 
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 Earlier Picks: 
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
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Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Major League Baseball Cries Foul on Net Neutrality Proposal
Discussion: Gizmodo, Mashable, The Verge and Gigaom
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