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12:00 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
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 …
Discussion: @poynter and BuzzFeed
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
BuzzFeed Editor Caught Lifting Text From Yahoo! Answers
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
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
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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 …
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: The Verge
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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.
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
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.
Discussion: Guardian
Robert Booth / Guardian:
Court hears dispute over whether Andy Coulson or News UK must pay £750,000 costs after phone hacking trial  —  Court hears dispute over whether Andy Coulson or News UK must pay £750,000 costs after phone hacking trial  —  The former editor of the News of the World, Andy Coulson …
Discussion: Telegraph, @guardian and Private Eye
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Comixology users can now download DRM-free backups of some comics  —  Maybe Amazon's purchase of Comixology isn't the worst thing to ever happen after all.  Comic book readers on iOS have been fuming over the loss of in-app purchases following the company's acquisition …
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: Los Angeles Times and SI.com
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.
 
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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, The Register and 9to5Mac
Jacob Silverman / Politico:
The State Department's Twitter Jihad
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Francesca Panetta / Guardian:
Telling the story of the first world war with 2014 technology
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