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5:30 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, Guardian and @emilyjg
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Bloomberg:
Pearson Cutting 4,000 Jobs as First-Half Sales Decline
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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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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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 …
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
RT:
RT's Graham Phillips tweets confirmation of his release, deportation from Ukraine  —  Graham Phillips, an RT contributor covering the conflict in eastern Ukraine, has been deported to the UK, following his arrest at Donetsk airport on Tuesday night, local media said citing Ukraine's security service (SBU).
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
FilmOn found in contempt for streaming network TV after Aereo decision, will appeal  —  Court Finds FilmOn in Contempt  —  Must Pay $90,000 And Court Costs  —  New York District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald has found FilmOn in contempt for continuing to deliver network TV station signals …
Discussion: MediaPost, Variety and @eggerton
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 …
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video
Discussion: Variety and Pocket-lint
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Vevo, the Giant Music Video Site, Tries to Fix Itself Before It Sells Itself
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, 9to5Mac, The Register and GalleyCat
John Plunkett / Guardian:
London Live applies to Ofcom to slash local programming
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Jacob Silverman / Politico:
The State Department's Twitter Jihad
Discussion: @cwarzel and @mathewi
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Conde Nast's Golf World Magazine Goes Digital-Only
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
Discussion: Gigaom
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sources: Google signed deal to buy Twitch for $1B