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 …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable, CNNMoney.com, The Wrap, Telegraph, Telegraph, Hollywood Reporter, London Evening Standard, Reuters, Associated Press, Digital TV Europe, Sky News Australia, City A.M., Bloomberg, Irish Independent, Wall Street Journal, @edmundlee, Reuters, ABC News, The Drum, Hollywood Reporter, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, Sky News, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Variety, Fortune and Engadget
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable: 21st Century Fox Agrees To Europe Satellite Deal
Mark Thompson / CNNMoney.com: Rupert Murdoch is raising cash to pursue U.S. ambitions.
Jason Hughes / The Wrap: Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Reaches Deal With BSkyB for European Pay TV Companies
Christopher Williams / Telegraph: BSkyB seals £7bn deal with Rupert Murdoch to create ‘Sky Europe’
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter: BSkyB Adds More TV Subs in Latest Quarter, Posts Lower Full-Year Profit
Gregory Katz / Associated Press: BSKYB TO CREATE MULTINATIONAL EUROPEAN TV NETWORK
Stuart Thomson / Digital TV Europe: Sky confirms £5 billion ‘Sky Europe’ deal
Lynsey Barber / City A.M.: BSkyB share price slides on £5.3bn deal for Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia
Simon Zekaria / Wall Street Journal: BSkyB readies for earnings with ‘Sky Europe’ deal prospects in the air
Edmund Lee / @edmundlee: >@rupertmurdoch Sky sale nets $7B cash w/$4B likely for buybacks leaving $3B. CNN could net $6-$7B giving him $10B xtra to buy $TWX at 95/sh
John Glenday / The Drum: Sky's the limit as BSkyB stumps up £4.9bn to form Sky Europe
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter: 21st Century Fox, U.K.'s BSkyB Reach $9.1 Billion Euro Pay TV Deal
Howard Mustoe / BBC: RBS RESULTS — tweets: RBS Ross McEwan says UK recovery …
Kate Holton / Reuters: BSkyB to pay $8 billion to create Sky Europe
Ben Perry / Agence France-Presse: BSkyB reveals deal to create pan-European pay TV giant AFP 34 mins ago
Leo Barraclough / Variety: Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB to Merge with German and Italian Sister Companies to Create Pay-TV Giant
Geoffrey Smith / Fortune: BSkyB to pay $8.3 billion for Fox's TV assets in Germany, Italy
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
Why Harry Potter And The Simpsons Are Key To A Fox-Time Warner Deal
Discussion: @buzzfeedben and @peterlauria3
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
Simon Zekaria / Wall Street Journal: Pearson Swings to Profit
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 and @emilyjg
William Turvill / Press Gazette: FT half-year results: Digital now makes up two-thirds of readership after 33 per cent rise to 455k subscribers
Simon Zekaria / Wall Street Journal:
Financial Times publisher Pearson posts first-half net profit of £227M, sales fell 6.5% to £2.05B — Pearson Swings to Profit Despite Fall in Sales — Financial Times Publisher Confirms Full-Year Guidance — LONDON—U.K. publisher Pearson PLC on Friday swung to a first-half profit …
Discussion: Pearson, MarketWatch, Life Style Extra, Reuters and EducationInvestor magazine
Simon Zekaria / MarketWatch: Pearson swings to profit, confirms guidance
Hana Stewart-Smith / Life Style Extra: Pearson Retains Full-Year Outlook As Loss Widens
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Post reporter, other journalists appear to have been detained in Iran — Three American citizens, including The Washington Post's correspondent in Iran, appear to have been detained this week in Tehran, U.S. officials and the newspaper said Thursday. — Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times: Kerry Proposes Weeklong Halt to Fighting in Gaza Strip
Christine Zosche / FishbowlNY: Morning Media Newsfeed: WaPo Reporter Detained in Iran | Bloomberg Hires Topolsky
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times: Washington Post Reporter Apparently Detained in Iran
Kristen Hare / Poynter: Washington Post reporter and wife detained in Iran
Ruchi Parekh / Just Security: News Roundup and Notes: July 25, 2014
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian: Washington Post's Tehran reporter and three other journalists arrested in Iran
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post: Washington Post Correspondent Jason Rezaian, Three Others, Reportedly Detained In Iran
Mohammad Davari / @modavari: Detention of friends and colleagues Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi is unjustifiable. No official word on their whereabouts or condition.
Ernesto Londoño / @londonoe: You can read @jrezaian's #Iran coverage here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ...
Benjamin Weinthal / @benweinthal: Rouhani's tribute to press freedom. Post reporter, other journalists appear to have been detained in Iran. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ...
Evan McMurry / Mediaite: WaPo Iran Correspondent, Three Others Detained in Tehran
Laura Rozen / @lrozen: Terrible news, i hope it can be fixed. @jrezaian just with us all at #irantalksvienna http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ... @JZarif @araghchi
Miriam Berger / BuzzFeed: Iran Detains Three American Journalists, Including Washington Post Correspondent
Arash Karami / @thekarami: WaPo's @jrezaian & TheNational's @YeganehSalehi detained Tuesday in Tehran, unclear who detained them or why. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ...
Max Fisher / @max_fisher: As always, no one is more effective at keeping Iran isolated and distrusted in the world than Tehran itself. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ...
Mike Doran / @doranimated: WashPost reporter & his wife appear to have been detained in pluralistic, reformist Iran | http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ...
Nick Massella / FishbowlDC: Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian Believed to be Detained in Iran
Hadas Gold / Politico: Washington Post reporter detained in Iran
Adam K. Raymond / New York Magazine: No reason has been given. — The Washington Post's 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 …
Discussion: ITProPortal, Softpedia News, Electronista, @dannerdcubed, @lucas_gonze, Deadline.com, TechCrunch, Pocket-lint, Mashable, Gizmodo, Polygon, Variety, BGR, The Wrap, 9to5Google, App Advice, Android Police, Broadcasting & Cable and Eurogamer.net
Darren Allan / ITProPortal: Google has inked a deal to snag Twitch for $1bn
Gabriela Vatu / Softpedia News: Google Wants to Pay $1 Billion for Twitch - Report
Nerd / @dannerdcubed: Anyone up for a game of monopoly? “@IIJERiiCHOII: OH GOD GOOGLE BUYS TWITCH OH GOD http://venturebeat.com/...”
Lucas Gonze / @lucas_gonze: Twitch is the future of sports TV: no leagues, rock bottom production costs, naturally telegenic imagery, interactivity.
Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch: YC-Backed Kamcord Launches An App For Watching Mobile Game Replays
Elyse Betters / Pocket-lint: Google in talks to buy Twitch live-streaming video service for $1 billion
Christina Warren / Mashable: Google's $1 Billion Acquisition of Twitch Reportedly a Go
Eric Limer / Gizmodo: Report: Google Is Buying Twitch for $1 Billion
Samit Sarkar / Polygon: Report: Google to acquire Twitch for $1 billion
Todd Spangler / Variety: Google Seals Deal to Buy Twitch for $1 Billion: Report
Aldrin Calimlim / App Advice: Google to acquire popular gaming-focused streaming platform Twitch for $1 billion
Ryan Whitwam / Android Police: [Update: Another Confirmation] Rumor: Live Game Streaming Platform Twitch Has Accepted …
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.
Discussion: The Drum, @jake_kanter, @jimwaterson, broadcastnow.co.uk and Broadband TV News
Angela Haggerty / The Drum: London Live asks Ofcom to reduce broadcast requirements just months after launch
Jake Kanter / @jake_kanter: London Live wants to significantly reduce its commitment to local programming. Ofcom document reveals its plans: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/ ...
Jim Waterson / @jimwaterson: London Live asks permission to cut local programming from 3.5hrs/day in peak to one hour a day http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/ ... pic.twitter.com/1tR0FfQGi2
Julian Clover / Broadband TV News: London Live seeks to reduce local content
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge: Major League Baseball takes a swing at the FCC's fast lane internet proposal
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
Nate Raymond / Re/code: Judge Troubled by Apple's Proposed E-Books Settlement
Brid-Aine Parnell / The Register: US judge ‘troubled’ over Apple's $450m ebook price-fixing deal - report
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
Julia Fioretti / Reuters: Google under fire from regulators over response to EU privacy ruling
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 …
Discussion: Press Gazette, CourierMail, Brisbane Times, Guardian, Yahoo! News, Reuters and Firstpost
Press Gazette: Al Jazeera journalist to appeal Egypt conviction: 'This isn't just about those wrongly convicted in our case.
Brittany Vonow / CourierMail: Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste and Baher Mohammed launch appeal against Egyptian sentence
Natalie Bochenski / Brisbane Times: Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste to appeal jail term in Egypt
Matt Siegel / Reuters: Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt say they will appeal Reuters 10 hrs ago
Journalist working for CNN abducted in Ukraine — Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) — A Ukrainian journalist working as a freelancer for CNN remains in detention two days after he was abducted by pro-Russian separatists. — Armed men from the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic seized Anton Skiba outside …
Discussion: Committee to Protect …, Guardian, RT, The Straits Times, CBC News, The Inquisitr News, OSCE, The Huffington Post, Poynter, BuzzFeed, NY Daily News, Business Insider, Mediaite and @ivancnn
Muzaffar Suleymanov / Committee to Protect Journalists: In Ukraine, some updates on this week's abducted and missing journalist(s)
Roy Greenslade / Guardian: More journalists detained in Ukraine while reporting on MH17 tragedy
Graham Phillips / RT: Journalist captured in E. Ukraine released, RT stringer remains in detention
Stacy Carey / The Inquisitr News: CNN Abducted Journalist: Anton Skiba Accused By Donetsk Separatists Of Being ‘Ukrainian Agent’
OSCE: OSCE representative calls for release of journalist abducted by separatists, denounces new cases …
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post: CNN Freelancer Abducted By Pro-Russian Separatists In Ukraine
Kristen Hare / Poynter: CNN, RT report missing staff in Ukraine
Mike Hayes / BuzzFeed: Journalists Reportedly Abducted In East Ukraine
Colin Campbell / Business Insider: CNN Freelancer Reportedly Abducted In Ukraine
Evan McMurry / Mediaite: Separatists Abduct CNN Crew Member in Eastern Ukraine
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
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.
Discussion: Politico, Our Bad Media, Our Bad Media, @bennyjohnson, @juddlegum, @hunterw, @jktrotter, BuzzFeed, Poynter, @davidfolkenflik, @samfbiddle, @scotteweinberg and @timothypmurphy
Dylan Byers / Politico: BuzzFeed's Benny Johnson accused of plagiarism
Blupman / Our Bad Media: 3 Reasons Benny Johnson Shouldn't Call Out Plagiarism: He's A Plagiarist, He's A Plagiarist, and He's A Plagiarist
BuzzFeed Benny / @bennyjohnson: Repeat after me: Copying and pasting someone's work is called “plagiarism” http://www.ijreview.com/...
Judd Legum / @juddlegum: In fairness, plagiarizing Yahoo Answers is its own punishment http://gawker.com/...
Hunter Walker / @hunterw: The only thing more embarrassing than being caught plagiarizing from Yahoo! Answers is when you're caught by someone named “Blippoblappo”
J.K. Trotter / @jktrotter: “We're grateful to @blippoblappo and @crushingbort for pointing out these serious failures” — @BuzzFeedBen http://gawker.com/...
Stephen Jaffe / BuzzFeed: The Most Romantic Story In Congress
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter: BuzzFeed changes posts that swiped text
David Folkenflik / @davidfolkenflik: Not sure I'd call his work “deeply original” on this of all days... http://gawker.com/...
Sam Faulkner Biddle / @samfbiddle: if you think about it, it makes TOTAL sense that @bennyjohnson has been copying and pasting from yahoo answers http://gawker.com/...
Scott Weinberg / @scotteweinberg: Plagiarism at Buzzfeed? My world just shattered. MT @Gawker BuzzFeed caught lifting text from Yahoo! Answers. http://gawker.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.
Discussion: Associated Press and Folio, Thanks:@msebastian
Caysey Welton / Folio: Golf World Shutters Print Edition
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 …
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 Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Amazon Drops 5% After Missing In Q2 With In-Line Sales Of $19.34B, Larger Than Expected Loss Of $0.27 — Following the bell today, Amazon reported its second quarter financial performance including a $0.27 per share loss on revenue of $19.34 billion. Analysts had expected Amazon to lose $0.15 on revenue of $19.34 billion.
Discussion: New York Times, Business Wire, Talking Biz News, TIME, Bloomberg, @chris_ciaccia, @kylezink, @forbes, Forbes, Publishers Weekly, Gigaom, TechCrunch, Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, AdAge and ZDNet
David Streitfeld / New York Times: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
Liz Hester / Talking Biz News: Coverage: Amazon earnings miss the mark
Jack Linshi / TIME: Amazon's Q2 Earnings Lower Than Expected
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg: Amazon Loss Widens as Bezos Keeps Spending to Build New Services
@forbes: Jeff Bezos lost $3 billion in an hour after Amazon reports big losses http://onforb.es/WGmZDh $AMZN
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom: Amazon's Q2 loss sends stock falling after hours
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch: Amazon Remains Great For Customers, Not For Shareholders - Stock Drops 6% As Losses Widen
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter: Amazon Shares Tumble on Wider-Than-Expected Losses
Tony Maglio / The Wrap: Amazon Q2 Losses Larger Than Anticipated
Abby Phillip / Washington Post:
Wikipedia blocks anonymous edits (and trolling) from a congressional IP address — A Wikipedia administrator has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of “disruptive” edits being made by someone located in the House of Representatives, a spokesman for the Wikimedia Foundation confirmed.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Wire, The Hill, @insidejobscast, @jeffbearer, @saladinahmed, @jimmackaywnew, @postbaron, @mcclure111, @absodeviation, @jeresig, @wikisignpost and PandoDaily
Polly Mosendz / The Wire: Congressional IP Address Blocked from Making Edits to Wikipedia
Julian Hattem / The Hill: House staffers blocked from editing Wikipedia
Inside Jobs Podcast / @insidejobscast: Congress gets temp block from editing Wikipedia because someone there promoted moon landing conspiracy theories. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ...
Jeff Bearer / @jeffbearer: you know @congressedits was my new favorite pasttime and now wikipedia blocked congress ip's from editing wikipedia for 10 days. bummer.
Saladin Ahmed / @saladinahmed: Someone at the US House of Reps just made a suspicious edit to the wikipedia entry ‘Reptillians’... ht @congressedits pic.twitter.com/QKYVkQirGm
@jimmackaywnew: The whole @congressedits is fascinating & disturbing, the response from @wikipedia is appropriate
Marty Baron / @postbaron: #Wikipedia blocks anonymous edits (and trolling) from a congressional IP address http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ... @washingtonpost
Mcc / @mcclure111: About halfway through this article I think I actually sort of start to admire this person https://twitter.com/...
John Resig / @jeresig: I will donate $20 to a charity if someone can land an edit to http://en.wikipedia.org/... or http://en.wikipedia.org/... in @congressedits
The Signpost / @wikisignpost: A #Wikipedia administrator has blocked an IP address belonging to the US House of Representatives: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ ...