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10:40 PM ET, July 3, 2015


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Spiegel Online:
Der Spiegel says it was spied on by US and betrayed by its own government, calls the snooping an attack on press freedom  —  SPIEGEL Targeted by US Intelligence  —  Revelations from WikiLeaks published this week show how boundlessly and comprehensively American intelligence services spied on the German government.
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
In 2011, CIA outed German spy official who was leaking information to Der Spiegel; Der Spiegel files complaint with its government  —  Report: After Spying Operation in Germany, CIA Outed Suspected Leaker to Retaliate Against Journalists  —  Image: The United States embassy in Berlin, Germany.
Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:
Reddit mods take popular subreddits private after removal of Victoria Taylor; Ellen Pao says Reddit has underserved site mods, added 5 people to community team  —  Reddit In Chaos After Allegedly Firing AMA Coordinator Victoria Taylor  —  If you tried to visit r/IAmA, one of Reddit's biggest subs …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
As expensive trial looms, a look at Gawker's financials: $6.52M in operating income in 2014 on $44.2M revenue; debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank  —  Gawker dodges potentially deadly Hulk Hogan lawsuit — for now  —  Gawker boss Nick Denton was sitting in the Gramercy Cafe in Manhattan …
Lauren Goode / Re/code:
In Battle of Streaming Music Services, Simplicity Is the Killer Feature  —  Now that we can all finally acknowledge that streaming music is a “thing,” I keep wondering why the companies that offer streaming music services are making things more complicated for consumers as they compete for our ears.
Discussion: Re/code
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
153 Met Police staff probed for media leaks in 10 years, more than doubling in Leveson years  —  153 Met Police staff investigated over media leaks in ten years - probes more than doubled in Leveson years  —  The frequency of Metropolitan Police press leak investigations nearly tripled …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
BBC jobs sacrifice is a calculated risk  —  With the Tory rightwing on the warpath, the cull of middle managers is based on the belief that the BBC as a whole is under more serious financial threat  —  Ancient preparations for war typically included a last-minute sacrifice to the gods, and the BBC is no different.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Lifetime's move into over-the-top video at $4/month shows how all kinds of networks are testing unbundling despite risks of cannibalization and competition  —  Time for a Reality Check Among TV's Streaming Services  —  In the burgeoning world of subscription VOD, all ventures are not created equal.
Discussion: Washington Post and Adweek
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
How The New York Times uses startup KeyWee for natural language analysis to find keywords to target Facebook audiences  —  How The New York Times finds new subscribers on Facebook  —  Publishers have a lot of tools to bring readers back to their site.  But often those visitors amount …
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Nielsen: songs streamed in the US up 92.4% YoY to 135.2B, digital song sales down 10.4% to 531.6M, in the first half of 2015  —  Americans Stream 135 Billion Songs in First Half of Year  —  Americans streamed a staggering 135 billion songs and music videos in the first half of 2015 …
Discussion: 9to5Mac, VVN Music and Ars Technica
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Johnston Press acquires free weekly newspaper in Brighton  —  Highfield snaps up the four-year-old Brighton & Hove Independent  —  Johnston Press has acquired a weekly free newspaper in Brighton, the Brighton & Hove Independent.  —  The paper, which boasts a weekly circulation of 13,005 copies …
Discussion: @greghadfield
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Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Digital media M&A grew in first half of 2015, with 1,243 deals globally, up about 24% from 1,000 in first half of 2014
Discussion: MediaPost
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Prince sends takedown requests to Spotify, Rdio, and Deezer
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