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11:50 AM ET, July 8, 2015


 Top News: 
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Tidal launches family plan: each new member gets 50% discount from original $9.99 or $14.99 subscription, still more expensive than Apple Music  —  Tidal now has a family plan, but it's more expensive than Apple Music  —  With many of its music subscription rivals offering attractive family plan pricing …
Discussion: TechCrunch and BGR
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Dave Weigel returns to The Washington Post as a national political reporter, will also anchor new political podcast launching later this year  —  Dave Weigel joins The Post's Politics team  —  Announcement from Cameron Barr, national editor, Scott Wilson, deputy national editor, Anne Kornblut …
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
Wisconsin lawmakers vote on bill to curtail open-records law just before 4th July holiday; find it fuels coverage instead of masking it  —  A wave of media coverage helps to beat back changes to Wisconsin's public records law  —  Wisconsin lawmakers tried to sneak one by the state's journalists …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
ProSieben to buy YouTube network Collective Digital Studio, will merge it with own web video unit Studio71, invest $83M for 75% of new venture valued at $240M  —  Another YouTube Network Finds an Exit: Collective Links Up With Germany's ProSieben  —  Last year, big media companies went …
Discussion: Ad Age, @pkafka and Variety
Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Hulu to stream South Park for another 5 years, pay $192M to Viacom, show's creators  —  ‘South Park’ Re-Ups With Massive Hulu, Comedy Central Deals (Exclusive)  —  The streaming service will pay $192 million to the network's owner Viacom and the show's creative team for a three-year extension.
Discussion: @michaelwolffnyc
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Sun lowers its paywall, allowing free access to many stories  —  But Rupert Murdoch's company says users still pay for most of its digital content  —  Has the Sun abandoned its paywall?  Readers without a subscription can access the splash, some of its main news stories and high-profile columnists …
Sam Adams / Criticwire:
Pitchfork-funded two-year-old movie and TV criticism site The Dissolve is shutting down  —  The Dissolve Shuts Down  —  As the keeper of a blog covering the world of film and TV criticism it's often fallen to me to break bad news.  But for both personal and professional reasons …
David McCabe / The Hill:
Consumer group files FTC complaint against Google, seeking to extend right to be forgotten to US  —  Group demands that Google offer users the ‘right to be forgotten’  —  A group on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) arguing that Google should allow users …
Press Gazette:
Court of Appeal quashes conviction of former News of the World reporter Ryan Sabey  —  A former News of the World royal reporter who was found guilty of getting scoops from one of Prince Harry's comrades has formally had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Time acquires two youth-focused digital sports firms, SportsSignup and, digital scorecard firm iScore Sports, and events company inVNT  —  Time Inc. Acquires Youth Sports Firms, Creates ‘Sports Illustrated Play’ Unit  —  Time Inc. has acquired three youth-focused digital sports companies …
Discussion: Folio, Talking New Media, mUmBRELLA and WWD
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:   Time Inc's digital innovation group launches The Drive, an automotive vertical aimed at people under 35
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Q&A with Associated Press editor Mary Rajkumar on how stories of modern-day slavery led to the freedom of hundreds  —  AP editor: 'It's not every day that we help get hundreds of slaves freed.'  —  Last week, Associated Press reporter Margie Mason told the next chapter in a dramatic story the AP started telling in March.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Concerns about copyright law lead to takedown from Medium of translated Thomas Piketty comments originally from Die Zeit  —  Copyright Takes Down High-Profile Translation Of Thomas Piketty's Comments On Germany & Greek Debt  —  Here we go again with copyright taking content away from the public, rather than the other way around.
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Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
CBS plans debt offering of $800M, with proceeds for general purposes including stock buyback
Discussion: PR Newswire and The Wrap
Stowe Boyd / Gigaom Research:
Gigaom Research is relaunching under new owner Knowingly; existing subscriptions to be extended four months
Discussion: @monkchips
Chris Sutcliffe / TheMediaBriefing:
How Norweigian publisher Schibsted's single log-in across all properties lets it successfully monetize mobile content
Discussion: @c_senst
 Earlier Picks: 
Nicola Davis / Observer:
Inside British Library's operation to digitize and preserve 300 years of newspaper content
Discussion: @daniellemorrill
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Netflix Moves Into Original Feature Films, Starting This October
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Scratch Magazine cofounder Manjula Martin on the lessons learned as the 1K member site shutters: not everything can be monetized, not everything will scale