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2:35 PM ET, July 8, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
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: The Wrap, Ad Age, @pkafka and Variety
Joshua Brustein / Bloomberg Business:
One week after Apple Music launch, Spotify has best week ever in US Apple store with five consecutive days on top ten downloaded apps list  —  Spotify Just Had Its Best Week Ever on Apple Music's Home Turf  —  In the week since Apple Music launched, Spotify has spent five consecutive days in the top 10 most downloaded apps list.
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 …
Ishmael N. Daro / National Post:
Pulitzer-winning journalist Paul Watson quits Toronto Star over ‘refusal to publish’ story on Franklin expedition  —  Paul Watson, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, has quit the Toronto Star over that paper's “refusal to publish a story of significant public interest.”
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 …
NYT's data journalist Derek Willis joins ProPublica as news applications developer covering politics  —  Derek Willis to Join ProPublica's Politics Team  —  ProPublica announced today that it has hired data journalist Derek Willis as a news applications developer covering politics.
Discussion: @harrisj, @jeremybowers and @macdiva
Will Oremus / Slate:
Many viral Facebook videos are ripped from YouTube and re-uploaded to Facebook without consent, and some end up with more views than originals  —  Facebook's Piracy Problem  —  Are plagiarized YouTube videos helping fuel the social network's astonishing video growth?
Discussion: Mashable
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, Fortune and BGR
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 …
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
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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
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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
Nicola Davis / Observer:
Inside British Library's operation to digitize and preserve 300 years of newspaper content
Discussion: @daniellemorrill