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3:00 PM ET, July 16, 2015


 Top News: 
Mackenzie Weinger / news:rewired:
Tow Center's Emily Bell: News organizations have lost control of distribution, must work with social media apps and develop their own tech  —  Emily Bell: news groups should harness tech in the service of ‘good’ journalism  —  With social media companies stepping into the news business like never before …
Nadia Khomami / Guardian:
BBC review key points: weighing subscription model against license fee, structure of the BBC Trust, how programming can be distinct from commercial companies  —  BBC review: the key points  —  Culture secretary John Whittingdale launches ‘root and branch’ review of BBC charter
Discussion: Guardian
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Illicit sharing of HBO, Netflix, and other account passwords estimated to cost the VOD industry $500M+ in 2015  —  Password Sharing: Are Netflix, HBO Missing $500 Million by Not Cracking Down?  —  Subscription VOD players, fighting for market share, aren't likely to crack down on cheaters
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Interview with HBO's Bernadette Aulestia, EVP of global distribution operations, about HBO Now, cord cutters, cannibalizing fears, and scaling for big events  —  An interview with Bernadette Aulestia, the woman expanding HBO beyond cable  —  Bernadette Aulestia's first gig helping HBO expand beyond cable was a short-lived effort.
Discussion: The Next Web, The Verge and FierceCable
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
As the Twitter Turns: Comms Head Gabriel Stricker Out in ‘Shift’ in Strategy  —  Gabriel Stricker, Twitter's longtime chief of communications, is leaving the company.  —  Unlike the recent departure of CEO Dick Costolo, the social communications company did not pretend this was not due …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Scores Victory in Rovi Patent Litigation  —  Rovi shares plummet more than 17% on ruling  —  Netflix won a key victory in its ongoing patent-infringement litigation with entertainment-tech firm Rovi, as a U.S. federal judge ruled Wednesday that the five Rovi-owned patents at issue were invalid.
Discussion: Multichannel News and Reuters
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
UK watchdog report finds two police forces unlawfully accessed data records to find journalists' sources  —  Two police forces breached code on protection of journalists' sources  —  Report by interception of communications watchdog reveals breaches of new code of practice in force only since March
Discussion: Press Gazette
Agence France-Presse:
Egypt drops proposed two-year jail penalty for journalists who report information that contradicts government  —  Egypt to revise anti-terror media law: MENA  —  Cairo (AFP) - Egypt agreed to revise a controversial article of its touted anti-terror law threatening journalists with jail …
Discussion: Al Jazeera English and Guardian
Madeline Welsh / Nieman Lab:
As digital media organizations expand to India, Medianama founder Nikhil Pahwa says success requires India-specific content  —  Are you a Western news company looking to expand to India?  First, decide who you want to serve  —  Over the past seven years, Nikhil Pahwa has built …
Discussion: @saikatd and @dikshamadhok
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Former AOL exec Ran Harnevo raises $20M for Bkstg, a musician-fan app, expected to launch later this year
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Twitter's new preview cards could help publishers better highlight stories by providing extra room for art, video, and text, and get around 140-character limit
Ross Miller / The Verge:
The Apple Watch is now a remote for Hulu
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Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Harper's magazine employees vote to end their union, had been affiliated since 2010 with UAW
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How 98-year-old Forbes Media generates 70% of its revenues from digital
Discussion: @raju
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Netflix Shares Spike 10% After The Company Reports 3.3M New Subs, Better-Than-Expected Q2 Profit
John Jewell / The Conversation:
Murdoch newspapers have a long history of teaming up with conservative governments to target public media like the BBC
Discussion: Quartz