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7:35 AM ET, July 16, 2015


 Top News: 
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  —  Twitter's new article preview cards could be a boost for publishers  —  Publishers may be able to get more value …
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
Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Netflix Shares Spike 10% After The Company Reports 3.3M New Subs, Better-Than-Expected Q2 Profit  —  Netflix Shares Spike 10% After The Company Reports 3.3M New Subs, Better-Than-Expected Q2 Profit  —  Today following the bell, Netflix announced its second-quarter financial performance …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg Business:
Netflix supports Charter's Time Warner Cable merger after Charter pledges not to charge peering fees for content providers through 2018  —  Netflix to Support Charter Acquisition of Time Warner Cable … Netflix Inc. will support Charter Communications Inc.'s $55 billion acquisition …
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 …
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
NewsHunt acquires BuyT for integrating contextual product recommendations  —  News and content app NewsHunt has bought BuyT, a product discovery and recommendation platform, which will be integrated with NewsHunt for delivering product recommendations to NewsHunt users, and help it improve its mobile advertising based monetization.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Former AOL exec Ran Harnevo raises $20M for Bkstg, a musician-fan app, expected to launch later this year  —  Bkstg, Backed by $20 Million in Funding, Promises to Connect Musicians and Their Fans  —  Justin Bieber blew up on YouTube and dominates Twitter.  He also visits Instagram and recently started appearing on Snapchat.
Ross Miller / The Verge:
The Apple Watch is now a remote for Hulu  —  Hulu has updated its iOS app to add Apple Watch support, and no, it's not for watching TV on your wrist.  No one wants to watch TV on their wrist.  The app, instead, functions as a basic remote, letting you pause, turn captions on / off …
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Flipagram cuts deal with Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, and more for clips, raises $70M Series B led by Sequoia; John Doerr, Mike Moritz join board  —  Flipagram Raises $70M, Scores Record Label Deals Thanks To 30M+ Music Hungry Users  —  It's a mix of Instagram and YouTube...maybe a bit of a old school RockYou component.
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Next Web and Variety
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, Fox Broadcasting's head of original digital programming, launches digital TV studio Insurrection Media  —  Kiliaen Van Rensselaer Leaving Fox Broadcasting to Launch Digital TV Studio (Exclusive)  —  Startup Insurrection Media is backed by Allen DeBevoise's Third Wave Capital Partners
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How 98-year-old Forbes Media generates 70% of its revenues from digital  —  Five years ago, Forbes Media's total traffic amounted to 12 million visitors a month.  Now it gets close to 36 million visitors, with 18 million on mobile.  —  Mark Howard, chief revenue officer of Forbes Media …
Discussion: @raju
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Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
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Jamieson Cox / The Verge:
Neil Young, whose Pono high fidelity music player was released in January, pulls his music from all streaming services, citing poor audio quality
John Jewell / The Conversation:
Murdoch newspapers have a long history of teaming up with conservative governments to target public media like the BBC
Discussion: Telegraph
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Sasha Frere-Jones to launch entertainment vertical at the LA Times
Discussion: The New York Observer
Ken Doctor / Capital New York:
Skift nears profitability, is focusing on trends and the future of travel
Steven Morris / Guardian:
Brighton council rapped for attempt to charge £200 recording fee for interview
Discussion: @al_therrien