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9:05 AM 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 …
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
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.
Hollywood Reporter:
BBC's “Scale and Scope” to Be Reviewed, U.K. Government Says  —  Just over a week after it put the BBC at the center of a dispute regarding its financial arrangements, the British government said Thursday that it would have to review its “scale and scope” as the two sides start negotiating …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Discussion: @raju
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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