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2:05 PM ET, July 17, 2015


 Top News: 
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
BuzzFeed UK hires Guardian special projects editor James Ball to focus on investigations  —  Buzzfeed hires The Guardian's special projects editor  —  Buzzfeed U.K. has hired James Ball, currently special projects editor for The Guardian, as a special correspondent with an emphasis on investigations, Capital has learned.
Discussion: @jamesrbuk
Cory Bergman / Inside BreakingNews:
Breaking News app adds emerging stories alerts one to three times a day, in addition to its existing big story and proximity alerts  —  Know faster with emerging story alerts  —  We believe in news alerts that are faster, smarter and more relevant to your life and work.
Discussion: The Next Web
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Hulu exploring an ad-free option for about $12-$14/month, launching as early as fall  —  Hulu Explores Adding Ad-Free Option to Its Service  —  Option could launch as early as this fall and be priced at around $12 to $14 a month  —  Hulu is exploring plans to add an advertising-free option …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Reddit CEO's proposed content policy reworks old ideologies of past CEOs and lacks specifics that could help root out harassment  —  Nothing Changes At Reddit  —  Reddit needed leadership.  Instead, it got more ideology.  —  This afternoon, some indeterminate, yet undoubtedly enormous number …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Reddit CEO Steve Huffman proposes content policy similar to existing rules, with some vague wording; content violating “common sense of decency” to be hidden
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
YouTube's growth rate in watch time is up over 60% year over year; average mobile watch time now over 40 minutes  —  Google claims ‘significant growth in YouTube revenues’  —  Google's latest financial results have impressed Wall Street, with the company reporting revenues of $17.7bn …
Discussion: Quartz and @fromedome
Press Association:
UK High Court quashes laws letting people lawfully copy CDs, DVDs or MP3s for personal use  —  High court quashes regulations allowing people to lawfully copy CDs  —  Move follows judge's recent ruling that government went wrong in law when it decided not to introduce compensation scheme for musicians who faced losses
Discussion: BBC
Susanne Ault / Variety:
Netflix Preferred Over TV Nets Across Multiple Demos, Study Finds (Chart)  —  When compared with a wide variety of traditional linear TV networks, Netflix is the runaway favorite programming outlet among viewers ages 13-49, according to a survey conducted in June by research firm Ipsos Media CT.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
National Journal managing editor Kristin Roberts resigns amid changes  —  National Journal managing editor Kristin Roberts has informed staff that she is leaving the company in the wake of Atlantic Media's decision to shutter the weekly magazine, the On Media blog has learned.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
National Journal to suspend weekly print magazine, face staff cuts, says Atlantic Media Chairman David Bradley
Yezmin Villarreal / Advocate:
Gawker Blasted for Posting a Lurid Story That Outs Executive  —  Major names in media are appalled by a Gawker story they're calling ‘gay shaming.’  —  Media figures say Gawker, owned by a gay man himself, has gone too far in outing a magazine executive in a lurid story involving a gay porn star and money for sex.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Huffington Post is going to cover Trump as entertainment, not politics  —  The Huffington Post won't give Donald Trump's campaign for president coverage in its political section, Ryan Grim and Danny Shea wrote in a brief on Friday. … Earlier this month, Politico's Dylan Byers wrote “Donald Trump, clickbait.”
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
District court says streaming firm FilmOn may have same rights as cable firms to rebroadcast network TV; case appealed  —  TV Streamer Gets Huge Victory on Road to Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks  —  FilmOn wins a potential landmark ruling — one that will set up a high-stakes appellate showdown …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Shift work, a midnight start, obsessive staff, and Slack helped The Wirecutter find 35 of the 3,228 best deals on Amazon's Prime day  —  How The Wirecutter sifted through 3,228 deals on Amazon's Prime Day  —  Amazon celebrated its 20th birthday on Wednesday with Prime Day, a full 24 hours of limited-time deals.
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
White House reporters now circulate pool reports among themselves
Discussion: @owenthomas
Tom Odula / Associated Press:
Kenya press freedom rapidly deteriorating, rights group says
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: FCC is close to rejecting $3.3B in discounts for two Dish-backed entities related to spectrum auction earlier this year
Discussion: DSLreports and The Hill
 Earlier Picks: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Scores Victory in Rovi Patent Litigation
Discussion: Multichannel News and Reuters
Ellen Pao / Washington Post:
Ellen Pao reflects on being trolled, says balancing free expression with privacy is getting harder, especially with audience and revenue pressure