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1:55 AM ET, August 5, 2015


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
MLB Advanced Media to spin out streaming video unit valued at over $3B, signs deal giving NHL up to 10% equity in the new company named BAM Tech  —  Pro Baseball's Streaming Video Unit Gets Ready for a $3 Billion Spinoff by Adding Pro Hockey  —  MLB Advanced Media, the company that streams video …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
How MLB Advanced Media got a head start online, navigated partnerships, and emerged as the most reliable name in streaming, on pace to earn $900M in 2015  —  How baseball's tech team built the future of television  —  It was the first week of April, 2015, and New York's Chelsea Market …
Discussion: Fast Company
Davey Alba / Wired:
Inside Jukin Media, which finds, licenses, and sells potentially viral videos and is aiming for $15M-20M in revenue this year  —  Inside the Company That's Made Viral Videos Big Business  —  Nate Granzow settles into his chair and taps a few keys on his keyboard.  Two large computer screens blink to life.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Anton Troianovski / Wall Street Journal:
Justice minister fires Germany's top prosecutor, Harald Range, over his treason probe targeting Netzpolitik journalists  —  German Justice Minister Fires Top Prosecutor for Treason Probe of Bloggers  —  Dismissal of federal prosecutor general marks crescendo in debate over press freedom
Discussion: Associated Press, BBC, Techdirt and DW.COM
Reuters:   Germany's top prosecutor Harald Range accuses government of interfering in investigation into news site
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Gawker's lawyer is proud of Hulk Hogan fight, regrets outing exec  —  It's been a hell of a month for Heather Dietrick, even by the standards of the mud-slinging, gossip-soaked world of Gawker Media.  I caught up with Dietrick, who is the company's general counsel and president …
Discussion: @nicknotned
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Sources: Apple's licensing deals include permission to create up to five additional radio stations like Beats 1  —  Apple's music deals allow for new Beats stations at any time  —  While Apple Music may have gotten off to a less than stellar start, Apple's 24/7 radio station Beats 1 has lived …
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Genius launches on Android, debuts redesign across iOS and Web  —  Annotation site Genius just refreshed its homepage, updated its iOS app, and rolled out a brand new Android app.  —  The launch of an Android app may mark an official truce between Genius and Google.
Discussion: The Verge and TechCrunch
Jessica Pressler / Vulture:
Nikki Finke's Hollywood Dementia site launches using pay-per-story model, with nine fiction stories from various authors including Finke  —  Nikki Finke Is Now Making Up Her Stories (Sort Of)  —  “All of fiction is derived from truth.”  —  For Nikki Finke, fiction was always the enemy.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Political row in Scotland over police snooping on journalist  —  Newspaper claims that officers contravened Ripa code by seeking to discover a reporter's confidential sources  —  A political row has broken out in Scotland over the use by police of covert monitoring in order to discover a journalist's confidential sources.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Sunlight Foundation, Melody Kramer, and 20 others media/tech projects get Knight Prototype Funds  —  Knight Foundation is giving 22 media and technology projects the chance to get one step closer to reality with a little help from the Prototype Fund.  The projects include open-source tools …
Discussion: Knight Foundation
Nasser Karimi / Associated Press:
Iran will let some BBC journalists in the country to report for a week on special report  —  Official: Iran to partially allow BBC to report for a week  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian government official said Tuesday the Islamic Republic will allow some BBC journalists to report …
Discussion: Global Voices and The Iran Project
Andy / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Asks BitTorrent Inc. to Block Infringing Content  —  Through no real fault of its own, uTorrent creator BitTorrent Inc. has become associated with the massive piracy carried out every day by its users.  Due to the company sharing its name with the successful protocol …
Discussion: Mashable
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Bloomberg homepage gets more headlines, smaller photos
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Netflix sets launch date in Japan for Sept. 2, with Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Iceland to follow in coming months
Discussion: Variety, TechCrunch and The Verge
Matt Pakes / Medium:
Facebook product manager responds to YouTube vlogger Hank Green's allegations, defends viewing metrics, says they're exploring new IP management tools
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Guardian head of news Stuart Millar follows Janine Gibson and James Ball to Buzzfeed
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Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
fuboTV, a subscription-based OTT platform which livestreams soccer matches, raises $4M from investors, including Sling Media co-founder Blake Krikorian
Discussion: Media & Entertainment
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
The more brands use influencers for social ad campaigns, the less impact each influencer has