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11:30 PM ET, July 1, 2015


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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Scribd found that paying publishers based on how much readers read is too expensive in genres like romance  —  What Scribd's growing pains mean for the future of digital content subscription models  —  Netflix earned more than $5 billion in 2014.  No wonder companies want to be …
Micah Singleton / The Verge:NEW!
Facebook has held early talks with the major music labels, future plans may involve the company's video platform  —  Facebook is talking with music labels, but why?  —  Facebook has held talks with the major labels about “getting into music,” multiple sources tell The Verge.
Sources: FCC to approve AT&T's $48.5B DirecTV acquisition with conditions as soon as next week  —  U.S. approval of AT&T-DirecTV deal expected as soon as next week: sources  —  AT&T Inc's (T.N) proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV (DTV.O) is expected to get U.S. regulatory approval …
Discussion: @alinaselyukh
Milton Kent / Washington Post:
Keith Olbermann and ESPN may be heading for another breakup  —  Stop us if you've heard this before: ESPN and Keith Olbermann may be on the outs.  —  The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that, as a condition for Olbermann's two-year contract to be renewed, the erstwhile commentator can't do commentary on his ESPN2 show.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Press can't see Hulk Hogan sex tape at trial, judge orders  —  Hulk Hogan is used to performing for a crowd.  In his decades-long career as a professional wrestler, his matches drew thousands of spectators.  But thanks to a ruling from a Florida judge, the raciest part of his latest contest will receive less public scrutiny.
Discussion: Re/code and The Intercept
Daniel Frankel / FierceCable:
Cable One, a Phoenix-based cable and Internet provider, spins off from Graham Holdings  —  Cable One officially spins off, enjoys strong first day as M&A target  —  Cable One has officially spun off from Graham Holdings, with the Phoenix-based MSO's stock spiking as much as 6 percent …
Discussion: Multichannel News and bizjournals
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Harvard Business Review hopes to grow subscriptions by offering new products at a higher price of of $109/year  —  Added value: How Harvard Business Review thinks it can add subscribers while getting more expensive  —  Harvard Business Review is trying to walk a fine line …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu reaches deal to distribute its ad-supported content on Pluto TV's website, which presents online video in a TV-like programming grid  —  Pluto TV, An Online Video Service Targeting Cord Cutters, Will Stream Hulu  —  Up-and-coming video streaming service aimed at cord cutters, Pluto.TV …
Discussion: Variety, SlashGear, VideoInk and Engadget
Steve Friess / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at podcasting as it celebrates its tenth anniversary  —  The media milestone the media (fittingly?) forgot  —  One decade ago this weekend, millions of iPod owners woke up to a quiet change to the iTunes software they probably didn't even notice.  The really revolutionary updates usually …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
CNN Politics made traffic gains by hiring print reporters, publishing online first, and repackaging for broadcast  —  How CNN took a startup approach to politics  —  CNN gets its share of flak from media elites, but it has been on something of an innovation tear lately, taking a bit of inspiration from an unlikely source: print.
Discussion: @nowthised
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Former Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff Joins Magic Leap As Chief Content Officer
Discussion: Re/code and VentureBeat
Kelsey Sutton / Capital New York:
Glenn Beck's TheBlaze downsizes New York City production operation, with new shows filmed in Dallas
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Evening Standard remains in the black for third consecutive year
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Discussion: Agence France-Presse
Michael Rondon / Folio:
MediaFinder report: in first half of 2015, 60 magazine titles were launched and 23 closed
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
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Interview with Greg Barber, director of digital news projects at The Washington Post and head of strategy and partnerships at The Coral Project
Discussion: allmediascotland
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sling TV's Web-Based Streaming Service Experienced Third Major Outage On Monday
Discussion: FierceCable