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11:30 AM ET, July 3, 2015

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Ashley Feinberg / Gawker:
Reddit moderators shut down popular subreddits after apparent removal of Victoria Taylor, AMA coordinator and Reddit's director of talent  —  Reddit In Chaos After Allegedly Firing AMA Coordinator Victoria Taylor  —  If you tried to visit r/IAmA, one of Reddit's biggest subs, recently …
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:15 minutes ago
In 2011, CIA outed German spy official who was leaking information to Der Spiegel; Der Spiegel files complaint with its government  —  Report: After Spying Operation in Germany, CIA Outed Suspected Leaker to Retaliate Against Journalists  —  Image: The United States embassy in Berlin, Germany.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
How The New York Times uses startup KeyWee for natural language analysis to find keywords to target Facebook audiences  —  How The New York Times finds new subscribers on Facebook  —  Publishers have a lot of tools to bring readers back to their site.  But often those visitors amount …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
As expensive trial looms, a look at Gawker's financials: $6.52M in operating income in 2014 on $44.2M revenue; debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank  —  Gawker dodges potentially deadly Hulk Hogan lawsuit — for now  —  Gawker boss Nick Denton was sitting in the Gramercy Cafe in Manhattan …
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Nielsen: songs streamed in the US up 92.4% YoY to 135.2B, digital song sales down 10.4% to 531.6M, in the first half of 2015  —  Americans Stream 135 Billion Songs in First Half of Year  —  Americans streamed a staggering 135 billion songs and music videos in the first half of 2015 …
Discussion: VVN Music, Ars Technica and 9to5Mac
Martin Beck / Marketing Land:
Twitter Updates Audience Insights & Introduces Persona Targeting  —  New features give advertisers more demographic information about their paid audiences and streamlines category targeting.  —  Twitter today announced an update to its audience insights dashboard and introduced a streamlined …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud updates iOS app with “play related tracks” feature that creates a stream of songs  —  In Wake Of Apple Music, SoundCloud Update Focuses On Music Discovery, Better User Experience  —  All the buzz this week may be about the launch of Apple Music …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Digital media M&A grew in first half of 2015, with 1,243 deals globally, up about 24% from 1,000 in first half of 2014  —  Digital Media M&A Accelerated in First Half of 2015  —  Mergers and acquisitions in the digital media space are accelerating, according to data from investment banking and strategic advisory firms.
Discussion: MediaPost
Marc Herman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Spain's Citizen Security Law makes it illegal to disseminate content deemed “damaging” to police and security forces  —  Under Spain's gag law, covering the news could cost you  —  One evening last month, a police helicopter swooped over my neighborhood of mid-sized apartment blocks in Barcelona.
Discussion: @taniel and @cjr
Andy Cush / Gawker:
Texas town apologizes for sending Gawker a FOIA request bill for $79K related to police abuse video, calls it a mistake  —  McKinney, Texas, Apologizes for “Erroneous” $79,000 FOIA Bill  —  Wednesday evening, a spokeswoman for McKinney, Texas, apologized to Gawker for sending a $79,000 bill …
Discussion: @bubbaprog and @chrisgeidner
Robert Faturechi / ProPublica:
MPAA paid to renovate screening rooms in at least four US embassies in 2014 as it lobbied US government on piracy and copyright rules  —  As Hollywood Lobbied State Department, It Built Free Home Theaters for U.S. Embassies  —  Four U.S. Embassies got upgraded screening rooms last year …
 
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