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4:40 PM ET, July 4, 2015


 Top News: 
Spiegel Online:
Der Spiegel says it was spied on by US and betrayed by its own government, calls the snooping an attack on press freedom  —  SPIEGEL Targeted by US Intelligence  —  Revelations from WikiLeaks published this week show how boundlessly and comprehensively American intelligence services spied on the German government.
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
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.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
After moderators protested dismissal of a key employee by taking down popular subreddits, Reddit CEO Ellen Pao apologizes for how the transition was handled  —  Reddit Moderators Shut Down Parts of Site Over Employee's Dismissal  —  Hundreds of sections of Reddit, the popular online message board …
James Warren / Poynter:25 minutes ago
White House correspondents unveil proposals to loosen presidential press control  —  The White House Correspondents' Association unveiled a set of “principles and practices” Saturday in search of “meaningful and consistent access to the President and his or her aides whenever and wherever they conduct the public's business.”
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Two Pirate Bay co-founders say FBI is seeking site logs to see whether Prenda law firm tried to lure copyright violators  —  FBI Wants Pirate Bay Logs to Expose Copyright Trolls  —  Over the past few years copyright troll law firm Prenda crossed the line on several occasions.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Discovery's Shark Week, starting Sunday, includes a “Sharkopedia” with science experts on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Meerkat  —  Discovery To Launch Online ‘Sharkopedia’ to Lend Credible Bite To ‘Shark Week’  —  The Discovery Channel is tapping new digital-media ideas …
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 …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Lifetime's move into over-the-top video at $4/month shows how all kinds of networks are testing unbundling despite risks of cannibalization and competition  —  Time for a Reality Check Among TV's Streaming Services  —  In the burgeoning world of subscription VOD, all ventures are not created equal.
Discussion: Washington Post and Adweek
Lauren Goode / Re/code:
In Battle of Streaming Music Services, Simplicity Is the Killer Feature  —  Now that we can all finally acknowledge that streaming music is a “thing,” I keep wondering why the companies that offer streaming music services are making things more complicated for consumers as they compete for our ears.
Discussion: Re/code
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
153 Met Police staff probed for media leaks in 10 years, more than doubling in Leveson years  —  153 Met Police staff investigated over media leaks in ten years - probes more than doubled in Leveson years  —  The frequency of Metropolitan Police press leak investigations nearly tripled …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
BBC jobs sacrifice is a calculated risk  —  With the Tory rightwing on the warpath, the cull of middle managers is based on the belief that the BBC as a whole is under more serious financial threat  —  Ancient preparations for war typically included a last-minute sacrifice to the gods, and the BBC is no different.
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
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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
Discussion: MediaPost
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