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1:30 AM ET, July 6, 2013


 Top News: 
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Silver Lake Abandons Hulu Purchase Effort, as Final Bidding Deadline Arrives Today  —  According to sources close to the situation, Silver Lake will not make a follow-on bid to buy the Hulu premium video service.  The giant private equity firm had been allied in the effort …
Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Bids Depend on TV-Show Rights  —  The big media companies that created Hulu endowed the online video provider with arguably its most valuable asset: access to the current seasons of hit network-TV shows.  Now, as an auction of the site enters its final stages, with final bids due Friday …
Nicky Woolf / The Atlantic Online:
The British Are Coming—And They've Brought Newspapers  —  An interview with the editor-in-chief of Guardian US, which broke the Edward Snowden story.  The Guardian is looking to expand in the U.S. market.  —  Of the three English-language newspaper websites with the highest readerships, two are British.
Discussion: @moorehn, @bobstep and @saramorrison
Mathew Ingram / paidContent:   Guardian gets online traffic boost from Snowden story, now nipping at NYT's heels
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
MuckRock cofounder plans to appeal NSA's response to his FOIA request  —  Michael Morisy didn't get the answer he was looking for after making a Freedom of Information Act request from the National Security Agency.  Hoping to find out more about the NSA's Utah Data Center …
Discussion: @postbaron and @jcstearns
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Scotland Yard seeks Rupert Murdoch secret tape  —  In tape, Murdoch is heard admitting to Sun journalists that payments to public officials were part of 'culture of Fleet Street  —  Scotland Yard detectives were on Friday attempting to track down a secret recording of Rupert Murdoch admitting …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Private Eye broke Murdoch recording three weeks ago, so why is it only hitting the headlines now?
Luis Manuel Galeno / Associated Press:
Nicaragua, Venezuela Offer Asylum to Snowden  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela offered Friday to grant asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, one day after leftist South American leaders gathered to denounce the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales' plane …
BBC 3D programming ‘on hold’ indefinitely  —  The BBC is to suspend 3D programming for an indefinite period due to a “lack of public appetite” for the technology.  —  Kim Shillinglaw, the BBC's head of 3D, said it has “not taken off” with audiences who find it “quite hassly”.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
New research suggests it's possible to automatically identify fake images on Twitter  —  One of the most challenging aspects of social media is figuring out how to efficiently verify information and stop the spread of misinformation during breaking news situation.
Discussion: @sdbrownlie and PetaPixel
Wall Street Journal:
SoftBank Gets Green Light for Merger With Sprint, Clearwire  —  By - DANNY YADRON and - THOMAS GRYTA -  —  SoftBank Corp.'s three-way merger with Sprint Nextel Corp. and Clearwire Corp. won final approval from U.S. regulators with the unanimous backing of the Federal Communications Commission, people familiar with the matter said.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As Competition Wanes, Amazon Cuts Back Discounts  —  Jim Hollock's first book, a true-crime tale set in Pennsylvania, got strong reviews and decent sales when it appeared in 2011.  Now “Born to Lose” is losing momentum — yet Amazon, to the writer's intense frustration, has increased the price by nearly a third.
Discussion: NYT Bits, Business Insider and GeekWire
Eleanor Beardsley / Europe:
An Online Upstart Roils French Media, Politics … Every week, it seems, a new scandal is unearthed by the upstart, online newspaper Mediapart.  The most recent bomb was that President Francois Hollande's budget minister was evading taxes when he was supposed to be cracking down on tax cheats.
Discussion: The Dish
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