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11:00 AM ET, July 17, 2014


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
In Modern Media Realm, Big Mergers Are a Bulwark Against Rivals  —  When the news broke on Wednesday that 21st Century Fox, Rupert Murdoch's huge media and entertainment company, made an $80 billion offer to buy Time Warner Inc., another big media conglomerate, it seemed like a seismic jolt in the business landscape.
New York Times:
Time Warner Chief's Turnaround Effort Opened the Door to Fox's Bid  —  On a Saturday in early June, Jeffrey L. Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner, got an email from Chase Carey, the president of 21st Century Fox, proposing lunch.  —  They met a few days later in the executive dining room of the Time-Warner Center.
John McDuling / Quartz:
It's not TV that Rupert Murdoch wants: It's HBO  —  The shockwaves from the news that Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox recently approached Time Warner (and was rebuffed) about an $80 billion takeover are still rippling through New York's media scene today.  —  And the early consensus among analysts …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mashable
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
21st Century Fox Bid Puts CNN in Cross Hairs
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
BBC News to cut a further 415 jobs  —  The BBC's News department is to axe 415 jobs as cost-cutting measures continue, the BBC's director of news James Harding has announced.  —  The move is part of £800m efficiency savings required after the licence fee was frozen in 2010.
BBC Media Center:
BBC News announces plans to save £48m and invest in digital transformation  —  BBC News today outlined plans to save £48 million a year across the BBC News Group by 2016/17, along with proposals to restructure the division and to invest in digital transformation and original journalism.
David Boardman / Poynter:
Essay: Hey, Publishers: Stop fooling us, and yourselves  —  For an industry built on a foundation of truth-telling, the newspaper business sure has trouble telling the truth about itself.  —  Last month at the World Newspaper Congress in Turin, Italy, the chief spokesperson for U.S.-based dailies …
Joe Strupp / Media Matters for America:
NPR Backs Off Planned “Downgrade” Of Ombudsman  —  National Public Radio is backing away from a revised job description for its ombudsman that suggested the person in the position should avoid “passing judgment” on any errors in NPR News coverage, calling that listing “a mistake.”
Tyler Hicks / New York Times:
Pulitzer-prize winning NYT photographer describes witnessing the deaths of four boys in Gaza  —  Through Lens, 4 Boys Dead by Gaza Shore  —  GAZA CITY — My day here began at 6 a.m. Photographing something as unpredictable as war still has a routine.  —  It is important to be out the door …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Nailed It: Buzzfeed Cracks The Pinterest Code  —  Buzzfeed is one of of the fastest growing media companies ever, with a monthly audience of 150 million and counting, thanks chiefly to its unmatched understanding of what people will read or share on Facebook.
Discussion: @joelcifer
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Independent launches i100, a Buzzfeed style news site, where users can upvote articles  —  Now i goes digital with a BuzzFeed-style website called i100  —  First there was BuzzFeed and then there was Trinity Mirror's Usvsthe3M.  And now there is i100, a new site launched by ESI Media.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Netflix says ‘no rules’ would be better than FCC's net neutrality proposal  —  Netflix filed a comment with the FCC yesterday strongly condemning the commission's new net neutrality proposal, which would allow internet service providers to offer so-called “fast lanes” to companies that can afford them.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
What's going on at Scientific American?  Deleted posts, sexism claims, a fired writer.  —  Throughout its 169-year history, Scientific American has been an august and sober chronicler of the advance of human knowledge, from chemistry to physics to anthropology.  —  Lately, however, things have become kind of a mess.
Discussion: @dabeard
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Edward Snowden is designing tools for journalists  —  Edward Snowden is using some of his time in Russia to design “encryption tools to help professionals such as journalists protect sources and data,” Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill write in The Guardian.  They interviewed the NSA whistleblower in Moscow.
Discussion: Guardian
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Kindle Unlimited: More details and a few questions about Amazon's subscription book service (exclusive video)  —  An ebook subscription service, available on any device including your Kindle: That appears to be what Amazon is planning, but is it worth $9.99 a month?
US Copyright Office says Aereo not a cable company under terms of Copyright Act  —  US copyright officials have told Aereo that they do not consider it a “cable company” under the terms of copyright law, according to a letter obtained by CNBC.  Aereo, which lost a key Supreme Court ruling …
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
What Do Consumers Hate More Than TV Ads?  Online Video Commercials  —  Consumers love to complain about TV commercials.  But if they dislike anything more, its online video ads.  —  A recent survey of about 700 consumers found that about 36% of those polled said they find online video ads more irritating than TV ads.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Eight jobs at risk as Sunday Mirror and People editorial teams set to merge  —  Trinity Mirror has announced plans to merge the editorial teams of the Sunday Mirror and Sunday People with the loss of up to eight editorial jobs.  —  The move comes two years after the Daily Mirror …
Discussion: Guardian
Kevin Rawlinson / BBC:
French blogger fined over review's Google search placing  —  The restaurant argued the negative review's prominence in Google's search results was unfairly harming business  —  A French judge has ruled against a blogger because her scathing restaurant review was too prominent in Google search results.
Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
China's Censors Crack Down on Streaming Services Showing Hollywood Content  —  Days after Alibaba announced a landmark deal with Lionsgate on streaming content, China's state media watchdog warns seven Internet-TV companies on “unauthorized” content and threatens to revoke their licenses.
Peter Jukes / New Statesman:
Rupert's red top: the rise and fall of Rebekah Brooks  —  Peter Jukes watched the former tabloid editor's extraordinary composure in court on every day of the hacking trial.  Her story tells you everything you need to know about the way power works.  In March, midway through …
Australian bill sees whistleblowing on intel ops punishable by up to 10 years in jail  —  Neo-McCarthyism is on the march in Australia as the country's attorney general proposed a new bill which would see potential whistleblowers facing up to 10 years in prison for leaks.
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Craig Silverman / Poynter:
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