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1:45 PM ET, July 21, 2014

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David Carr / New York Times:
In the wake of a merger bid between non-print media giants, a meditation on print's inadequacy  —  Riding the Juggernaut That Left Print Behind  —  Even if you aren't one of those people worried about media consolidation — there are many in that number — the big bolt of lightning last week …
Bloomberg:
Fox Said to Mull Using Sky Sale to Boost Time Warner Bid  —  Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc. (FOXA) is considering using proceeds from the sale of its Italian and German pay-TV assets to boost its offer for Time Warner Inc. (TWX), according to two people familiar with the matter.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney.com:
Sources: NBC pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza due to network infighting, not to silence him  —  What really happened with NBC and Ayman Mohyeldin  —  NBC News Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin returned to Gaza on Sunday, four days after network management told him to leave the conflict zone amid breaking news coverage.
Capital New York:
The 60-second interview: Taylor Lorenz, head of social media, The Daily Mail/Mail Online  —  CAPITAL: What are your major responsibilities as social media lead?  What is your day-to-day like?  —  LORENZ: My responsibilities are pretty varied.  My No. 1 goal is to promote …
Capital New York:
The story behind The New Yorker's website relaunch, unveiled today  —  A relaunch for The New Yorker, with high stakes  —  The New Yorker will debut its long awaited, revamped website today, about which you'll see plenty of commentary and criticism.  —  But to understand what the imperatives …
Author Earnings:
Study: 31% of ebooks sold on Amazon are self-published; DRM harms sales at all price levels  —  July 2014 Author Earnings Report  —  It has been nearly half a year since we first pulled data for nearly every ranked ebook on Amazon.com's thousands of category bestseller lists.
Discussion: Forbes, @ydbxmhc and Boing Boing
New York Times:
Big TV mergers are forcing smaller cable networks like AMC, Starz to consider survival plans  —  Smaller Cable Networks Plan Their Survival Under the Feet of Giants  —  The flesh-eating zombies in AMC's hit television series “The Walking Dead” are shambling into a land of even bigger monsters.
James Hanning / The Independent:
Phone hacking scandal: Police are holding back evidence, claims Glenn Mulcaire  —  The phone interceptor says a mysterious third person commissioned him to listen to Milly Dowler's voicemails  —  Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the heart of the News of the World phone-hacking …
Gail Sheehy / Politico:
Jill Abramson on Hillary Clinton, sexist “double standards”, and a lifetime of daring  —  What's Jill Abramson Made Of?  —  The fired Times editor on Hillary Clinton, sexist “double standards”—and a lifetime of daring.  —  The first thing one notices about Jill Abramson is her short stature.
Thanyarat Doksone / Associated Press:
Thai junta's gag on media raises alarm, criticism  —  FILE - In this June 13, 2014 file photo, Thailand's Army commander Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, arrives at the Royal Thai Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand.  Critics and journalists raised concerns Saturday, July 19, 2014 …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
B SkyB Buys Majority Stake in ‘The Great British Bake Off’ Producer  —  UPDATED: The U.K. pay TV giant acquires part of Love Productions, which has had a big BBC ratings hit with the baking competition.  —  LONDON - BSkyB has acquired a 70 percent stake in the production firm behind BBC hit show …
 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
AP starts publishing robot-generated earnings stories
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