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6:20 PM ET, August 1, 2014

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Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
Vivendi Sells Its 13% Beats Stake to Apple for $404 Million  —  Vivendi SA (VIV) sold its stake in Beats Electronics LLC to Apple Inc. (AAPL) for $404 million as part of the iPhone maker's takeover of the headphone company.  —  The stake was about 13 percent, Paris-based Vivendi said today …
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Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs  —  Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round of layoffs is taking place at Beats, saying there have been no layoffs (save for about five performance-based terminations) …
Discussion: Re/code, Electronista and RAIN News
Hannah Karp / Wall Street Journal:
With Apple-Beats Deal Complete, Ian Rogers To Run iTunes Radio
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Facebook and fewer stories behind rise in web traffic, says Telegraph chief  —  Telegraph Media Group editor-in-chief Jason Seiken says a change in focus helped drive up the paper's website traffic in June  —  The Telegraph website's 20% traffic boost in June has been attributed …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Judy McGrath, Former CEO of MTV Networks, Joins Amazon's Board  —  Judy McGrath, former CEO of MTV Networks, has been elected to Amazon.com's board of directors effective Oct. 1, the company said.  —  McGrath also was appointed to the Amazon board's leadership development and compensation committee, according to an SEC filing Friday.
Discussion: Forbes, The Wrap, GeekWire and @peterlauria3
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Please Stop Saving Me A Click  —  Lately, a new behavior seems to be picking up steam.  More and more, average men, women, androgynous novelty Twitter accounts, and even brands are bravely butting in, taking up a conservationist cause.  It looks like this: … There are clicks in need of saving.
BBC:
Russia enacts ‘draconian’ law for bloggers and online media  —  A new law imposing restrictions on users of social media has come into effect in Russia.  —  It means bloggers with more than 3,000 daily readers must register with the mass media regulator, Roskomnadzor, and conform …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Disney Renews Carriage Deal With NCTC, Adding Sports Networks and Digital Rights To Mix  —  The National Cable Television Cooperative renewed its carriage deal with The Walt Disney Company in an agreement that will add a few of Disney's sports networks to the distribution mix as well as encompass rights for digital distribution.
Shelli Weinstein / Variety:
Scout Media Names Ross Levinsohn Executive Chairman, Announces Full Exec Team  —  Multi-channel, male-focused media network Scout has appointed Ross Levinsohn to executive chairman, announced CEO James Heckman on Thursday.  Levinsohn will lead the company's strategic expansion …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. closes $416-million deal for romance publisher Harlequin  —  Rupert Murdoch's publishing company, News Corp., has completed its $416-million purchase of Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corp. of Canada.  —  Harlequin, the world-famous publisher of romance novels …
Discussion: Publishers Weekly and News Corp
Bloomberg:
Aereo Asks Court to Stop ‘Bleeding,’ Allow New Life  —  Aereo Inc. asked a judge to grant it new life, allowing it to operate like a cable-TV service and stop the “bleeding” after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the streaming video company violated broadcasters' copyrights.
Mark Scott / New York Times:
Google Details Problems With Handling Right to Be Forgotten Requests  —  LONDON - Google says complying with Europe's so-called right to be forgotten ruling is getting complicated.  —  In a lengthy response to questions from the region's data regulators, the search giant …
 
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple $450 million e-book settlement wins court approval
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