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2:20 PM ET, May 13, 2014


 Top News: 
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Sources: Xbox Live to remove Gold requirement for Netflix, Hulu  —  Multiple sources confirm internal efforts to make long-demanded paywall change.  —  We can report that multiple sources within Microsoft have been briefed on plans to make a long-awaited change to the Xbox Live Gold paywall for streaming media services.
Europe's top court: people have right to be forgotten on Internet  —  People can ask Google to delete sensitive information from its Internet search results, Europe's top court said on Tuesday.  —  The case underlines the battle between advocates of free expression and supporters of privacy rights …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Katherine Goldstein is the new editor of Vanity Fair's website  —  Katherine Goldstein will be the new editor of Vanity Fair's website,, Vanity Fair said in a press release. … Goldstein, who is currently director of social media and traffic at Slate, worked at the Huffington Post before that.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @poynter
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Hunger-striking Al-Jazeera journalist is near to death  —  Jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah el-Shamy, who has been on hunger strike in Egypt for more than 100 days, is near to death according to his doctor.  —  “He has started to have impaired liver and kidney function,” said the doctor, Mohamed Osama el-Homsi.
Paul Farrell / Guardian:
Peter Greste gains support for release from prominent Egyptians
Discussion: @amyfeldtmann and VICE News
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu Hires Netflix's Jenny Wall as Marketing Chief  —  Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins has hired Jenny Wall from rival Netflix to be the Internet-video company's head of marketing.  —  Wall, who has been named Hulu's SVP and head of marketing, has 20-plus years of marketing experience, including seven years at HBO.
Discussion: Hulu Blog and Hollywood Reporter
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Associated Press polices story length  —  Citing a “sea of bloated mid-level copy,” Associated Press Managing Editor for U.S. News Brian Carovillano last week instructed fellow editors at the wire service to limit most “daily, bylined digest stories” to a length of between 300 and 500 words.
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Slate's curated links are actually paid for ads from content recommendation engine Outbrain  —  That BBC link on Slate is really an ad  —  What you're not told about apparently curated links  —  The big paradox for journalism on the internet is that the medium offers so many technical advantages …
Agence France-Presse:
Reuters reporters face arrest in Thailand over Pulitzer-winning story  —  Pulitzer reporters may face arrest in Thailand: police  —  Reporters with the Reuters news agency could face arrest in Thailand in connection with a Pulitzer Prize-winning article alleging Thai military involvement in people smuggling, police said Monday.
Discussion: Poynter, Bangkok Post and Phuket Wan
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Programs on Demand, Just for PBS Members  —  As television viewers increasingly turn to video on demand to watch shows when they want, PBS and its local stations plan to follow them, but with a twist: They are creating a streaming video service that will be available only to members of local PBS stations.
Discussion: The New York Observer
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Former editorial chief of NowThis News Ed O'Keefe joining CNN as VP of CNNMoney & Politics  —  CNN wants to learn startup tricks  —  It used to be that news networks were most proud of poaching talent from other broadcasters.  Nowadays, they're most proud of plucking from the ranks of buzzy startups.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast and Turner Ink VOD, Ad Pact for Current and Past Seasons  —  Comcast, looking to bulk up its catch-up lineup against Netflix, reached a deal with Turner Broadcasting System to provide TV customers complete current and prior seasons of the programmer's shows, which also covers advertising in the VOD content.
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
TV Ad Dollars Slowly Shifting to Web Video  —  Increasing Portion of Broadcast and Cable Budgets Follow Younger Audience Online  —  Online video outlets are finally starting to chip away at television's hold on advertisers.  —  Several major advertisers, including MasterCard …
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