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12:05 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 …
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  —  Widespread international outcry at jailing of Australian journalist and two al-Jazeera colleagues for more than 100 days  —  Prominent Egyptians are calling for the release of Australian journalist, Peter Greste, and his al-Jazeera colleagues from detention in Egypt.
Discussion: VICE News and @amyfeldtmann
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.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
He said/she said isn't just a failure of journalism, it's a failure to understand the media market  —  For some time now, journalism professor and First Look Media advisor Jay Rosen has been railing against what he calls “he said, she said” journalism — that is, the artificially balanced approach …
Discussion: @themediaisdying and Medium, Thanks:@mathewi
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 …
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.
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
Adriana Lee / ReadWrite:
Goodbye, TV Channels—And Hello, TV Apps  —  When I was a kid, my brother graciously taught me what a half-Nelson was.  It was a lesson learned from our nightly wrestling matches over the remote control, which was essentially the scepter in our little game of thrones.
Discussion: @rww
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.
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T could seal deal to take over DirecTV within two weeks, for around $50B  —  AT&T Could Strike Deal For DirecTV In As Soon As Two Weeks  —  AT&T Would Likely Pay A Combination of Cash, Stock  —  AT&T Inc. is moving quickly to seal a takeover deal with DirecTV …
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
YouTube shuts down public RSS feeds of user subscriptions  —  Easily getting your YouTube videos into an RSS reader is no longer supported.  —  If you're a news junky, you probably use an RSS reader like to keep up with stuff on the Web.  One of the nicest ways to consume YouTube subscriptions …
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Beats Music has just 111,000 registered accounts, leaked figures show  —  Royalty statement shows streaming service set up by Dr Dre paid just $0.000126 per play in March and is dwarfed by Spotify  —  Beats Music, the streaming service set up by Dr Dre as part of his headphones brand …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
GoldieBlox agreed to pay $1m to charity in Beastie Boys settlement  —  Argument over ‘fair use’ of Girls song ended in March with deal to donate to STEM education for girls  —  A still from GoldieBlox's video featuring the Beastie Boys song Girls.  —  In March, the Beastie Boys reached …
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