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4:35 PM ET, May 21, 2014


 Top News: 
Liliana Bounegru / Harvard Business Review:
What Data Journalists Need to Do Differently  —  The role of the data journalist has increased dramatically over the last decade.The past few months have seen the launch of several high-profile “data journalism” or “explanatory journalism” websites in the U.S. and the UK …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's … and @icijorg
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify: five big challenges looming for the streaming music service  —  Winning over artists, going mainstream, turning a profit, facing big-tech competition and (perhaps) going beyond music  —  Spotify announced today that it now has 10m paying subscribers and 40m active users …
Discussion: NME and hypebot
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
As The Public Markets Beckon, Streaming Startup Spotify Reveals 40M Users, 10M Paid Users  —  As the music streaming market continues to heat up, Spotify has released new user numbers today that solidify its position at the front of the pack: it has now passed 40 million active users …
Abigail Edge /
First Look Media to launch site investigating corruption  —  Speaking at the London Social Media Summit, Andy Carvin of First Look Media announced the outlet's plans to launch a new investigative site led by former Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi.  First Look Media is to launch …
Discussion: @zimbalist
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google cheated ad partners, says lawsuit, but case points to dirty tricks campaign
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Thai military bans 14 tv channels, 3,000 radio stations, and tries to prohibit interviews  —  Thai Military Tries to Break Political Deadlock as Foes Meet  —  BANGKOK — A day after imposing martial law, the Thai military on Wednesday put leaders of the country's polarized political camps …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Vox is providing structure and allowing journalists to share “informal” information  —  Building permission structures for short content (Vox edition)  —  When people talk about blowing up the traditional article model of news, they don't mean that the standard news article form is bad, per se.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Condé Nast Traveler to relaunch as publishing platform Aug. 18 with 25 outside contributors  —  Why Condé Nast Traveler is taking the platform approach  —  Increasingly, traditional publishers are finding that the easiest way to build audience scale is by opening up their sites to outside contributors.
Discussion: FishbowlNY, @abeaujon and @herrkwak
Alastair Reid /
AOL is looking to personalise readers' experiences on its publishing sites without collecting personal information  —  AOL is looking to personalise readers' experiences on its publishing sites without collecting personal information  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on
Discussion: @antoniospadaro and @maymann
Jordyn Taylor / Betabeat:
NYU freshman John Meyer launches Fresco, curation news app, to compete with Circa  —  19-Year-Old Tech Pro Wants to Revolutionize News, Will Drop Out of School If Necessary  —  John Meyer isn't sure if he'll go back to school in the fall.  Currently finishing up his freshman year …
Discussion: @thestalwart and @johnhmeyer123
Jihii Jolly / Columbia Journalism Review:
How algorithms decide the news you see  —  Homepage traffic for news sites continues to decrease.  This trend is the result of an “if the news is important, it will find me” mentality that developed with the rise of social media, when people began to read links that their friends and others in their networks recommended.
Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing:
Why Future's future shouldn't just be about advertising  —  Future, Advertising, Consumer Media, Digital Media, Mobile  —  If you were (or are) running a magazine publisher today, would you really bet the farm on advertising?  —  That appears to be what David Hepworth, writing in the Guardian …
Discussion: Guardian, Thanks:@mediabrief
Orhan Coskun / Reuters:
Turkey says Twitter to be sensitive on court orders, to set up live support: official  —  (Reuters) - Twitter will be more sensitive in responding to Turkish court orders calling for content to be removed from the site, and will open a live customer support service in Turkish to address complaints …
Discussion: @mathewi
Howard Polskin / Thin Reads:
Amazon Creates Short Reads, New Section Devoted to E-Book Singles  —  Amazon has quietly developed an ambitious new section on its books website called Short Reads that could spark a surge in consumer consumption of e-book singles.  Short Reads appears dedicated to short pieces of fiction and nonfiction.
Discussion: The New York Observer
Tom Meagher / Source:
Project Thunderdome went open source during shutdown, its developers wish they had sooner  —  LESSONS FROM THE PROJECT THUNDERDOME SHUTDOWN  —  The Scramble to Open Source and What You Can Do To Help  —  Nearly every time the data team at Project Thunderdome prepared to launch an interactive graphic, a
Cora Currier / Columbia Journalism Review:
National security journalists say it's only getting harder to report on intelligence agencies  —  Anti-Leaks directives formalize post-Snowden secrecy  —  This spring, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued new policies requiring that all public writings and remarks …
Gulf News:
Researcher predicts traditional newspapers in the UAE will become extinct by 2028  —  Researcher predicts traditional newspapers in the UAE will become extinct by 2028  —  Dubai: Traditional newspapers in the UAE are predicted to be on the verge of extinction by the year 2028 …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Better Business Bureau Tells Taboola To Make ‘Sponsored Content’ Disclosures More Prominent  —  The tech company Taboola, which distributes advertiser-sponsored content online, has agreed to make its disclosures more noticeable, the Better Business Bureau's National Advertising Division said on Tuesday.
Discussion: AdAge, Thanks:@steverubel
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Adds Shazam-Style Audio Recognition To Help You Automatically Tag Posts With TV Shows And Songs  —  Facebook has a new weapon in the battle against Twitter to host lucrative conversations about media.  A Shazam-esque opt-in feature coming to the iOS and Android status composer …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Greenwald: Washington Post ‘suppressed’ foreign countries under NSA eavesdropping program  —  It's been a couple of months since the Washington Post published a scoop on the extraordinary overseas eavesdropping capabilities of the U.S. government.  Under the bylines of Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani …
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
HBO shows are now streaming on Amazon Instant Video  —  ‘True Blood,’ ‘Six Feet Under,’ and more  —  As promised, a number of HBO shows are now available to stream through Amazon Prime Instant Video.  Starting today, you'll be able to stream the complete run of older shows like The Sopranos …
Dade Hayes / Broadcasting & Cable:
Al Jazeera America CEO and President Say Net is On Course  —  Al Shihabi and O'Brian see long runway ahead for fledgling network  —  In a rare public appearance following the August 2013 launch of Al Jazeera America, the network's CEO and president affirmed its strategy during …
Discussion: TVNewser
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Samsung confirms acqui-hire of team  —  The team of New York-based video discovery startup is indeed heading to Samsung: A Samsung spokesperson confirmed the acquihire Wednesday, sending us the following statement via email: … Gigaom first reported on Tuesday that Samsung was acqui-hiring
Discussion: Digital TV Europe
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Netflix launching in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg this year  —  Netflix to launch in six European countries this year  —  (Reuters) - Netflix Inc will launch its online movie and TV subscription service later this year in France, Germany and four other European countries …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Reuters ‘left the little guys to take the rap,’ editor of Thai publication says
Discussion: @poynter
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
OwnLocal acquires Whoosh Traffic to save dying local newspaper business
Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
Vimeo to Launch Music Copyright ID System (Exclusive)
Discussion: Variety, SlashGear and The Next Web
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
‘BBC News should learn lessons from Buzzfeed in digital strategy’
Jonathan Weber / The Information:
Byliner Hits a Rough Patch as Co-Founder Resigns
Discussion: @jessicalessin
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally: assets to be sold off after streaming startup couldn't find a buyer
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Simon & Schuster becomes second major publisher to join ebooks subscription sites Scribd and Oyster
Discussion: Gigaom, Mashable and The Next Web
 Earlier Picks: 
Steve Gutterman / Reuters:
Five convicted of killing Russian journalist Politkovskaya
Jake Mitchell / Sydney Morning Herald:
Network Ten, one of the 5 national free-to-air networks in Australia, halves news operation, cuts 150 jobs
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Nielsen fleshes out Twitter TV ratings with demographic data
Discussion: @nielsensocial and MediaPost
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
PolicyMic names Bryan Graham editor of new sports vertical
David Lieberman /
Consumers Dislike Cable Companies More Than Any Other Industry: Report
Discussion: Consumerist, Vox, TIME and BGR
Ralph Cipriano / Big Trial:
Judge Bans Media From Inky Auction
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild and @romenesko