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8:45 AM ET, May 27, 2014


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
A Platform and Blogging Tool, Medium Charms Writers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Williams is at it again.  Mr. Williams is sitting in an office here a mile up the road from Twitter, where he is a founder and is still a board member, working on Medium, an amorphous-sounding company …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Rap Genius Co-Founder Moghadam Fired Over Tasteless Comments on Santa Barbara Shooting  —  Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam has been fired from the annotation service after posting appalling comments on the memoir of mass murderer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in a shooting spree earlier this week.
John McDuling / Quartz:
Buzzfeed is shutting down its traffic partner network ahead of a video push  —  Buzzfeed won't be sharing its traffic with other websites as it has been.  —  The phenomenally successful viral content site, known for its listicles and cat videos (and some impressive reporting of late) …
Andrew Griffin / The Independent:
Largest torrent search engine taken down by UK anti-piracy police  — — which acts as a search engine for torrents rather than storing them — has had its domain seized by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit  —  The internet's largest torrent search engine …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
ESPN considering selling online subs to soccer games for customers without pay TV  —  RPT-ESPN may offer online soccer package outside pay TV  —  ESPN is considering selling online access to live Major League Soccer games to consumers without pay TV subscriptions, an experiment that could help …
Discussion: VentureBeat, @gothamistdan and Engadget
Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg:
Russia's CTC Close to Getting TV Shows on Hulu in U.S., CEO Says  —  CTC Media Inc. (CTCM), Russia's largest publicly traded television company, said it's near a deal for Hulu LLC to carry its shows online in the U.S., helping expansion to more devices and markets.
Max Bearak / New York Times:
Foreign news outlets see India as potential market; Guardian considering new site launch there  —  Global Digital News Brands See Growth Opportunity in India  —  Newspaper is everywhere in India.  Print readership, especially of the country's vernacular press, is continuing to rise.
Nic Christensen / mUmBRELLA:
Guardian Australia MD points to brand partnerships and events as path to profitability  —  The managing director of the Guardian Australia says it has exceeded revenues by 300 per cent in it first year, but conceded the road to profitability for the offshoot of the UK newspaper does not lie in display advertising.
Discussion: mUmBRELLA, @arusbridger and Crikey
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
How YouTube is changing the media landscape in Asia  —  YouTube is already established as the world's most popular video site.  To that point, it sees more than one billion unique visitors each month, many of whom go in search of funny videos or music, but there's a whole lot more to it.
John McDermott / Digiday:
Twitter, Facebook battle YouTube for video ad cash  —  Social platforms Twitter and Facebook spent Upfronts week trying to woo TV buyers with their respective ad products.  But while the two platforms certainly have the reach needed to pique buyers' interests, whether social can compete …
Discussion: Forbes, New York Times and Bloomberg
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Rise of UKIP Poses Challenges for British Film and TV Folk  —  If UKIP leader Nigel Farage takes Britain out of the European Union, U.K. film and TV companies would lose access to $1.99 billion in funding  —  LONDON — The surge in support for the U.K. Independence Party …
Jamal Osman / Guardian:
Channel 4 journalist Jamal Osman say he is regularly harassed by British security services  —  I am a British citizen not a second-class citizen  —  Coming through passport control is an ordeal, I am followed on the street and hassled by security services.  Not all citizens enjoy the same rights
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