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11:45 PM ET, May 6, 2015


 Top News: 
John Koblin / New York Times:
Al Jazeera America faces staff morale issues, a lawsuit, an exodus of top executives, and poor ratings  —  Al Jazeera Network, in Turmoil, Is Now the News  —  Nearly two years ago, Ehab Al Shihabi, the chief executive of Al Jazeera America, took the stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Al Jazeera CEO Is Demoted, Not Fired, In Day of Intrigue  —  When the rumor went round that Al Jazeera CEO Ehab Al Shihabi had been fired, one staffer said it was like ‘The Witch is Dead.’ But it was just a demotion.  —  A mere 48 hours after trying to defend the troubled news channel Al Jazeera America …
Discussion: Variety and @davidfolkenflik
Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC's Tom Wheeler Defends Net Neutrality, Comcast-TW Cable Merger Opposition  —  CHICAGO — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler defended newly imposed net neutrality rules as well as the agency's plans to block the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, saying that moves have been necessary to protect competition.
Emily Steel / New York Times:   After collapse of Comcast-TWC deal, regulatory spotlight turns to AT&T-DirecTV merger
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Reddit launches a video division to create original content  —  The social news service Reddit has grown to a truly massive size, garnering 170 million monthly visitors and 6.7 billion pages view this January, while maintaining a fairly bare-bones service.  It helps elevate obscure material …
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
FAA partners with CNN and two other firms to expand drone testing for commercial purposes, in urban areas and beyond the sight of device operators  —  FAA Works With CNN, BNSF to Study Drone Flights  —  CNN to film in urban areas with drones, BNSF to inspect railroads, PrecisionHawk to collect crop data
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Medium adds Creative Commons licensing for writers  —  Writing platform Medium is following the lead of services like Flickr and Vimeo and introducing Creative Commons copyright options for its authors.  As of today, writers will be able to select between a variety of licenses that go beyond the standard …
Discussion: Medium, Medium and Boing Boing
Vox Product Blog:
The evolution of the editorial products team at Vox Media; what worked, what didn't, and why  —  Building a team to scale storytelling while fostering experimentation  —  The editorial products team at Vox Media is the one responsible for projects like SB Nation's live draft tracker …
Discussion: Poynter
Tim Wu / New Yorker:
Consumers want a la carte internet TV, but cable-like bundles make more economic sense for channels  —  The Dreaded Bundle Comes to Internet TV  —  When a man named Herb MacDonald pioneered the pay-one-price, all-you-can-eat buffet in Las Vegas sometime in the in the middle of the last century …
Dominic White / Sydney Morning Herald:
21st Century Fox reports mixed Q3 results with $6.84B revenue; cable gains offset Super Bowl revenue loss  —  21st Century Fox revenue lower, but beats expectations on gains in film, cable TV  —  Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox has reported lower earnings and revenue for the third quarter due …
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