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8:40 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
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 …
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
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
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 …
Tony Haile / Chartbeat Blog:
Chartbeat raises $15.5M in Series C funding, launches tools to test headline and ad engagement  —  Two New Products, Two New Partners, $15M New Dollars  —  Last month, Chartbeat celebrated its sixth anniversary.  Over those six years, we've worked with thousands of incredible partners …
Discussion: VentureBeat, AdExchanger and TechCrunch
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Conde Nast in first digital-only launch with website for ‘alpha geeks’ Ars Technica UK  —  Magazine publisher Conde Nast has launched its first digital-only title - the technology website Ars Technica UK.  —  The site has been published in the US since 1998.
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