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12:35 PM ET, May 6, 2015

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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 …
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 …
Emily Steel / New York Times:
After collapse of Comcast-TWC deal, regulatory spotlight turns to AT&T-DirecTV merger  —  Now, Spotlight Turns to AT&T-DirecTV Deal  —  Just three months after Comcast announced its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable last year, its rival AT&T announced a $48 billion takeover of DirecTV.
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Ken Doctor / Capital New York:
Rajiv Pant, CTO of The New York Times, is leaving to head tech, design and product at a New York-based startup  —  Times C.T.O. Rajiv Pant leaves to join a ‘start-up’  —  In a move that presages more changes within the New York Times' technology and product teams, chief technology officer Rajiv Pant …
Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times:
Under tight security in New York City, PEN Gala honors Charlie Hebdo with freedom of expression prize  —  Controversy surrounds PEN honor for Charlie Hebdo  —  If the PEN American Center's mission is to promote free expression and lively discourse, the literary group accomplished …
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Former San Francisco Bay Guardian editor, Steven Jones, is now funding his writing with new crowdfunding site Byline  —  After shutdown, former Bay Guardian editor turns to crowdfunding  —  After putting two decades into journalism, it was hard for Steven Jones to walk away from newspapers.
Discussion: @chernandburn
Mark Joyella / TVNewser:
BBC Prepares U.K. Elections Coverage for Wider U.S. Audience  —  As Americans, we tend to be more interested in the names of newly-born British royals than the names of candidates running in U.K. elections.  Still, the BBC plans comprehensive coverage of tomorrow's election for a global audience.
BBC:
Judge grants Operation Elveden police access to press phone records  —  Police in the case wanted access to information including phone call data, the court heard  —  A judge has granted police permission to access journalists' phone records for the first time in a public hearing.
 
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
How the publisher model for native ad pricing is beginning to diverge
Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
Parent company of Publishers' Weekly strikes deal with NA Publishing to digitize magazine's archive, 750K pages in total
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
As Twitter invests more in multimedia like Periscope, its media partners will view it increasingly as competition
Meenal Vamburkar / Bloomberg Business:
News Corp misses estimates with Q3 revenue of $2.06M; advertising in news division fell 12%
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Sources: Apple to announce new Beats at WWDC on June 8 with consumer non-beta launch late June
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Jessica Elgot / Guardian:
The Sun criticised over offer to pay £100 to Tory voters for ‘good news’ stories
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Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
FCC gives broadcast approval to Pandora-owned, South Dakota FM radio station KXMZ