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2:45 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 …
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 …
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, TechCrunch and AdExchanger
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
OpenTV files lawsuit against Apple alleging iTunes software violates five streaming patents  —  Interactive TV Pioneer OpenTV Sues Apple, Alleging Patent Infringement  —  Interactive television pioneer OpenTV has sued Apple, alleging that the Cupertino technology giant infringed on its patents.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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