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3:45 PM ET, May 8, 2015

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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Bill Simmons' ESPN contract will not be renewed, Grantland said to be unaffected by departure  —  Bill Simmons and ESPN Are Parting Ways  —  Bill Simmons, who built a personal empire at ESPN and is one of America's most influential sports personalities, will leave the media giant when his contract expires in the fall.
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Grantland Publisher David Cho Is Leaving, Too  —  Bill Simmons isn't the only one leaving Grantland and ESPN.  —  David Cho, who has been publisher of the sports + pop culture site since Simmons started it in 2011, gave his notice to ESPN last week, according to a person familiar with the site.
Re/code:
Apple's new music service to push subscriptions, but could also offer a free trial and samples  —  Apple's New Music Service Will Push Paid Subscriptions, With Free Samples  —  Apple wants people to pay for its streaming music service.  But that doesn't mean it won't let people listen for free, too.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing to buy U-T San Diego for $85 million  —  Tribune Publishing has entered into an agreement to buy San Diego's flagship newspaper for $85 million.  The deal, confirmed Thursday evening, includes $73 million in cash and $12 million in Tribune Publishing common stock …
Cora Currier / The Intercept:
U.S. Government Designated Prominent Al Jazeera Journalist as “Member of Al Qaeda”  —  The U.S. government labeled a prominent journalist as a member of Al Qaeda and placed him on a watch list of suspected terrorists, according to a top-secret document that details U.S. intelligence efforts …
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
Snapchat debuts 10-second video ads for Discover publishers that cost two cents per view  —  Snapchat Debuts Video Ads for 2 Cents a View  —  Snapchat wants companies to know its not just for millennials: Advertisers can find a home there as well.  At the Daily Mail/Elite Daily Digital …
Discussion: TVNewser, AdAge, The Drum and mUmBRELLA
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Google Says 46% of Web Video Ads Are Never Viewed  —  Of Unseen Ads, 76% Did Not Even Appear On Screen  —  Google says YouTube has a much higher viewability rate than the wider web.  —  2015 Programming Roundup  —  Digital was supposed to fix that old adage about an advertiser knowing …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Caitlin Petre / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
The Traffic Factories: Metrics at Chartbeat, Gawker Media, and The New York Times  —  A report by Tow Fellow Caitlin Petre.  —  PROJECT LEADER:  —  Acknowledgements  —  I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those employees of Chartbeat, The New York Times, and Gawker Media who shared their time, insights, and experiences with me.
Christian Sandvig / Social Media Collective:
Facebook's news polarization study is flawed because it only counted users self-reporting their ideological affiliation  —  The Facebook “It's Not Our Fault” Study  —  Today in Science, members of the Facebook data science team released a provocative study about adult Facebook users in the US …
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Facebook study: our News Feed algorithm makes you just 5-8% less likely to see news from the opposing political side
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Bloomberg's anti-gun group sets up an editorial operation  —  Everytown for Gun Safety, the nonprofit advocacy organization co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, is launching an adjacent news operation, scheduled to debut in June, Capital has learned.  —  James Burnett, who resigned from The New Republic …
Lisa Beilfuss / Wall Street Journal:
E.W. Scripps Q1 revenue up 5.3% to $214.5M, digital ad revenue up 21% to $5.3M, newspaper revenue down 7.1% to $91.5M  —  E.W. Scripps Loss Widens on Higher Expenses  —  Media company expects flat television revenue for current quarter  —  Media company E.W. Scripps Co. said its loss widened …
Discussion: Associated Press
 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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