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1:55 AM ET, May 22, 2015


 Top News: 
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Medium refines strategy, emphasizing network value over Total Time Read, considers tying contributor bonuses to metrics like follows and recommendations  —  What's Going On At Medium?  —  The publisher/publishing platform is rejiggering itself as a social network for readers and writers …
Kerry A. Dolan / Forbes:
Charges Dropped In Defamation Trial Against Angolan Journalist Rafael Marques  —  In a surprise development, the defamation charges against journalist Rafael Marques de Morais were dropped Thursday by the Angolan military generals who had brought them.  —  Marques had been charged …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Chairman Reached Out to Time Warner Cable, Charter CEOs  —  FCC's Tom Wheeler indicated agency not opposed to any and all potential cable deals  —  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has a message for cable chiefs: just because regulators leaned against the Comcast Corp. …
Discussion: The Hill and Reuters
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Samsung's media unit, responsible for Milk Music, Milk Video, and Milk VR, lays off up to 15% of staff  —  Samsung's Content Unit Hit by Layoffs, Exec Departure (Exclusive)  —  Samsung's Media Solutions Center America, which is responsible for the company's Milk Music and Milk Video services …
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
Mic's video series gets 33M views on Facebook in two months; the same series received under a million aggregate views on YouTube  —  Mic's hit video series on Facebook has gotten 33 million views in two months  —  Fast-growing millennial publisher Mic has the luxury of starting from scratch with its six-month-old video strategy.
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Founder of, Vinit Bharara, talks about why he launched a media startup called Some Spider to run a network of sites: the Mid, Scary Mommy, and Cafe  —  With the help of NYT execs, Some Spider wants to spin a web of media properties  —  Two of the top digital executives …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Thanks:@mathewi
Todd Spangler / Variety:
DirecTV Launches Kids TV App for Apple Mobile Devices  —  DirecTV, the No. 1 U.S. satellite TV broadcaster, debuted a dedicated mobile-video app designed for children 5 to 10 available to subscribers for no additional charge.  —  The new DirecTV Kids app includes a selection of “kid-friendly” …
Discussion: Multichannel News
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Trinity Mirror more than doubles phone-hacking payout fund to £28m  —  Saily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People publisher is still facing claims from more than 100 high-profile figures  —  Trinity Mirror has more than doubled its phone hacking payout fund to £28m …
Discussion: @marksweney
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Daily Mirror owners must pay £1.2m to celebrity phone-hacking victims
Brent Lang / Variety:
New York Times Changes Film Review Policy, Can't Guarantee Coverage (Updated)  —  New York Times Changes Film Review Policy, Can't Guarantee Coverage  —  The New York Times is changing its film review policies, with the paper telling distributors this week that it can no longer guarantee …
Brian Crecente / Polygon:
Rockstar parent company sues BBC over upcoming GTA drama  —  Take-Two Interactive today filed a lawsuit against the BBC over the broadcaster's upcoming unauthorized television show about the birth, growth and controversies of Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games.  —  The suit was filed in London Thursday morning.
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
Univision buys African-American news site The Root  —  Univision, the largest Spanish-language broadcaster in the US, has bought The Root, an African-American focused news and culture website, as the company looks to build a digital network catering to multicultural millennial consumers.
Discussion: The Root and New York Post
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Tribune Publishing completes deal for U-T San Diego, changes name back to San Diego Union-Tribune  —  Tribune Publishing restores San Diego Union-Tribune's old name  —  Tribune Publishing just closed the deal on the newspaper formerly known as U-T San Diego.  One of the first orders of business: restoring the paper's old name.
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Digital radio hits nearly 40% of all listening  —  BBC Radio 4 Extra overtakes 6 Music as digital-only commercial stations such as Absolute 80s and Planet Rock attract record audiences  —  Nearly 40% of radio listening is now on digital with record audiences for digital-only commercial stations including Absolute 80s and Planet Rock.
Discussion: RAIN News
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David Katzmaier / CNET:
Sling TV app comes to Android TV, adds ESPN Deportes
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Time magazine, The Economist, Forbes, and Quartz among pubs creating audio versions of stories to engage mobile users
Discussion: @digiday and Mediashift
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New Deutsche Welle app, due in June, will have geolocated push alerts for eyewitness media
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Henry Mance / Financial Times:
MailOnline reports sharp slowdown in growth despite US push
Discussion: @abeaujon
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme adds an author leaderboard, introduces a linking-based metric to rank by “Leadership”