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2:00 PM ET, May 22, 2015

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Apple wants local TV stations in its TV service, complicating negotiations with broadcast TV networks; service may not be ready launch this fall as Apple hoped  —  Apple Wants Local TV in Its Web TV Service, Which Could Lead to Delays  —  If Apple launches a TV service …
Alan Travis / Guardian:
Theresa May's plan to censor TV shows condemned by Tory cabinet colleague  —  Exclusive: Former culture secretary Sajid Javid told prime minister he was unable to support home secretary's proposal as it infringed free speech  —  A plan by the home secretary to introduce counter-extremism powers …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Disney/Univision pump $30M into Fusion network  —  Sofia Vergara will be starring in a show on Fusion about her life.  —  Fusion is getting a cash infusion.  —  The news and pop-culture multiplatform outlet has received commitments from its owners — Disney and Univision …
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Chinese Army newspaper calls for military role in Internet culture war  —  Claims West and “ideological traitors” use Internet to weaken Party's authority.  —  An article published today in the People's Liberation Army Daily, the official newspaper of China's military—and reprinted in part by Qiushi …
Alistair Barr / Wall Street Journal:
Google launches YouTube shopping ads that let advertisers overlay purchase information for products featured in video ads  —  Google Wants YouTube Viewers to Shop While They Watch  —  YouTube is the monster of online video, but has yet to generate big profits for Google .
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Messaging app firm Line is testing a $2/month standalone music streaming app in Thailand  —  Messaging App Firm Line Is Testing A $2 Per Month Music Streaming Service  —  Line, the Japanese messaging app with 205 million active users, is continuing its push into entertainment services …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Elizabeth Jensen / NPR:
NPR will no longer feature a host's book on his or her own show  —  (Not) By The Book: On NPR Authors And NPR Airtime  —  NPR hosts, correspondents, producers and contributors write an awful lot of books, many of them eagerly anticipated by listeners who turn them into bestsellers.
Discussion: @sarahw and Poynter
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Sony Uses Copyright To Force Verge To Takedown Its Copy Of Sony's Spotify Contract  —  Well, well.  A few days ago, the Verge got a huge scoop in the form of Sony's original US contract with Spotify, leading to a ton of discussion (mostly focused around the huge “advances” that Spotify guaranteed Sony …
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 …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Business Insider
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
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 …
 
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