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12:25 AM ET, May 29, 2015


 Top News: 
Gawker employees discuss upcoming unionization vote in comment section  —  How We're Voting on the Union, and Why  —  Yesterday, Gawker Media announced that we will be holding an election next week to vote on whether our editorial staffers want to form a union.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Chromecast Gets Autoplay, Queuing, Second Screen And Multiplayer Game Powers  —  Google's Chromecast is a quiet little media secret agent turning the search giant into a big time home entertainment player.  All told, users of Cast-enabled software have hit the little button to put …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
HBO Now is coming to Android and Chromecast this summer
John Bohannon / io9:
Journalist explains how his bad study got press coverage in 20 countries, demonstrates laziness in science journalism  —  I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss.  Here's How.  —  “Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared.  A team of German researchers had found …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Vox works with McClatchy to bring explainers to local readers  —  There's a problem in journalism that's been bothering Melissa Bell for a long time: How can digital storytelling techniques dreamed up in national news organizations find their way to smaller publications with mostly local audiences?
Alison McCook / Retraction Watch:
The journal Science retracts study on same-sex marriage despite one co-author's objections  —  Science retracts troubled gay canvassing study against LaCour's objections  —  Following revelations of data issues and other problems (which crashed our server last week), Science is retracting …
Discussion: Science and @ivanoransky
Jordan Sargent / Gawker:
Pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones pulls back from Genius, now annotating as a contractor instead of serving as executive editor  —  Sasha Frere-Jones Pulls Back From (Rap) Genius  —  In January, Sasha Frere-Jones, the longtime music critic at the New Yorker, left the fabled magazine for a job at Genius …
Discussion: @zzzzaaaacccchhh and @sfiegerman
Tamar Wilner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Spanish news startup El Español has crowdfunded €3.1M in two months, plans to launch in September  —  News startup El Español to compete with traditional Spanish media  —  A Spanish news startup led by ousted El Mundo founding editor Pedro J. Ramírez has raised €3.1 million …
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Federal appeals court rejects Apple's effort to rid itself of corporate monitor, Michael Bromwich, appointed after ebook price fixing ruling  —  Court Rejects Apple's Bid to Shake Off Corporate Monitor  —  Michael Bromwich's role as Apple monitor is ‘appropriately constrained,’ court says
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Networks aim to own more of their programs, to generate money from other platforms  —  Networks aim to own more of their programs, to generate money from other platforms  —  When television executives unveiled their fall schedules to advertisers earlier this month, they used words such as …
Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
Instagram user offers discount prices to fight artist selling $90,000 screenshots of her photos  —  When Selena Mooney found out that an artist was selling printed versions of her company's Instagram pictures without permission for $90,000 each, her “first thought” wasn't anger …
Paul Quigley / The Whip:
Irish social analytics company NewsWhip raises $1.6M from Associated Press, Tribal VC, 500 Startups, Matter, and more; will add at least 15 jobs in 9 months  —  Introducing NewsWhip's New Investors: The Associated Press, Matter,, Social Starts & More
Discussion: Associated Press
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
DC Metro bans ‘issue’ ads after Muhammad cartoon request  —  The Washington, D.C., transit system banned all “issue-oriented” advertisements from Metro stations and buses on Thursday, after receiving a request to run ads showing the Prophet Muhammad.  —  The Metro board agreed to a motion …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Evidence in the Iranian case against Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian includes a 2008 job application for the Obama administration  —  Evidence in Post reporter's case is an Obama administration job application  —  A piece of evidence introduced in the Tehran trial …
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Jason Rezaian Trial in Iran May Be More About Leverage Than Justice
Discussion: USA Today and @shreeyasinha
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