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6:00 PM ET, July 8, 2015

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Chris Welch / The Verge:
In apparent effort to stop Apple making any money from its service, Spotify urges iPhone customers to stop paying through the App Store and save $3/month  —  Spotify urges iPhone customers to stop paying through Apple's App Store  —  Spotify is trying to raise awareness around the fact …
Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Hulu to stream South Park for another 5 years, pay $192M to Viacom, show's creators  —  ‘South Park’ Re-Ups With Massive Hulu, Comedy Central Deals (Exclusive)  —  The streaming service will pay $192 million to the network's owner Viacom and the show's creative team for a three-year extension.
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
Dave Weigel returns to The Washington Post as a national political reporter, will also anchor new political podcast launching later this year  —  Dave Weigel joins The Post's Politics team  —  Announcement from Cameron Barr, national editor, Scott Wilson, deputy national editor, Anne Kornblut …
Wall Street Journal:
Paramount strikes deal with AMC and Cineplex to release two movies for home viewing just two weeks after leaving theaters, forgoing traditional 90-day delay  —  Paramount to Break Hollywood's Home-Video ‘Window’  —  Studio, two cinema chains to introduce a much shorter schedule for post-theater release
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
Wisconsin lawmakers vote on bill to curtail open-records law just before 4th July holiday; find it fuels coverage instead of masking it  —  A wave of media coverage helps to beat back changes to Wisconsin's public records law  —  Wisconsin lawmakers tried to sneak one by the state's journalists …
Ishmael N. Daro / National Post:
Pulitzer-winning journalist Paul Watson quits Toronto Star over ‘refusal to publish’ story on Franklin expedition  —  Paul Watson, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, has quit the Toronto Star over that paper's “refusal to publish a story of significant public interest.”
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Upworthy focuses on story creation by reviewing metrics to find where stories lose readers, switching roles to writers not curators, and trying new formats  —  How Upworthy is using data to move beyond clickbait and curation  —  The jokes in Upworthy writer Eric March's piece …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
After challenge to accuracy, Sanjay Gupta clarifies his reporting about operation on young girl during Nepal earthquake; CNN is working on verification  —  Factual Error Opens CNN Star Sanjay Gupta To Scrutiny Over Dual Roles  —  Journalism isn't brain surgery: a distinction wrapped …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Sun lowers its paywall, allowing free access to many stories  —  But Rupert Murdoch's company says users still pay for most of its digital content  —  Has the Sun abandoned its paywall?  Readers without a subscription can access the splash, some of its main news stories and high-profile columnists …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Many viral Facebook videos are ripped from YouTube and re-uploaded to Facebook without consent, and some end up with more views than originals  —  Facebook's Piracy Problem  —  Are plagiarized YouTube videos helping fuel the social network's astonishing video growth?
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