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4:20 PM ET, May 30, 2016


 Top News: 
Matthew Jaffe / CNN:
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a public service by whistleblowing but what he did was illegal and harmed U.S. interests  —  The Axe Files, featuring David Axelrod, is a podcast distributed by CNN and produced at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.
New York Times:
Some Silicon Valley luminaries, including Vinod Khosla and Jessica Livingston, express approval for Peter Thiel's tactics against Gawker
Liam Corcoran / NewsWhip:
Facebook likes for web content fell 55%, shares declined 57%, comments down 63% between July 2015 and April 2016, NewsWhip analysis of top 10 publishers shows  —  We look at the decline in Facebook engagements for major Facebook publishers over the last 12 months, and compare it to the rise of Facebook video.
Discussion: MediaShift, @zimbalist and Recode, Thanks:@steverubel
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
The top 5 things news publishers can learn from game publishers: monetization, design process, testing, metrics, introduction of one-click payment for content  —  News publishers have a lot to learn from the gaming industry.  Especially when it comes to testing and promoting apps.
Discussion: @afit and @whatthebit
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Zanny Minton Beddoes, The Economist's first female editor, on increasing the magazine's reach on social media, transitioning to digital, and advertising  —  Zanny Minton Beddoes on new owners, battling Brexit, and making a 173-year-old title work online  —  anny Minton Beddoes' office …
Discussion: @giner and @janebsinger
Agence France-Presse:
New photo emerges of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, missing in Syria, with sign saying “last chance”  —  Tokyo (AFP) - A fresh photo of a Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria last year has emerged online, showing the heavily bearded man holding a sign saying this is his “last chance”.
Discussion: Japan Times, Reuters, Mashable and Newser
Ainsley O'Connell / Fast Company:
Inside Verizon's efforts to build a multi-billion dollar media business that can challenge new media giants like Netflix, and why it is vying to buy Yahoo  —  The telecom giant, which is in talks to acquire Yahoo, wants a piece of the digital content revolution.
Discussion: @dangillmor
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro faces retaliatory campaign online after reporting about Russia's “troll army”  —  HELSINKI, Finland — Seeking to shine some light into the dark world of Internet trolls, a journalist with Finland's national broadcaster asked members of her audience …
Cleo Stiller / Fusion:
How Playgirl, '70s feminist response to Playboy that reached 1.1M circulation, became a biannual or quarterly publication targeting gay men with 3K subscribers  —  If the success of the Magic Mike and Fifty Shades of Grey franchises have taught us anything, it's that women ~love~ spending …
Discussion: @raju
Nicholas Sabloff / The Huffington Post:
On fifth anniversary of Huffington Post International's launch, 55% of 200M readers are outside the US, 1500 pieces a day published in 10 languages  —  Today in Toronto we are celebrating two important Huffington Post milestones: the fifth birthday of HuffPost Canada and the fifth anniversary of launching HuffPost internationally.
Discussion: @raju
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Trump's inconsistency seems almost calculated to destroy the accountability that comes with being interviewed  —  A century-old political institution may have met its match.  —  The interview is the Niagara that fills the news ocean.  A quick check of the front page of the New York Times …
Discussion: @davidcorndc, @penenberg and NPR
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Howard W French / Guardian:
Former New York Times reporter recounts his experience as black journalist and the racial inequality in media coverage, the newsroom during his 30 years
Nic Christensen / Mumbrella:
60 Minutes Australia founding producer Gerald Stone on botched Lebanon kidnapping story: “greatest misadventure in 37 years”, sacking producer Rice was “unfair”
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Washington Post creates progressive web app that loads pages in 80 milliseconds
Discussion: @robinmacnab and @jimbrady
 Earlier Picks: 
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
In India, a boom of digital media startups find large audiences, but face familiar business challenges
Discussion: Reuters Institute …
Omar Mohammed / IJNet:
How Tanzanian journalists use WhatsApp to find news and contact people relevant to the story
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Profile of, DIY music video sharing app with 10M daily, 70M registered users, is expanding into live streaming, and is rumored to be raising $100M
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
New York Times launches summer school for high-school students, two weeks of coursework for $4K
Discussion: @austenallred and @whatthebit
David Weigel / Washington Post:
How The Young Turks grew subscribers by 75% since the start of 2015, to 3M on YouTube, by taking Bernie Sanders seriously and attacking corporate media
Discussion: @thestalwart and FishbowlNY