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12:20 PM ET, May 12, 2014

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Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
Agency Won't Let Firms Segregate Web Traffic Into Fast, Slow Lanes  —  The head of the Federal Communications Commission is revising proposed rules for regulating broadband Internet, including offering assurances that the agency won't allow companies to segregate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes.
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David Carr / New York Times:
An internet fast lane could provoke a SOPA-like backlash from Silicon Valley  —  Warnings Along F.C.C.'s Fast Lane  —  The next time the loudmouth in the next cubicle interrupts you with yet another recap of his weekend, just start talking about “net neutrality.”
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:   Al Franken discusses his opposition to Comcast-Time Warner deal and support for net neutrality
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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Glenn Greenwald: the explosive day we revealed Edward Snowden's identity to the world  —  In the hours after his name became known, the entire world was searching for the NSA whistleblower, and it became vital that his whereabouts in Hong Kong remained secret.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
At the New York Times, one-third of roughly 400 reporters are women  —  Still Talking About It: ‘Where Are the Women?’  —  Some facts, according to a recent Women's Media Center study:  —  * At the nation's 10 most widely circulated newspapers, men had 63 percent of the bylines, nearly two for every one for a woman.
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Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
With competition from Amazon and publishers, most book startups are unlikely to succeed  —  Apple, Amazon and the uncertain future of the book startup  —  Over the past few years, I've encountered countless startups that claim they are going to disrupt or revolutionize book publishing.
Discussion: @laurahazardowen and @tomrennie
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon spat with Hachette over failed contract negotiations leaves authors fuming
Adam Satariano / Bloomberg:
Apple interested in Beats for paid streaming conversion rate, plans to improve its headphones  —  Apple's Deep Ties With Iovine Key Driver of Beats Deal  —  When news spread last week that Apple Inc. (AAPL) was near an acquisition of Beats Electronics LLC for $3.2 billion …
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Apple buying Beats could radically transform the digital music business
Discussion: Re/code, Forbes, TechCrunch and @ulihegge
Jason Hughes / The Wrap:
TMZ Sued for Sexual Discrimination, Wrongful Termination by Former Female Writer  —  A former writer for TMZ filed a lawsuit Friday against the company for sexual discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination.  —  The suit stated that Catherine “Taryn” Hillin …
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Ofcom poised to block Murdoch pay-TV move  —  communications regulator poised to obstruct any attempt by Rupert Murdoch to unite his continental pay-TV businesses with BSkyB  —  Ofcom is poised to obstruct any attempt by Rupert Murdoch to unite his continental pay-TV businesses with BSkyB …
Discussion: Variety and Guardian
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Paul McClean / WAN-IFRA:
Spain set to introduce new law against aggregators  —  New legislation is set to be introduced in Spain to prevent news aggregators from reproducing other's content without payment.  Paul McClean speaks to a digital media consultant and a representative of the Spanish Publishers Association to discuss the ethics of aggregation.
Discussion: @psmcclean
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Blogger says he was advised by police to take down ‘fact check’ tweets about UKIP policies  —  A blogger has claimed two police officers visited his home to advise that he take down tweets about UKIP policies.  —  Michael Abberton, a Green Party member, was told by the two Cambridgeshire Police officers …
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Former CBSSports.com VP and GM Jason Kint named CEO of Online Publishers Association  —  O.P.A. names Jason Kint C.E.O.  —  The Online Publishers Association has named Jason Kint, the former senior vice president and general manager of CBSSports.com, its new C.E.O., Capital has learned.
Discussion: Folio
 
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