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7:10 PM ET, May 13, 2014


 Top News: 
French journalist murdered in Central African Republic: Hollande  —  (Reuters) - A French journalist has been murdered in Central African Republic, President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement on Tuesday, the first Western reporter to be killed in the country since France sent troops there in December.
Frances Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
Google Faces Challenges in Europe After Privacy Ruling  —  Surprise Decision Will Have Implications for Privacy Throughout Europe  —  BRUSSELS—Individuals can ask Google Inc. to remove links to news articles, court judgments and other documents in search results for their name, the European Union's highest court said Tuesday.
Europe's top court: people have right to be forgotten on Internet  —  People can ask Google to delete sensitive information from its Internet search results, Europe's top court said on Tuesday.  —  The case underlines the battle between advocates of free expression and supporters of privacy rights …
Dan Appenfeller /
Copy Editors Carve Niche in Digital Media Landscape  —  Abraham Hyatt saw the writing on the wall.  —  More than a year into his three-year managing editor stint at ReadWrite, a popular technology news site, Hyatt watched traffic plummet from roughly 5 million pageviews a month to less than 3 million.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The FCC's net neutrality Twitter chat was actually useful  —  Twitter chats are rarely productive; the host's messages often get lost amid the flood of questions and comments from other users, and there's definitely an incentive for others to hijack the hashtag.
Discussion: Globe and Mail
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
FCC considers treating cable firms like utilities in net neutrality debate
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Katherine Goldstein is the new editor of Vanity Fair's website  —  Katherine Goldstein will be the new editor of Vanity Fair's website,, Vanity Fair said in a press release. … Goldstein, who is currently director of social media and traffic at Slate, worked at the Huffington Post before that.
Discussion: @poynter and FishbowlNY
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Sources: Xbox Live to remove Gold requirement for Netflix, Hulu  —  Multiple sources confirm internal efforts to make long-demanded paywall change.  —  We can report that multiple sources within Microsoft have been briefed on plans to make a long-awaited change to the Xbox Live Gold paywall for streaming media services.
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
NYT photographer constructs backpack kit with 4 modems to stream photos live to the newsroom  —  Times photo staffer's invention: the streaming backpack  —  Back during the 2012 presidential campaign, New York Times photographer Josh Haner was right at the scrum, trailing presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Texas Tribune launches its new combination op-ed page/sponsored content pitch … We told you back in November that the Texas Tribune — as successful a news nonprofit, pound for pound, as exists in this country — was trying to get a piece of that sponsored content pie with something called TribTalk.
Discussion: TribTalk
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Hunger-striking Al-Jazeera journalist is near to death  —  Jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah el-Shamy, who has been on hunger strike in Egypt for more than 100 days, is near to death according to his doctor.  —  “He has started to have impaired liver and kidney function,” said the doctor, Mohamed Osama el-Homsi.
Paul Farrell / Guardian:
Peter Greste gains support for release from prominent Egyptians
Discussion: @amyfeldtmann and VICE News
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
VICE, Mashable, Digg and others form a collective for breaking news about Ukraine, may expand into other areas  —  A group of six news organizations and digital-media outlets — including VICE, Mashable, Digg, Quartz, Mother Jones and NBC-owned Breaking News — have created …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Quartz pushes the experimental news envelope by using Dave Winer's outliner software  —  There are all kinds of experiments going on in digital media, from crowdfunding projects like Beacon Reader to mobile-first apps like Circa, but one of the most consistently experimental sites around is Quartz …
Discussion: @kevinokeefe and Poynter
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Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
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Discussion: The New York Observer
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