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12:00 PM ET, May 21, 2014

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Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk:
First Look Media to launch site investigating corruption  —  Speaking at the London Social Media Summit, Andy Carvin of First Look Media announced the outlet's plans to launch a new investigative site led by former Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi.  First Look Media is to launch …
Discussion: @zimbalist
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Netflix launching in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg this year  —  Netflix to launch in six European countries this year  —  (Reuters) - Netflix Inc will launch its online movie and TV subscription service later this year in France, Germany and four other European countries …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
As The Public Markets Beckon, Streaming Startup Spotify Reveals 40M Users, 10M Paid Users  —  As the music streaming market continues to heat up, Spotify has released new user numbers today that solidify its position at the front of the pack: it has now passed 40 million active users …
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
‘BBC News should learn lessons from Buzzfeed in digital strategy’  —  Corporation is ‘punching well below its weight’ and needs to ‘add character and personality’, says report by Sir Howard Stringer  —  Buzzfeed has developed a bigger international audience than BBC News and BBC Worldwide
Jake Mitchell / Sydney Morning Herald:
Network Ten, one of the 5 national free-to-air networks in Australia, halves news operation, cuts 150 jobs  —  Ten revenue ‘down the toilet’ says news chief Peter Meakin  —  Major cuts have been made to Network Ten's news department following the axing of breakfast show Wake Up, their morning bulletin and late news editions.
Jonathan Weber / The Information:
Byliner Hits a Rough Patch as Co-Founder Resigns  —  One of the most prominent companies in the much-hyped niche of long-form narrative publishing has hit a rough patch, with its co-founder and editor-in-chief departing amid investor efforts to find a new path for the company.
Discussion: @jessicalessin
Jordyn Taylor / Betabeat:
NYU freshman John Meyer launches Fresco, curation news app, to compete with Circa  —  19-Year-Old Tech Pro Wants to Revolutionize News, Will Drop Out of School If Necessary  —  John Meyer isn't sure if he'll go back to school in the fall.  Currently finishing up his freshman year …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
UBC merges with 7digital to create £30m multimedia group  —  Digital music service bought in reverse takeover as multimedia company looks to create global music and radio business  —  UBC Media chief executive Simon Cole says the merger with 7digital will help the company exploit …
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Thai military bans 14 tv channels, 3,000 radio stations, and tries to prohibit interviews  —  Thai Military Tries to Break Political Deadlock as Foes Meet  —  BANGKOK — A day after imposing martial law, the Thai military on Wednesday put leaders of the country's polarized political camps …
Dade Hayes / Broadcasting & Cable:
Al Jazeera America CEO and President Say Net is On Course  —  Al Shihabi and O'Brian see long runway ahead for fledgling network  —  In a rare public appearance following the August 2013 launch of Al Jazeera America, the network's CEO and president affirmed its strategy during …
Discussion: TVNewser
Gulf News:
Researcher predicts traditional newspapers in the UAE will become extinct by 2028  —  Researcher predicts traditional newspapers in the UAE will become extinct by 2028  —  Dubai: Traditional newspapers in the UAE are predicted to be on the verge of extinction by the year 2028 …
Steve Gutterman / Reuters:
Five convicted of killing Russian journalist Politkovskaya  —  (Reuters) - Five men were convicted on Tuesday of murdering 2006 of investigative journalist and Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya, including three defendants who had been acquitted in a previous trial.
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Google Sued Over Conspiracy Theory That It Defrauded Thousands Of Publishers Of Ad Money  —  Google has been sued over allegations that it suddenly and without explanation withholds ad money from web site publishers once their sites become successful.  The lawsuit, filed by Hagens Berman …
 
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Howard Polskin / Thin Reads:
Amazon Creates Short Reads, New Section Devoted to E-Book Singles
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Bloom.fm assets to be sold off after streaming startup couldn't find a buyer
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Simon & Schuster becomes second major publisher to join ebooks subscription sites Scribd and Oyster
Discussion: Gigaom, Mashable and The Next Web
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Nielsen fleshes out Twitter TV ratings with demographic data
Discussion: @nielsensocial, MediaPost and Nielsen
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
PolicyMic names Bryan Graham editor of new sports vertical
Ralph Cipriano / Big Trial:
Judge Bans Media From Inky Auction
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild and @romenesko
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Arthur Gelb, Critic and Editor Who Shaped the Times, Dies at 90
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter backed out of talks to buy SoundCloud because “the numbers didn't add up”
Scott Porch / The Daily Beast:
New anthology charts the New Yorker's evolution from ‘breezy’ newsweekly to serious reporting
Discussion: @book_beast
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NPR to end ‘Tell Me More’, lay off 28