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3:15 PM ET, May 21, 2014

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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 …
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Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify: five big challenges looming for the streaming music service  —  Winning over artists, going mainstream, turning a profit, facing big-tech competition and (perhaps) going beyond music  —  Spotify announced today that it now has 10m paying subscribers and 40m active users …
Discussion: NME and hypebot
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
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Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google cheated ad partners, says lawsuit, but case points to dirty tricks campaign
Liliana Bounegru / Harvard Business Review:
What Data Journalists Need to Do Differently  —  The role of the data journalist has increased dramatically over the last decade.The past few months have seen the launch of several high-profile “data journalism” or “explanatory journalism” websites in the U.S. and the UK …
Discussion: @icijorg
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 …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Vox is providing structure and allowing journalists to share “informal” information  —  Building permission structures for short content (Vox edition)  —  When people talk about blowing up the traditional article model of news, they don't mean that the standard news article form is bad, per se.
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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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 …
Discussion: @thestalwart and @johnhmeyer123
Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
AOL is looking to personalise readers' experiences on its publishing sites without collecting personal information  —  AOL is looking to personalise readers' experiences on its publishing sites without collecting personal information  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on Journalism.co.uk...
Discussion: @antoniospadaro and @maymann
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Condé Nast Traveler to relaunch as publishing platform Aug. 18 with 25 outside contributors  —  Why Condé Nast Traveler is taking the platform approach  —  Increasingly, traditional publishers are finding that the easiest way to build audience scale is by opening up their sites to outside contributors.
Discussion: FishbowlNY, @abeaujon and @herrkwak
Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing:
Why Future's future shouldn't just be about advertising  —  Future, Advertising, Consumer Media, Digital Media, Mobile  —  If you were (or are) running a magazine publisher today, would you really bet the farm on advertising?  —  That appears to be what David Hepworth, writing in the Guardian …
Discussion: Guardian, Thanks:@mediabrief
Orhan Coskun / Reuters:
Turkey says Twitter to be sensitive on court orders, to set up live support: official  —  (Reuters) - Twitter will be more sensitive in responding to Turkish court orders calling for content to be removed from the site, and will open a live customer support service in Turkish to address complaints …
Discussion: @mathewi
Tom Meagher / Source:
Project Thunderdome went open source during shutdown, its developers wish they had sooner  —  LESSONS FROM THE PROJECT THUNDERDOME SHUTDOWN  —  The Scramble to Open Source and What You Can Do To Help  —  Nearly every time the data team at Project Thunderdome prepared to launch an interactive graphic, a
Discussion: @source and @dfmthunderdome
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Greenwald: Washington Post ‘suppressed’ foreign countries under NSA eavesdropping program  —  It's been a couple of months since the Washington Post published a scoop on the extraordinary overseas eavesdropping capabilities of the U.S. government.  Under the bylines of Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani …
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 …
Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
Vimeo to Launch Music Copyright ID System (Exclusive)  —  Vimeo, the hosting site popular with video artists of all stripes and which uses the motto “upload your own work,” will be implementing a system they're calling Copyright Match, intended to prevent music copyright infringement on the site.
Discussion: SlashGear and The Next Web
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
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Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
OwnLocal acquires Whoosh Traffic to save dying local newspaper business  —  Austin-based OwnLocal thinks it can save local newspapers from extinction.  —  The company promises to help newspapers make money from the web without dumping a ton of resources into an online publication.
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
HBO shows are now streaming on Amazon Instant Video  —  ‘True Blood,’ ‘Six Feet Under,’ and more  —  As promised, a number of HBO shows are now available to stream through Amazon Prime Instant Video.  Starting today, you'll be able to stream the complete run of older shows like The Sopranos …
Discussion: Engadget and The Next Web
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Reuters ‘left the little guys to take the rap,’ editor of Thai publication says  —  At one point, the relationship between Reuters and the English-language Thai news site Phuketwan was pretty good, Phuketwan Editor Alan Morison said in a phone call with Poynter.
Discussion: @poynter
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Samsung confirms acqui-hire of Shelby.tv team  —  The team of New York-based video discovery startup Shelby.tv is indeed heading to Samsung: A Samsung spokesperson confirmed the acquihire Wednesday, sending us the following statement via email: … Gigaom first reported on Tuesday that Samsung was acqui-hiring Shelby.tv.
Discussion: Digital TV Europe
 
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Adds Shazam-Style Audio Recognition To Help You Automatically Tag Posts With TV Shows And Songs
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Better Business Bureau Tells Taboola To Make ‘Sponsored Content’ Disclosures More Prominent
Discussion: AdAge, Thanks:@steverubel
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
‘BBC News should learn lessons from Buzzfeed in digital strategy’
Discussion: broadcastnow.co.uk
Howard Polskin / Thin Reads:
Amazon Creates Short Reads, New Section Devoted to E-Book Singles
Jonathan Weber / The Information:
Byliner Hits a Rough Patch as Co-Founder Resigns
Discussion: @jessicalessin
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
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Steve Gutterman / Reuters:
Five convicted of killing Russian journalist Politkovskaya
Jake Mitchell / Sydney Morning Herald:
Network Ten, one of the 5 national free-to-air networks in Australia, halves news operation, cuts 150 jobs
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Nielsen fleshes out Twitter TV ratings with demographic data
Discussion: @nielsensocial and MediaPost
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
PolicyMic names Bryan Graham editor of new sports vertical
David Lieberman / Deadline.com:
Consumers Dislike Cable Companies More Than Any Other Industry: Report
Discussion: Consumerist, Vox, TIME and BGR
Ralph Cipriano / Big Trial:
Judge Bans Media From Inky Auction
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild and @romenesko
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Arthur Gelb, Critic and Editor Who Shaped the Times, Dies at 90
 

 
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