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2:25 PM ET, May 28, 2014

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Martin Shepard / the cockeyed pessimist:
Independent publisher says Amazon levels the playing field, and Hachette is just greedy  —  WHO'S AFRAID OF AMAZON.COM  —  On May 24, The New York Times ran a page one story “As Publishers Fight Amazon, Books Vanish.”  In their alarmist zeal reporters David Streitfeld and Melissa Eddy conjure …
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Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Doesn't Expect Quick Resolution to Hachette Dispute  —  Contract Disagreement Has Led Amazon to Restrict Sale of Some Hachette Titles  —  Amazon.com Inc. said Tuesday it doesn't expect a quick resolution of a contract dispute with Hachette Book Group that has led to Amazon restricting the sale of some Hachette titles.
Monica Anderson / Pew Research Center:
As the New York Times' first black executive editor, Dean Baquet is in a distinct minority  —  Just as the May 14 dismissal of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson sparked a debate about gender roles in journalism, the ascension of Dean Baquet—the first African-American to run the paper's newsroom …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
You can add audio and video players inside your tweets, just as WNYC did for a Maya Angelou interview  —  Interesting tweet an hour or so ago from New York public radio giant WNYC: … That's audio of an interview WNYC's Brian Lehrer did with Angelou in 2013 — playing right in the tweet.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
UCSB newspaper board responds to criticism over non-coverage of killings  —  The editorial board of the Bottom Line, a student-run newspaper at the University of California at Santa Barbara, has released a statement clarifying — and nearly recanting — a much-commented-upon op-ed regarding …
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Tom McCarthy / Guardian:
Daily Mail and New York Post criticised for ‘distorted’ Isla Vista coverage
Anne Mortensen / The Independent:
A journalist goes missing nearly every day in Ukraine  —  It's not just journalists who are being victimised by pro-Russian separatists, but entire newsrooms  —  The campaign by pro-Russian separatists to muzzle local Ukrainian journalists appears to be succeeding.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast, Verizon and Co. Stop Mass Piracy Lawsuits on Appeal  —  Two years ago district court Judge Beryl Howell, a former RIAA lobbyist, granted adult movie company AF Holdings the right to obtain the personal details of more than 1,000 Internet users suspected of downloading their works using BitTorrent.
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Andrew Zajac / Businessweek:
Prenda-linked porn copyright trolls lose effort to get over 1K IP addresses in federal court
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Public Media taking over distribution of ‘This American Life’ … Chicago Public Media will begin self-distribution of its signature program, “This American Life,” on July 1, taking over key business functions for one of public radio's most significant franchises.
Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
Twitter to take India election innovations global  —  (Reuters) - U.S. social networking company Twitter is planning to replicate parts of its India election strategy across countries that go to polls this year, after it emerged as a key tool for politicians and media companies during the world's largest democratic exercise.
Discussion: @elanazak and @sunny_hundal
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
UK daily newspapers have doubled in price since 2004 and shrunk in size - no wonder sales are down  —  Every month when the latest set of ABC national newspaper circulation figures are released, journalists across the country heave a collective sigh of despair.
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
The Hill launches contributors platform  —  Congressional newspaper The Hill has launched a contributors platform, for which so far more than 100 experts in various policy fields have signed on to write for the site, the company announced today.  —  Contributors will be selected by editors at The Hill …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Netflix beats BBC and ITV to “The Crown,” a £100m series on Queen Elizabeth II  —  Netflix plans £100m epic on the Queen  —  The Crown, inspired by Peter Morgan play The Audience, will span Queen Elizabeth II's six decades on the throne
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Buys Pay-TV Rights to Sony Animated Films
Discussion: Home Media Magazine and The Wrap
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Print still attracts more advertising than it deserves, Mary Meeker says  —  Newspapers and magazines attract 19 percent of total advertising spending, Mary Meeker says in her annual Internet trends report.  But consumers, she says, spend only 5 percent of their time reading them.
Index on Censorship:
Index launches project to map media freedom violations in Europe  —  Index on Censorship and Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso are launching mediafreedom.ushahidi.com to track media violations in Europe.  —  Index on Censorship, (London, United Kingdom) and Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso …
Discussion: @mjrharris
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Platform or publisher?  Medium keeps blurring the line  —  The old question for tech platforms like Google and Yahoo was: Are you a platform or a publisher?  For upstart Medium, the answer is clearly both.  —  The blogging platform, founded by Twitter CEO Ev Williams, continues to blur the line between platform and publisher.
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post partner program signs on nearly 100 newspapers  —  Digital First Media, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Columbus Dispatch among the latest to join pilot program  —  Nearly 100 newspapers will participate in The Washington Post partner program first announced earlier this year.
Discussion: FishbowlDC and @jbenton
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Pocket Premium launches: $5 per month for permanent archives, improved search, suggested tags  —  Pocket wants to be your permanent digital library, for a price  —  $5 per month gives you a permanent archive, search, and auto-tagging.  Is it worth it?  —  Pocket, which lets you save articles …
Discussion: Pocket Blog, Gigaom and The Next Web
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Press regulator Ipso names its board  —  Members of PCC successor's 12-strong panel include pensions expert Ros Altmann and former Times editor Charles Wilson  —  Pensions expert Ros Altmann is to join the board of press regulator Ipso.  Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian
Andrew Leonard / Salon:
How Disney learned to stop worrying and love copyright infringement  —  The Monday before the Oscars, Scott Kramer, a digital content producer based in Los Angeles, called his close friend Joshua Elson, a high school choir teacher, with an idea.  For months, both their families had been obsessed …
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Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reader revenue and the great newspaper ad bubble
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Stars campaign to keep kid shots out of media
Guardian:
Lord Coe ‘approached by government’ for role of BBC Trust chair
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Attorney general, top journalists discuss prosecutors' latitude in leak investigations
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Johnston Press shareholders approve deal to ease £360m debt burden and sell TV ads for Sky
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney, Sony Sell FilmFlex U.K. VOD Venture
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