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9:45 AM ET, May 30, 2014

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David Folkenflik / NPR:
‘Period Of Turmoil’ Preceded Abramson Firing, Says Top Editor At ‘Times’  —  Dean Baquet sat in his new office in midtown Manhattan, the very picture of composure and precision, as he described the top-level dysfunction that led to the firing of Jill Abramson as executive editor of The New York Times …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple Will Use Curation To Beat A Path To Mainstreaming Music  —  Ask the average person who their favorite musicians are and they'll struggle to name more than a few.  That's one reason search-based streaming services haven't hit critical mass. They force users to know what they want to hear.
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Michael Vakulenko / Medium:
Beats is a platform, connecting artists with fans; Apple's users will enable network effects on it  —  To understand Beats you need to understand Lady Gaga  —  Look beyond headphones, play lists, music streaming, wearables and label deals  —  The news are finally out—Apple is buying Beats for 3 Billion Dollars.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Apple didn't want Beats, it needed Beats
Discussion: MacStories, Re/code and MacRumors
Matt Hardigree / Jalopnik:
Automobile Magazine Cuts Staff And Fires Editor  —  Giving credence to yesterday's rumor, Automobile magazine's Michigan offices have been closed, much of its staff has been let go, and the Editor-in-Chief Jean Jennings has been fired.  This comes along with Source Interlink …
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
It's alive!  What NPR learned from turning its @nprnews Twitter account from a bot into a human  —  May 22 was World Goth Day!  To celebrate, NPR's main Twitter account, @nprnews, sent out a tweet to its 2 million-plus followers sharing a 2013 NPR story on Goth Barbie.
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Who's behind that tweet?  Here's how 7 news orgs manage their Twitter and Facebook accounts  —  On a typical day, The Wall Street Journal publishes about 500 or 600 stories.  And with correspondents spread across the globe, those stories go up around the clock.
Reggie Ugwu / BuzzFeed:
Amazon Prime to offer music streaming service with songs six months old or older, coming June/July; Sony, Warner on board  —  Exclusive: Amazon Prime To Offer Music Streaming Service — With 6-Month-Old Songs  —  The internet giant has reached deals with major labels for a service to launch this June or July.
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
One year after 28 Sun-Times photojournalists were laid off, where are they now?  —  One year ago today, the Chicago Sun-Times eliminated its photo staff, laying off 28 full-time employees.  —  Most of them have landed on their feet, according to email and phone interviews with many of the photographers.
James Doleman / The Drum:
Phone-hacking trial: Managing editor ‘misled’ over contracts, court told  — Jonathan Caplan QC begins closing argument  — “Case cries out for some sense of proportion”, court told  — Former managing editor's trust abused, barrister says  —  Proceedings resumed this morning shortly …
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James Doleman / The Drum:
Phone-hacking trial: Andy Coulson ‘a man of integrity and honour’, jury told as his defence ends
Discussion: Guardian
Agence France-Presse:
Turkey sentences Twitter user to jail for blasphemy  —  Istanbul (AFP) - A Turkish court on Thursday handed a 15-month jail term to a teacher over Twitter posts deemed religiously offensive, local media reported on Thursday.  —  The court in the eastern city of Mus ruled that the man …
Discussion: Mashable and Daily Dot
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Probably not a surprise: Turns out your boss spends a lot of time in email — reading news  —  Do you work in a handsome corner office, one with a view?  If so, you likely get a lot of your news in your inbox.  —  Of course, that's true for many non-captains of industry too.
Discussion: Medium
Bill Mickey / Folio:
MIT Technology Review Launches Tiered Subscription Plan  —  Latest effort to support digital-first brand strategy.  —  MIT Technology Review officially launched its tiered subscription plan today.  Called Insider, it offers three pricing levels and has emerged from a long period of market testing and a two-month beta.
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Rieder: Time to pass shield law for journalists  —  Last summer, supporters were confident that at long last the federal shield law for journalists would be enacted.  —  After a number of false starts, they were convinced that the stars were aligned and that a measure to ensure that journalists …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The New York Times is restructuring its Page 1 meetings to be more digital (as that big report suggested)  —  If you want to do something newsworthy at The New York Times and not have people notice, I guess the best thing to do is to put it on Times Insider.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Iranian hacker “Newscaster” campaign used real journalists' names, fake reporter personas  —  Cyberespionage Attacks Tied to Hackers in Iran  —  SAN FRANCISCO — An elaborate, three-year cyberespionage campaign against United States military contractors, members of Congress …
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Ahram Online:
Egypt detains alleged Al-Jazeera journalist
Discussion: @maitelsadany
James G. Robinson / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Watching the audience move: A New York Times tool is helping direct traffic from story to story
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Sinclair Proposes Surrendering Three Licenses to Get Allbritton Deal Done
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Joan Smith becomes president of press reform campaign Hacked Off
Discussion: Press Gazette
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Newsmax to launch channel with DirecTV
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Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Hastings: Comcast wants to become the ‘post office’
Discussion: Mashable, Deadline.com and Re/code
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
IJReview uses Upworthy-like headlines and Facebook to eclipse FoxNews and NYT in US uniques
Discussion: @lmoses