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9:45 PM ET, May 29, 2014

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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.
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.
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Ben Popper / The Verge:
Apple didn't want Beats, it needed Beats
Discussion: TechCrunch, Cult of Mac and Re/code
Billboard:
Spotify Launches in Brazil
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.
Discussion: New York Times, @raju, @robweir and @jbenton
Bill Mickey / Folio:
Breaking: Source Interlink Distribution to Shut Down  —  After losing Time Inc. business, all operations to cease.  —  As was widely speculated following the news that Time Inc. dropped its wholesale services, Source Interlink Distribution has announced that it's shutting down.
Discussion: Canadian Magazines
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Matt Hardigree / Jalopnik:
Automobile Magazine Cuts Staff And Fires Editor  —  20,389g  —  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 …
Chris Ariens / FishbowlNY:
Prometheus Global Media acquires Mediabistro editorial and e-commerce assets for $8M  —  Prometheus Global Media to Acquire Mediabistro  —  So, we're in the news today.  This morning, Mediabistro is announcing that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its editorial …
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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Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed tinkers with sponsored content labels as native advertising evolves  —  “Native” Ad Labelling is a Work in Progress  —  “Native” advertising, or advertising content designed to blend in with editorial content, is all the rage.  But publishers and marketers are still figuring …
Discussion: @noahchestnut and @jackmarshall
Chris Welch / The Verge:
YouTube reveals which US internet providers are best and worst at streaming  —  Starting today, internet providers in the United States will finally be held to account for lackluster YouTube streaming speeds.  Google has brought its Video Quality Report — first launched in Canada at the start …
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.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Conde Nast Drafts an Internal ‘Magna Carta’ for Native Advertising  —  Publisher of Vogue and Vanity Fair Seeks to Codify Tactic  —  How to Integrate Social Media Into Your Marketing Strategy  —  Conde Nast, publisher of Vogue and The New Yorker, has asked its editors and publishers …
Sam Thielman / Adweek:
LeVar Burton Gets $2 Million Via Kickstarter to Bring Back Reading Rainbow  —  LeVar Burton, probably best known to anyone who was or had a child during the 1980's and '90's as the host of Reading Rainbow, launched a Kickstarter on Wednesday asking the public to help him fund a a digital version of the show …
Abigail Edge / Journalism.co.uk:
Guardian redesigns app, offers increased personalization, UGC submission, and interactives  —  A whistle-stop tour of the new Guardian app  —  The Guardian's new app for iOS and Android allows users to personalise their homepage and directly submit user-generated content  — Read more
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Hastings: Comcast wants to become the ‘post office’  —  RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — He said, he said.  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Thursday continued to stump against Comcast's proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable in an appearance at the Code Conference.
Discussion: Mashable, Re/code and Deadline.com
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Jimmy Iovine's four decades of experience and artist connections lend credibility to Apple's music plans  —  Jimmy Iovine, a Master of Beats, Lends Apple a Skilled Ear  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple's new music impresario, Jimmy Iovine, didn't start out writing code or studying computer engineering …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Cue and Iovine talk about Beats acquisition, competing streaming services, Apple TV, more
 
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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
Al Jazeera English:
Turkey's top court rejects YouTube ban
Discussion: USA Today, Associated Press, BBC and Reuters
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Newsmax to launch channel with DirecTV
James Doleman / The Drum:
Phone-hacking trial: Andy Coulson ‘a man of integrity and honour’, jury told as his defence ends
Discussion: Guardian
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Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
IJReview uses Upworthy-like headlines and Facebook to eclipse FoxNews and NYT in US uniques
Discussion: @lmoses
Madison Gray / Poynter:
LinkedIn trying to appeal to journalists by pitching itself as a research tool
Discussion: @poynter
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Clearleap Heads Into Latin America
Discussion: Streaming Media
Didi Tang / Associated Press:
China detains journalist ahead of anniversary
Discussion: New York Times and RFA