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5:15 PM ET, June 11, 2014

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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Amazon Prime music streaming could launch as early as this week with Sony and Warner, but without Universal  —  Amazon Said to Be Close to Unveiling Music Streaming Service  —  Amazon is planning to introduce a limited music streaming feature as early as this week, according to several people briefed on the company's plans.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon Stops Taking Advance Orders for ‘Lego’ and Other Warner Videos  —  The Everything Store is shrinking again.  Amazon customers who want to order forthcoming Warner Home Video features, including “The Lego Movie,” “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Winter's Tale” and “Transcendence,” are finding it impossible to do so.
Jason Deans / Guardian:
Kickstarter links with the Guardian to highlight journalism projects  —  Crowdfunding website to have a dedicated category for the sector, plus a curated page picking out noteworthy new ideas  —  The Vancouver Observer's Tar Sands Reporting Project was funded through Kickstarter
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
2014's most talked-about media startups aren't distinguished by the what, but the how  —  With the launch of new site after new site in 2014, it's been a fascinating time to watch digital media try to figure itself out.  Amid the turmoil of disruption, buffeted by tech companies' control …
Steve Henn / NPR:
NPR and Ars Technica team up for security test that tapped Internet while a reporter worked  —  Project Eavesdrop: An Experiment At Monitoring My Home Office … If someone tapped your Internet connection, what would he find out about you?  —  It's been just over a year since Edward Snowden became …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Jury in Rebekah Brooks trial retires to consider verdicts  —  Eight-month trial over alleged phone hacking, corruption and perversion of the course of justice enters final phase  —  The jury in the Rebekah Brooks trial has retired to consider its verdicts on a string of offences related to phone hacking …
Discussion: Reuters and BBC
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Fortune magazine triples amount of online content even as Time Inc. cuts costs  —  As the newly standalone Time Inc. looks to cut costs by 25 percent and media writers [Bloomberg, The Atlantic, Nieman Lab] outline the magazine publisher's tenuous digital prospects, Fortune and Money …
Discussion: Digiday
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
In the news media, are Muslims the only ‘terrorists’?  —  What do you call a couple who espouse an extremist, anti-government ideology and kill two policemen and a bystander while draping one of their victims in a flag associated with a political movement?  —  After Sunday's shooting spree perpetrated …
Felix Salmon / Matter:
A Q&A with BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti on everything from print to innovation  —  BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti Goes Long  —  The media mogul (twice over) on being both contagious and sticky  —  I first got to know Jonah Peretti in February 2011, very shortly after the Huffington Post was sold to AOL.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Christian Science Monitor tweaks its engagement algorithm  —  The Christian Science Monitor, a 106-year-old news organization that boasts a serious, civic-minded audience, would seem well poised to crack the engagement code.  A digital-focused publication since 2008 …
Discussion: Poynter and Nieman Journalism Lab
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Vice Launches A Sports Channel, With Modest Ambitions (For Now)  —  Vice Media CEO Shane Smith wants to displace ESPN as the global leader in sports news.  He's said so publicly and often.  —  When I interviewed him for a FORBES profile in December 2011, he told me, “I want to be the next CNN …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
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Ted Johnson / Variety:
Music Groups Urge D.C. Lawmakers to Revamp Licensing Laws  —  Characterizing the current system as outdated as the heyday of vinyl records and 8-track tapes, representatives for musicians and music publishers called on Congress to overhaul laws governing how songwriters and others in the industry …
Jeff Sonderman / American Press Institute:
Unlocking mobile revenue and audience: New ideas and best practices  —  We have throughly entered the age of mobile news.  —  People are shifting so rapidly to smartphones and tablets, various data suggest, that mobile devices in the last year became the primary platforms for news.
 
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Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Parade magazine said to be on the sales block
Discussion: MediaWire Daily and FishbowlNY
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Hong Kong Media Worries Over China's Reach as Ads Disappear
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Stuart Kemp / Hollywood Reporter:
Oliver Stone Options Novel by Edward Snowden's Russian Lawyer
Discussion: Variety and Media Law Prof Blog
Ralph Cipriano / Big Trial:
Lenfest to buy out Drew Katz to take sole control of Philly Daily News, Inquirer, websites
Maxim Eristavi / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporter forced to leave Eastern Ukraine after Russian journo accuses him of “spreading lies”
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YouTube's copyright policies abused by rights holders despite protection of US fair use laws
Tom Wheeler / Official FCC Blog:
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Stars from YouTube and Vine capitalize on internet success with live festivals and concerts
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Boston Globe launches Capital, a new section for political junkies
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Fox News pushes back on Gawker report
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