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7:20 PM ET, June 16, 2014


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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Dean Baquet, Top Times Editor, Has Tumor Removed  —  Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday and will spend about a week away from the office while recovering, he said in an email to the newspaper's staff on Monday morning.
James Crugnale / The Wrap:
Business Insider says it saw 26M uniques May, passing Forbes, and exceeding WSJ and CNNMoney  —  Business Insider Surpasses Forbes Web Traffic for the First Time  —  The online business publication says they outpaced their competitor in May, according to comScore Business Insider surpassed Forbes …
Al Jazeera America:
Egypt to release hunger-striking Al Jazeera journalist Elshamy
Discussion: TVNewser and Guardian
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
In New Jersey, with $2 million from Knight, the Local News Lab launches to seek revenue models  —  The Local News Lab launches today, supported by a $2 million grant awarded by the Knight Foundation in February.  The New Jersey-based organization will incubate six local journalism sites in an effort to …
Pierre Omidyar / First Look Media:
John Temple joins First Look Media as President, Audience and Products  —  John Temple joins First Look leadership team  —  The challenge we have set for ourselves at First Look Media is to do things that haven't been done before, to find ways to combine journalism and technology to improve society.
Barry Levine / VentureBeat:
Supreme Court will decide if the First Amendment can protect threats on Facebook  —  How can you leverage mobile to increase profitability for your company?  Find out at MobileBeat, VentureBeat's 7th annual event on the future of mobile, on July 8-9 in San Francisco.  Register now and save $200!
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
US's oldest Spanish-language newspaper, El Diario La Prensa, lays off 12 amidst union row  —  El Diario lays off 12  —  El Diario La Prensa, the nation's oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper and the largest in New York, handed out pink slips to 12 staff members Friday.
Matt Mason / The Official BitTorrent Blog:
BitTorrent Bundle Hits 100 Million Downloads and Streams  —  In May 2013, we introduced an Alpha experiment in digital publishing.  As of today, we've delivered more than one hundred million Bundles to fans.  —  The past year in content has been headlined by hashtags.  #NewRules.  #NoRules.
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Source: BuzzFeed may raise new round estimated at $200M; last round was $20M in January 2013  —  Source: BuzzFeed is raising a massive $200M round  —  BuzzFeed may raise a $200 million funding round — its fifth to date — a source close to the matter claims.
Discussion: VatorNews, @mims and @urrutiadelpozo
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
After Louisville layoffs, reporters will be coached more than edited  —  WFPL  —  Louisville Courier-Journal Executive Editor Neil Budde tells WFPL's James Miller the budgetary imperatives behind last week's layoffs allowed him to reimagine the news organization: “The approach I took …
Discussion: WFPL
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Steve Buttry joins Louisiana State University as visiting scholar to teach digital journalism  —  My next adventure: teaching at LSU  —  The next chapter of my career will be at Louisiana State University.  After I wrap up my work at Digital First Media July 1, I will become …
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
FCC's spectrum auction could leave parts of US without access to public TV, officials say  —  Worries Over Access to Free Public TV  —  Public television officials are raising the concern that the Federal Communications Commission's planned spectrum incentive auction …
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Conde Nast Entertainment Signs First Look Deal With 20th Century Fox TV  —  Conde Nast Entertainment has signed a first look deal with Twentieth Century Fox TV for its scripted television projects.  The agreement is the first of its kind for CNE.  —  Under the deal, scripted broadcast shows …
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