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2:15 PM ET, May 9, 2015


 Top News: 
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Bill Simmons' ESPN contract will not be renewed, Grantland said to be unaffected by departure  —  Bill Simmons and ESPN Are Parting Ways  —  Bill Simmons, who built a personal empire at ESPN and is one of America's most influential sports personalities, will leave the media giant when his contract expires in the fall.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Grantland Publisher David Cho Is Leaving, Too  —  Bill Simmons isn't the only one leaving Grantland and ESPN.  —  David Cho, who has been publisher of the sports + pop culture site since Simmons started it in 2011, gave his notice to ESPN last week, according to a person familiar with the site.
Jim Romenesko:
MediaShift breaks away from … Glaser answers some questions after the jump.  —  Did cover all of your expenses and pay your salary?  —  PBS funded us partially from 2006 until 2014, then cut off funding, but gave us the option of selling, spinning off, or staying put.
Discussion: Poynter
Caitlin Petre / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
The Traffic Factories: Metrics at Chartbeat, Gawker Media, and The New York Times  —  A report by Tow Fellow Caitlin Petre.  —  PROJECT LEADER:  —  Acknowledgements  —  I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those employees of Chartbeat, The New York Times, and Gawker Media who shared their time, insights, and experiences with me.
Cora Currier / The Intercept:
U.S. Government Designated Prominent Al Jazeera Journalist as “Member of Al Qaeda”  —  The U.S. government labeled a prominent journalist as a member of Al Qaeda and placed him on a watch list of suspected terrorists, according to a top-secret document that details U.S. intelligence efforts …
Apple's new music service to push subscriptions, but could also offer a free trial and samples  —  Apple's New Music Service Will Push Paid Subscriptions, With Free Samples  —  Apple wants people to pay for its streaming music service.  But that doesn't mean it won't let people listen for free, too.
David Gauthier-Villars / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify's 2014 revenue rose 45% from previous year to €1.08B, but losses widened to €162M  —  Spotify Revenue Rises in 2014 but Still in Red on Heavy Investments  —  STOCKHOLM—Spotify AB, the Swedish online music streaming company, recorded a sharp rise in revenue last year …
Jamie Rigg / Engadget:
EU aims to remove regional restrictions on digital goods by 2017  —  Being an EU citizen means you can grab your passport, head to the airport and travel freely among the 28 EU member states.  When you arrive at your final destination, however, and fire up Netflix in your hotel room …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media Taps Publishing Veteran Richard Beckman as Chief Revenue Officer (Exclusive)  —  In a move to double down on its business, Vice Media has appointed publishing veteran Richard Beckman as its first chief revenue officer.  —  The former Conde Nast executive started on Thursday and reports to Vice co-president Andrew Creighton.
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Variety, AdAge and WWD
Michael Lewis / Toronto Star:
Omni drops multi-language newscasts Monday as Rogers cuts 110 jobs from TV operations; will replace news with half hour interactive current affairs programs  —  Omni drops multi-language newscasts as impact of streaming services is felt  —  Rogers Media Inc. cuts 110 jobs from its television operations …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
“Who's Viewed Your Posts?”  LinkedIn Adds Analytics To Its Publishing Platform  —  LinkedIn, the social network for the working world, has been on a mission to add different services to its platform to expand the ways that people use it beyond looking for jobs and basic networking.
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