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8:20 AM ET, May 10, 2015

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James Andrew Miller / Vanity Fair:
Inside the Shocking, Abrupt Divorce of Bill Simmons and ESPN  —  The co-author of the definitive history of ESPN, Those Guys Have All the Fun, reports on how the network and its biggest star met their bitter end.  —  The union of Bill Simmons—columnist, commentator, on-air personality …
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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
Discussion: Awful Announcing and E! Online
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg Business:
Yahoo sues former employee Cecile Lal, saying she broke a confidentiality agreement by leaking proprietary information to author Nicholas Carlson  —  Yahoo Sues Ex-Staffer Claiming She Gave Secrets to Writer  —  Yahoo! Inc. sued a former employee over claims she “brazenly” …
Lene Bech Sillesen / Columbia Journalism Review:
To reach overseas and local communities The New York Times is publishing stories like its nail salon exposé in a variety of languages  —  Why a New York Times nail salon exposé is published in four languages  —  While doing dogged shoe leather reporting for her New York Times …
Bree Brouwer / Tubefilter:
VHX Lets Creators Build Their Own Netflix With New Subscription Service Platform  —  VHX has introduced a new feature to help video creators make more cash from their creations.  The self-distribution platform that's powered the direct-to-consumer downloads of Aziz Ansari's comedy special …
Discussion: @vhxtv, VHX Blog, VideoInk and LostRemote
Elizabeth Wagmeister / Variety:
Esquire Network Greenlights First Original Scripted Series (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Esquire Network is getting into the scripted game.  —  NBCUniversal's male-skewing network has ordered 10 episodes of the dark drama “Spotless,” set to premiere this fall, Variety has learned exclusively.
Discussion: @brendancoyleol
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 …
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
Online production company Defy Media averaged 500M video views per month last year and 22M app installs  —  Defy Media Shows Off Its Small Yet Mighty Presence  —  Online production house Defy Media might not have as many creators on its roster as multi-channel networks do …
Jim Romenesko:
MediaShift breaks away from PBS.org … Glaser answers some questions after the jump.  —  Did PBS.org 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
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
“Who's Viewed Your Posts?” LinkedIn Adds Analytics To Its Publishing Platform
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media Taps Publishing Veteran Richard Beckman as Chief Revenue Officer (Exclusive)
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Variety, AdAge and WWD
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Bloomberg's anti-gun group sets up an editorial operation
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Re/code:
Apple's new music service to push subscriptions, but could also offer a free trial and samples
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Google Says 46% of Web Video Ads Are Never Viewed
Discussion: VentureBeat and FishbowlNY
Lisa Beilfuss / Wall Street Journal:
E.W. Scripps Q1 revenue up 5.3% to $214.5M, digital ad revenue up 21% to $5.3M, newspaper revenue down 7.1% to $91.5M
Discussion: Associated Press
Cora Currier / The Intercept:
U.S. Government Designated Prominent Al Jazeera Journalist as “Member of Al Qaeda”
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Bright House Networks plans to drop merger with Charter-sources