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3:40 AM ET, May 12, 2015

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Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
New report by veteran journalist Seymour Hersh on Osama Bin Laden's death prompts doubt, conflicting reports, and a partial NBC confirmation  —  Bin Laden death story stirs controversy, but also a confirmation  —  Seymour Hersh is among the most legendary investigative journalists.
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Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling sentenced to three and a half years in prison on espionage charges for leaking info to New York Times reporter James Risen  —  Ex-C.I.A. Officer Sentenced in Leak Case Tied to Times Reporter  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A former Central Intelligence Agency officer …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg Politics co-host Mark Halperin apologizes to presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz for interview questions focusing on his Cuban heritage  —  Mark Halperin apologizes to Ted Cruz  —  Bloomberg Politics co-host Mark Halperin apologized to Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday for a recent interview …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Jack Shafer ‘let go’ from Ethicist team by New York Times Magazine  —  The New York Times Magazine's three-person approach to its storied Ethicist column is already showing signs of wobbliness.  Politico media critic Jack Shafer, one of the experts tapped for a slightly renamed version of the column …
Discussion: New York Times and FishbowlNY
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Mark Luckie, Twitter's manager of journalism and news, leaving to focus on his forthcoming book  —  Mark Luckie to leave Twitter  —  Mark Luckie, the former Washington Post social media editor who is now manager of journalism and news at Twitter, is leaving the social media company, he announced Monday.
BBC:
Secular blogger Ananta Bijoy Das hacked to death in Bangladesh, in third such attack this year  —  Bangladesh blogger Ananta Bijoy Das hacked to death  —  A secular blogger in Bangladesh has been hacked to death in north-eastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack since the start of the year, police say.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
For the first time, pay TV subs declined in Q1, industry contracting at rate of 0.5% per year  —  Cord-Cutting Alert: Pay-TV Business Declines for First Time During Q1  —  The U.S. pay-TV business keeps shrinking, albeit slowly — but for the first time ever, the sector dropped a net number …
Discussion: Digiday
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David Weinberger / Slate:
NPR opens API to authorized developers to build device-specific versions of NPR One streaming player  —  NPR Initiates Phase Two of Plan to Become the Pandora of News  —  The announcement by National Public Radio that it's opening access to an application program interface, or API …
Discussion: NPR.org, @fkbarrett and RAIN News
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
Interview with Sarah Alvarez, founder of Pilotwire, a project that caters to low income news consumers  —  Getting the News to Everyone, Not Just the Wealthy  —  Who is the news made for?  In answering that question, the free market tends to sniff out potential readers with a good amount …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Warner Music Says Streaming Revenue Has Passed Downloads  —  Here's another sign that the music industry has shifted from selling songs to selling subscriptions: Warner Music Group says that last quarter, streaming music revenue passed revenue from selling downloads.
Ryan Pearson / Associated Press:
Jailed Singaporean teen blogger Amos Yee could be sentenced Tuesday to three years in jail for an irreverent YouTube video  —  Blogger, 16, exposes limits on free speech in Singapore  —  5 photos  —  SINGAPORE (AP) — A government crackdown on a teen video blogger and independent news …
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
Instagram says it erred in shutting down The Shade Room, a TMZ-style publication that had 700k followers  —  Instagram Says Shutting Down The Shade Room Was A Mistake  —  The social photo sharing service says it wrongly removed The Shade Room account, but refuses to elaborate.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish Drops 134,000 Satellite-TV Subscribers in Q1, Blaming Programming Disputes  —  Dish Network dropped a net 134,000 satellite-TV customers in the first three months of 2015 — with the satcaster blaming ongoing programming spats for the sizable loss.  —  The company, in a regulatory filing Monday …
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Natan Edelsburg / The Drum:
The Drum announces Found Remote, a dedicated source for social TV news led by Exec Editor Natan Edelsburg, in US expansion
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
New Al Jazeera America CEO Al Anstey promises no news spin and a focus on integrity
Discussion: The Wrap and Politico
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO's Game of Thrones breaks TV piracy records: latest episode downloaded 2.2M times worldwide, less than 12 hours after airing on TV
Discussion: Polygon and UPROXX
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
‘More Like a Book Launch’ — The Times's Push to Build Buzz for Its Nail Salon Series
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Brian Williams Wants His Job Back Now, but NBC Isn't So Sure
Discussion: Mediaite and FTVLive