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11:50 PM ET, May 11, 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.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:   For the first time, pay TV subs declined in Q1, industry contracting at rate of 0.5% per year
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Reed Hastings predicts linear TV will decline yearly for next 20 years, says Netflix wants to pioneer virtual reality  —  Netflix's Reed Hastings predicts the future of TV over the next 20 years  —  Close followers of Netflix should watch the speech that Reed Hastings, its founder and chief executive, delivered in Berlin last week.
Nic Christensen / mUmBRELLA:
Toronto Star scrapped digital paywall as it was ‘expensive’ and had a ‘high churn’ rate  —  Julie Murtha speaking at the INMA World Congress in New York  —  Executives from the Toronto Star have admitted paywalls did not work for them and said promoting stories inside the newspaper is a waste of time …
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 …
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 …
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  —  The Drum launches dedicated social TV and future of TV section led by Executive Editor Natan Edelsburg  —  The television industry is in the midst of the biggest changes it has seen since birth.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
‘More Like a Book Launch’ — The Times's Push to Build Buzz for Its Nail Salon Series  —  The Times's series of stories on the abused and underpaid young women who are the employees of New York City's omnipresent nail salons has hit big since it appeared online Thursday.
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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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Phone-hacking victim and Murdoch ‘scourge’ Chris Bryant appointed shadow culture secretary
Discussion: Guardian
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
New Al Jazeera America CEO Al Anstey promises no news spin and a focus on integrity
Discussion: Politico and The Wrap
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: UPROXX and Polygon
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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