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2:15 PM ET, May 13, 2015


 Top News: 
Michael Reckhow / Facebook Media:
Facebook launches Instant Articles on iPhone, with interactive features like videos and maps, names NYT, BuzzFeed, Guardian, and six other partners  —  Introducing Instant Articles  —  As more people get their news on mobile devices, we want to make the experience faster and richer on Facebook.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook's Instant Articles can provide 100% of the ad revenue and analytics data to publishers, add up to a good deal, at least for now  —  Facebook Starts Publishing the New York Times, BuzzFeed and More With Its ‘Instant Articles’ Program  —  Hey Web publishers!  Facebook is coming in peace.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Why Facebook is starting a new partnership with 9 news publishers  —  Right now you're probably reading this story on CNNMoney, but someday you could be reading it within Facebook's app.  —  On Wednesday, Facebook will start letting a select number of news organizations publish stories directly to the social media site.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Instant Articles build on insights from its Paper app, load 10x faster than mobile web articles
Discussion: ZDNet
Brendan Sasso / National Journal:
Privacy advocates fear AOL's ad technologies will allow Verizon to better track users across devices  —  Verizon's AOL Deal Could Lead to New Privacy Problems  —  AOL's advertising technologies could help Verizon better track users across devices.  —  Verizon's $4.4 billion purchase …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Tim Armstrong says AOL to remain in content business, denies spin-off of Huffington Post, says TechCrunch won't be sold and will retain editorial independence
Trinity Mirror's UsVsTh3m and Ampp3d thought to be facing axe as jobs set to go  —  Digital media brands set to be sacrificed with staff roles in UK expected to be lost ahead of company's expansion in North America  —  Trinity Mirror is understood to be preparing to close digital media brands UsVsTh3m …
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
William Zinsser, Author of ‘On Writing Well,’ Dies at 92  —  William Zinsser, a writer, editor and teacher whose book “On Writing Well” sold more than 1.5 million copies by employing his own literary craftsmanship to urge clarity, simplicity, brevity and humanity, died on Tuesday at his home in Manhattan.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
AT&T to offer Hulu to its customers through its websites and mobile apps later this year to drive Hulu subscriptions  —  AT&T Will Begin Offering Hulu To Its Customers Later This Year  —  Hulu and AT&T announced an expanded deal today designed to bring the video streaming service …
Michael Depp / NetNewsCheck Latest:
McClatchy Reorganizes, Adding National Revenue and Video Teams, While Putting New Accent on Data Management  —  While redesigning all of its newspapers and digital products, The McClatchy Co. is also in the midst of a major corporate overhaul.  NetNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp examines …
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Exclusive: Cablevision to drop $1 bid for NY Daily News - source  —  It was one dollar too much for Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N).  The cable company is planning to pull out of the auction process for the New York Daily News after spending hundreds of hours analyzing a potential deal, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Prince Charles ‘black spider’ memos published after 10-year legal battle  —  Government spent more than £400,000 trying to prevent publication of correspondence between heir to the throne and ministers  —  A cache of secret memos sent by Prince Charles to senior Whitehall ministers …
Jack Bouboushian / Courthouse News Service:
Disney, CBS Win Battle with FCC Over Disclosure  —  (CN) - The FCC cannot expedite the public disclosure of contracts and documents relevant to its review of the proposed AT&T-DirecTV merger, the D.C. Circuit ruled.  —  The Federal Communications Commission is tasked with reviewing merger proposals …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Authorities Near End of AT&T-DirecTV Review, Unlikely to Block Deal
Discussion: The Hill, Engadget, Reuters and The Verge
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Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
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