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12:00 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.
Discussion: The Loop
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Facebook Instant Articles: A Slippery Slope For Google To Do The Same, Hurting The Web?  —  Facebook's pitch to host publisher content sounds great for improving user experience.  But if Google follows in doing the same thing, it might not so great for the web.
Discussion: Vox, Hot Air, mUmBRELLA, @sippey and USA Today
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Instant Articles build on insights from its Paper app, load 10x faster than mobile web articles  —  Facebook Starts Hosting Publishers' “Instant Articles”  —  After months of rumors, Facebook today unveiled “Instant Articles”, a program that natively hosts publishers' content …
Discussion: The Verge
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  —  CEO Tim Armstrong Says AOL Is Staying In The Content Business (And He's Not Selling TechCrunch)  —  It was an interesting day at AOL.
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 …
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Ad-Tech, not Content, Is King in the Verizon-AOL Deal
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Labour advisor claims Conservative officials threatened BBC executives with far-reaching reforms if election coverage didn't “fall into line”  —  Tory officials threatened BBC during election, says Miliband's strategist  —  Tom Baldwin says senior BBC executives faced repeated threats …
Discussion: @ashrouen and @harryslaststand
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
Alibaba, Wanda heads' investment firms lead $129 mln fundraising in LeTV sports firm  —  May 13 Wanda Group's Wang Jianlin and an investment firm founded by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's Jack Ma took part in a 800 million yuan ($129 million) funding round for a little-known sports entertainment company backed by local tech firm LeTV.
Discussion: Forbes and Variety
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Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
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Bill Mickey / Folio:
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Discussion: Business Wire
Elizabeth Spayd / CJR:
Columbia J-School asks students to produce May/June issue of CJR on experimental journalism
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Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
Nic Christensen / mUmBRELLA:
Wall Street Journal's head of global media sales, Trevor Fellows, downplays revenue potential of branded content, citing its difficulty to produce at scale
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
University of Virginia associate dean Nicole Eramo files defamation suit against Rolling Stone, seeks $7.5M in damages over retracted rape story