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4:20 PM ET, May 15, 2015


 Top News: 
Richard Deitsch /
Bill Simmons will not appear again on ESPN platforms, including Grantland  —  ESPN president John Skipper addresses Bill Simmons' departure … There will be no farewell columns, podcasts or television appearances for Bill Simmons on ESPN.  —  SI has learned that ESPN and Simmons have worked …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
For some publishers, delegating the sale of Instant Articles ads to Facebook could make sense  —  With Facebook's Instant Articles, Publishers May Find 70 Cents Is Better Than a Dollar  —  Publishers are still digesting the details of Facebook's new “Instant Articles” initiative …
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Facebook publishing for local news outlets could arrive ‘in the coming months’
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Sources: Al Jazeera America's Ehab Al Shihabi is gone despite saying last week he would remain as COO  —  News executive who refused to leave is gone  —  The ousted boss of Al Jazeera America who declared last week that he would remain at the company as chief operating officer has not been seen …
Discussion: TVNewser, Politico, The Wrap and Poynter
Jacob Silverman / The Baffler:
Twitter's new features have all favored advertisers and made it more unsuitable for genuine user interaction  —  Tweet If You Love the Sweet Sound of Advertising  —  Almost all of Twitter's recent changes have favored advertisers.  / Adobe  —  According to Wall Street, we haven't been clicking and tweeting nearly enough.
Discussion: @thebafflermag
Bloomberg Business:
Netflix in talks with Jack Ma-backed Chinese media company Wasu, others, as it tries to enter the country's $5.9B online video market  —  Netflix Said in Talks to Enter China With Jack Ma-Backed Wasu  —  Netflix Inc. is in talks with a Chinese media company backed by Jack Ma …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
A Weak Apology Won't End George Stephanopoulos' Clinton Problem  —  George Stephanopoulos cloaked his undisclosed Clinton Foundation donations in charity.  That half-hearted apology isn't going to suffice if he wants to keep his anchor chair.  —  You see, Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Stephanopoulos has destroyed his journalism-cred and forgotten the political savvy he learned in Clinton's inner circle
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anonymously run music service using “Grooveshark” name is sued by record labels, loses domains, then moves to new domain  —  Record Labels Sue ‘New’ Grooveshark, Seize Domains  —  Earlier this month the long running lawsuit between the RIAA and Grooveshark came to an end.
Discussion: The Next Web
Pro-Scottish independence paper The National expands to 6 days per week, adds Saturday edition  —  The National launches Saturday edition in wake of SNP election success  —  Pro-Scottish independence newspaper to publish six days a week from Saturday  —  Pro-Scottish independence newspaper …
Ben Mook / Current:
As podcast revenues climb, NPR board questions effect on radio sales  —  As NPR's income from podcast advertising grows, the network aims to hold the ad spots to standards that are fairly similar to those governing its broadcast underwriting language, according to a sales executive.
Discussion: The Awl and Current
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Lonely Planet Will Launch Its First U.S. Magazine as Interest in International Travel Grows  —  This fall, travel guide publisher Lonely Planet will become the latest entrant in the travel magazine space with the U.S. launch of Lonely Planet Magazine.  Edited by Lauren Finney …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon's Twitch Now Streaming on Roku — For Free  —  Amazon's Twitch live videogame-casting service is now available for free on Roku platforms.  —  Twitch, starting Thursday, is available on Roku media players in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Ireland, as well as on Roku TV models in the U.S. and Canada.
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