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9:00 AM ET, May 15, 2015


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Stephanopoulos says he won't moderate ABC's GOP debate but won't recuse himself from presidential campaign coverage  —  Stephanopoulos says he should not have donated to Clinton Foundation, will not moderate GOP debate  —  George Stephanopoulos says he should not have donated money …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
George Stephanopoulos discloses $75,000 contribution to Clinton Foundation
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Though ABC says it stands behind Stephanopoulos, donations are a clear conflict of interest for an anchor whose objectivity was already questioned by critics
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Instant Articles' friendly terms for news outlets create tougher competition for Twitter, as well as Pinterest and Snapchat  —  You know who also stands to lose from Facebook's media deals?  Twitter  —  Wednesday was a fairly big deal in media-land: Facebook finally launched what it's calling its …
Discussion: @vivian and Fortune
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 …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Andy Coulson pleads not guilty to perjury in Scotland court  —  Trial of David Cameron's former communications chief opens in Edinburgh high court over charges related to Tommy Sheridan case  —  David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson has gone on trial in Scotland for alleged perjury.
Discussion: BBC and Home on News
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
Michael Rondon / Folio:
TheStreet Experiments With A Freemium Model For Its $50-Million Subscription Service  —  Wary of a fickle ad market, many publishers have been trying to lean more heavily on subscribers for revenue in recent years.  TheStreet has done the same, though its market—Wall Street—and its products …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Talking New Media
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Ruling in Royalty Case Gives BMI a Victory Against Pandora  —  Last week, Pandora Media won two battles in its long-running war against the music industry, but on Thursday, it lost one — this time over how much it should pay the licensing agency BMI in royalties.
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Chris Crum / WebProNews:
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James Rainey / Variety:
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 Earlier Picks: 
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Digital First Media memo: It's not in the best interest of shareholders to sell at this time
Manu Joseph / New York Times:
In India, TV channels proliferate, but news and data about viewers are scarce
Discussion: @manujosephsan
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
BBC Shorts uses the same English video across a variety of services, uses internal template to automate translation into eight language
Rdio Blog:
Rdio launches Rdio Select streaming service at $3.99 per month, with ad-free radio stations and ability to keep 25 songs downloaded