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12:35 PM ET, May 15, 2015


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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 …
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: @sunilksaini01, @vivian and Fortune
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Stephanopoulos has destroyed his journalism-cred and forgotten the political savvy he learned in Clinton's inner circle
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Stephanopoulos says he won't moderate ABC's GOP debate but won't recuse himself from presidential campaign coverage
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 and Poynter
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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