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9:50 AM ET, May 16, 2015


 Top News: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Before Stephanopoulos recused himself from campaign debate, Republicans had already told ABC they didn't want him as moderator
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
A Weak Apology Won't End George Stephanopoulos' Clinton Problem
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 …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Four of the first five US publishers to use Facebook's Instant Articles plan to sell their own ads and keep all of the revenue  —  Publishers Willing to Give Facebook Their Articles, but Not Their Ad Sales  —  Branded Content Could Find a Home in Instant Articles  —  2015 Programming Roundup
Jared Malsin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Coverage of Yemen remains sparse as journalists can't get in and poor infrastructure means information can't get out  —  Why almost no one's covering the war in Yemen  —  CAIRO — More than 1,200 people have died since Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a military operation in Yemen in March …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Newspaper companies will continue to struggle with digital innovation without better cashflow  —  Newsonomics: Razor-thin profits are cutting into newspapers' chances at innovation  —  Editor's note: We've revised this post, in the Valuations section, to reflect today's news that Digital First Media has …
Kathryn Bachman / Katy on the Hill:
AT&T and DirecTV extend merger termination date  —  With just three days to go, AT&T and DirecTV extended the May 18 termination date of their merger agreement “for a short period of time to facilitate obtaining final regulatory approval required to close the merger.”
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Daily News bidding down to its final three suitors  —  The auction for the troubled Daily News is going down to the wire, with only three bidders remaining.  —  The deadline is May 18, although sources say it's a soft finish line that may be extended if two bidders are close or need a little …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Robert Cookson / Financial Times:
Sources: Several European mobile operators plan option to block ads on their networks this year, consider blocking Google ads by default to force concessions  —  Mobile operators plan to block online advertising  —  Several mobile operators plan to block advertising on their networks …
Matthew Kassel / The New York Observer:
17 People Who Should Write the New York Times Media Column  —  It's impossible to replace David Carr, the New York Times media columnist who died in February.  But according to a recent report in Variety, the paper is on the lookout for a new writer and has whittled its search …
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
Obama administration urges TV networks to stop using outdated and inaccurate video footage of Islamic State  —  Stop using ISIL footage, Obama administration asks networks  —  U.S. bombing campaign has militants on the run, U.S. officials say.  —  Frustrated that coverage of the war …
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
At Cannes, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos rebuffs claims that the company could undercut European film market  —  Netflix's Ted Sarandos Heckled at Cannes: “You Will Destroy the Film Ecosystem in Europe”  —  Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos came under fire …
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Carrie Waltemeyer / CJR:
Profile of NowThis, which claims 130M monthly total views in April across platforms
Kevin Jagernauth / The Playlist:
Woody Allen Explains Why He Regrets His Amazon Deal, Says He Might Go Digital For Next Film
Pro-Scottish independence paper The National expands to 6 days per week, adds Saturday edition
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anonymously run music service using “Grooveshark” name is sued by record labels, loses domains, then moves to new domain
Discussion: The Next Web and Plagiarism Today
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Sources: Al Jazeera America's Ehab Al Shihabi is gone despite saying last week he would remain as COO
Discussion: TVNewser, Politico, The Wrap and Poynter