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3:05 PM ET, May 16, 2015


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Miguel Helft / Forbes:
Former Google PR employees now run communications at Silicon Valley companies like Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Snapchat, and Yahoo  —  As Google Spins, So Does Silicon Valley  —  Google's influence on Silicon Valley's culture and business is unmatched.  The free lunches, the shuttle buses …
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
Podcasting's Ubiquitous Advertisers: Why Every Show Is Brought to You by Squarespace  —  It's by now a trope of modern listening: The soothing tones of Ira Glass or Sarah Koenig subside and make way for a sponsor mentioning promotional codes for online stamps, boxes of all-natural snacks, or tools for building a website.
Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media figures and outlets: James Murdoch, Newsmax, NBC Universal, News Corp, Carlos Slim, Thomson Reuters, and more  —  Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals  —  NBC Universal, News Corporation …
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 …
Discussion: @reportedly
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 …
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 …
Obama administration urges TV networks to stop using outdated and inaccurate video footage of Islamic State  —  Stop using ISIL footage, Obama administration asks networks  —  U.S. bombing campaign has militants on the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 …
Carrie Waltemeyer / CJR:
Profile of NowThis, which claims 130M monthly total views in April across platforms  —  What's next for NowThis?  —  Since the story was first being reported, NowThis has seen total views in a single month across platforms go from 72 million to upwards of 130 million.
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.”
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
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 …
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Kevin Jagernauth / The Playlist:
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Jacob Silverman / The Baffler:
Twitter's new features have all favored advertisers and made it more unsuitable for genuine user interaction
Discussion: @thebafflermag