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1:20 AM ET, May 17, 2015


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Trevor Timm / Columbia Journalism Review:
The media's reaction to Seymour Hersh's bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful  —  Seymour Hersh has done the public a great service by breathing life into questions surrounding the official narrative of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.  Yet instead of trying to build off the details of his story …
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 …
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
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
A Weak Apology Won't End George Stephanopoulos' Clinton Problem
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 …
Discussion: @darcyday
James Risley / GeekWire:
Amazon's Audible hires NPR VP of programming, signaling move into original podcasting … Amazon-owned looks to be moving further into the world of podcasting with the hiring of the former vice president of programing for NPR, Eric Nuzum.  He'll be coming on as senior vice president of original content for Audible.
Discussion: and Poynter
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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Kathryn Bachman / Katy on the Hill:
AT&T and DirecTV extend merger termination date
Kevin Jagernauth / The Playlist:
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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
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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