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12:05 PM ET, May 19, 2015


 Top News: 
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Luz, who co-wrote Le Monde editorial questioning the magazine's direction, is to leave, says pressure is too much to bear  —  Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist Who Depicted Muhammad After Attack to Leave  —  LONDON — The cartoonist known as Luz, who drew the polarizing cover …
Discussion: NPR, Poynter and The Independent
David Heinemann / Index on Censorship:   Malaysian cartoonist Zunar trial to begin May 20, faces nine charges and 43 years in prison
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
After nearly a decade of research, Apple shelved plans over a year ago for the TV set that Carl Icahn expects it to release in 2016  —  Behind Apple's Move to Shelve TV Plans  —  Apple had dropped its TV plans, but investor Carl Icahn sees the firm entering the market next year
David Lieberman / Deadline:
In open letter to Tim Cook, Icahn trumpets big market for Apple in television, for hardware and streaming
Discussion: Quartz
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
When candidates stonewall, political reporters must go beyond whining about their own role in campaigns; they should report, answering voters' questions  —  Campaign reporters: you are granted no “role in the process.”  It is your powers against theirs.  —  There is no guaranteed “role.”
Brian Murphy / Washington Post:
Trial of Washington Post's Teheran bureau chief Jason Rezaian, detained in Iran for 10 months, begins next week  —  Lawyer: Trial of Post reporter held in Iran set to begin next week  —  Jason Rezaian's journey has taken him from a childhood in San Francisco to his father's native Iran.
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Jeremy Paxman: BBC TV licence fee clearly can't last  —  Former Newsnight presenter says the fee is unsustainable in the long term but there are currently no alternatives  —  Former Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has said the TV licence fee “clearly can't last” but said there was no alternative funding model for the BBC at present.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bill O'Reilly denies Gawker report of domestic abuse stemming from sealed divorce case documents  —  Bill O'Reilly: Domestic abuse allegation ‘100% false’  —  Bill O'Reilly says the allegation that he physically assaulted his ex-wife is ‘100% false.’  —  “All allegations against me in …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Pandora buys music data cruncher Next Big Sound  —  By taking over a company that figures out what tactics work for music online, the Internet's biggest radio service hopes more labels and artists — oh, and advertisers — will join forces with Pandora.
Discussion: Pandora Blog, VentureBeat and Variety
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Capital and LBC owner Global Radio advised stations to drop HSBC story  —  UK's largest commercial radio group cited ‘editorial reasons’ for pausing coverage of how bank's Swiss banking arm helped wealthy customers dodge taxes  —  The UK's largest commercial radio group, Global Radio …
Discussion: @matthewwells
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Kik creates new “Services” division, hires ex-Accuen exec Josh Jacobs as president as it works toward more publisher and brand deals
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Forbes sells RealClearPolitics stake to Al-Monitor parent Crest Media
Yves Gacon / AFP Correspondent:
Profile of Anna Kipper or “Doña Anna”, AFP's first female bureau chief in Bogota in 1946
Associated Press:
Mother of Austin Tice, US reporter missing in Syria, pleads for information about him
Discussion: @clarissaward
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Starbucks Teams Up With Spotify For In-Store Music, Loyalty Program
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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
Videopixie, A Video Production Startup That Connects Buyers And Creators, Raises $1.1M
Discussion: @newsycombinator