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2:20 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 …
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
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.
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.  —  Forget it: there is no guaranteed “role.”
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Inside Google's secretive anti-fraud team battling the bots that siphon billions of digital ad dollars  —  Inside Google's Secret War Against Ad Fraud  —  Cable News Wars Rage as New Players Join the Battle  —  In a conference room nine floors above London's St. Giles High Street …
Discussion: Business Insider and AdExchanger
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Contract between Sony Music and Spotify shows how streaming rates are calculated plus yearly advances and most-favored-nation clause for Sony Music  —  This was Sony Music's contract with Spotify  —  Over the last year the music industry has been in flux as artists, labels …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
MixRadio, the streaming music service sold by Microsoft to Line last year, launches iOS and Android apps  —  MixRadio Finally Brings Its Music Service To iOS And Android  —  MixRadio, the radio music service that was transferred from Nokia to Microsoft and then bought by messaging app company Line …
Discussion: The Verge, SlashGear and Engadget
Jon Steinberg / Medium:
CEO of Daily Mail North America says greatest challenge to news reporting is advertisers not willing to place ads next to real, hard news  —  News is Not Porn or File Sharing  —  Years back, native digital media operations got a hard time from traditional or mainstream media for not doing enough hard or real news.
Discussion: Digiday, @brie, @tabithagold and @jyarow
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
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Streaming music service Deezer adds 20,000 podcasts and radio shows  —  New CEO hints at further move into sports and says Deezer can survive against well-funded competition from Apple and Spotify  —  Streaming music service Deezer is beefing up its spoken-word content …
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  —  Kik joins Facebook in hunt for more publisher, brand deals  —  While Facebook is courting publishers, millennial-focused messaging app Kik …
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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Pandora buys music data cruncher Next Big Sound
Discussion: Pandora Blog, VentureBeat and Variety
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
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Consumer groups update FTC complaint against Google to include allegations of adult content on YouTube Kids
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bill O'Reilly denies Gawker report of domestic abuse stemming from sealed divorce case documents
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