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4:35 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.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Automattic acquires WooCommerce, maker of a popular e-commerce Wordpress plugin, sources say for more than $30M  —  WordPress Parent Automattic Buys WooCommerce, a Shopping Tool for Web Publishers  —  Last year Automattic, the company behind, raised $160 million.
Jana Messerschmidt / The Twitter Blog:
Tweets get more prominent placement in Google results after Google-Twitter deal; Twitter doesn't earn directly off display but will gain new traffic  —  A new way to discover Tweets  —  We're excited to team up with Google to bring Twitter's unique, real-time content to Google's search results.
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
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 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: @brie, @tabithagold and @jyarow
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
Steven Norton / Wall Street Journal:
Mike Kail, hired by Yahoo last summer as CIO, has left the company in wake of a lawsuit filed by Netflix last year alleging he took kickbacks from vendors  —  Yahoo CIO Mike Kail No Longer With Company  —  Mike Kail, chief information officer and senior vice president of infrastructure at Yahoo Inc., has left the company.
Discussion: Variety
Ken Doctor / Capital New York:
New York Times C.I.O. Marc Frons to leave the company  —  Executive change often drives more executive change, and that's what the word is today coming out of The New York Times.  —  This morning, S.V.P. and Chief Information Officer Marc Frons announced his departure …
Discussion: @marcfrons and @pmaiorana
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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Pandora buys music data cruncher Next Big Sound
Discussion: Pandora Blog, Variety and VentureBeat
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
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Capital and LBC owner Global Radio advised stations to drop HSBC story
Discussion: @matthewwells
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
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