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6:25 AM ET, May 19, 2015

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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
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David Lieberman / Deadline:
In open letter to Tim Cook, Icahn trumpets big market for Apple in television, for hardware and streaming  —  Carl Icahn: Apple's TV Plans Will Help To Create A “Mega-Ecosystem”  —  Apple is tight-lipped about whether, let alone how, it might sell TV sets and an online video service that would compete with cable and satellite.
Discussion: Quartz
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Survey: News orgs are prioritizing mobile development and placing less emphasis on paywalls  —  Anyone running a news organization — particularly one born in print, still struggling to adapt to the Internet — knows there are too many things to do: too many moves to make, too many innovations to chase …
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 …
Mark Joyella / TVNewser:
CNN iReport removes submitted videos that were used as publicity for the world's largest college diploma mill, Axact  —  CNN Removes iReport Videos Linked to ‘Breathtaking Scam’  —  CNN has removed user-generated videos iReport videos linked to a Pakistani company suspected of running one of the world's largest diploma mills.
David Heinemann / Index on Censorship:
Malaysian cartoonist Zunar trial to begin May 20, faces nine charges and 43 years in prison  —  Staying silent is not an option, says persecuted Malaysian cartoonist Zunar  —  Malaysian cartoonist Zunar is facing charges under a colonial era sedition act.  (Photo: Sean Gallagher/Index on Censorship)
Dylan Tweney / VentureBeat:
Consumer groups update FTC complaint against Google to include allegations of adult content on YouTube Kids  —  Google's ‘kid-friendly’ app YouTube Kids shows some very grown-up videos  —  Two consumer groups have found some pretty appallingly adult content in Google's ostensibly child-friendly video app, YouTube Kids.
Valerie Vande Panne / Columbia Journalism Review:
As the archives degrade for the Boston Phoenix, publisher hopes to announce a deal soon with a university to save them  —  Can the Boston Phoenix's digital history be saved?  —  It's always hard when a newspaper dies.  But when the alt-weekly Boston Phoenix passed away …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Jay Z Mocks Apple, Google, YouTube, Spotify In Tidal Freestyle  —  They've got the money, but he's got the microphone.  This weekend, Jay Z threw some punches at the big tech companies who compete with his upstart music streaming service Tidal.  The freestyle came as part of Jay Z's …
Discussion: Forbes, @joshconstine, @holgr and @richbtig
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Starbucks Teams Up With Spotify For In-Store Music, Loyalty Program  —  Starbucks is partnering with Spotify to bring the music service's playlists to all of its U.S. retail locations this fall, the two companies announced Monday afternoon.  —  All 150,000 U.S.-based Starbucks retail employees …
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.”
 
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Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
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Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
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Discussion: Fortune and @harrymccracken
Valentina I. Valentini / Fast Company:
Refinery29 Already Has 25 Million Fans, Now It Wants To Win At Sundance
Discussion: @tiniv
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Over-The-Top Streaming Video Services To Surge To 330 Million+ Subscribers By 2019
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Orr Hirschauge / Wall Street Journal:
China's Baidu invests in content recommendation platform Taboola, sources say around $20-30M
Discussion: @stittr
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Tech and media groups draw battle lines for mobile superiority
Nikki Finke:
Nikki Finke launches Hollywood Dementia, a new paywalled site publishing fiction by Hollywood insiders, will charge readers $1 per post
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
ComScore: CNNMoney traffic increases 18% to 22.3M in April, bypassing WSJ and Bloomberg