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6:35 PM ET, May 20, 2015


 Top News: 
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Spotify announces new version with podcasts, video, and playlists tailored for listener's day  —  Spotify Introduces Video Clips, Podcasts, And Activity-Based Playlists  —  Spotify has just unveiled the newest version of the product at a media event here in New York City.
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
Discussion: Gawker, @m_udland and @strngwys
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires offering buyouts amid “serious realignment” of staffing  —  Journal offering buyouts amid ‘serious realignment’ in newsroom  —  Buyouts are underway in The Wall Street Journal newsroom, Capital has learned, signaling a shift in resources …
Discussion: Poynter and Talking Biz News
Bloomberg Business:
Time Warner Cable Said to Get Takeover Approach From Altice  —  Time Warner Cable Inc., whose merger with Comcast Corp. was called off last month, has received a takeover approach from French billionaire Patrick Drahi's Altice SA, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Associated Press:
Altice to buy US cable operator Suddenlink for $9.1 billion
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Mark Thompson on the Times' Facebook ‘experiment’  —  New York Times chief executive Mark Thompson said Wednesday that the Times wouldn't be participating in Facebook's new Instant Articles program if the terms weren't “sufficiently favorable” to the company and its shareholders.
Discussion: @janemartinson
Claire Wardle / BBC Academy:
Researchers analyze newsroom use of media from eyewitnesses, find lack of standard practices, conclude newsrooms are risking reputational damage  —  Eyewitness media and news: It's still a Wild West out there  —  is research director at the Tow Center @cward1e
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
USA Today's Editor-in-Chief David Callaway talks about buyouts, staff changes, and mid-summer split of Gannett newspapers and broadcast divisions  —  USA Today's Callaway says he won't disappear in spin-off  —  USA Today editor in chief David Callaway criticized an item describing an exodus …
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and AdAge
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Study: DC insiders trust beltway publications most, read newsletters first thing in the morning; LinkedIn tops social media sites  —  Study: D.C. insiders trust media more  —  Washington insiders are trusting the media more, though they are sometimes overwhelmed by it …
Discussion: FishbowlDC and @lexalexander
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Techmeme adds an author leaderboard, introduces a linking-based metric to rank by “Leadership”  —  Today we've expanded our Leaderboard page to offer four lists instead of one.  In addition to ranking publications, we now rank authors.  On top of that, we've introduced a second ranking method …
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Lucky magazine reduces publication to quarterly, lays off another 10 staff, including president Gillian Gorman Round  —  Lucky Magazine Goes Quarterly  —  Reports of Lucky magazine going all-digital have been a staple of the media rumor mill for several years, with WWD reporting just last month …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
New York Times, Washington Post, Vox, and others retract or add notes to posts based on fraudulent research in the journal Science  —  Vox retracts story based on fraudulent research  —  At least two news organizations have re-examined stories based on fraudulent research published in the academic journal …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Xbox One Over-The-Air TV Tuner Now Available  —  Microsoft is now offering an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner designed for the console, thought a partnership with TV tuner manufacturer Haulage.  The arrival of the dedicated hardware marks the wider launch of over-the-air TV support for Xbox …
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 More News: 
Chelsey Dulaney / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom Raises Dividend and Reaffirms Plan to Resume Buybacks in October
Steven Zeitchik / Los Angeles Times:
Digital companies like Netflix and Oculus begin to make inroads at Cannes, the most traditional festival in the film industry
Ilaria Maria Sala / Guardian:
Independent journalists to launch crowdfunded English-language newspaper Hong Kong Free Press in June
Discussion: mUmBRELLA
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Publishers face threat of punitive libel costs as rival regulator IMPRESS seeks official recognition
Discussion: @markhannamedia and Guardian
Talya Minsberg / New York Times:
How the New York Times is using Snapchat to cover stories like a gala at the Met
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Charter and Bright House Pursuing Merger Even After Comcast's Failed Deal
 Earlier Picks: 
Chris Krewson / Medium:
How Philadelphia's local news site Billy Penn covered the crash of Amtrak 188
Discussion: Billy Penn
Julia Greenberg / Wired:
Netflix shares hit record $628.50 following Wall Street reports calling the company undervalued
Discussion: Deadline