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11:50 AM ET, May 21, 2015


 Top News: 
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Daily Mirror owners must pay £1.2m to celebrity phone-hacking victims  —  High court judge orders Trinity Mirror to compensate Sadie Frost, Paul Gascoigne and others for suffering caused by intrusions  —  The publisher of the Daily and Sunday Mirror has been ordered to pay £1.2m …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Mirror's phone hacking made ‘News of the World look like cottage industry’  —  Testimony at high court details alleged culture of phone hacking at tabloid titles so prevalent it dwarfed Fleet Street rivals  —  After years of rebuttals, numerous assurances under oath to the Leveson inquiry …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Digital breakthrough: Times advertisers agree to pay same rate for tablet edition as print  —  Times advertisers are to begin paying the same rate for display advertising in the title's tablet edition as they do in print.  —  The agreement, reached with a number of key ad agencies …
Discussion: @mathewi and @dannysullivan
Erin Gloria Ryan / Jezebel:
How Al Jazeera America Went from a Home for Idealists to a Sexist Mess  —  On the morning of May 6, two manholes near Penn Station in Manhattan exploded in succession, spooking pedestrians and temporarily snarling traffic on 8th Avenue as investigators scratched their heads.
Catalina Albeanu /
New Deutsche Welle app, due in June, will have geolocated push alerts for eyewitness media  —  New DW app will have geolocated push alerts for eyewitness media  —  The German outlet hopes the new approach will generate more contributions and story ideas from all over the world
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
TV overtakes radio as most popular platform for international news for the first time in BBC history, as global audience passes 300M  —  BBC global audience passes 300 million  —  Television overtakes radio as most popular platform for international news for first time in corporation's history
Discussion: @marksweney and
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Time magazine, The Economist, Forbes, and Quartz among pubs creating audio versions of stories to engage mobile users  —  Time channels radio to boost mobile time spent  —  Digital media is going back to the future by channeling the early days of radio by giving digital visitors the option of having the news read to them.
Discussion: Mediashift
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
More than two dozen publishers agree to drop licensing fees for climate change content ahead of December UN summit  —  Global news organisations agree to share climate change content  —  The Guardian, El País, Le Monde and China Daily are among 25 publishers aiming to raise awareness in the runup to the next UN summit
Discussion: @savethearctic and @unfccc
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 …
Matthew Pennington / Associated Press:
US group: Foreign authors censored in China without knowing  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S.-based advocacy group is warning Western authors to be vigilant of censorship of their work in China's fast-growing book publishing industry, which is sometimes done without their knowledge.
Henry Mance / Financial Times:
MailOnline reports sharp slowdown in growth despite US push  —  MailOnline — the world's most popular English-language newspaper website — has seen a sharp slowdown in growth despite a much-heralded push into the US.  —  Revenues at the lossmaking website, once dubbed “journalism crack” …
Discussion: Press Gazette, DMGT and Guardian
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Shigeaki Koga / New York Times:
Former Japanese bureaucrat says Japan's treatment of press is more like an authoritarian state than a liberal democracy
Discussion: @aidanpwhite
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Brazilian blogger found decapitated in Minas Gerais state
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
How Comcast lost friends, its influence, and the bid for Time Warner Cable
Discussion: Fortune
Joshua Eaton / PRI:
In Tibet, bloggers post at their own risk
Bloomberg Business:
David Letterman's production company, Worldwide Pants, owns over 4K hours of vintage comedy footage that may become streaming video
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Study: DC insiders trust beltway publications most, read newsletters first thing in the morning; LinkedIn tops social media sites
Discussion: Poynter, FishbowlDC and @lexalexander
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
Claire Wardle / BBC Academy:
Researchers analyze newsroom use of media from eyewitnesses, find lack of standard practices, conclude newsrooms are risking reputational damage
Ilaria Maria Sala / Guardian:
Independent journalists to launch crowdfunded English-language newspaper Hong Kong Free Press in June
Discussion: mUmBRELLA

From Techmeme:

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

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