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3:40 PM ET, May 27, 2015


 Top News: 
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Vox Media acquires Re/code in all-stock deal, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher to stay at Re/code after merger  —  Vox Media Acquiring ReCode  —  ReCode, the news website led by the veteran journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, is being acquired by Vox Media, a deal that reflects …
Vox Media Acquires Re/code Owner Revere Digital  —  We are thrilled to announce that Re/code's parent company, Revere Digital, is being wholly acquired by the highly respected digital-native media company Vox Media.  This is the next big step in our mission to bring you quality tech journalism …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff explains the Re/code purchase: complementing The Verge's coverage, conference business, more  —  The Vox Media-Re/code deal, explained by Vox Media's CEO  —  On Tuesday night, Vox Media — the parent company of — announced it was purchasing Re/code …
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
BuzzFeed launches The Open Lab for Journalism Technology and the Arts in San Francisco to develop open-source tools  —  BUZZFEED FOUNDER LAUNCHES NEW LAB FOR OPEN-SOURCE INVENTION  —  Over the nearly two decades that BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti has spent inventing things …
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Gawker writers plan to vote on unionizing next week  —  Three weeks ago, Gawker C.E.O. Nick Denton, president Heather Dietrick, and executive editor Tommy Craggs met for lunch with two organizers from the Writers Guild of America-East and Hamilton Nolan, the senior writer who is spearheading a union drive at Gawker Media.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @goldsbie
James Warren / Poynter:
US ambassador and ex-journalist Samantha Power urges UN to help journalists in conflict zones  —  Samantha Power calls on UN to protect journalists in conflict zones as Russia portrays itself as victim  —  The United States urged the United Nations Wednesday “to ensure that people …
Haje Jan Kamps / Medium:
Journalists are the most-active, largest group of verified users on Twitter  —  Who are Twitter's Verified Users?  —  A deep dive into the lives of more than 100,000 of Twitter's top users  —  If you spend a fair bit of time on Twitter, you can't have failed to stumble across users who have a blue tickmark next to their names.
Paul Melvin / ESPN MediaZone:
Chris Connelly Named Interim Editor-In-Chief of Grantland  —  Award-winning journalist and contributor to E:60, Outside the Lines, Grantland and ABC News to lead growing sports and pop culture storytelling brand  —  Chris Connelly, the award-winning reporter and essayist whose work includes contributions …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Poynter
Wall Street Journal:
Google and Yahoo have both held early acquisition talks with Flipboard in recent weeks but deal price hasn't yet been discussed  —  Google, Yahoo Have Had Talks to Buy Flipboard  —  Twitter's Flipboard discussions have largely stalled since April  —  Several Internet giants have inquired …
Mădălina Ciobanu /
Reuters' head of archive talks about the challenges and rewards of the digitising process  —  Reuters' head of archive talks about the challenges and rewards of the digitising process  —  Credit: By kulturarvsprojektet on Flickr.  Some rights reserved  —  Archives have great potential …
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Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Richard Deitsch on his new SI Media podcast as Sports Illustrated begins launch of 12 new podcasts
Alexander Howard / The Huffington Post:
In Saudi Arabia, Embracing New ‘Freedom’ On Social Media May Come With Serious Risks
Gabriel Arana / The Huffington Post:
Mac McClelland Says Journalists Need To Talk About Trauma
Discussion: @gabrielarana
Lori Weisberg / San Diego Union Tribune:
After sale to Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune laying off 178 of 603 employees, mostly in printing and delivery, nine from newsroom
 Earlier Picks: 
Henry Mance / Financial Times:
UK court rules ISPs must block seven e-book piracy sites within 10 days: Ebookee, LibGen, AvaxHome, Freebookspot, Freshwap, Bookfi and Bookre
Discussion: BetaNews and TorrentFreak
Henry Mance / Financial Times:
Sky commits $19.6M over three years to production hub in Milan, to compete with the likes of Netflix, create products for UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany Austria
Media Guido:
The full internal email from Guardian Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger announcing the departure of Janine Gibson
Discussion: New York Times
Martha Mercer / The Daily Beast:
A look at the Brazilian town of Padre Paraiso, its increasing theft and violence, and the beheading of journalist Evany José Metzker there
Discussion: @marthmerc