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9:25 PM ET, June 2, 2015


 Top News: 
Anonymous ex-Huffington Post employee says Arianna Huffington spikes stories criticising friends and advertisers  —  Hell Is Working at the Huffington Post  —  Talk to someone who works at the Huffington Post these days and inevitably one word will keep popping up: “demoralized.”
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
One of the Huffington Post's most senior editors, John Montorio, is leaving but will remain editor-at-large  —  John Montorio out at HuffPost  —  John Montorio, one of The Huffington Post's most senior editors for the past several years, has left his full-time position at the site, Capital has learned.
Discussion: Fast Company
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Mic hires NPR News executive editor Madhulika Sikka in same role, raises $17M led by Lightspeed Venture Partners  —  Madhulika Sikka Leaving NPR News to Join Mic, a News Site  —  Madhulika Sikka, the top editor at NPR News, is leaving the organization for Mic, a news site aimed …
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
Fusion's internal traffic metrics by Chartbeat show the site continues to battle low traffic  —  More People Work at Fusion Than Are Reading Its Most Popular Post  —  Since its official launch in 2013, Fusion has aimed to be a haven for sweet millennial clicks and a place for journalists …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Quartz is trying to make its articles stickier on smartphones with a new “Read Full Story” button  —  Quartz tweaked its site design Sunday, mostly in ways even careful readers are unlikely to notice.  But one change stands out on mobile.  If you follow a link to an article — say …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
News Corp chief exec Robert Thomson criticizes ‘trash traffic’ on BuzzFeed-style sites  —  News Corp chief criticises ‘trash traffic’ on BuzzFeed-style sites  —  Robert Thomson says advertisers 'don't want guilt by association, they want gilt by association'
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Vimeo Now Lets Creators Launch Their Own Subscription Video-On-Demand Channels  —  Video distribution platform Vimeo wants to provide new ways for creators to make more money from their content.  A few years after launching a video on demand offering so creators could rent out or sell access to their videos …
Mic Wright / The Next Web:
Build your own Netflix: Vimeo On Demand introduces monthly subscriptions
Discussion: Re/code and Mediashift
BuzzFeed hires longtime PepsiCo executive Frank Cooper as its first chief marketing officer and chief creative officer  —  BuzzFeed Names Longtime PepsiCo Exec Its First CMO  —  Even Small Businesses Are Ready for Marketing Automation  —  BuzzFeed has hired longtime PepsiCo marketing …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, @s_m_i and @gaberivera
Denis O'Brien / Guardian:
Denis O'Brien never meant to gag Irish MP, tycoon's lawyers tell court  —  RTÉ says Ireland's second richest man has made ‘spectacular climbdown’ after row over remarks made under parliamentary privilege  —  Ireland's second richest man has retreated from his battle with the media …
Fiona Gartland / The Irish Times:
Court order was not intended to stop reporting of Dáil statements, says judge
Discussion: @marklittlenews
John Otis / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Digital Venezuelan news outlets play government watchdog while traditional ones shy away from critical coverage  —  In Venezuela, online news helps journalists get their voices back  —  When Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez was rumored to be gravely ill four years ago …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Union ‘whistleblower’ who sold prison stories to Daily Mirror jailed after identity disclosed to police  —  A prison service “whistleblower” paid for stories by the Daily Mirror was today jailed for 20 months after his identity was revealed to the Met Police.
Adam Clark Estes / Gizmodo:
Writer Adam Clark Estes explains why he's voting to unionize Gawker on Wednesday  —  It's Time to Organize  —  Tomorrow, Gawker Media employees will vote for a union—or against it.  It's a historic vote, because no digital media company has ever organized.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fusion Launches F-Comedy Digital Studio with YouTube, Upright Citizens Brigade and More  —  Fusion, the multiplatform network from ABC News and Univision Communications aimed at millennials, is going for grins and giggles on YouTube and other platforms with the launch of digital comedy studio F-Comedy.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and LostRemote
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How a group of researchers tried to use social media data and algorithms to find breaking news  —  Shortly after 9:30 a.m. on March 12, 2014, two apartment buildings in East Harlem exploded when a water main collapsed into a gas line.  Eight people were killed and dozens more were injured.
Discussion: @eventmechanics and @niemanlab
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CBS newsman Bob Schieffer to become a fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Centre, studying the 2016 presidential election
Discussion: Politico and Poynter
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Business Insider:
Sources: nearly all of Medium's sites are undergoing major upheavals; employees quiet on changes due to NDA
Christian Caryl / Foreign Policy:
How three Costa Rican reporters upended the nation's political system through data reporting
Discussion: @martinstabe

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Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Voice Moods, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, Animated Emoji, and other features

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Apple releases emergency security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to fix two zero-days that may have been exploited, reaching 20 zero-days patched in 2023

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