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5:10 AM ET, June 3, 2015

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Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Verizon-AOL deal gives Huffington Post an uncertain future: either a conservative corporate owner or a sale amid frothy media valuations  —  Huffington Post in Limbo at Verizon  —  Over the last couple of years, an array of media companies, venture capitalists and wealthy individuals …
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Gawker:
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
Discussion: Fast Company
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 …
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 …
AdAge:
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: @s_m_i, FishbowlNY, @gaberivera and @peretti
Ben Geman / National Journal:
The New York Times, Vice News Slam Obama Administration Over FOIA Delays  —  A top attorney for The Times will tell Congress there's a “culture of unresponsiveness” when it comes to FOIA.  —  A top lawyer for The New York Times, journalists, and advocacy groups will pummel …
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Meet the Math Wizards Who Rule the Murky World of Programmatic Buying  —  Marketers, Agencies Poach Whizzes for an Edge on the Programmatic Revolution  —  Cable News Wars Rage as New Players Join the Battle  —  Andre Banilevi was moving through the final stages of a digital ad buy when things suddenly got weird.
Discussion: AdExchanger
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
A digital focus led Florida's Sun Sentinel to better storytelling, fewer meetings, and more content to readers  —  Last year, The Sun Sentinel made digital a priority.  So how's it going? … In October, the South Florida Sun Sentinel unveiled a site redesign, a newspaper redesign and a new plan to cover the news.
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.
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.
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Mike Snider / USA Today:
PwC forecast: entertainment and media spending to rise 5% this year, with digital content to reach 46% of total spending in 2019; newspapers continue decline  —  Consumer spending on Net access and digital entertainment continues to rise  —  Consumers' appetite for digital entertainment …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter, AdAge and Billboard
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 …
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Fiona Gartland / The Irish Times:
Court order was not intended to stop reporting of Dáil statements, says judge
Discussion: @marklittlenews
 
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John Otis / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Digital Venezuelan news outlets play government watchdog while traditional ones shy away from critical coverage
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google demands movie studios comply with subpoenas in case against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fusion Launches F-Comedy Digital Studio with YouTube, Upright Citizens Brigade and More
Discussion: LostRemote and Hollywood Reporter
Guardian:
Times executive editor Roger Alton leaves paper after five years
Jessica Klein / VideoInk:
Vimeo Collabs with VOD, Theatrical Distributors on Release of Action Sports Doc
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
News Corp chief exec Robert Thomson criticizes ‘trash traffic’ on BuzzFeed-style sites
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