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4:30 AM ET, June 4, 2015

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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Twitter revokes API access for Sunlight Foundation's Politwhoops site, which showed politicians' deleted tweets, cites violation of developer agreement  —  Twitter Just Killed Politwoops  —  A Twitter spokesperson just provided the following statement to Gawker regarding the apparent suspension …
Ryan Knutson / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Dish in early stage merger talks with T-Mobile US; combined company likely to have Charlie Ergen as chairman, John Legere as CEO  —  Dish Network in Merger Talks With T-Mobile US  —  Dish, T-Mobile Have Agreed Charlie Ergen Would Be Chairman, John Legere CEO
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Snapchat hires Sean Mills, former president of NowThis and The Onion, as Head of Original Content  —  Snapchat has hired Sean Mills to be its Head of Original content based in New York City, Business Insider has learned.  This is Mills' first week on the job.  —  The company confirmed the hire to Business Insider.
Discussion: Business Pundit and The Wrap
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Tablet magazine charges for access to its comments, which has moved conversation to its Facebook page, says comment quality has increased and traffic is steady  —  After deciding to charge for comments, Tablet's conversation moves...to Facebook  —  After its publication on May 19 …
Discussion: @niemanlab
AAP:
Australian government document showing no evidence Peter Greste has broken any laws could lead to his acquittal in Egypt  —  Australian government document could lead to acquittal  —  Journalist who spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison hopes that because he has not committed a crime in Australia, all charges will finally be dropped
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Sources: new Apple TV hardware will not be announced at WWDC  —  Apple to Unveil Tool Kit for Watch App Developers  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Apple began selling the Apple Watch in April, Phillip Ryu did not rush to create an app for the gadget.  Because the device has limited animation …
Sajith Pai / INMA:
How the blockchain could affect media: micro-payments, programming content, advertising  —  Beyond bitcoin to the blockchain: What it means for news publishers  —  Blockchains could cause major disruption in many industries.  In media, this means an opportunity for securing micro-payments …
Amina Elahi / Chicago Tribune:
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Letter calls on Angola's president to drop charges against investigative journalist Rafael Marques after he was given a six month suspended sentence last week  —  Letter calls on Angolan president to drop charges against investigative journalist  —  Journalists, actors, film-makers …
Discussion: @fcancio
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Spotify's sorting of tunes by moods and activities instead of rigid genres expands discovery but produces one-hit wonders  —  Spotify Wants Listeners to Break Down Music Barriers  —  In the last few weeks, my two children, ages 4 and 2, have suddenly become obsessed with Simon and Garfunkel.
Lynne Marek / Crain's Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune cuts about 10 newsroom positions in sports, photo, and editing, and about two dozen across company  —  Chicago Tribune cuts jobs … The Chicago Tribune, the biggest metropolitan newspaper in the Midwest, is cutting its newsroom staff and shedding other workers as it seeks …
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Tribune signs dozens of papers to its new MediaWorks advertising initiative, which offers buyers a single campaign in top 30 markets and data about subscribers
Discussion: AdExchanger and Politico
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
How Facebook quadrupled its video traffic in one year to 4B video streams per day, and is reshaping advertising  —  How Facebook's video-traffic explosion is shaking up the advertising world  —  Cenk Uygur can pinpoint the day he realized that Facebook FB video was going to rewrite his business model.
Natasha Vargas-Cooper / Jezebel:
The Toast publisher Nicholas Pavlich has left the company; The Toast is working with third-party publishing firm Hashtag Labs for now  —  Publisher of The Toast Nick Pavich Is Out for Murky Reasons  —  Jezebel has learned that Nicholas Pavich has left The Toast, a popular lady site frequented …
Discussion: @nick_pavich
Adrian Chen / New York Times:
Former employee on Russia's government-backed troll farm the Internet Research Agency; wreaking havoc on the Internet and now targeting the US  —  The Agency … Around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 last year, Duval Arthur, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for St. Mary Parish …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Why the Cloud Is Key to Charter's Big Deal for Time Warner Cable  —  Anyone looking to understand the reasons behind the $78.7 billion deal that Charter Communications struck with TW Cable last week need look no further than their own set-top box.  —  Cable boxes, and more broadly the platforms …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Reporters complain about officials speaking off-the-record and on background but do the same when interviewed themselves  —  Why journalists need to practice what they preach  —  The next time a journalist gripes about some newsmaker's unwillingness to play ball with journalists …
 
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Patrick Frater / Variety:
China's Alibaba Pictures Raising $1.6 Billion in Share Sale
Agence France-Presse:
US reporter Rezaian's espionage trial to resume in Iran on June 8
Discussion: New York Times and Poynter
Brendan Sasso / National Journal:
FCC voted to limit state and local regulators' power over cable TV packages and pricing
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Yahoo brings third-party verification tags from comScore, Moat, DoubleVerify, and others to its ads in order to independently verify viewability rates
Discussion: AdAge and VentureBeat
Catalina Albeanu / Journalism.co.uk:
Over half of Mirror and Indy UK audience is mobile-only
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Showtime to launch streaming service offering full back catalog and livestreams for $10.99 a month on July 12, first available on iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, web
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
BBC journalist faces internal investigation after falsely tweeting Queen Elizabeth's death
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Yahoo to livestream web's first NFL game on Oct. 25, pays reported $20M for free broadcast
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Profile of Andrew Jennings, the UK investigative reporter who exposed FIFA corruption
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
The Times Should Push Back Hard on ‘Background’ Sourcing
Discussion: PRNewser, Washington Post and Poynter