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5:10 PM ET, June 4, 2015


 Top News: 
75% of Gawker Media editorial staff voted yes to unionize and be represented by Writers Guild of America, East  —  Gawker Media Votes To Unionize  —  Yesterday, more than 100 Gawker Media editorial employees voted on the question of whether to be represented by the Writers Guild of America …
Joel Johnson / Gawker:
Former Gawker editorial director discusses details of business model, explains Kinja's failure, and says several sites have been shopped around  —  Congratulations, Edit!  —  Congratulations, Edit!  I think unionizing was a smart, brave decision, and one that gives you a chance at security in a turbulent environment.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Alibaba Invests $194M Into China Business News To Build A Financial Data Platform  —  Alibaba, the Chinese internet giant, is currently focused on investing internationally to grow its business, but is also continuing to build out operations at home.  In the latest move, it has invested $193.6 million …
Discussion: Business Wire and Quartz
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Has Agreed To Acquire Ad Tech Firm Visible World  —  Cable giant Comcast Corp. has agreed to acquire the TV ad-targeting firm Visible World, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  The deal, if completed, could put the cable giant into a stronger position …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Variety
Leaked Arianna Huffington memo shows focus on continued global expansion, investment in video, acquisitions, and a global newsroom  —  Read Arianna Huffington's plan to ‘dominate the industry’  —  CNNMoney has obtained a copy of the Huffington Post's strategy for growth …
Discussion: @lisahopeking and @gjbarb
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Politico's VandeHei on aiming for influencers, cheapening content in search of scale, and keeping editorial and business separate  —  Politico's Jim VandeHei: Scale is a ‘deal with the devil’  —  At a time when publishers are grappling to diversify their revenue beyond advertising, Politico has an enviable business model.
Discussion: @jasonclampet, @digiday and @gaberivera
Women's Media Center:
Study: men wrote 62% of print stories, 58% online, 62% of wire content, and 62.1% overall  —  WMC Divided 2015: The Media Gender Gap  —  Women's Role in U.S. Media: Still Dismal?  Getting Stronger?  The Women's Media Center - founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem …
Discussion: Poynter and @talkingbiznews
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Songs must be played five to seven times on Spotify's free service to generate the same royalties as one play on Premium  —  How the Cash Flows in Spotify Streams  —  Songs on the free version pay a lot less in royalties, and that's just one of the quirks
Discussion: TIME
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
SoundCloud signs deal with licensing agency Merlin to pay 20K independent labels for music streams, deal covers yet-to-launch subscription service  —  SoundCloud signs licensing deal to pay independent labels for music streams  —  Partnership with licensing agency Merlin also covers …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Songkick And CrowdSurge Merge, Raise $16M To Combine Concert Discovery And Ticketing  —  Half of concert tickets go unsold because fans don't know the shows are happening.  To fix that, 10 million user concert discovery app Songkick is merging with white-label artist-to-fan ticket seller CrowdSurge.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yandex Launches Yandex.Radio, A Curated Free Music Service For Russian Users  —  Amid reports that Russia will be one of the first countries to get access to the new music service that Apple is reportedly launching next week, Russian search giant Yandex is enhancing its own.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Virtual-Cable Startup Layer3 TV Lands $51 Million Funding, Plans 2015 Launch  —  Layer3 TV, the secretive startup that calls itself a “next-gen cable company,” announced that it has closed $51 million in second-round funding, led by previous investors Evolution Media Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners.
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Emily Shackleton / Press Gazette:
Map of UK's local newspapers and websites reveals London news gap
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The Jewish Exponent lays off Philadelphia-based editorial staff, transferring newsroom management to Baltimore
Ben Fox / Associated Press:
US journalism courses in Cuba are seen as undermining official authority, which tightly controls media
Discussion: @ap
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
Discussion: @fcancio
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
Discussion: @niemanlab
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Why the Cloud Is Key to Charter's Big Deal for Time Warner Cable
Discussion: Forbes and @tvtechnology
Agence France-Presse:
US reporter Rezaian's espionage trial to resume in Iran on June 8
Discussion: New York Times and Poynter
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Twitter revokes API access for Sunlight Foundation's Politwhoops site, which showed politicians' deleted tweets, cites violation of developer agreement