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1:45 AM ET, June 5, 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.
Bloomberg Business:
Sources: music labels are seeking close to 60% of proceeds from Apple's new music service, more than the 55% Spotify pays  —  Apple's Pushing to Complete Streaming Music Deal Before Event  —  Just days before Apple Inc. plans to reveal a music streaming service, the company is still negotiating with record labels over terms.
Jared Malsin / Guardian:
Egypt court hears closing arguments for three al-Jazeera journalists being retried  —  Defence lawyers for Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste refute charges of spreading ‘false news’ and aiding Muslim Brotherhood  —  Defence lawyers for three journalists on trial in Egypt …
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Reporters at the Washington Post Will Soon Be Able to Check Their Articles' Traffic  —  Deal between union and management will let journalists see how their stories do on the Web.  —  The Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild and the Washington Post's management have reached a “tentative agreement” …
Discussion: @nickwoltman
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 …
Bloomberg Business:
Vodafone Said to Discuss Options Including a Merger With Liberty  —  Vodafone Group Plc and Liberty Global Plc are discussing a range of potential transactions, including an outright merger, amid consolidation in the telecommunications industry, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Discussion: Telegraph and Wall Street Journal
Globe and Mail:
Canadians who use VPNs to watch US Netflix content are stealing, says new Bell Media president  —  Bell Media president urges behavioural shift to prevent ‘stealing’  —  The head of one of Canada's largest media companies has taken a bold stance on piracy, equating the use of workarounds …
Kristine Lu / Pew Research Center:
Facebook's deal with publishers a stark reminder of digital ad gulf  —  The past few weeks have seen major attempts by the news industry to find creative ways to survive in a digital age, particularly when it comes to advertising, which has been upended by the rise of technology giants like Facebook and Google.
Bruce Houghton / hypebot:
Rhapsody, BandPage Partner For More Personalized Streaming, Direct To Fan Commerce  —  From its humble start as a Facebook enhancement app, BandPage has promoted itself as an artist marketing and monetization tool.  Over the last year, thanks to a much evolved offering and key partnerships …
Discussion: Billboard and Business Wire
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Alabama Media Group's first artist-in-residence goes beyond text to explore the culture of the South  —  These are really the thoughts of all men in all ages and lands, they are not original with me,  —  If they are not yours as much as mine they are nothing, or next to nothing,
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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
Discussion: TIME
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Virtual-Cable Startup Layer3 TV Lands $51 Million Funding, Plans 2015 Launch
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Alibaba Invests $194M Into China Business News To Build A Financial Data Platform
Discussion: Business Wire and Quartz
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yandex Launches Yandex.Radio, A Curated Free Music Service For Russian Users
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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