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1:45 PM ET, June 5, 2015


 Top News: 
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
Columnist builds a Facebook following of 130k by sharing news and civil discussion  —  How Connie Schultz built a unique community on Facebook  —  In an era when journalists feel pressure to use social media to build their personal brands, Connie Schultz has done something far more interesting.
Bloomberg Business:
Days before Apple plans to reveal its music streaming service, Apple is still negotiating with record labels, who are pushing for 60% of proceeds  —  Apple's Pushing to Complete Streaming Music Deal Before Event  —  Just days before Apple Inc. plans to reveal a music streaming service …
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
Fusion, Re/Code, and Vox demonstrate that scale is vital for new media startups to survive  —  Fusion, Re/code, Vox and what it takes to survive as a media startup  —  After what seemed like years of blue skies and growing traffic, recent stumbles have led to rumblings that the optimism …
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Spotify Royalties Grew to $300 Million in First Quarter  —  Spotify may have its critics, but the embattled music subscription service can routinely point to growing pile of royalties it has paid to rights holders.  Billboard has learned the music subscription company paid out $300 million …
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
Abigail Edge /
The New York Times uses Reddit to measure engagement and understand reader response to its stories  —  How NYT is using Reddit to gain insights into its audience  —  The Times' director of analytics innovation shared how the outlet aims to ‘bring the audience into the newsroom’, speaking at the World News Media Congress
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Instapaper Launches ‘Notes’ To Let Users Annotate Text  —  Instapaper, the app that lets you save and share online articles, has just launched a new annotation functionality called Notes.  —  The feature allows users to select a piece of text from an article or other work, and make comments on that text.
Discussion: MacStories
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC vote on local franchise fees for basic cable TV helps both big and small providers  —  FCC helps big and small cable TV providers avoid rate regulation  —  Vote declares cable TV faces competition nationwide; cable companies rejoice.  —  Cities and towns will have a more difficult …
Agence France-Presse:
Kuwait shuts private TV station critical of government  —  Kuwait on Thursday closed the privately-run Al-Watan satellite television channel, which has been critical of the government, citing financial reasons.  The commerce and industry ministry said it has revoked the commercial licence …
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: Washingtonian and @nickwoltman
Globe and Mail:
Canadians who use VPNs to watch US Netflix 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 to get access …
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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Kristine Lu / Pew Research Center:
Facebook's deal with publishers a stark reminder of digital ad gulf
Discussion: Washingtonian
Bloomberg Business:
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Joel Johnson / Gawker:
Former Gawker editorial director discusses details of business model, explains Kinja's failure, and says several sites have been shopped around