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7:30 PM ET, June 21, 2015


 Top News: 
Taylor Swift:
Taylor Swift will withhold her latest album “1989” from Apple Music, says lack of royalties during three month free trial hurts smaller artists  —  To Apple, Love Taylor  —  I write this to explain why I'll be holding back my album, 1989, from the new streaming service, Apple Music.
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Max Robinson, a Largely Forgotten Trailblazer for Black Anchors  —  When NBC announced on Thursday that Lester Holt would replace the beleaguered Brian Williams as anchor of “NBC Nightly News,” it was widely applauded.  —  Mr. Holt, 56 and African-American, was hailed on Twitter as a trailblazer …
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Interview with Nuzzel CEO Jonathan Abrams on news, Twitter, Friendster, founders as CEOs, and the future of Nuzzel  —  We talked to the CEO who some people think owns the one thing Twitter needs most  —  A few days ago, the Silicon Valley investor Chris Sacca was talking on Periscope about Nuzzel, the newsgathering app.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Madalina Ciobanu /
Six months after launch has a new website but focus remains on social  —  6 lessons in social storytelling from 6 months of  —  The social media reporting platform launched six months ago and has recently developed a website, but social is still at its core
Jonah Weiner / New York Times:
Behind Comedy Central's experimental programming and digital business model challenges  —  Comedy Central in the Post-TV Era … Backstage at Cobb's Comedy Club on the first Saturday in May, Trevor Noah, fresh from the stage, stood sweating through a blue T-shirt, beside a refrigerator stocked with energy drinks.
Discussion: @andrewkeh and Mediaite
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
How HBO adopted an aggressive approach with its shows and the broadband-only HBO Now  —  HBO's Real-Life Game of Thrones: The Fight to Stay Rich, on Top and Score Bill Simmons  —  Warring clans (cable vs. broadband) battle over unfathomable riches (revenues of $5.4 billion last year) …
District court in New York silenced Reason for two weeks from writing about a subpoena seeking commenters' data  —  How Government Stifled Reason's Free Speech  —  For the past two weeks, Reason, a magazine dedicated to “Free Minds and Free Markets,” has been barred by an order …
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Google discloses DOJ forced it to hand over data on Jacob Appelbaum for WikiLeaks grand jury investigation  —  Google Reveals It Was Forced to Hand Over Journalist's Data for WikiLeaks Grand Jury Investigation  —  Google released another legal disclosure notice related …
Luke O'Brien / Politico:
Inside the tension between being a financial data company or a media company at Bloomberg  —  The Mayor vs. the Mogul  —  Michael Bloomberg's $9 billion identity crisis.  —  Lead image by Piotr Lesniak.  —  On November 5, 2014, Mike Bloomberg settled in front of a Bloomberg terminal …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
The Sun to make selected content available outside of paywall to capitalize on social sharing beginning in early July  —  Sun to relax paywall as part of drive to exploit social media  —  Growth of news sharing on sites such as Facebook and Twitter prompts tabloid to make selected digital content available for free
Marvel expands deal with Amazon to bring over 12K single-issue comics to the Kindle Store  —  Marvel Renews Agreement with ComiXology and Expands to Amazon  —  Marvel, comiXology and Amazon announced today an expanded and renewed exclusive relationship to distribute and sell Marvel's digital …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Roku And Innovid Roll Out Interactive Video Ads, Including SMS-Based Reminders To Watch  —  Roku users will now begin to see more personalized, targeted, and interactive video ads in their Roku apps, thanks to a new partnership between the streaming media device maker and video advertising provider Innovid.
Discussion: Fast Company, Engadget and AdExchanger
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Susannah Nesmith / Columbia Journalism Review:
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