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6:15 PM ET, June 26, 2015

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Mashable, others adopt rainbow avatars to acknowledge marriage ruling, marking an era of open allegiances for some in media  —  Should news outlets declare allegiances? … Following Friday's landmark Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages …
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Interconnection fees for companies like Netflix remain an issue in last-minute talks with regulators for AT&T-DirecTV deal  —  Why the government is about to approve the AT&T and DirecTV mega-deal - and the one thing that remains a big concern  —  A decision on AT&T's merger with DirecTV …
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Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
The Wall Street Journal to shut its India edition, downsize India ops  —  The Wall Street Journal is downsizing its India operations and will pull the plug on its Indian edition, three sources have confirmed to MediaNama.  The India website, http://www.wsj.com/india, will be merged into its global website.
Discussion: @aruproy2611 and FishbowlNY
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Heftig, Upworthy clone and third-largest German media company on Facebook with 1.7M fans, faces uncertain future as Facebook begins favoring original content  —  German site Heftig modeled itself after Upworthy, and what happened next will blow your mind  —  Three years ago …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Sirius XM settles licensing suit for pre-1972 songs with Sony, Universal, Warner Music, and ABKCO for $210M  —  Sirius XM Settles Royalty Dispute Over Old Recordings  —  Sirius XM, the satellite radio service, will pay $210 million to the major record labels to settle a lawsuit over royalties …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Meerkat launches new embeddable web player today, partners with Discovery to implement the player for Shark Week  —  Meerkat Outs An Embeddable Player, Hooks Discovery Channel's Shark Week  —  Livestreaming app Meerkat has launched an embeddable player so that content being broadcast …
Discussion: 9to5Google and Variety
Kevin Rothrock / Global Voices:
Russia Bans the Internet Archive's ‘Wayback Machine’  —  It's so long to the “Wayback Machine” in Russia.  Image edited by Kevin Rothrock.  —  The Russian government has blocked the Internet Archive, the San-Francisco-based website that provides the popular Wayback Machine, which allows users to view archived webpages.
Tom Dotan / The Information:
YouTube ad-free subscription service hits roadblocks with creators and networks  —  YouTube Subscriptions Hit Creator Roadblock  —  Late last year, YouTube's CEO Susan Wojcicki began speaking up at conferences about a coming subscription service, where people would pay for an ad-free version of the video streaming site.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Bloomberg TV's New Show 'What'd You Miss' Aims for Broader Crowd  —  Bloomberg LP, one of the biggest names in buttoned-down business talk, is about to unveil a new TV show seeking instead to push the limits on a more broadly appealing kind of financial chatter.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify acquires analytics firm Seed Scientific that included Beats Music as a client, will exclusively get access to services  —  Spotify Buys Beats' Analytics Provider Seed Scientific  —  Spotify wants to own big data about bands.  Today it acquired analytics firm Seed Scientific to forge …
Discussion: RAIN News and Bloomberg Business
 
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