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1:20 AM ET, June 27, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Bill Adair and a team of Duke students test a database-driven, structured journalism approach to covering news in New York City about Uber, police, and housing  —  “Learning to write again”: A Duke team tests a new way of reporting on New York City government
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
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 …
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Human editors can work at Apple, Twitter, and Snapchat with emotional content, but scale of content at Google, Facebook requires algorithmic automation  —  Why Apple, Snapchat and Twitter are betting on human editors, but Facebook and Google aren't  —  It's gone from one or two examples …
Discussion: Stratechery and The Loop
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.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Google calls for anti-Isis push and makes YouTube propaganda pledge  —  Executives vow video site will not be used as a platform for ‘brutally violent propaganda produced by terrorists’, but argue against blanket censorship  —  Google has issued a call to arms against Isis …
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 …
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,, will be merged into its global website.
Discussion: @aruproy2611 and FishbowlNY
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.
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