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8:35 PM 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
Justin Fox / Bloomberg View:
Michael Wolff's book, Television is the New Television, explores how old TV affects digital newcomers  —  TV Shrugs Off Digital Disruption  —  Within a year, Netflix will have more viewers than any of the three broadcast networks, a couple of analysts at FBR Capital Markets predicted this week.
Madeline Welsh / Nieman Lab:
Vox's 2015 hackathon culminated in 24 projects including back-end organizational tools, more engaging push notifications, and experiments with virtual reality  —  Here are some of the best projects from Vox Media's annual hackfest  —  Four hackathons in, Vax (Vox + Hack = Vax) has become an annual tradition for Vox Media.
Kelsey Sutton / Capital New York:
The Lo-Down, an independent site covering the Lower East Side, surpasses crowdfunding goal for reporting project on small businesses  —  The wisdom (and generosity) of crowds on the Lower East Side  —  Ed Litvak and Traven Rice pay attention to small businesses in their neighborhood.
Discussion: Medium
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis, now a successful radio interview host, wants to buy Daily News  —  Keeping up with Catsimatidis  —  In recent months, more than a dozen members of the 2016 Republican presidential field have made appearances on a certain interview show based out of New York City …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Tumblr Launches “Tumblr TV,” A GIF Search Engine With A Full-Screen Viewing Mode  —  Following the rollout of Tumblr's GIF search engine earlier this month, the blogging platform is today launching another new feature aimed at helping users discover and share GIFs: Tumblr TV.
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: 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
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Google calls for anti-Isis push and makes YouTube propaganda pledge
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Interconnection fees for companies like Netflix remain an issue in last-minute talks with regulators for AT&T-DirecTV deal
Nikhil Pahwa / MediaNama:
The Wall Street Journal to shut its India edition, downsize India ops
Discussion: @aruproy2611 and FishbowlNY
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