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8:50 AM ET, July 9, 2015


 Top News: 
Ben Huh / Medium:
Cheezburger's Ben Huh steps down as CEO, will be replaced with President and COO Scott Moore  —  How to Jump Into the Deep End of Change  —  I'm leaving Cheezburger, Inc., the company I started.  —  Dear Friends and Fans of Cheezburger,  —  After 8 incredible years, I am stepping down from being CEO of Cheezburger today.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Indian Media Startup News In Shorts Lands $20M Series B From Tiger Global  —  News In Shorts, the startup behind an India-focused mobile news app, has raised a $20 million Series B round from existing investor Tiger Global.  —  The VC firm, which has backed a number of India's top tech firms …
Discussion: MediaNama and iamWire
Eamonn Forde / Music Ally:
Sources: Facebook planning to launch Spotify-style music streaming service within the next few months  —  Exclusive: Facebook in early talks to launch audio music-streaming service  —  Facebook's digital music ambitions have been making headlines this month, with reports of early talks …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Keith Olbermann leaving ESPN again; network says departure is a business decision to move in another direction  —  Keith Olbermann is leaving ESPN... again  —  Keith Olbermann is leaving ESPN for the second time.  —  The outspoken television broadcaster will be leaving the sports network later …
Kavya Sukumar / Vox Product Blog:
Vox open sources Autotune, a centralized management system for interactive elements like charts and graphics, and provides a reusable blueprint  —  Introducing Autotune  —  Today we're announcing a new project we've been working on at Vox Media: Autotune.  We built this application to address the problem of reusability in our work.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Upworthy focuses on story creation by reviewing metrics to find where stories lose readers, switching roles to writers not curators, and trying new formats  —  How Upworthy is using data to move beyond clickbait and curation  —  The jokes in Upworthy writer Eric March's piece …
Wall Street Journal:
Paramount strikes deal with AMC and Cineplex to release two movies for home viewing just two weeks after leaving theaters, forgoing traditional 90-day delay  —  Paramount to Break Hollywood's Home-Video ‘Window’  —  Studio, two cinema chains to introduce a much shorter schedule for post-theater release
Sources: Aol/Verizon Eyes Millennial Media For Around $300M In Mobile Ad Push  —  AOL, recently acquired by Verizon for $4.4 billion, appears to be wasting little time in continuing to build out its advertising business.  Sources tell TechCrunch that the company has been in the process of buying mobile ad network Millennial Media.
Discussion: The Drum and Business Insider
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
BBC spending to be cut by 20% in real terms over five years  —  Office for Budget Responsibility analysis predicts decline in spending from £3.9bn to £3.5bn by 2020 as BBC covers cost of free TV licences for the over-75s  —  BBC spending will fall 20% in real terms …
Discussion: Variety
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Spotify urges iPhone customers to stop paying through the App Store and save $3/month in apparent effort to avoid Apple's 30% cut  —  Spotify urges iPhone customers to stop paying through Apple's App Store  —  Spotify is trying to raise awareness around the fact that it's cheaper to subscribe …
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Editorial director Mikki Halpin leaves Refinery29 as fashion and lifestyle site focuses on news; ex-Al Jazeera journalist Kaelyn Forde now exec editor for news  —  Refinery29's Editorial Director Out as Company Shifts Mission  —  Change is afoot at Refinery29, the fashion and beauty-centric Web site …
Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Music review: discovery features are great but the app lacks polish and simplicity, difficult to recommend over Spotify  —  Apple Music Review: Behind a Messy Interface Is Music's Next Big Leap  —  Despite glitches and a confusing interface, Apple Music stands to make as big an impact as the iPod
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Will Oremus / Slate:
Many viral Facebook videos are ripped from YouTube and re-uploaded to Facebook without consent, and some end up with more views than originals
Discussion: Mashable and @paulbradshaw
Ishmael N. Daro / National Post:
Pulitzer-winning journalist Paul Watson quits Toronto Star over ‘refusal to publish’ story on Franklin expedition
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