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11:20 PM ET, July 8, 2015


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Chris Welch / The Verge:
In apparent effort to stop Apple making any money from its service, Spotify urges iPhone customers to stop paying through the App Store and save $3/month  —  Spotify urges iPhone customers to stop paying through Apple's App Store  —  Spotify is trying to raise awareness around the fact …
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
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 …
Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Hulu to stream South Park for another 5 years, pay $192M to Viacom, show's creators  —  ‘South Park’ Re-Ups With Massive Hulu, Comedy Central Deals (Exclusive)  —  The streaming service will pay $192 million to the network's owner Viacom and the show's creative team for a three-year extension.
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 …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Fox plans movie about same-sex marriage Supreme Court case, secures rights to proposed book by lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell and journalist Debbie Cenziper  —  Fox Is Planning to Make Movie About Same-Sex Marriage Ruling  —  LOS ANGELES — With an eye toward the mainstream success of gay-themed films like …
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 …
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
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  —  Facebook's Piracy Problem  —  Are plagiarized YouTube videos helping fuel the social network's astonishing video growth?
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
After challenge to accuracy, Sanjay Gupta clarifies his reporting about operation on young girl during Nepal earthquake; CNN is working on verification  —  Factual Error Opens CNN Star Sanjay Gupta To Scrutiny Over Dual Roles  —  Journalism isn't brain surgery: a distinction wrapped …
Ishmael N. Daro / National Post:
Pulitzer-winning journalist Paul Watson quits Toronto Star over ‘refusal to publish’ story on Franklin expedition  —  Paul Watson, a Pulitzer prize winning journalist, has quit the Toronto Star over that paper's “refusal to publish a story of significant public interest.”
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