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7:35 PM ET, July 9, 2015

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Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
Inside quirky, self-funded and profitable The Awl: annual revenue in low seven figures, relative freedom for writers, and a cautious growth strategy  —  Why are the most important people in media reading The Awl?  —  In March, at the Code/Media conference in Dana Point, California …
Guardian:
BBC cuts: government forced to publish licence fee deal letter  —  Publication of letter from George Osborne and John Whittingdale to director general fuels fears that corporation faces further reductions in funding  —  The government was forced to publish the letter outlining details …
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Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
BBC spending to be cut by 20% in real terms over five years
Discussion: Variety
Michael Wolff / MIT Technology Review:
Publishers should feel existentially threatened by Facebook Instant Articles ad revenue split, not be embracing it  —  Facebook Instant Articles Just Don't Add Up for Publishers  —  Publishers like the New York Times should be having an existential crisis over Facebook's instant articles.
Discussion: @michaelwolffnyc and @jason_pontin
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Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Fusion launches in-house ‘news lab,’ plans NoHo office space  —  Fusion's New York-based digital team, having added to its ranks, moved out of the ABC News building earlier this year and has been working in a temporary office space.  But, this fall, Fusion will be moving into a new …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Zealot Networks, the company run by ex-Maker Studios CEO Danny Zapping, buys aggregator ViralNova in cash-and-stock deal that could eventually be worth $100M  —  YouTube Pioneer Danny Zappin Buys Facebook Content Factory ViralNova  —  ViralNova, one of the first sites to figure …
David Friend / Toronto Star:
Canada's Postmedia reports loss of $140.8M for Q3 as print ad revenue fell 20.2% to $19.1M; loss includes impairment charge after Sun Media acquisition  —  Postmedia losses mount as revenue declines speed up  —  The owner of the National Post and numerous major city dailies reported a loss of $140.8 million.
Abigail Edge / TheMediaBriefing:
NPR and Panoply see podcasting as a way to reach “advertising-resistant consumers”  —  NPR and Panoply on the economics of podcasting  —  Advertising, Devices, Digital Media, Mobile  —  Podcasting is having a bit of a moment right now.  Although video tends to dominate discussion …
Discussion: @kevglobal and @howsoundtweets
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
When readers hated Globe and Mail's minimalist app launched in May, it began adding features through small updates within a week  —  Trials and iterations: The Globe and Mail tries to balance reinvention and familiarity in its new app  —  There's a predictable cycle that takes place whenever …
Discussion: E&, @millie and @samkirkland
Associated Press:
Nicaraguan police beat protesters and harass journalists  —  MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Police beat and detained government opponents and harassed journalists Wednesday at a protest outside Nicaragua's top electoral council.  —  The protesters were attending a weekly demonstration in the capital …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Xbox Music for iOS and Android now streams songs from OneDrive for free  —  Microsoft updated Xbox Music on Windows to play songs stored on OneDrive back in March, and today the company is refreshing its iOS and Android apps with the same feature.  While Xbox Music is being renamed to Groove …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Omar Mohammed / Quartz:
Ethiopia releases five journalists from prison and drops all charges, but leaves 12 incarcerated ahead of Obama visit  —  Ethiopia frees more imprisoned journalists on the eve of Obama's historic visit  —  Ethiopian journalists jailed for more than a year after being accused of attempting to destabilize the state have been released.
 
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Chinese news assistant for Die Zeit, Zhang Miao, to be released without charges after nine months of detention
Discussion: Poynter
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Joanna Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Music review: discovery features are great but the app lacks polish and simplicity, difficult to recommend over Spotify
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