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7:35 PM ET, July 12, 2015


 Top News: 
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Ellen Pao out as Reddit CEO, co-founder and original CEO Steve Huffman takes over immediately; Pao to remain as adviser to the board through end of 2015  —  Pao Out as Reddit CEO; Co-Founder Huffman Takes Over  —  Ellen Pao is stepping down as Reddit's CEO, a move that comes amid mounting pressure …
Sam Altman / Reddit:
Sam Altman promises clarity about content policy of Reddit, says team will create guidelines  —  An old team at reddit  —  Ellen Pao resigned from reddit today by mutual agreement.  I'm delighted to announce that Steve Huffman, founder and the original reddit CEO, is returning as CEO.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Welcome to Voat: Reddit killer, troll haven, and the strange face of internet free speech  —  Reddit's refugees are, by some accounts, the worst of an already bad lot.  They're the people who deride any hint of anti-racism or anti-sexism as “social justice warrior” (or SJW) antics …
Joshua Topolsky:
Joshua Topolsky reflects on his accomplishments at Vox and Bloomberg, says media is too noisy  —  Hello again  —  As you may have heard (or read), I am leaving Bloomberg.  I'd like to try and explain why.  I never wrote a goodbye letter when I left Vox and The Verge.
Discussion: @mims, @gaberivera and @whatthebit
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sources: Joshua Topolsky fired as a result of Michael Bloomberg's frustration with the direction of Bloomberg Digital
Karla Zabludovsky / BuzzFeed:
Inside Granma, official paper of Cuba's Communist Party, as more Cubans gain Internet access  —  Inside The World's Slowest Newsroom  —  Staff at Granma, the official newspaper of Cuba's Communist Party, are facing a new challenge — how to embrace the openness of the internet while still pleasing ruthless censors.
Discussion: Beyond Bylines
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Hiring of a beat reporter at the Los Angeles Times to cover Black Twitter is just a first step  —  Media might finally start giving Black Twitter the recognition it deserves  —  Did you know that one of Reddit's most vibrant subreddits is devoted to Black Twitter?
Shadi Rahimi / Poynter:
AJ+ producer explains why they covered Charleston shooting with a video asking South Carolinians “Is the South more racist?”  —  Why AJ+ asked ‘Is the South more racist?’  And why that's the viral content we're aiming for  —  It was a week after Dylann Roof had shot …
Discussion: @poynter and
Rob Walker / Bloomberg:
The challenges and opportunities for SoundCloud as it grows from a popular app with 12 hours of audio uploaded every minute to a viable business  —  Can SoundCloud Be the Facebook of Music?  —  In ripped white jeans and a midriff-baring SoundCloud T-shirt, 20-year-old Toni Romiti belts …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Scrutinizing Digital First Media's strategy ahead of Paton's retirement June 30: difficult to discern larger plan beyond cutbacks to boost profits  —  Newsonomics: Do newspaper companies have a strategy beyond milking papers for profit?  —  Two months ago, Digital First Media's deal …
Leah Scarpelli / NPR:
Music albums now come out on Fridays, as music industry fights piracy by timing releases to the same day globally  —  Goodbye, Music Tuesday: Starting Today, Albums Come Out On Friday  —  Listen to the Story  —  If you didn't find any new albums on iTunes or in your local music store earlier this week …
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Julia Duin / Washington Post:
Profile of Alice Rogoff, owner and publisher of Alaska Dispatch News, state's largest paper
Discussion: @romenesko
Glyn Moody / Techdirt:
How China reined in bloggers by using harsh punishment, passing new laws restricting online messaging, and taming Weibo with censorship rules
Discussion: Financial Review
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Clicks, impressions, audience, and views still more important to ad buyers than attention-based metrics
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Seven US government agencies to start publishing online the records they release through Freedom of Information Act requests, in a six-month pilot
New report estimates Netflix will have almost 70M subscribers by year-end, up 28% from end-2014, with Europe driving the expansion
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Staff changes in the video department at The New York Times signal ambitions of higher digital ad revenue
Bloomberg Business:
At Sun Valley, New York Times CEO Mark Thompson talks about Facebook's Instant Articles, apps, and journalism careers
Discussion: FishbowlNY