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1:45 PM ET, August 20, 2015

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Kevin Dugan / New York Post:
Bloomberg to lay off about 100 editorial employees  —  Bloomberg is planning to slim its ranks, sources said on Wednesday.  —  The financial media giant, which employs about 2,700 journalists across the globe, is planning to lay off about 100 employees, or about 3.7 percent …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
After several negotiations, New York Daily News owner Zuckerman tells staff he's not selling  —  Zuckerman Decides Against Selling The Daily News  —  After months of exploring a sale, Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the owner of The New York Daily News, has decided to keep the newspaper after all …
Robert Cookson / Financial Times:
Spotify bans record labels from paying people who control playlists to promote songs  —  Spotify bans ‘payola’ on playlists  —  Spotify is cracking down on a controversial practice known as “payola”, in which record labels pay people who control influential playlists on the music streaming service to promote certain songs.
Discussion: Complete Music Update
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Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Sources: streaming music playlists are influenced by “pay for play”, like radio payola, and practice is part of music label marketing  —  How ‘Playola’ Is Infiltrating Streaming Services: Pay for Play Is ‘Definitely Happening’  —  As the Internet has leveled many power blocs …
Marin Cogan / New York Magazine:
Q&A with Mike Elk on trying to unionize Politico, his apparent firing, and workers' rights  —  Mike Elk Tried to Unionize Politico's Staff — and Now Has Apparently Been Fired.  What Happened?  —  “Unfortunately, the anti-union forces in the newsroom have tried to make the union drive all about me.”
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Gurman Bhatia / Poynter:
ProPublica receives $2.2 million from Knight Foundation to expand audience engagement efforts  —  The Knight Foundation announced Thursday that it would be providing ProPublica with $2.2 million in funding.  The money will be aimed toward helping the investigative non-profit improve …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Knight Foundation
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Organized labor movements and rapid expansion through investment are at odds in digital media companies  —  As Investors Circle, Organized Labor Moves Into Digital Media  —  Vice Media's recent move is part of a broader unionization push at outlets as the industry also seeks investments
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
UK data protection watchdog gives Google 35 days to remove links to news stories about right to be forgotten link removals  —  Google ordered to remove links to ‘right to be forgotten’ removal stories  —  UK data protection watchdog orders search engine to remove search result links …
Discussion: ico.org.uk and The Next Web
Denis Dumo / Reuters:
South Sudanese journalist killed in capital, days after president issued threats to media  —  South Sudanese journalist shot dead in capital  —  A South Sudanese journalist was shot dead while leaving a newspaper's office late on Wednesday, his colleagues said.
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Danish police arrest operators of two Popcorn Time guide websites that didn't link to any copyright-infringing material  —  Police Arrest Men For Spreading Popcorn Time Information  —  More than a year after its 2014 launch and the popularity of the now famous Popcorn Time video streaming application …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
EE TV update focuses on personalization, second screen interactivity, and search  —  EE TV to launch new features as streaming battle hots up  —  Service's first major update since its rollout offers personalisation, improved search, a second screen experience and more
 
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Gambia seeks to harden sedition charges against journalist
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Myles Udland / Business Insider:
Chart from Wall Street research firm Pacific Crest shows top eight cable providers saw subscriptions fall 463K in Q2 2015 up from decline of 141K in Q2 2014
Madison Mainwaring / The Atlantic:
Only two full-time dance critics remain at US newspapers as arts coverage declines
Discussion: @theworlddances
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Digital Media Consumption Is Booming as Investment Floods In
Discussion: @sub8u
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Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
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Margarita Barrero / INMA:
Journalists at El Colombiano add readers' comments to a Twitter story, which later appears in both print and digital newspapers
Discussion: @mathewi
Chris Sutcliffe / TheMediaBriefing:
The Economist's managing director of circulation, Michael Brunt, describes how the publication is using apps to drive global growth
Discussion: Talking Biz News and @niemanlab