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4:40 AM ET, August 21, 2015


 Top News: 
Rex Sorgatz / Medium:
Imagining TV listings in a future steered by recent investments from old media, with channels for Vice, YouTube, Vox, BuzzFeed, and more  —  TV Channel Guide from the Future  —  What Television Will Look Like in Five Years  —  Why Will This Happen?  —  NBCUniversal announced this week …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico confirms Mike Elk has left the company, says his departure is unrelated to his efforts to unionize the newsroom  —  Politico Denies Unionizing Effort Was Behind Reporter's Departure  —  The company says remaining staff members are free to organize.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Marin Cogan / New York Magazine:
Interview with Mike Elk on trying to unionize Politico  —  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.”  —  Shares
Business Insider:
Netflix stock falls about 8% on Thursday amid broader media stock retreat  —  Netflix is crashing hard as tech and media stocks plunge  —  Netflix shares are crashing today — down almost 8% as of this writing.  —  The entire stock market's having a bad day, with tech stocks slumping across the board …
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
New Spotify privacy policy says it can collect data on location, sensors, and photos from your phone  —  Location, Sensors, Voice, Photos?!  Spotify Just Got Real Creepy With The Data It Collects On You  —  Spotify has updated its privacy policy, and users should be careful about what they agree to.
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Uncertainty Looms Over The Undefeated, ESPN's Site on Sports and Race  —  More than two years into the gestation of The Undefeated, ESPN's website about sports and race, the site exists in digital limbo.  —  It has no start date.  It has no permanent leader.
Tom Cheredar / Gigaom:
Flipboard update brings personalization to news feed with voting options using Zite technology  —  Ahead of Apple News launch, Flipboard adds voting to its news feed  —  Digital magazine app Flipboard is getting an update that will allow users to fine-tune the news feed that appears …
Discussion: Flipboard, The Next Web and VentureBeat
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
Google ordered by UK's ICO to remove nine links to current news stories about the right to be forgotten  —  Google ordered to remove links to ‘right to be forgotten’ removal stories  —  UK data protection watchdog orders search engine to remove search result links to news stories about right to be forgotten link removals
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
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Sources: streaming music playlists are influenced by “pay for play”, like radio payola, and practice is part of music label marketing
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 …
Guy Patrick Cunningham / Los Angeles Review of Books:
Even with persistent commercial pressures, journalists have a responsibility to push for a higher quality of work and not to settle down  —  Don't Settle: The Journalist in the Shadow of the Commercial Web  —  JOURNALISM serves two important roles: it keeps us informed about political …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter Is Selling Video Ads on Apps That Aren't Twitter  —  You no longer need to be on Twitter to see a Twitter-style video ad.  —  Twitter announced Thursday that it's now selling autoplay video ads inside of other apps through its MoPub ad network.  That means that an advertiser buying video ads …
Discussion: Digiday, VentureBeat, AdExchanger and Ad Age
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Tobias Buck / Financial Times:
Soon-to-be-launched news site El Español has 9K subscribers and several high-profile Spanish investigative reporters
Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
Political ads coming to Instagram as the platform offers 2016 presidential candidates new ad targeting options
Discussion: Wired and Re/code
Agence France-Presse:
Gambia seeks to harden sedition charges against journalist
Discussion: News24
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Gurman Bhatia / Poynter:
ProPublica receives $2.2 million from Knight Foundation to expand audience engagement efforts
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Knight Foundation
Kevin Dugan / New York Post:
Bloomberg to lay off about 100 editorial staffers, primarily covering politics and government in New York and Washington bureaus