Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BuzzFeed to cover more local news as it expands UK editorial team — Fourteen new staff to include regional reporters increasing competition with local newspapers — BuzzFeed will make its first foray into more localised news coverage by beefing up its UK editorial team …
Discussion: Politico, @jayrosen_nyu, Press Gazette and Digiday
Alex Spence / Politico: BuzzFeed steps up UK news expansion
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu: These people sound hard to please. http://www.theguardian.com/... http://twitter.com/...
William Turvill / Press Gazette: Buzzfeed to expand UK editorial team by more than a quarter and take on regional reporters
Jessica Davies / Digiday: Inside BuzzFeed's plans to conquer Europe
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
E-book sales fell 10% in first five months of 2015, while print books and bookstores are showing resilience — The Plot Twist: E-Book Sales Slip, and Print Is Far From Dead — Five years ago, the book world was seized by collective panic over the uncertain future of print.
Discussion: @gabrielroth, @emilyhughes, @meganeabbott, @mattbuchanan, @pamelapaulnyt and Peter O'Kelly's Reality Check
Emily / @emilyhughes: This shouldn't actually be surprising if you've spoken to anyone in the publishing industry recently, though. http://www.nytimes.com/...
Megan Abbott / @meganeabbott: “Independent bookstores...are showing strong signs of resurgence.” E-Book Sales Slip, & Print Is Far From Dead http://www.nytimes.com/...
Matt / @mattbuchanan: I almost suspect this story would be different if Amazon weren't so indifferent to the kindle reading experience http://www.nytimes.com/...
Pamela Paul / @pamelapaulnyt: Digital drops; print rises. I won't say I told you so. http://nyti.ms/1V9iOqe
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Al-Jazeera to cut 800-1,000 jobs worldwide as oil prices fall; Al-Jazeera America expected to be protected — Al-Jazeera expected to cut hundreds of jobs — Surprise move could mark a reduction in state commitment to Qatari-owned media group amid falling oil prices
Discussion: @jamesrbuk, @sultanalqassemi and mUmBRELLA
James Ball / @jamesrbuk: If US operation isn't high on the at-risk list, I'd be surprised. Shame, as they've been an interesting new voice. https://twitter.com/...
@sultanalqassemi: AJAM not affected (ironically) — Al-Jazeera expected to cut hundreds of jobs http://www.theguardian.com/... by @JaneMartinson via CS
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Buzzfeed, denied credentials for pope visit, calls it ‘retaliation’ for previous coverage — Buzzfeed has been blocked from covering the Pope's visit to the United States, Buzzfeed claims in a letter to officials in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. The letter, addressed to Don Clemmer …
Discussion: Poynter, @joanne_stocker, @davidfolkenflik, Washington Post, @rob_stott, Mediaite, @katherinemiller, @steventdennis, @shani_o and @ortile
James Warren / Poynter: Brian Williams returns to action
Joanne / @joanne_stocker: This is just mean. And I was really looking forward to @ellievhall's Pope coverage. http://www.politico.com/...
David Folkenflik / @davidfolkenflik: RT @MichaelOreskes: Buzzfeed, denied credentials for pope visit, calls it ‘retaliation’ for previous coverage http://www.politico.com/...
Rob Stott / @rob_stott: BuzzFeed denied credentials for Pope's US visit, allegedly because of @jlfeder's coverage of church and LGBT issues http://www.politico.com/...
Katherine Miller / @katherinemiller: We were told our credentials for Pope Francis events had been denied at the request of the Washington Archdiocese. http://politi.co/1KzhckP
Steven Dennis / @steventdennis: The pope meets with Fidel Castro but letting Buzzfeed have a press credential is a bridge too far. http://www.politico.com/...
Shani . Hilton / @shani_o: Here's our full letter to the Washington Archdiocese re: denial of credentials story: http://www.politico.com/... pic.twitter.com/OUil92xLYE
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
“Happy Birthday” Ruled To Be In the Public Domain — A judge grants summary judgment to a filmmaker challenging Warner Chappel's copyright to a song more than a century old. — The world's most popular English language song is now free from copyright after a federal judge ruled on Tuesday …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Variety, Associated Press, New York Times, New York Post, Quartz, Washington Post, USA Today, BBC, Reuters, EW.com, Reuters, Sky News, CNNMoney, Consequence of Sound, Business Insider, Al Jazeera America, The A.V. Club, WHIO, hypebot, @popehat, Guardian, Boing Boing, Ars Technica, NPR, @harrymccracken and @eriqgardner
Christine Mai-Duc / Los Angeles Times: Copyright on the ‘Happy Birthday’ song is not valid, judge rules
Ted Johnson / Variety: Judge Nixes Copyright Claim on ‘Happy Birthday’ Lyrics
Ben Sisario / New York Times: ‘Happy Birthday’ Copyright Invalidated by Judge
Heather Timmons / Quartz: The song “Happy Birthday” now belongs to everyone, a US federal judge has ruled
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post: ‘Happy birthday’ to all of us: Judge gives world a gift, says song belongs to everyone
Melanie Eversley / USA Today: Judge: ‘Happy Birthday To You’ in public domain
Warner Bros / Reuters: US judge rules ‘Happy Birthday’ copyright invalid
Emily Blake / EW.com: ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU’ COPYRIGHT IS RULED INVALID
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney: ‘Happy Birthday’ song claim thrown out by judge
Alex Young / Consequence of Sound: “Happy Birthday” copyright ruled invalid, song falls into public domain
William Hughes / The A.V. Club: “Happy Birthday” is now in the public domain
Steven Sparkman / WHIO: Movies can finally stop using weird ‘Happy Birthday’ ripoffs
Bruce Houghton / hypebot: 4 Ways Musicians Can Make Money With Happy Birthday Now That It's In The Public Domain
@popehat: Extent of The Mouse's corruption of copyright: We're arguing over things written before Franz Ferdinand was shot. pic.twitter.com/34iMh3IvVm
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing: “Hello, I'd like to add you to my professional network on Linkedin” is the new “Christ, what an a**hole”
Marie Andrusewicz / NPR: Happy Birthday To Us All — Judge Rules Tune Is Public Domain
Harry McCracken / @harrymccracken: Gonna be such a thrill for me to sing “Happy Birthday” without having to pay anything. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ ... http://twitter.com/...
Matthew Farwell / Maxim:
Sources: Serial podcast to cover Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier who mysteriously disappeared from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 — Exclusive: Serial Podcast Eyes Bowe Bergdahl for Upcoming Season — Soldiers who served with the ex-POW in Afghanistan tell Maxim they have been interviewed by Serial host Sarah Koenig.
Discussion: Adweek, Refinery29, Guardian, The Verge, @mrbradchase, @petersterne, @kadhimshubber, New York Magazine, Digital Spy, Deadline, @rabiasquared and Mediaite
Erin Donnelly / Refinery29: Is This Major Serial Spoiler Going To Ruin Everything?
Brad Chase / @mrbradchase: Serial, Mark Boal, Page One and the Maxim writer = opportunists http://www.mediaite.com/... #bergdahl
Peter Sterne / @petersterne: Wow, the Serial producers are such jerks to other reporters. http://www.maxim.com/... http://twitter.com/...
Kadhim / @kadhimshubber: Journalists, particularly those working on Serial, don't get to ask other people not to pry http://www.maxim.com/... http://twitter.com/...
Margaret Hartmann / New York Magazine: Report: Upcoming Season of ‘Serial’ Will Focus on Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl
Harry Fletcher / Digital Spy: Serial season two could focus on the case of Bowe Bergdahl, US soldier captured by the Taliban
Mike Fleming / Deadline: ‘Serial: This American Life’ Podcast Tackles Bowe Bergdahl Case With Mark Boal's Page One
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite: Serial Will Reportedly Dig into Bowe Bergdahl Story
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Los Angeles Times memo fails to ease layoff fears — If the editor of The Los Angeles Times was hoping to temper his staff's fears about impending layoffs, the memo he sent on Tuesday didn't do the trick. — “We need to accelerate our evolution,” Davan Maharaj wrote — a promising message …
Discussion: CNN, LA Observed, @mathewi, Los Angeles Business …, Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Business …
Austin Beutner / CNN: Does local journalism have a future?
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: By the ousted publisher of the LA Times: “Does local journalism have a future?” @CNN http://www.cnn.com/...
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times: Tribune Publishing CEO discusses leadership change at the L.A. Times
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Tribune Publishing pleads its case with investors; share price falls further
Tribune Publishing pleads its case with investors; share price falls further
Discussion: New York Times, Politico and @rickedmonds
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times: Tribune Publishing Lowers Its Profit Expectations
Joe Pompeo / Politico: Tribune's Jack Griffin tells Wall Street he picked the right guy for L.A. Times
Egypt pardons Al Jazeera journalists Fahmy and Mohamed — Egypt's president has pardoned one of the three Al Jazeera TV journalists convicted of broadcasting false news. — Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian citizen, is included on a list of 100 prisoners given pardons by Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.
Discussion: Reuters, Poynter, ABC, The Independent, CBS News, Fox News, Guardian, The Atlantic, Yahoo! News, Sky News, NPR, Reuters, @bbcnews_ticker, CBC News, Mashable, Business Insider Australia, Middle East Eye, CityNews, TheCable, Reuters, BelfastTelegraph.co.uk, Coast Reporter, Toronto Star, Reuters, Reuters, Cairo Post, @sameralatrush, @ase, Global News, 9news.com.au, Montreal Gazette, and breaking, @osamasaeed, Telegraph, Egyptian Streets, Arabian Business, Sky News, CJAD 800 and @ghoshworld
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter: Egypt pardons imprisoned Al Jazeera journalists
The Independent: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi pardons Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy along …
Krishnadev Calamur / The Atlantic: An Al Jazeera Journalist Is Pardoned
Mohamed Fahmy / Sky News: Jailed Al Jazeera Journalists Pardoned In Egypt
Bill Chappell / NPR: Egyptian Leader Pardons Al Jazeera Journalists In Long-Running Case
Asma Alsharif / Reuters: Egypt president pardons 100 prisoners, including Al Jazeera journalist: sources
@bbcnews_ticker: Second al-Jazeera journalist Baher Mohamed pardoned by Egypt's President Sisi, state TV says http://www.bbc.co.uk/...
Asma Alsharif / Business Insider Australia: Egypt president pardons 100 prisoners, including Al Jazeera journalist
Diana Pereira / CityNews: Mohamed Fahmy pardoned in Egypt
Reuters: Egypt president Abdel Fatta al-Sisi ‘pardons 100 prisoners, including Canadian Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy’
Toronto Star: Mohamed Fahmy pardoned by Egypt, reports say Canadian journalist reported as one of 100 people …
Samer Al-Atrush / @sameralatrush: Official MENA news agency says three Al-Jazeera trial defendants pardoned among group of 100 including activists Yara Sallam and Sanaa Sef
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin / @ase: Sisi, opportunistically, pardons prisoners the day before arriving in NYC for #UNGA . #PR
Osama Saeed / @osamasaeed: Unclear at the mo on who exactly is being released. #FreeAJStaff campaign will continue unless both Fahmy and Baher are out of jail.
Egyptian Streets: Egypt's President Sisi Pardons 100 Prisoners, Including Al Jazeera Journalists and Activists
Andrew Peplowski / CJAD 800: Jailed Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy has been pardoned in Egypt
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook ramps up its Instant Articles as Washington Post says it will publish all of its articles on Facebook and over a dozen new publishers join — Facebook Ramps Up Its Instant Articles, and the Washington Post Is All In — Last spring Facebook started hosting stories from the New York Times …
Discussion: Fortune, Washington Post, Poynter, TechCrunch, Gizmodo UK, Digital Book World, The Verge, Facebook Developers, AdExchanger, MediaNama, Facebook Media, @pkafka, Gizmodo, moviepilot.com, Marketing Land, SocialTimes, Fast Company, The Next Web, Mashable, @cvillafane, @mashablehq, @fmanjoo, @jyarow, @caseynewton, @sfiegerman and Peter O'Kelly's Reality Check
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter: The Washington Post will publish every story on Facebook's Instant Articles
Daniel Berkowitz / Digital Book World: All About Ebook Production and Cover Images
TR Vishwanath / Facebook Developers: Publishing Instant Articles Directly From Your Content Management System
Brandon Diamond / Facebook Media: How Publishers Can Easily Create Instant Articles
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: The Washington Post will publish every article it produces -1,200 or so - each day on Facebook. http://recode.net/...
Maddie Stone / Gizmodo: The Washington Post Will Publish Every Single One of Its Articles on Facebook
Josh Weinstock / moviepilot.com: Moviepilot Joins Facebook “Instant Articles”
Martin Beck / Marketing Land: Facebook Is Expanding Instant Articles & Washington Post Will Publish All Its Stories There
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company: Washington Post To Push All Content On Facebook Via Instant Articles
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable: Facebook's Instant Articles are finally rolling out big time
Mashable HQ / @mashablehq: Including @Mashable! RT @pkafka: Here's a list of a dozen+ publishers joining FB's instant articles http://recode.net/...
Farhad Manjoo / @fmanjoo: Thought it'd be the Times before the Post. Every single WaPo article to be hosted at FB. http://recode.net/...
Jay Yarow / @jyarow: WaPo goes all-in on Facebook instant articles. Every WaPo story will be Instant Article-d. http://recode.net/...
Casey Newton / @caseynewton: It begins —> RT @anotherhelen The @washingtonpost is planning to run every single story as a Facebook Instant Article http://recode.net/...
Seth Fiegerman / @sfiegerman: Facebook has signed up Washington Post, Business Insider and some website called Mashable for Instant Articles http://recode.net/...
Robert Cookson / Financial Times:
Study finds that Google charges for YouTube ads when fraud-detection systems identify viewer as a robot — Google charges for YouTube ads even when viewed by robots — Google has been charging marketers for advertisements it places on YouTube even when the video platform's fraud-detection systems identify …
Discussion: Business Insider and Guardian
Jillian D'Onfro / Business Insider: Google charges for YouTube ads even when it thinks a robot viewed them, says study
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Source: Google acquired Oyster's tech, discovery tools, and editorial content, including literary magazine The Oyster Review, but not its publisher contracts — Google's grab of Oyster suggests ebooks, like news, are becoming “content” read on big platforms
@niemanlab: Oyster's demise: just another case of platform power edging out an independent startup? http://www.niemanlab.org/...
Philip Jones / @philipdsjones: “It looks pretty stupid to launch any kind of startup around ebooks” ano post Oyster piece, this by @laurahazardowen http://www.niemanlab.org/...
Todd Haselton / TechnoBuffalo: Oyster, the “Netflix of books,” is closing its doors
Stuart McDonald / @travelfish: This “authors only paid for portion of ebook read” is absurd. http://www.niemanlab.org/... Also check drop in young adult reads. Wow! Via @niltiac
Jane Friedman / @janefriedman: Excellent overview of ebook subscription landscape & what recent closing of Oyster portends: http://www.niemanlab.org/... | @laurahazardowen
Laura Hazard Owen / @laurahazardowen: Google's acquisition of Oyster suggests that ebooks, like news, are just becoming “content” read on big platforms http://www.niemanlab.org/...
Andrew Losowsky / @losowsky: “It's never good to be the only one left next to Amazon.” http://www.niemanlab.org/...
Willy Blackmore / @willyblackmore: wait, so google is going to have a lit blog? http://www.niemanlab.org/...
Adnan Farooqui / Ubergizmo: ‘Netflix for eBooks’ Service Oyster Is Shutting Down
Alison Griswold / Inc.com: Oyster, ‘The Netflix of E-Books,’ Is Shutting Down
Steven Loeb / VatorNews: Google hires the team from ebook company Oyster
Mary Beth Quirk / Consumerist: E-Book Subscription Service Oyster Shutting Down
Ben Lovejoy / 9to5Google: ‘Netflix for books’ service Oyster shutting down as Google acquihires the key execs
Jason Burke / Guardian:
Militant Bangladeshi group publishes global hit list of bloggers, activists, and writers: 9 in UK, 7 in Germany, 2 in US, 1 in Canada, 1 in Sweden — Militant group publishes hit list of bloggers, activists and writers — An Islamic militant group in Bangladesh has issued a hit list of secular bloggers …