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10:40 PM ET, May 11, 2016

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Peter Kafka / Recode:
It's not a secret: Facebook influences News Feed by rewarding publishers that post what it wants, which is video at the moment  —  Spoiler: It's not a secret.  —  Guys.  Look.  Let me show you the real Facebook media influence story.  —  That's a 47-minute (!) long video of a walk through a New York City park.
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Michael Nunez / Gizmodo:
GOP Sen. Thune sends letter to Zuckerberg asking for more details about curation of Facebook's Trending Topics; Facebook says it looks forward to cooperating
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Knight Foundation report: users spend 5% of mobile time on news sites and apps, Reddit users spend five times as much time in Reddit app than any other news app  —  People read the news on their smartphones (duh).  They will even read longform (to a certain extent).
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Local news startup Ripple apologizes for taking other people's news  —  Information doesn't want to be that free.  —  Yesterday we told you about Ripple, the startup that wants to deliver local news but doesn't create the news itself.  —  Today several publications that are in the business …
Discussion: @laurahazardowen
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Ripple.co launches out of beta, targets big cities with news feeds and contributed posts
Ellen Emmerentze Jervell / Wall Street Journal:
Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner wants to become the leading US digital publisher; company now has minority stake in 12 companies  —  Chief Executive Mathias Döpfner wants company to become the No. 1 digital publisher in every market it enters  —  BERLIN—German media giant Axel Springer SE …
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Ellen Emmerentze Jervell / Wall Street Journal:
Axel Springer Q1: revenue up 4.6% to €783.4 adjusted, digital contributed to 67% of earnings, profit up to €203.2M  —  Italy's Mediaset and France's JC Decaux report disappointing results  —  FRANKFURT—Shares in Axel Springer SE fell sharply Wednesday despite it reporting …
Davey Alba / Wired:
YouTube tests letting users share and talk about videos in group message threads within the app, which others can be invited to join  —  We've all had it happen: You're talking with a friend, and the conversation turns to something that a YouTube video perfectly encapsulates.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Apple denies report that it will end iTunes music downloads within the next few years  —  “Not true.”  —  The future of music is streaming, not downloads.  —  But that doesn't mean Apple, the company that essentially invented the market for music download sales, is going to stop selling downloads anytime soon.
Alastair Reid / First Draft News:
Reuters study: 24% of UK journalists say publishing unverified info is sometimes justified  —  One in four UK journalists believe it is “justified” to publish unverified information, according to new research from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
Discussion: Reuters Institute …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
From bingo games to brackets, The Washington Post is building “alternative story forms”  —  Did The Washington Post correctly guess your age and income, based solely on the apps on your phone?  (For the record: I am, based on my phone apps, “a single guy younger than 32 who makes more than $52,000/year.")
Discussion: Poynter and STAT
Emily Bell / Columbia Journalism Review:
A conversation with Edward Snowden on interacting with the press, how facts can be drowned out on social media, and the impact of journalism  —  The Tow Center for Digital Journalism's Emily Bell spoke to Edward Snowden over a secure channel about his experiences working with journalists and his perspective on the shifting media world.
Discussion: RT
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Hearst plans Snapchat Discover pop-up channels for Seventeen, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar  —  Snapchat users perusing the app's Discover section the last three weeks might have periodically noticed a prom-themed channel pop up from Hearst-owned Seventeen magazine.
Discussion: @mattnavarra and FishbowlNY
 
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