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10:20 AM ET, May 30, 2016


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Some Silicon Valley luminaries, including Vinod Khosla and Jessica Livingston, express approval for Peter Thiel's tactics against Gawker  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After the news that one of Silicon Valley's stars secretly funded a lawsuit to bring down a gossip site, the overwhelming response …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Thiel's funding of Hogan's Gawker lawsuit is just one of several sometimes-secret attempts by wealthy to control weakened US media
Kevin Dugan / New York Post:
Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media is reaching out to media organizations about filing amicus briefs in support of Gawker's appeal
Will Oremus / Slate:
Peter Thiel's secret war against Gawker proves Silicon Valley needs a Valleywag to hold its powerful accountable
Liam Corcoran / NewsWhip:
Facebook likes for web content fell 55%, shares declined 57%, comments down 63% between July 2015 and April 2016, NewsWhip analysis of top 10 publishers shows  —  We look at the decline in Facebook engagements for major Facebook publishers over the last 12 months, and compare it to the rise of Facebook video.
Discussion: MediaShift and @zimbalist, Thanks:@steverubel
Pew Research Center:
Pew: 62% of US adults get news on social media; 66% of Facebook, 23% of Instagram, 21% of YouTube, 19% of LinkedIn users get news there
Ainsley O'Connell / Fast Company:
Inside Verizon's efforts to build a multi-billion dollar media business that can challenge new media giants like Netflix, and why it is vying to buy Yahoo  —  The telecom giant, which is in talks to acquire Yahoo, wants a piece of the digital content revolution.
Discussion: @dangillmor
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
The top 5 things news publishers can learn from game publishers: monetization, design process, testing, metrics, introduction of one-click payment for content  —  News publishers have a lot to learn from the gaming industry.  Especially when it comes to testing and promoting apps.
Discussion: @afit and @whatthebit
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Zanny Minton Beddoes, The Economist's first female editor, on increasing the magazine's reach on social media, transitioning to digital, and advertising  —  Zanny Minton Beddoes on new owners, battling Brexit, and making a 173-year-old title work online  —  anny Minton Beddoes' office …
Discussion: @janebsinger and @giner
Nicholas Sabloff / The Huffington Post:
On fifth anniversary of Huffington Post International's launch, 55% of 200M readers are outside the US, 1500 pieces a day published in 10 languages  —  Today in Toronto we are celebrating two important Huffington Post milestones: the fifth birthday of HuffPost Canada and the fifth anniversary of launching HuffPost internationally.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Washington Post creates progressive web app that loads pages in 80 milliseconds  —  Under the ownership of Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post has become a fount of editorial innovation.  There's Arc, The Post's home-cooked content management system that's now being sold to other news organizations.
Discussion: @robinmacnab and @jimbrady
Howard W French / Guardian:
Former New York Times reporter recounts his experience as black journalist and the racial inequality in media coverage, the newsroom during his 30 years  —  What three decades in journalism has taught me about the persistence of racism in the US  —  ver the course of 2014 …
Japan Times:
Japanese journalists who refuse to toe the official line are under pressure, watchdogs say, as the country drops in freedom of press rankings  —  Abandon all reason Avoid all eye contact  —  Hair graying and dressed in slacks and an open-necked shirt, 58-year-old Takashi Uemura would be hard …
Discussion: @asama888 and Journalism News
Nic Christensen / Mumbrella:
60 Minutes Australia founding producer Gerald Stone on botched Lebanon kidnapping story: “greatest misadventure in 37 years”, sacking producer Rice was “unfair”  —  Channel Nine's 60 Minutes last night again apologised for its role in a “child recovery operation” …
Discussion: and Sky News
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
In India, a boom of digital media startups find large audiences, but face familiar business challenges
Discussion: Reuters Institute …
Omar Mohammed / IJNet:
How Tanzanian journalists use WhatsApp to find news and contact people relevant to the story
Biz Carson / Business Insider:
Profile of, DIY music video sharing app with 10M daily, 70M registered users, is expanding into live streaming, and is rumored to be raising $100M
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
New York Times launches summer school for high-school students, two weeks of coursework for $4K
Discussion: @austenallred and @whatthebit
David Weigel / Washington Post:
How The Young Turks grew subscribers by 75% since the start of 2015, to 3M on YouTube, by taking Bernie Sanders seriously and attacking corporate media
Discussion: @thestalwart and FishbowlNY
 Earlier Picks: 
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook plans to officially kill its video ad exchange LiveRail
Inside the decline of digital media pioneer, from changes in political coverage to financial failures
Kevin Eck / TVSpy:
Nexstar to sell five stations to meet FCC requirements for merger with Media General