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The Huffington Post Michael Calderone

Endgame

"Game Change" authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann may not be staying at Bloomberg much longer. "Bloomberg suggested that the high-profile journalists, co-authors of the best-selling, fly-on-the-wall accounts of the 2008 and 2012 elections, Game Change and Double Down, would likely leave to write another book on the 2016 contest."

POLITICO Media Ken Doctor

How the battle between the Los Angeles Times and Gannett will play out

"Likely, this will be a test of wills. Tribune chairman Michael Ferro will try to block Gannett, while Gannett must decide how much public and legal pressure it is willing to exercise to win the company. I expect this test of wills will be decided sooner than later. "

Medium Joe Amditis

What it’s like to set up Facebook Instant Articles

An offbeat tutorial for adopting Facebook's publishing system. "It sucks, but we’ll help you get through it."

BuzzFeed Alex Kantrowitz

LinkedIn is working on its own version of Facebook Instant Articles

"LinkedIn is considering introducing its own version of Facebook’s Instant Articles, a feature that would allow publishers to host content directly on LinkedIn instead of posting links that direct people back to their own sites."

The New York Times Magazine DAVID SAMUELS

How the White House media sausage gets made

A recent profile of Obama communications wunderkind Ben Rhodes shows how the West Wing shapes media coverage of the president. "It’s a tutorial in the making of a digital news microclimate — a storm that is easy to mistake these days for a fact of nature, but whose author is sitting next to me right now."

Bloomberg Todd Shields

Source: Mega cable merger will clear FEC

"Charter Communications Inc.’s purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc. has won approval from a majority at the Federal Communications Commission, a person familiar with the vote said."

Associated Press TAMARA LUSH

Are two-newspaper towns becoming extinct?

"Well within our lifetime, there will be places where there are no newspapers," said Alan D. Mutter, a former Chicago Sun-Times editor and currently a Silicon Valley new media consultant who writes the blog, "Reflections of a Newsosaur."

The Daily Beast Lloyd Grove

How the Secret Service is trying to handcuff the press

"The media [pushback] has begun after the Secret Service was given the power to run background checks on thousands of journalists who want to attend this summer’s Republican and Democratic Party nominating conventions."

Medium Stephanie Grimes

Las Vegas Review-Journal editor fired

Stephanie Grimes, a Las Vegas Review-Journal features editor, has been pushed out amid the ongoing turmoil set in motion by the purchase of the newspaper by Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. "The time has come to move on. The choice was made for me."

POLITICO Joe Pompeo

'Wet hot American Sumner'

That's how POLITICO describes the legal battle over the Viacom chief's mental competency. "The New York Times has three stories in its business section today raising the curtain on the proceedings."

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The Huffington Post Michael Calderone

Endgame

"Game Change" authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann may not be staying at Bloomberg much longer. "Bloomberg suggested that the high-profile journalists, co-authors of the best-selling, fly-on-the-wall accounts of the 2008 and 2012 elections, Game Change and Double Down, would likely leave to write another book on the 2016 contest."

POLITICO Media Ken Doctor

How the battle between the Los Angeles Times and Gannett will play out

"Likely, this will be a test of wills. Tribune chairman Michael Ferro will try to block Gannett, while Gannett must decide how much public and legal pressure it is willing to exercise to win the company. I expect this test of wills will be decided sooner than later. "

Medium Joe Amditis

What it’s like to set up Facebook Instant Articles

An offbeat tutorial for adopting Facebook's publishing system. "It sucks, but we’ll help you get through it."

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