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9:00 PM ET, April 18, 2015


 Top News: 
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
BuzzFeed review itemizes reasons for post deletions; ad pressure led to three in 2013 and 2014  —  BuzzFeed Deleted Posts Under Pressure from Its Own Business Department  —  Earlier this week, BuzzFeed launched an internal review of any posts that its editors or writers had deleted …
Sarah Jeong / Forbes:
New York Times gets fair-use rules wrong in story about cop-shooting video, and multiple outlets reblog without questioning premise  —  The News Media's Use of the Walter Scott Video Is - Surprise!  - A Newsworthy Use  —  The New York Times reports that publicity and celebrity management …
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
News outlets can defend against copyright claims to cop shooting video using fair use, but the issue would need to go to court
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: US Justice Department lawyers leaning against Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable, could submit recommendation next week  —  U.S. Antitrust Lawyers Said to Be Leaning Against Comcast Merger  —  Staff attorneys at the Justice Department's antitrust division are nearing a recommendation …
Bloomberg Business:
If Comcast-TWC deal collapsed, related Charter and Bright House deals would be affected
Discussion: The Week
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
How the New York Times is adjusting to writing headlines optimized for search engines  —  Hey, Google!  Check Out This Column on Headlines  —  THE headline was perfect: “China's Tensions with the Dalai Lama Spill Into the Afterlife.”  Engaging, informative and clever …
Discussion: @sulliview
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Marketers and publishers still trying to find a way to measure native advertising success and return-on-investment  —  Native Advertising Measurement Is All Over The Map  —  So-called native advertising is the shiny new object in digital media.  Publishers love selling it, and marketers are increasing their investments in it.
Mark Duffy / Digiday:
Native ads don't sell products or influence consumers but do compromise editorial content
Discussion: @copyranter
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
New York Times' experiment in curated aggregation finds an audience who returns to homepage after clicking links  —  Six months of front-page aggregation for the Times  —  In September 2014, The New York Times began an ambitious experiment in aggregation, and did it in a very public way …
Discussion: @wblau
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube is Once Again Marketing Its Stars, Including Talk Show Host Grace Helbig  —  Last year, YouTube pleased many a Web video creator and ad buyer by running a national ad campaign promoting some of its biggest stars.  —  And this year, with the digital NewFronts right around the corner, the Web video giant is back at it.
Discussion: @susanwojcicki
Jordan Sargent / Gawker:
A New York Times front-page story on teen vaping used a false anecdote from a Twitter user who made up his name and other details  —  Twitter Guy Says He Hoaxed NYT In Teen Vape Article  —  Yesterday's New York Times features an A1 article written by science correspondent Sabrina Tavernise …
Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
Japan's ruling party questions execs from two TV networks about programs containing “distorted materials”, raising questions about press intimidation  —  Summons of Japanese media raises complaints of interference  —  TOKYO (AP) — Japan's ruling party summoned executives …
Discussion: Guardian
Brian Lambert / MinnPost:
The strange saga of John Rogers, the man who bought the Star Tribune's vintage photo archive  —  Whatever else you might say about him, John Rogers was clearly one hell of a salesman.  —  After first buying up several high-profile collections of sports memorabilia, the Little Rock entrepreneur hit …
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Sony again warns news media against using stolen emails, citing copyright and computer fraud laws  —  Sony Studio Renews Warning After WikiLeaks Posts Stolen Data  —  LOS ANGELES — David Boies, a lawyer for Sony Pictures Entertainment, began warning news media outlets on Friday …
Jim Romenesko:
Daily Mail slaps Motherboard writer's byline on story, apparently to avoid plagiarism charges … Merchant tells Romenesko readers what happened and why his byline disappeared: … * Brian Merchant's “The girl who would live forever” (
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