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7:30 AM ET, April 18, 2015


 Top News: 
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  —  Comcast Deal Collapse Would Kill Other Mergers in Domino Effect  —  The potential collapse of Comcast Corp.'s merger with Time Warner Cable Inc. wouldn't just be a setback for those two companies.
Discussion: The Week
Frances Robles / New York Times:
PR agency claiming to represent owner of cop-shooting video now charging one-time fee of $10K, sending news organizations cease and desist letters
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: AdAge
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
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” (
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Disney Says Verizon's Bundle-Breaking Pay TV Plan Breaks Its Rules  —  About that Verizon plan to break up the pay-TV bundle into smaller bundles?  —  Not so fast, says Disney's ESPN.  Verizon's plan, which it's supposed to start marketing this weekend, violates agreements the programmer …
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 …
James Cook / Business Insider:
Andy Chen, CEO of Jay Z's music streaming site, Tidal, exits company as 25 employees are “forced to leave”  —  The CEO of Jay Z's music streaming site Tidal has left the company  —  Andy Chen, CEO of Aspiro, the Swedish music streaming company acquired by rapper Jay Z for $56 million in March, has left the company.
Caroline Davies / Guardian:
Operation Elveden: more journalists cleared of paying public officials  —  The Sun's Tom Wells, Neil Millard and Brandon Malinsky, and former Daily Mirror reporter Graham Brough not guilty of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office  —  More journalists have been cleared …
Publishing shakeup: Chiki Sarkar and four others quit Penguin Random House India  —  India's publishing world has just been shaken and stirred - yet again - by movements at the top.  This time in the form of the sudden, coordinated exit of five - you read that right - top people …
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reuters' Baghdad bureau chief on why he fled Iraq  —  Once Ned Parker saw his face plastered across an Iraqi television channel, he knew he had to flee.  On April 3, Reuters' Baghdad bureau chief helped chronicle in gruesome detail the lynching of ISIS captives by government and paramilitary forces.
Discussion: @daviduberti
Bill Trott / Reuters:   Iraqi PM seeks more security for Reuters bureau in Baghdad
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Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix marketing shifts to focus more on original programs and international markets
Mark Duffy / Digiday:
Native ads don't sell products or influence consumers but do compromise editorial content
Discussion: Poynter
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Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
YouTube competitor Vessel raises a $57.5M Series B round led by IVP, just weeks after launch
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Court-appointed monitor in ebooks antitrust case says Apple's cooperation has sharply declined