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1:20 PM ET, April 17, 2014


 Top News: 
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Aereo Launches To Explain Its Position Vs. Broadcasters  —  Aereo is about to present its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but first it wants to present its case to you.  Today, the startup launched, a website designed to inform its users about Aereo's tech …
Barry Diller / Wall Street Journal:
Broadcasters Don't Own the Airwaves  —  Yet they want to stop people from watching TV on the device of their choice, using an ‘antenna in the cloud.’  —  On April 22, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could alter the way Americans have used and benefited from broadcast airwaves since the dawn of radio and television.
Chantal Tode / Mobile Marketer:
Condé Nast's Epicurious is first media brand to leverage beacons in-store  —  Users of the Epicurious application from Condé Nast will soon be able to receive in-store push notifications, with the media brand claiming to be the first to leverage beacon technology to enhance the shopping experience.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Condé Nast dives deep into native ads  —  Some would consider Condé Nast, its lifestyle magazines fat with sumptuous fashion and beauty ads, an originator of native advertising — or at least advertising that blends in seamlessly with its editorial content.
Discussion: @cotton
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Michael Wolff's column for the Guardian discontinued  —  Michael Wolff and The Guardian have parted ways.  —  Capital has learned that Wolff is no longer contracted to file a weekly column for the British broadsheet's American digital edition, Guardian U.S., for which he began writing a little over two years ago.
Lindsay Murdoch / Sydney Morning Herald:
Australian journalist Alan Morison spends time in Thai prison in fight for media freedom  —  Australian journalist Alan Morison and his colleague Chutima Sidasathian.  —  Bangkok: An Australian journalist taking a stand against attempts to silence the media in Thailand has spent five hours …
Casey Hynes / Asian Correspondent:
Journalists in Thai Navy defamation case ‘disappointed’ in Reuters' response  —  Two Phuketwan journalists were charged today with defaming the Thai Navy, and face seven years in prison and a $3,000 fine if convicted.  A Thai Navy captain brought charges against Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network  —  When Spotify launched its first beta in the fall of 2008, we branded it “an alternative to music piracy.”  —  With the option to stream millions of tracks supported by an occasional ad, or free of ads for a small subscription fee …
David Gelles / New York Times:
James Murdoch Joins Board of Advertising Start-Up  —  James Murdoch, the co-chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox, has joined the board of True[X] Media, an advertising company based in New York.  —  The appointment, to be announced on Thursday, comes as True[X], a venture capital-backed start-up …
Netflix reportedly in talks with Vodafone to stream movies and tv to telecom subscribers  —  Vodafone Said to Be in Talks With Netflix for Content  —  Vodafone Group Plc (VOD), the world's second-largest mobile carrier, is in talks with Netflix Inc. (NFLX) to offer subscribers access …
Discussion: @zseward
UK firms increase ad budgets as recovery optimism grows  —  (Reuters) - The number of British companies increasing their marketing spend grew at its strongest pace in 14 years in the first quarter, signalling optimism that Britain's recovery from recession is gaining momentum, an industry survey showed on Thursday.
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Discovery withdraws bid for Channel 5  —  MTV owner Viacom is one of the few remaining potential buyers after fall of offer, thought to have been made with BSkyB  —  Discovery Communications has withdrawn its bid for Richard Desmond's Channel 5, which is thought to leave MTV owner Viacom as one of the few remaining potential buyers.
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
SOPA Defeat Haunts Efforts to Rein In Illegal Copying, British Official Says  —  “It's going to be five years before anybody puts his head above the parapet again.”  That's how Michael Weatherly, a member of the British Parliament and intellectual property adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron handicapped …
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
ITN reports pre-tax profit of £6.6m  —  News at Ten producer posts fourth successive year of operating profit growth, allowing it to pay off more of pension deficit  —  ITN's pre-tax profits rose £5m to £6.6m in 2013, in what chief executive John Hardie called “a year of significant achievement”.
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Financial Times rejects Ipso in favour of its own editorial complaints system
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George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
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