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7:15 PM ET, April 30, 2014


 Top News: 
Ben Fischer / New York Business Journal:
The Onion to launch to satirize viral sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy  —  Finally!  The Onion is taking on BuzzFeed and Upworthy on their turf.  —  This June the satire site — stuck for now in the hopelessly 20th century business of spoofing reported, written news articles — will launch
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Harper's Publisher Rick MacArthur Quits Columbia Spectator Board Because the Internet  —  Harper's publisher John “Rick” MacArthur hates the internet.  This we know.  But seriously, this guy really hates the internet, rejecting the Columbia University student paper's plan to go “web-first” …
Steven Waldman / Columbia Journalism Review:   Columbia Spec's smart switch to digital
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
5 charts showing the rapidly changing face of UK content consumption  —  The ways in which people access and consume media are changing incredibly rapidly, and one of the most comprehensive studies of how this has happened in the UK is Ofcom's Adults' Media Use and Attitudes Report.
Discussion: @henryctaylor
Digital TV Group:
Of all media, adults would miss TV the most, reveals new Ofcom report  —  Links:  —  Ofcom has today published its Adults' Media Use and Attitudes Report 2014.  The report shows that the number of people aged 65 and over accessing the internet has risen by more than a quarter in the past year.
Mike Hopkins / Hulu Blog:
Hulu will allow free viewing of select full TV episodes on mobile devices starting this summer  —  Today at the Hulu Upfront in New York City, joined by Peter Naylor, SVP of Sales, Craig Erwich, SVP Head of Content, and many of our talented stars and creators from Hulu Originals …
Alex Rogers / TIME:
Comcast Has About 76 Lobbyists Working Washington On The Time Warner Cable Merger.  This is Why.  —  The company has registered at least 76 lobbyists across 24 firms to work on its impending $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, making for a special ops squad with high-priced relationships to the most powerful members of Congress
Discussion: @timkarr
Nicola Leske / Reuters:   Charter withdraws slate for Time Warner Cable's board
Kurt Badenhausen / Forbes:
The Value of ESPN Surpasses $50 Billion  —  The National Football League announced last week that ESPN would host the first playoff game in its 35-year history in January 2015.  The Wild Card playoff game is a carrot for the $15.2 billion ESPN committed over eight years in its latest NFL TV rights deal, which kicks off next season.
Jon Boone / Guardian:
Pakistan's spy agency ISI accused of kidnapping and killing journalists  —  Amnesty International details journalists' claims of harassment, intimidation and attacks at the hands of military intelligence  —  Amnesty International says it has “credible concerns” that Pakistan's powerful …
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Paywast, an Afghan social media network with 1.6M users was backed by the US govt until 2011  —  Social Media in Afghanistan Takes On Life of Its Own  —  WASHINGTON — Afghans have long been resistant to central authority — as the United States has found to its frustration …
John McDermott / Digiday:
How Hearst uses Pinterest to boost traffic  —  Publishing is increasingly becoming a game of which publisher can best market its stories on social platforms, typically Facebook and Twitter.  But Hearst has experienced an unexpected but much welcomed traffic boost over the past two years from Pinterest.
Discussion: @hearstcorp
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Murdoch hints at News Corp. acquisitions  —  News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch is keen on making some additions to the publishing side of his media empire, which was formally split in half nearly a year ago.  —  “News Corp. is in the first sort of, transformational year,” …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Lego Movie Boosts Time Warner As 1Q Profit Rises 71%  —  Time Warner Inc. said the performance of two movies - “The LEGO Movie” and “300: Rise of An Empire” -helped the company increase first quarter profit by 71%, while revenue increased at its three major divisions, the Warner Brothers studio, the Turner programming unit and HBO.
Helienne Lindvall / Guardian:
Publishers and songwriters question why labels should get a much bigger share when a track is played on Pandora or Spotify  —  The music industry is divided over streaming - and heading for a collision  —  Publishers and songwriters question why labels should get a much bigger share when a track is played on Pandora or Spotify
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Audience Network Mobile Ad Network Launches At f8  —  Facebook today launched its mobile ad network called Facebook Audience Network so developers can make money without having to sell their own ads, do their own targeting, handle measurement, or route payments.  Facebook will take care of it all.
David Kravets / Ars Technica:
US State Department adopting social media to counter Al-Qaeda propaganda  —  US says violent extremists increasingly taking to social media.  —  The State Department unveiled Wednesday that it is widely employing social media as a method to counter online violent extremism from Al-Qaeda and others.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Rdio will launch free, ad-supported service later this year, add traditional radio content  —  Music subscription service Rdio will launch a free, ad-supported service later this year, according to Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey.  Cumulus, which is better known for its terrestrial radio stations …
Timothy Spence / International Press Institute:
Nine journalists and bloggers arrested in Ethiopia prior to John Kerry visit  —  Ethiopia Arrests Journalists, Bloggers  —  Vienna — Ethiopian authorities have arrested nine journalists and bloggers on allegations that they worked for foreign human rights groups or used social media to incite violence …
Discussion: Guardian
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Seth Liss is Poynter's new editor  —  Seth Liss is Poynter's new digital editor.  He'll oversee Poynter's website and newsgathering operations.  —  Liss is currently the online managing editor for WAMU, a public radio station in Washington, D.C. Before that he was an online content editor …
Discussion: @mallarytenore
Diana Reese / Al Jazeera America:
In small towns with local investment, print journalism is thriving  —  MARYVILLE, Mo. — Newspapers aren't dead yet.  —  Far from it in this town of 12,000 nestled among the rolling hills of northwestern Missouri, where the daily paper has returned to local ownership for the first time in decades …
Discussion: @niemanlab and @rosental
Jeremy Paxman to step down as presenter of Newsnight  —  Jeremy Paxman has decided to step down as the presenter of Newsnight, a position he has held with great distinction for 25 years.  —  He informed Tony Hall, the Director General, and James Harding, the Director of News and Current Affairs …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
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Harley Brown / Billboard:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Addresses Net Neutrality Furor, Assures Internet Will Remain ‘Open’
UK slips down global press freedom list due to Snowden leaks response
Tom Pakinkis / Music Week:
Vevo launches in Mexico
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Yahoo Relaunches Yahoo Travel as a Digital Magazine With Lots of Sponsored Content
Discussion: Yahoo and iMediaConnection Blog
Paul Adepoju / HumanIPO:
BBC partners BlackBerry to deliver Hausa news via BBM in Nigeria
Discussion: BerryReview and Rapid TV News
 Earlier Picks: 
Scott Cendrowski / Fortune:
After years of piracy, Chinese video sites are sending $100M a year to US and UK studios
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC3 closure ‘not a foregone conclusion’, warns trustee
Discussion: @guardian
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Andy Coulson denies being told MI5 was monitoring William and Harry calls
Discussion: mUmBRELLA