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4:15 AM ET, May 1, 2014


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Wall Street Journal:
AT&T Has Approached DirecTV About Possible Acquisition  —  AT&T has approached DirecTV about a possible acquisition of the satellite TV firm, say people familiar with the situation, the latest sign of a possible shakeup in the television industry.  —  A combination of AT&T with satellite TV firm DirecTV …
Ellyn Angelotti / Poynter:
Legal issues surrounding ownership of Twitter followers unclear  —  Who owns your Twitter followers?  —  This is the latest in a series of articles by The Poynter Institute and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on legal issues affecting journalists.
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
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 …
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
Ofcom study: fewer people reading newspapers regularly, apps preferred over browsers for news  —  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 …
Discussion: @henryctaylor
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.
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 …
Discussion: @nytimesbits and Daily Dot
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.
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Does having native advertising make a news site less credible?  This study, at least, suggests no  —  Native advertising is providing an ever-larger chunk of digital revenue for publishers these days.  But despite (or perhaps because of) the money, lots of journalists are still squeamish about the topic.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Steven Waldman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Columbia Spec's smart switch to digital  —  As some trustees cry foul over Spec being the first Ivy-League daily to cut print, one says the students could teach their elders a thing or two  —  When the alumni advisory board of the Columbia Daily Spectator gathered recently to consider …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Attkisson: CBS News wasn't willing to fight for Benghazi documents  —  Ever since her separation from CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson has been doing a series of media interviews in which she drops vague and uncorroborable charges against her former bosses, such as this one, which she gave …
Discussion: Politico
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
HBO brings back movie-making reality show ‘Project Greenlight’  —  Was Project Greenlight, the show that attempted to discover the next brilliant film director via the internet, about a decade too early?  That's what HBO thinks.  The network announced it is bringing the reality show …
Harley Brown / Billboard:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Addresses Net Neutrality Furor, Assures Internet Will Remain ‘Open’  —  A few days ago, NPR released a 20-year-old staff memo introducing employees to the Internet.  “A code of ‘netiquette’ exists among users and within user groups,” the document reads, “but otherwise …
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
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Music app shuts down after investor yanks funding  —  Update 12:31 p.m.: We spoke with founder Oleg Fomenko by phone.  —  Music streaming startup announced today that it is shutting down immediately following a highly publicized ban from Apple's iAds advertising network.
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
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Seth Liss is Poynter's new editor
Discussion: @mallarytenore
Helienne Lindvall / Guardian:
Publishers and songwriters question why labels should get a much bigger share when a track is played on Pandora or Spotify
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
Paul Adepoju / HumanIPO:
BBC partners BlackBerry to deliver Hausa news via BBM in Nigeria
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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
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Murdoch hints at News Corp. acquisitions
Ben Fox Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
IAC/InterActive Earnings Shrink Amid Media Segment Weakness