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8:55 AM ET, May 1, 2014


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
AT&T considering acquisition of DirectTV, in deal likely worth at least $40B  —  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.
Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
Google Maps and BBC iPlayer traffic surges during tube strike  —  Londoners used up a fifth more data on their smartphones during the Tube strike as millions of commuters were forced to make journeys above ground, according to mobile giant EE.  —  The owner of the Orange and T-Mobile networks …
Leo Mirani / Quartz:
Why LinkedIn is morphing from a social network into an online newspaper  —  On May 5th, LinkedIn will be celebrate its 11th birthday.  It announced last month that 300 million people had signed up for the professional social network.  This evening, LinkedIn will report earnings for first quarter …
Oliver Knox / Yahoo! News:
Meet Jessica Allen, the aide scouring Twitter to act as liaison between press and White House  —  When the White House hates your tweet  —  For the Obama White House, tweets from reporters are a kind of early warning system.  It's up to Jessica Allen, 24, to sound the alarm.
Kyle Stock / Businessweek:
HBO Teaches the Streaming Wannabes How to Make Big Money on Original Shows  —  Despite a flurry of original, lavishly produced TV programs from Hulu, Netflix (NFLX), and Amazon (AMZN), HBO is quietly becoming the next HBO.  —  True Detective, the eight-episode cop thriller that ran from Jan. 12 to March 9 …
Paul Carsten / Reuters:
China censors assert online authority in blow to U.S. TV shows  —  China's censors are asserting their authority over foreign TV content on the country's booming online video sites, after years of hands-off regulation, raising the risks for U.S. distributors left in the dark about which shows might fall foul of the rules.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
YouTube Tunes Up Its Ad Pitch  —  YouTube has spent the last few years trying to figure out how to put on a show.  It is getting the hang of it.  —  Not a Web show, of course — YouTube is already packed with stuff people want to see, and they watch six billion hours a month.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Press regulation: Newspapers lose court of appeal battle over rival royal charter  —  Industry wanted judicial review of government's rejection of their own version of charter  —  The newspaper industry has lost its latest battle for a judicial review of the government's rejection of its version of a royal charter.
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:
“The New York Times Is Not Going to Turn into BuzzFeed”  —  A frank conversation with the former editors of the Post and the Times.  —  Between them, Bill Keller and Marcus Brauchli have edited all three great American newspapers—the New York Times for Keller, both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post for Brauchli.
Discussion: @brianstelter and @ethanklapper
Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
Katzenberg Predicts Home Movie Viewers Will Pay by Size of Screen  —  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg offered his vision Monday of what moviegoing will look like in 10 years—down to the inch.  —  A decade from now, he predicted …
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
“To Kill a Mockingbird” finally going digital … NEW YORK (AP) — Harper Lee has signed on for Scout, Boo Radley and Atticus Finch to enter the electronic age.  —  Filling one of the biggest gaps in the e-library, “To Kill a Mockingbird” will become available as an e-book and digital audiobook on July 8 …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Danish magazine at the centre of a phone hacking-style scandal  —  A media controversy has broken in Denmark that is being compared to the News of the World phone hacking scandal.  —  Police in Copenhagen are investigating claims that an employee at a Danish IT company leaked details …
Discussion: India & World and
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom to Acquire U.K.'s Channel 5 for $760 Million  —  Entrepreneur Richard Desmond had bought the broadcaster for $171 million a few years ago.  —  LONDON - After Discovery Communications and British pay TV giant BSkyB dropped out of the auction, Viacom is set to announce a deal …
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Upworthy aims to alter the Web, and could end up altering the world - See more at: of_content.php#sthash.7hjruHPr.dpuf  —  In the summer of 2010, a conservative talk show host named Michael Graham scheduled a pit stop on his tour of Ireland to debate a spokesperson from the country's Labor Party.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BSkyB's TV customers rise by 74,000, but broadband growth slows  —  Company says focus on investment in Now TV is starting to pay off as revenues rise 6.6% in nine months to end of March  —  BSkyB added more than 70,000 TV customers in the three months to the end of March …
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.
Discussion: @nprrussell
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Attkisson: CBS News wasn't willing to fight for Benghazi documents
Discussion: Politico
Harley Brown / Billboard:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Addresses Net Neutrality Furor, Assures Internet Will Remain ‘Open’
Adrianne Jeffries / The Verge:
HBO brings back movie-making reality show ‘Project Greenlight’
Alex Rogers / TIME:
Comcast Has About 76 Lobbyists Working Washington On The Time Warner Cable Merger. This is Why.
Discussion: @timkarr
UK slips down global press freedom list due to Snowden leaks response
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Seth Liss is Poynter's new editor
Discussion: @mallarytenore
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Timothy Spence / International Press Institute:
Nine journalists and bloggers arrested in Ethiopia prior to John Kerry visit
Discussion: Guardian
Helienne Lindvall / Guardian:
Publishers and songwriters question why labels should get a much bigger share when a track is played on Pandora or Spotify
Jon Boone / Guardian:
Pakistan's spy agency ISI accused of kidnapping and killing journalists
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Yahoo Relaunches Yahoo Travel as a Digital Magazine With Lots of Sponsored Content
Discussion: @skift
Mike Hopkins / Hulu Blog:
Hulu will allow free viewing of select full TV episodes on mobile devices starting this summer
John McDermott / Digiday:
How Hearst uses Pinterest to boost traffic
Discussion: @hearstcorp