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9:40 AM ET, May 2, 2014

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John McDermott / Digiday:
Newspapers are lagging behind in the mobile traffic boom  —  The Internet is becoming an increasingly mobile medium, but it appears that newspaper publishers are not only struggling to make the transition, they're falling behind.  —  This year, for the first time ever …
Los Angeles Times:
Pay-TV field could shrink again with AT&T bid for DirecTV  —  A DirecTV employee installs a satellite on a home in Bixby, Okla. (Paul Taggart / Bloomberg / June 27, 2011)  —  A rush among the nation's largest pay-TV and Internet providers to get even bigger could have profound effects on consumers and competition.
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
CBS, BuzzFeed, Sky News Journalists Detained In Ukraine  —  A group of Western journalists from a number of news outlets was detained by pro-Russian militants in Eastern Ukraine on Friday.  —  CBS reporter Clarissa Ward and her news crew, along with BuzzFeed's Mike Giglio and reporters from Sky News …
Discussion: Gawker, TVNewser and CBS News
Felix Salmon:
On the scoop culture, and why we should move away from journalism-for-journalists  —  Scoops: When journalists masturbate … This quote is beginning to get some press attention, so I ought to correct the record: I said “masturbatory”, not “masturbating”.  Glad that's cleared up.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom's Big U.K. Bet: CEO Philippe Dauman Discusses Channel 5 Deal  —  He addresses content and growth plans and explains why the company is shelling out $760 million for its biggest deal since the CBS Corp. split.  —  LONDON - Viacom on Thursday said it has agreed to acquire U.K. broadcaster Channel 5 …
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The Wrap:
CNN Cuts, Reassigns 50 Employees Across News, Digital Divisions  —  CNN cut or reduced 50 positions across multiple divisions on Thursday, changing roles and reducing positions and salaries across the board, a CNN executive told TheWrap.  —  “There is essentially no head count change,” a network executive wrote in an email.
Discussion: TVNewser, Capital New York and Variety
News Corp:
News Corp To Acquire Harlequin  —  Acquisition Will Extend HarperCollins' Global Platform  —  News Corp announced today that it has agreed to acquire Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corporation.  Harlequin will become a division of HarperCollins Publishers, a News Corp subsidiary.
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:   Suing romance novelists believe that Harlequin used foreign subsidiaries to create artificially low net receipts on eBooks.
Deron Lee / Columbia Journalism Review:
Tensions rising in newsrooms as execs get bonuses while journalists face cuts  —  Post-Dispatch disparities  —  While execs at parent company Lee Enterprises get bonuses, newsrooms in St. Louis and elsewhere are “simmering the furniture”  —  PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — Scott Bujnak might …
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Kaltura buys Tvinci to become the Swiss army knife of video platforms  —  Open-source video platform Kaltura has purchased pay TV service startup Tvinci, the companies announced today.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Tvinci's white-label platform offers paid-TV providers …
Capital New York:
ASME Chief Exec Sid Holt: Readers on the web want dancing cats and longform journalism  —  The 60-second interview: Sid Holt, American Society of Magazine Editors chief executive  —  CAPITAL: The National Magazine awards are tonight.  Of all the acceptance speeches given at dinners in recent years …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
ASME cover of the year awarded to Boston Magazine, says most pubs haven't figured out video yet
Gregory Ferenstein / VentureBeat:
Steve Jobs biographer: Why online media turned to ads — and why that failed  —  Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs's biography, is out with a new book on tech luminaries.  In an excerpt provided to VentureBeat, Isaacson describes how the web's founders ultimately failed to build …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CBS Says Network President Didn't Influence Coverage Of Brother's Benghazi Email  —  NEW YORK — CBS News President David Rhodes was not involved in editorial discussions on Wednesday about whether “CBS Evening News” should cover a newly released email written by his brother Ben Rhodes …
Luke O'Brien / Politico:
How to Lose $100 Million - The undoing of Tina Brown  —  From the living room of Barry Diller's Manhattan apartment in the Carlyle Hotel, it is possible, on a clear day, to see the Midtown skyline, where the Condé Nast building rises like a ziggurat from the Gilded Age of magazine journalism.
Discussion: The New York Observer
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Hulu faces trial over sharing users' video history with Facebook  —  Streaming video service Hulu's decision to use Facebook's “Like” button on its webpages may have violated a federal law that forbids companies from sharing customers' video histories, according to a San Francisco court decision …
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Networks look to major events to boost TV Everywhere amid slow adoption  —  Cable Show: Poor Marketing, Low Awareness Hinder TVE  —  But Nets Say Marketing Service Around Events Can Boost Adoption  —  Los Angeles - While lackluster marketing efforts and poor consumer awareness have slowed …
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
Sandra Oshiro / Poynter:
Transparency advocates file FCC complaints about TV stations' nondisclosures  —  The Campaign Legal Center and the Sunlight Foundation filed complaints with the Federal Communications Commission, charging 11 television stations failed to disclose required information about political ads they ran this year.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Vine improves desktop website, adds navigation and discovery features  —  Vine Launches A Six-Second YouTube  —  When Vine first launched on the web, all you could do was view your stream and check out profiles for individual users.  The desktop version came with TV Mode, too …
 
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
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Chris Smith / Guardian:
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Garrett Goodman / TheMediaBriefing:
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Fuse lays off staff after sale
Discussion: @poynter
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Why Silicon Valley VCs suddenly love the media. …
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Time Inc. to build a standalone portal for video
Discussion: Adweek, Folio and Business Wire
Hollywood Reporter:
Australia's Commission of Audit has recommended cutting Screen Australia's funding by 50 percent …
Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
DreamWorks to Put Short-Form Content on YouTube
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Filmmakers Moving Where the Money is: Digital TV Series