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10:40 AM ET, May 2, 2014

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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Times and USA Today
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.
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
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
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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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 …
Bethany Usher / Press Gazette:
Mail Online has grown ten-fold since its 2008 relaunch, but is it journalism?  —  Mail Online managed a 690 per cent increase in audience in the first five years since its relaunch - from 18.7m visitors a month in May 2008 to 128m in May 2013.  —  It makes it the industry's biggest current success story …
Andy / TorrentFreak:
Tarantino is Back, Now Claiming Gawker is an Illegal Downloader  —  Earlier this month, news publication Gawker and Quentin Tarantino traded early blows in their dispute over the the leak of a screenplay to Tarantino's potential upcoming movie The Hateful Eight.  —  The background is relatively straightforward.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
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Discussion: @erikwemple
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
TV execs want Netflix to be more like Hulu and Amazon
Chris Smith / Guardian:
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 Earlier Picks: 
Garrett Goodman / TheMediaBriefing:
A lesson in metrics: how Bleacher Report gamified journalism for 1.3 billion monthly pageviews
Discussion: @garrettgoodman
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Online video could soon come to your cable box, with help from Frequency
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Fuse lays off staff after sale
Discussion: @poynter
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Why Silicon Valley VCs suddenly love the media. …
Hollywood Reporter:
Australia's Commission of Audit has recommended cutting Screen Australia's funding by 50 percent …