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10:55 AM ET, May 2, 2014

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John McDuling / Quartz:
The reinvention of MTV, chapter one million  —  “MTV, more than any network, has an imperative for reinvention.  The network must anticipate changing tastes and trends among its young audience,” declared Viacom's CEO Philippe Dauman on the media conglomerate's earnings call this morning.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: @pottsmark
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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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Sandra Oshiro / Poynter:
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC seeks dismissal of Zimmerman suit over 911 tape edits
Discussion: @erikwemple
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Networks look to major events to boost TV Everywhere amid slow adoption
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
TV execs want Netflix to be more like Hulu and Amazon
Chris Smith / Guardian:
Data analysis tops publishers' priority for investment in 2014
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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 …