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5:30 PM ET, April 7, 2015


 Top News: 
Bryan Burrough / Vanity Fair:
The Inside Story of the Civil War For the Soul of NBC News  —  Brian Williams's fabrication was just the latest, and worst, of the debacles that have plagued NBC News since NBCUniversal was bought by Comcast in 2011.  Who is to blame?  —  On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 4 …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Brian Williams' Explanation to NBC News Honchos: ‘Maybe I Had a Brain Tumor’
Discussion: CNNMoney and Mediaite
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Kobo Glo HD E-Reader Offers Resolution On Par With Kindle Voyage For $70 Less  —  Kobo's new Glo HD e-reader will boast the claim of highest resolution for the lowest price when it hits the market on May 1 for $129.99.  The newest piece of hardware from Rakuten-owned Kobo offers 300 ppi pixel density …
James Temperton /
Kobo won't release color screen e-reader until authors start writing novels in color, says company president Michael Tamblyn  —  Why Kobo isn't making a colour ereader … Kobo won't release an ereader with a colour screen until authors “start writing novels in colour” according to company president Michael Tamblyn.
Discussion: @mathewi
Nicole LaPorte / Fast Company:
An inside look at HBO's strategy to compete with Netflix by launching HBO Now  —  HBO TO NETFLIX: BRING IT ON  —  On a frigid winter Friday in Manhattan's MediaGulch, HBO CEO Richard Plepler glides through the doors of a power-lunch spot called the Lambs Club.
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
HBO Now launches in US on Apple TV, iOS, and Cablevision's Optimum Online for $14.99 per month  —  HBO Now goes live for Apple TV, iOS and Optimum users  —  We knew HBO's new Now streaming service would launch ahead of the Season 5 premiere of the popular Game of Thrones series …
Nancy Tartaglione / Deadline:
With approval from French government a stumbling block in previous bids, Vivendi's offer for Daily Motion could be accepted  —  Will Vivendi's Offer To Buy Dailymotion Finally Satifsy French Government?  —  French conglomerate Vivendi confirmed today that it has made an offer to buy online video streaming site Dailymotion.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC to review complaint that YouTube Kids over-advertises to children  —  The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday said it will review complaints by consumer groups that YouTube Kids is a hyper-commercial app with junk food and toy ads flooding the video service.
Discussion: US News and Los Angeles Times
The Bold Italic:
Gannett-owned San Francisco news site The Bold Italic says it's shutting down  —  About The Bold Italic  —  Since our launch, The Bold Italic has strived to faithfully serve San Franciscans near and far, whether born and bred here or having just arrived in the city.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Imgur introduces embed option for online publishers to repost and attribute photos on their own site  —  Image-hosting platform Imgur is making it easier for publishers and bloggers to use its content, with the launch of a new embed feature.  —  Similar to how you can embed videos hosted on YouTube …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Imgur Blog
Yvette d'Entremont / Gawker:
Analytical chemist calls out Food Babe blogger Vani Hari for exploiting readers' ignorance and fear  —  The “Food Babe” Blogger Is Full of S**t  —  Vani Hari, a.k.a. the Food Babe, has amassed a loyal following in her Food Babe Army.  The recent subject of profiles and interviews in the New York Times …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
New Daily Show host Trevor Noah is a relative unknown on YouTube, with just 200K subs to date  —  Trevor Noah, Comedy Central's ‘Daily Show’ Host, Is No YouTube Star Yet  —  Trevor Noah, the controversial South African comedian Comedy Central named successor to Jon Stewart as host of …
Daniel Frankel / FierceCable:
Dish bulks up sports package with Outside Television addition  —  Willing to expand its programming bundle to get more sports into its portfolio of networks, Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) has added Outside Television to its “Multi Sport” programming package.  —  Based on the Outside Magazine brand …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
CBS' internet TV service is now available on Roku  —  CBS's internet TV service is arriving on Roku today.  For $5.99 a month, Roku owners will be able to subscribe to CBS All Access, which gives subscribers streams of many current and past CBS TV series and allows viewers to actually watch CBS …
Will Federman / Medium:
Introducing micropayments to online news could limit its consumption and discoverability  —  Micropayments for news articles are a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea  —  Why charging people per story is doomed to fail and could actually make things worse.
Discussion: @fmanjoo, @samkirkland and @samkirkland
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Video sharing platform Vidme raises $3.2M from investors including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, launches iOS app
Discussion: @alexisohanian and TechCrunch
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Jeff Sneider / The Wrap:
Relativity Media Secures $250 Million From New Hollywood Financier
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Variety