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4:55 AM ET, April 8, 2015


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Chris Thompson / Poynter:
Fortune Magazine to announce hiring of six former Gigaom reporters, a third of editorial staff  —  Fortune Magazine to hire roughly one-third of GigaOm's editorial staff  —  Fortune magazine will announce Wednesday morning that it has hired six reporters from GigaOm, according to multiple sources close to the matter.
Discussion: @rafat, @sdkstl, @ckrewson and @jonfortt
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
By building partnerships with other newspapers, The Washington Post is opening up revenue opportunities  —  Subscribers to more than 250 newspapers around the globe now have free digital access to the Post.  The next question is how the paper will use this network to make money.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
HBO Reminds You That HBO Now Works Better When Everyone's Not Trying to Use HBO Now  —  As promised, HBO has rolled out HBO Now, its $15-a-month streaming service, in time for the new season of “Game of Thrones,” which debuts Sunday.  —  But if you use HBO Now to stream “Game of Thrones” …
Discussion: The Verge, Mediaite and GeekWire
Nicole LaPorte / Fast Company:
An inside look at HBO's strategy to compete with Netflix by launching HBO Now
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
The Economist launches Global Business Review app in Chinese and English, free through May, then $75/year or $8/month  —  Newsonomics: Why The Economist decided now's the time to speak Chinese  —  The newsonomics of The New York Times' Paywalls 2.0  —  The Economist is launching …
Tom Risen / US News:
YouTube Kids Investigation by FTC Would Face Hurdles  —  A proposed investigation of the app's ads by the federal government could create a legal mess for the online video world.  —  The YouTube Kids app aimed at children is “unfair and deceptive,” some consumer advocacy groups say.
Discussion: USA Today and The Hill
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC to review complaint that YouTube Kids over-advertises to children
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
Lauren Davidson / Telegraph:
Acast tries to join podcast boom with free app for creators and listeners supported by ads  —  How Serial shook up the podcasting industry  —  From the ubiquity of mobile to the runaway success of Serial, it's the golden age for podcasts, and the Swedish start-up Acast has some big ideas
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
YouTube's copyright system has taken Rand Paul's presidential announcement offline  —  If you're looking for Rand Paul's presidential announcement on YouTube, bad news.  As of writing, the video has been blocked by the video streaming site, thanks to a copyright claim from Warner Music Group, as Vox's Andrew Prokop spotted.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Ex-Gawker writer Cord Jefferson now writing for Comedy Central's “The Nightly Show”  —  Former newsman earns his keep on fake news show  —  Last January, Cord Jefferson was offered what he calls an unexpected, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  Jefferson, who was then West Coast editor …
Hank Green / Medium:
Ad model doesn't work for YouTube creators, but the “just-ask” model for donations can  —  The $1,000 CPM  —  Advertising is a kinda s**tty model.  It's very exciting that we're moving beyond it.  —  Sometime in the last year, my YouTube videos received their billionth view.
Discussion: @asymco, @hanskoning and @puntofisso
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.
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Rolling Stone's rape fiasco: A story too good to double-check
Discussion: @mathewi
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 …
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: The Imgur Blog and TechCrunch
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: Mediaite, CNNMoney and TVNewser
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
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Kobo Glo HD E-Reader Offers Resolution On Par With Kindle Voyage For $70 Less
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
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Discussion: @alexisohanian and TechCrunch
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