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12:00 PM ET, April 7, 2015


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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’  —  In the face of much incoming fire, Brian Williams couldn't muster up the admission to his bosses that he lied about being shot down by RPG fire in an Iraqi helicopter, Vanity Fair reported.  —  “He couldn't explain what had happened.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
HBO Now launches on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, available for $14.99 a month  —  HBO Now Arrives On Apple TV, iPhone And iPad  —  The HBO Now app has made its way to the Apple TV and iOS as of today.  The HBO Now channel was promised for availability ahead of the Game of Thrones premiere …
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  —  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 …
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Rolling Stone's rape fiasco: A story too good to double-check  —  In publishing a sensational article about campus rape, the magazine forgot one of journalism's basic principles.  There's an old adage in journalism that says: “Any story that looks too good to be true probably is.”
Discussion: New Yorker and @mathewi
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Rolling Stone is a publication in institutional denial about its journalistic failings  —  Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner is in complete denial  —  Rolling Stone magazine failed an array of journalistic tests in publishing its November 2014 story “A Rape on Campus,” …
Rhonda Richford / Hollywood Reporter:
Vivendi confirms takeover bid for DailyMotion, unofficial reports put value of deal at $272M  —  Vivendi Makes Offer for DailyMotion  —  French media giant Vivendi has a made a takeover bid for online video company DailyMotion, Vivendi confirmed April 7.  Terms of the offer were not disclosed …
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.
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 …
Hollywood Reporter:
Weinstein Co. Selling TV Division to ITV in Potential $950 Million Deal  —  The Weinstein Company is in the process of selling its television division to ITV, the British broadcaster that has been on a buying spree of late, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.  —  The deal, if it is finalized, could be worth as much as $950 million.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / Motherboard:
Turkey lifts block on Twitter after it complies with local court order to remove pictures of an Istanbul prosecutor
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