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9:00 AM ET, April 29, 2015

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Amy Mitchell / Pew Research Journalism Project:
State of the News Media 2015  —  Call it a mobile majority.  At the start of 2015, 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers, according to Pew Research Center's analysis of comScore data.
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Roger Yu / USA Today:
Pew Study: more readers come to news sites from mobile than desktop but spend less time  —  Mobile news on the rise as print decline continues  —  For news publishers, it's a mobile world.  —  More readers are coming from mobile devices than computers for 39 of the top 50 digital news sites …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Piracy App Popcorn Time Ordered Blocked by U.K. Court  —  Popcorn Time — the piracy app that's as easy to use as Netflix — has been dealt a blow, although it's surely not fatal.  —  On Tuesday, a United Kingdom chancery court approved an order requiring major U.K. Internet service providers …
Discussion: Engadget, The Next Web and TorrentFreak
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood Studios Win Landmark Court Victory Blocking Popcorn Time Sites
Discussion: Wired.co.uk and Deadline
Jack Smith IV / The New York Observer:
Daily Dot confirms funding round; sources say it raised about $10M from another media company  —  The Daily Dot's Island of Misfit Reporters Raises Over $10 Million  —  The Internet's own hometown newspaper has grown rapidly to become NYC media's best-kept secret
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Q&A with Vox CEO Jim Bankoff on the VC money deluge, social networks as friend or foe, branded content, competition with clickbait, and more  —  Vox CEO Speaks to the Third Phase of Web Media  —  Strong brands with authority will outlast ‘clickbait’ as ad spending shifts online
Discussion: @whatthebit
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Two AJAM Executives Resign Following Ex-Employee Lawsuit  —  Breaking: Following the filing of a lawsuit by a former employee today, Al Jazeera America's executive vice president of human resources Diana Lee and the executive vice president of communications, Dawn Bridges, have both resigned.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Hulu Sets Mammoth ‘Seinfeld’ Licensing Deal Worth Nearly $180 Million  —  In another sign that Hulu is stepping up its game, the digital video giant has landed the SVOD rights to “Seinfeld,” cutting a deal with Sony Pictures TV for all 180 episodes of the enduring NBC comedy.
CNBC:
Twitter shares close down 18% on Q1 revenue of $436M that missed expectations, and weak forecast  —  Twitter closes 18% lower on disappointing report  —  Twitter's earnings came out early, and the stock halted for trading.  CNBC's Mary Thompson reports on the first trade as the stock resumed trading.
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Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Apple's iTunes Store woes continue as sales of books, music and videos fell 4 percent in Q2  —  Apple today reported that sales of digital media fell 4 percent in the second quarter of 2015 and by 5 percent for the first six months of its fiscal year 2015.  —  The disclosure came …
Amanda Meade / Guardian:
Australian Broadcasting Corporation to increase investment in online by 40% over the next three years  —  ABC to spend aggressively on expanding digital audience  —  Head of news Kate Torney outlines growth plan, saying corporation intends to increase investment in online services by 40% over next three years
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
A&E's History Channel expansion H2 expected to be turned over to Vice for 2016 channel launch  —  A&E's H2 Channel to Become Vice  —  A&E Television Networks's H2 is history.  —  The Hearst and Disney-owned media company has pulled the plug on the historical and science-skewing channel and will be rebranding it as Vice.
David Lieberman / Deadline:
NBCU Teams With AOL To Cross-Promote And Co-Produce Web And TV Content  —  Most broadcasters are trying to persuade advertisers to keep spending on TV instead of diverting dollars to the online video providers making sales pitches at this week's NewFront presentations in New York.
Discussion: Variety and Broadcasting & Cable
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Yahoo Introduces 18 Digital Series at NewFronts  —  Internet companies and publishers are playing up their original programming and trotting out celebrities this week in an attempt to stoke advertiser interest in digital video.  —  Yahoo unveiled 18 new series on Monday night …
Darren Fishell / Bangor Daily News:
Reade Brower and Chris Miles acquire MaineToday Media and its subsidiaries including Portland Press  —  Press Herald papers purchased by midcoast businessman Reade Brower  —  PORTLAND, Maine — Midcoast businessman Reade Brower has reached a deal to purchase MaineToday Media …
Discussion: @marypols and @mattderienzo
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The New Yorker teams up with WNYC on national radio show and podcast  —  The New Yorker and WNYC are working together to produce a new national radio show and podcast set to premiere this fall.  —  The one-hour weekly program, which does not yet have a name or launch date …
Discussion: @gregorydjohnsen
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
As part of international expansion, BuzzFeed will be in six new locations by end of 2015  —  Here's how BuzzFeed is thinking about its international growth  —  Last week, BuzzFeed launched in its seventh international country: Mexico. … The viral juggernaut opened its first site outside …
 
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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Discussion: Adweek
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Jared Malsin / Guardian:
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