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9:00 AM ET, March 30, 2016

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Politico:
Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski charged with simple battery for grabbing ex-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields  —  Trump campaign manager charged with battery  —  Corey Lewandowski faces a misdemeanor charge related to incident with former Breitbart reporter.
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Obama calls for better journalism but has contributed to problems with jail threats, subpoenas, stonewalling of FOIA, and end runs around traditional media  —  Obama Criticizes the Media, but His Administration Is Part of the Problem  —  It's hard to imagine a politician loving …
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify raises $1B in convertible debt, led by TPG and Dragoneer  —  Spotify Raises $1 Billion in Debt Financing  —  TPG and Dragoneer Investment Group lead the Spotify debt deal  —  Music-streaming site Spotify AB has raised $1 billion in convertible debt from investors …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Instagram increases video length limit for users from 15 seconds up to 60 seconds, part of a greater expansion into video for the social network  —  Instagram Is Expanding Videos to 60 Seconds  —  The Facebook-owned photo app is placing a bigger emphasis on video this year.
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
Genius adds “report abuse” button and says the web annotation tool does not enable abuse, in response to controversy and letter from US Rep. Katherine Clark  —  Genius responds to Congresswoman Katherine Clark's letter on preventing abuse  —  Over the past few days …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
UK's Times and Sunday Times merge websites, which will be updated three times a day to focus on reporting, opinion, and analysis instead of breaking news  —  The Times of London is swearing off breaking news  —  British national newspaper The Times has been behind a hard paywall since 2010.
Gederts Gelzis / Reuters:
Latvia shuts down pro-Kremlin website Sputnik, drawing Moscow rebuke  —  Latvian authorities have shut down the local version of Russian pro-Kremlin news website Sputnik, drawing an immediate rebuke from Moscow.  —  The Latvian domain of the Russian-owned news site Sputniknews.lv was shut …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo to skip lavish NewFront event this year, host private event May 4 amid losses in video  —  Yahoo Scales Back NewFronts Event With Smaller, Less Flashy Affair  —  Yahoo is cutting back on the NewFronts razzle-dazzle this year, after the company pulled the plug on long-form original series and refocuses its media strategy.
Andy Bechtel / The Editor's Desk:
When it launches, ESPN's The Undefeated will mix longform, shortform, commentary, audio, visual journalism, assistant editor Aaron Dodson says  —  Q&A with Aaron Dodson, assistant editor at The Undefeated  —  Aaron Dodson is an assistant editor at The Undefeated, a website that will examine the relationship between race and sports.
Discussion: @johnrobinson and @aardodson
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sony to launch 4K movie streaming service, Ultra, on April 4; titles to sell for $30 and won't be available for rental  —  Sony's Ultra 4K Streaming Service Is Launching Next Month  —  Sony is launching its 4K movie streaming service called Ultra next month: Consumers will be able to buy movies …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud launches SoundCloud Go music subscription service for $9.99 per month in US  —  It's Go time for SoundCloud: $9.99 tier aims to rival Spotify with millions of premium music tracks  —  SoundCloud is often billed as the “YouTube for audio” because of its huge trove of user-generated music …
 
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Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Inside the launch of Bloomberg's new tech-and-travel series Hello World, and Bloomberg's plans for two more web series to launch within weeks
Brian Barrett / Wired:
A look at how Netflix handles major premieres, VPN usage, local competition, and more after expansion to 130 new countries
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
To fend off losses and digital competition, the newspaper market is consolidating; 70 daily newspapers were sold for a combined $827M in 2015
Discussion: @josh_richman, Thanks:@gerryfsmith
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
NFL demands retraction of Times article on player concussions
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Peter S. Goodman, global editor-in-chief of International Business Times, rejoins New York Times as European economic correspondent
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
NFL writer Peter King extends contract with Sports Illustrated, will continue to write Monday Morning Quarterback column and lead The MMQB
Li Zhou / The Atlantic:
Glamour and Facebook's new partnership shows danger of letting audience data shape content
Discussion: @emmanuelamber