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12:25 AM ET, April 8, 2014

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Xbox Boosts User-Generated Video Play with YouTube and GoPro  —  Microsoft is making it easier for Xbox One users to share their gameplay videos on YouTube — a hugely popular genre on the Google-owned service — and is adding a channel to bring action videos captured with Go Pro's personal HD cameras to the console.
Discussion: Xbox Wire, TIME, TechCrunch and Engadget
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Xbox launching six TV series in June; comedians Seth Green, Sarah Silverman onboard  —  Microsoft Goes Hollywood in Amazon-Like Programming Push  —  Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is going Hollywood with a cast including comedians Sarah Silverman and Seth Green, aspiring World Cup players and eerily human robots.
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Flickr redesign undermines access to Creative Commons images and data; script scrapes source to enable CC attribution  —  Restoring CC attribution to Flickr, because Yahoo broke it  —  For years, Flickr has been one of the most important repositories of Creative Commons imagery in the world …
Laurie Penny / New Statesman:
From Vox to 538, white guys get feted as the future of journalism while everyone else gets attacked and dismissed  —  From Vox to 538, white guys get feted as the future of journalism while everyone else gets attacked and dismissed.  —  GOOGLE PLUS ONE  —  TWEET WIDGET
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Marty Baron on Ezra Klein's departure: “The company is owned 100 percent by Jeff Bezos, so any decision to fund a new venture would be his to make”  —  It's remarkable, I think, how much mainstream-media attention the departures of Nate Silver from The New York Times and Ezra Klein …
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Changes Ezra Klein Quote To No Longer Criticize Washington Post
Marc Frank / Reuters:
Cuba says U.S. created other ‘Cuban Twitter’ projects  —  HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba said on Sunday the United States continues to use social media to “subvert” the island's government and that the revelation this week of a U.S.-created, Twitter-like service for Cuba was just one of several examples.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Latin Times
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
USAID refutes claims about allegedly subversive Cuban Twitter clone
Raju Narisetti / Nieman Journalism Lab:
We need to talk: 26 awkward questions to ask news organizations about the move to digital  —  Here are 25 awkward questions (and one counter-question) that I wish media reporters/critics would routinely ask of editors and mainstream news organizations, each year.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Six major movie studios file copyright lawsuit against Megaupload, seek $150k per infringement  —  Movie Studios Sue Defunct Piracy Site Megaupload, Seeking Millions in Damages  —  Six major U.S. movie studios have sued Megaupload — which U.S. law enforcement officials shut down in January 2012 …
Stephen Buckley / Poynter:
Last Saturday, Omidyar gathered industry thinkers to brainstorm First Look Media's strategy  —  Omidyar's First Look Media looking to find its focus, target an audience  —  Pierre Omidyar has issues.  Several problems, actually.  —  The billionaire technologist, philanthropist …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Publishers including US Weekly and Rolling Stone experimenting with sponsored comments  —  Publishers bring native ads to their comment sections  —  Native advertising, the ad format du jour, has been an effective way for publishers to make money, ostensibly without interfering with the reader experience.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
NAB president to FCC: Stop favoring broadband  —  President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters Gordon Smith takes the FCC to task for its policies he said favor broadband over the broadcast industry.  And he called on the Commission to come up with a National Broadcast Plan.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Erin Madigan White / The Definitive Source:
Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt condemns attacks on journalists in order to control news  —  Pruitt: ‘Journalists today are targeted’  —  Three days after the killing of an Associated Press photojournalist and the wounding of an AP correspondent in Afghanistan, AP President …
Discussion: @pressfreedom
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
How ThinkProgress became ‘real competition for scoops’  —  One morning in late February, ThinkProgress' climate reporting team met in a narrow conference room with the thermostat set to 72 degrees and a selection of Bigelow teas in one corner.  —  There were eight people around the table …
Discussion: @buzzfeedben and @neeratanden
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn family's content company eyeing partnership with Taiwan's largest cable TV operator  —  Foxconn's Founding Family Eyes Cable TV Alliance  —  Foxconn's founding family seems to have ambitions far beyond assembling iPhones and iPads for Apple.  —  An entertainment content company run …
Tamara Baluja / J-source.ca:
4.1 PR professionals for every journalist in Canada  —  Stop the presses!  Breaking news!  According to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor, the ratio of public relations practitioners to journalists in the U.S. is higher than it's ever been.  —  In 2010, researchers Robert McChesney …
Discussion: @gwynduns and @gingersnaptiger
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Podcasters & broadcasters now have their own version of Skype  —  Microsoft announced a new version Skype today that caters to those that use the VoIP service while broadcasting: news teams, podcasters, etc.  —  The new version, dubbed Skype TX, actually makes a lot of sense considering …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Business staff at Conde Traveler to do internships at hotels to learn “art of luxury service”  —  Traveler Magazine Learns Luxury Service at Hotels  —  Like most of the staff at the opulent Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, Bill Wackermann was busy.  He attended an early morning meeting to prepare for the day's guests.
Discussion: @condelibrary and Skift
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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Martin Weil / Washington Post:
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