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10:55 PM ET, April 15, 2014

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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Former Pulitzer juror's opinion: the prizes stay relevant by providing benchmarks, inspiration  —  What's the Point of the Pulitzers?  —  Do the Pulitzer Prizes still matter?  Do they stand for anything except journalistic self-congratulation?  The question comes up every year around this time.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Do Pulitzers Help Newspapers Keep Readers?  —  The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday afternoon.  Congratulations to all the finalists and winners of the annual journalism awards.  We're fans of high-quality journalism at FiveThirtyEight, and we're hoping to see the organizations …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Pulitzer prize for The Guardian - silence from the UK's right-wing press
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The originator of “Retweets are not endorsements” is NYT editor Patrick LaForge, in '07 or '08  —  Meet The Man Behind Twitter's Most Infamous Phrase  —  “It makes me cringe now,” the creator says.  —  The internet is an unforgiving historian with endless primary sources …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
Exclusive: Automattic seeking to raise more than $100 million  —  The round will value the company behind WordPress.com at north of $1 billion.  —  FORTUNE — Automattic, the company that runs blogging platforms WordPress.com and WordPress VIP, is out raising between $100 million and $150 million …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Beats Street For Q1 On Sales Of $1.09B, EPS Of $0.38 But Flat Display Sales Of $438M  —  Yahoo has just reported its Q1 earnings, with ex-TAC revenues of $1.087 billion and earnings per share of $0.38, and net income of $314 million.  —  That just about beat analysts' expectations on revenue …
Orhan Coskun / Reuters:
Turkey says Twitter agrees to close some accounts, no tax deal yet  —  (Reuters) - Twitter will close some accounts in Turkey but will not for now set up an office there as the government wants, a senior Turkish official said late on Monday after talks over a dispute which saw the government ban the site for two weeks.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Game of Thrones Sets New Torrent Swarm Record  —  Yesterday the second episode of Game of Thrones' fourth season made its way onto the Internet.  As expected, this generated quite a bit of activity on various torrent sites.  —  From all over the world people virtually gathered around …
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Apple cannot escape U.S. states' e-book antitrust cases: judge  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Tuesday lost an attempt to dismiss lawsuits by state attorneys general accusing it of conspiring with five major publishers to fix e-book prices.  —  U.S. District Judge Denise Cote's ruling paves …
Discussion: Gigaom, AppleInsider and Bloomberg
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal To Launch Video Series Via Hulu, Web and VOD  —  With pitches slated in next few weeks from digital players like YouTube and AOL, NBCU makes a play to keep digital ad dollars from migrating to rivals  —  NBCUniversal is best known for the hundreds of TV shows it airs on its broadcast and cable outlets.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Website-Building Platform Squarespace Raises Another $40M  —  Squarespace, which offers tools for individuals and small businesses to build websites and online stores, just announced that it has raised $40 million in Series B funding.  —  The funding comes from growth equity firm General Atlantic.
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Freedom Communications' L.A. Register launches Wednesday, led by Aaron Kushner with print focus  —  New LA Newspaper Embraces Print in Digital World  —  Aaron Kushner believes he can launch and grow a print newspaper in a world gone digital.  —  The former greeting card executive is trying …
Discussion: The Breakdown
Tony Haile / American Journalism Review:
Give Journalists the Right Metrics, Not Pay-for-Performance  —  That there is even a debate about whether newsrooms should have access to metrics is in some ways surprising.  Of all the professions, journalists are some of the most inquisitive, tenacious and focused upon the impact of their work.
 
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