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3:50 AM ET, April 29, 2014

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Fortune:
Disney tried to buy Buzzfeed but talks broke down over price; Buzzfeed sought more than $1B  —  Disney tried to buy BuzzFeed  —  The merger conversations happened several months ago, but fell apart over price.  —  FORTUNE - The Walt Disney Co. was in talks to acquire online content …
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Yahoo Unveils Two Half-Hour Series to Compete for TV Ad Dollars  —  Yahoo wants TV ad dollars, whether they be spent on original programming or augmenting TV spots.  —  During its Digital Content NewFronts presentation on Monday night, Yahoo presented its plans to siphon some of the $68 billion advertisers …
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
At Newfronts, New York Times says it has “moved beyond words”, producing 430+ videos a month  —  At Newfront, Times pitches its refresh on video strategy to buyers  —  The New York Times has significantly increased its video inventory and distribution channels since hitting …
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:   NY Times Revamps Video Hub
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Survey: 62 percent can't recall anything from native ads  —  Native advertising is growing in popularity, but it remains controversial.  Editorial purists fret that ads that mimic editorial content will confuse readers, undermining the integrity of the journalism surrounding it.
Discussion: @digiday
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Craig Ferguson to Leave ‘Late Late Show’ in December  —  Craig Ferguson will step down as host of CBS' “ The Late Late Show” in December when his contract with the network expires after nearly a decade as David Letterman's companion in the 12:35 a.m. slot.  —  Ferguson's decision comes less …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix and Verizon reach interconnection deal to speed up video  —  Netflix confirms deal that appears to be similar to agreement with Comcast.  —  Netflix today confirmed that it reached an interconnection agreement with Verizon, similar to the one it recently struck with Comcast.
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Barrett Brown's lawyer says government chilled free speech with broad charges, later dropped  —  Barrett Brown lawyer: US tried to ‘kill a fly with a sledgehammer’  —  Ahmed Ghappour speaks out after gag order was lifted and says effect of prosecutorial overreach is ‘chilling to free speech’
Will Leitch / Sports on Earth:
The sports bubble inflated by cable TV will burst soon with tech and viewership changes  —  WHEN THE BUBBLE BURSTS  —  Major American sports, both pro and college, are ruled by television dollars.  What happens when that disappears?  (Getty Images)
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Doonesbury's website moves to Washington Post from Slate  —  Doonesbury's website has moved to The Washington Post, the Post announced Monday.  It was previously at Slate, an agreement that Slate spokesperson Jocelyn Nubel said was mutual.  “Doonesbury needed a new home …
Marcy Wheeler / emptywheel:
DOJ Continues Its “Multi-Subject” Investigation of WikiLeaks  —  As I noted some weeks ago, the judge in EPIC's FOIA for materials on the investigation into supporters of WikiLeaks asked for an update.  The government provided that update last night.  —  It said it still must withhold …
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom  —  An ISP should give users the bits they ask for, as quickly as it can, and not deliberately slow down the data  —  The Federal Communications Commission, America's telcoms regulator, has formulated a plan …
Discussion: Boing Boing
Cindy Royal / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Are journalism schools teaching their students the right skills?  —  If you are a journalism educator or media professional, I have news for you: We work in tech.  —  I know: That's not exactly what you signed up for when you entered the profession 20, 10, or even five years ago.  But things have changed.
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Quartz tracks changes in Netflix's ‘Long-Term View’ manifesto  —  The track-changes version of Netflix's vision for the future of TV  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is candid about his streaming video company's strategy and its place in the future of television.
Discussion: BGR
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Wanderful Media Raises $14.5 Million Bringing Newspaper Circulars To Mobile Phones  —  Circulars (the advertising inserts with coupons from local retailers) are still critical to revenues for local newspapers.  In an effort to bring them into the digital age, a consortium …
Kate Tummarello / The Hill:
FCC Chairman to discuss net neutrality, TV broadcasting collusion, more, at May 20 oversight hearing  —  FCC chief to testify on Internet ‘fast lanes’ proposal  —  Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler will testify in front of the House Commerce Subcommittee …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Univision CEO: Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal Could Be Bad for Hispanics  —  UPDATED: Randy Falco says he hopes for tough regulatory restrictions as part of the deal's approval process as his company predicts it will break even on the soccer World Cup this year.
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Comcast shedding 3.9M subscribers to ease deal with Charter
 
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Newsmax CEO gave $10k to Cantor
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
NBCUniversal research chief Alan Wurtzell says Twitter chatter does not increase TV viewership
Tanveer Ali / Columbia Journalism Review:
ProPublica plans to make nearly every data set used in reporting available on Data Store
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New NYT mag editor Jake Silverstein aims to bring newspaper and magazine “closer together”
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Vox is publishing some of its stories and the interviews behind them in parallel
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Anna Jones Named CEO of Hearst Magazines UK
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
Diller: 50/50 Odds On Aereo Win
Discussion: TVNewser and TIME
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Alibaba to Pay $1.2 Billion For Stake in Chinese Video Leader Youku-Tudou
Edirin Oputu / Columbia Journalism Review:
The New Yorker plagiarises itself, refuses to acknowledge error