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3:10 AM ET, May 4, 2014

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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Showtime Near Deal to Partner with Xbox Studios on ‘Halo’ Series  —  Xbox Entertainment Studios is deep in negotiations with Showtime to develop a live-action “Halo” drama series that is a high-priority for the Microsoft production unit headed by Nancy Tellem.
Seth Fiegerman / Mashable:
Modern Farmer: the 1-year-old agriculture publication that won a National Magazine Award over Vanity Fair, GQ, and New York Magazine  —  A 1-Year-Old Magazine About Farming Is the Talk of the Media World  —  Ann Marie Gardner couldn't help but be starstruck by all the big names gathered …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Poynter
Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
De Correspondent talks lessons in start-up journalism  —  5 lessons in start-up journalism from De Correspondent  —  A year after announcing a world record for crowdfunding for journalism, the editor-in-chief and publisher of De Correspondent shared their thoughts and lessons on start-up journalism
Reuters:
Comcast nears deal to stream Electronic Arts games to TVs via its X1 platform  —  Exclusive - Comcast nears deal to stream EA games to TVs: sources  —  (Reuters) - Comcast Corp may soon allow customers using its cloud-connected X1 cable box system to buy games from Electronic Arts Inc through …
Colin Horgan / Guardian:
Rob Ford's train wreck year has Canada's journalists paying for proof  —  As more evidence of the Toronto mayor's substance abuse emerges, newspapers are paying huge sums to dubious sources  —  In Toronto this week, news broke once again about the city's mayor, Rob Ford.
Wall Street Journal:
Turkey's Erdogan: One of the World's Most Determined Internet Censors  —  Some Worry Prime Minister's Tactics Could Become a Template for Other Countries  —  ISTANBUL—Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rode around Google Inc. headquarters last spring in the company's self-driving car …
Discussion: @joewsj, @joewsj and @wsjemre
Will Oremus / Slate:
Twitter isn't dying: active users and timeline views don't capture the platform's vast reach  —  Twitter Is Not Dying  —  Well, that's it folks: Twitter is dead.  It had a good flight.  A short flight, but a noisy one.  Sadly, it is now headed the way of Flappy Bird.
Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
Few Movie Stars Set to Attend White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  One Hollywood insider says the A-listers are avoiding the event because they get “pawed at” as “people act like a bunch of kids at the Kids' Choice Award.”  —  They may govern the free world's leading nation and regulate …
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Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
Why cinema could influence online video journalism  —  Filmmakers and journalists should collaborate more in the same way as coders and journalists, David Dunkley Guimah told delegates at the International Journalism Festival  — Read more  —  Other top stories  —  Also on Journalism.co.uk...
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
More And More People Say Media Freedom In Their Country Is Declining  —  Just one day before World Press Freedom Day, a new poll by Gallup found that people around the world think their media is becoming less free.  —  Out of adults polled from 132 countries, a median of 26 percent of people …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice to Launch Sports Channel, 4 New Original Shows  —  HBO renews docuseries for third season; YouTube to feature Vice News in marketing campaign launching in June  —  Vice, the hipster digital media company and studio aimed at Gen Y audiences, is set to launch a sports channel this summer …
Discussion: @pcsathy, Lost Remote and @mreddiehuang
James Ball / Guardian:
Why can't nerds break news instead of just explaining it?  —  There is ‘breaking’ news that masquerades as ‘exclusive’, and then there's a true scoop.  Here's hoping the new wave of explainer sites won't forget  —  How similar is reporting the Snowden files to indulging in five minutes of self-gratification?
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cox Signs On to Showtime's Streaming-Video Service  —  Cox Communications has launched Showtime Networks' Internet-video service, which lets subscribers of the premium cabler watch live and on-demand access to programming on a range of devices.  —  Showtime's deal with the third-biggest U …
 
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Jeff Clabaugh / Washington Business Journal:
Graham Holdings Q1: $132.1M net income, $840.6M revenue, boosted by sale of headquarters
Discussion: TVNewsCheck.com and Business Wire
Louise Roug / Columbia Journalism Review:
Drones are cheap, simple, and potential game changers for newsrooms
Mike Giglio / BuzzFeed:
Buzzfeed's Mike Giglio describes his kidnapping and release in eastern Ukraine
Natan Edelsburg / Lost Remote:
Chatterbox: an inside look at social TV in Thailand
Discussion: @stkonrath and @jandwmedia
John Wihbey / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What's New in Digital and Social Media Research: How Facebook rumors spread, and the rise of the collaborative news clip
Discussion: @niemanlab
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Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
W.S.J. unveils digital video portal, called Signal
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Michael Meyer / Columbia Journalism Review:
As membership models spread across news outlets, lessons from the Voice of San Diego
 

 
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Felix Gillette / Businessweek:
Behind PayPal-owned mobile payments app Venmo, which processed $700M in payments in Q3 2014

Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Passwords don't just protect data, they reveal our hopes, dreams, secrets, fears, and memories

AnandTech:
Full disk encryption on Nexus 6 leads to 62.9% drop in random read performance

 
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