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12:55 PM ET, May 9, 2014

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
What Apple is really buying with Beats  —  This is what you get when you make Dr. Dre a billionaire  —  All that was missing was the sound of a record needle scratch: Apple is doing what?  But the Financial Times' report Thursday evening that the company plans to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion …
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David Gelles / New York Times:
Apple Said to Be in Talks to Buy Rising Music Brand for $3.2 Billion
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Why Apple Is Betting Big on Beats: Hardware for Now, Streaming for Later
Bill Chappell / NPR:
NPR Names Jarl Mohn As Its New CEO And President  —  Media industry veteran Jarl Mohn will be NPR's new CEO, the organization's board of directors has announced.  —  Mohn, 62, currently sits on the board of directors at several media organizations, including Scripps Networks Interactive and web analytics company comScore.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Hachette Says Amazon Is Delaying Delivery of Some Books  —  Amazon has begun discouraging customers from buying books by Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Colbert, J. D. Salinger and other popular writers, a flexing of its muscle as a battle with a publisher spills into the open.
Dave Lee / BBC:
UK ISPs agree to begin sending out warnings to customers who pirate content from next year  —  Deal to combat piracy in UK with ‘alerts’ is imminent  —  The agreement has been more than four years in the making  —  BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media will send “educational” letters to customers believed to be downloading illegally.
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo, News Distribution Network deal stalled, next video target could be YouTube network Fullscreen  —  Yahoo Deal to Buy NDN Video Service Stalls — So What's Its Next Video Target?  —  According to sources close to the situation, the $350 million deal for Yahoo to buy online-video service News Distribution Network has stalled.
Discussion: bizjournals
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Books offset newspaper losses at News Corp posting 14% revenue increase, e-book revs up 46%  —  News Corp. is bullish on books  —  Books continue to be a bright spot for News Corp., which has been struggling with lower ad revenues at its core newspaper assets.
Discussion: Variety
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
NBC's Olympic TV Deal Accounts for Advances in Technology  —  Eighteen years ago, there was no certainty that we would be watching sports and movies on little mobile screens or that outfits like Netflix would engage us by streaming series a season at a time.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Journalist Adam Baron Deported From Yemen  —  NEW YORK — Adam Baron, a freelance journalist reporting from Yemen the past three years, has been deported from the country.  —  Baron regularly writes for the McClatchy newspaper chain and the Christian Science Monitor.
Luke Westaway / CNET:
Netflix price hike is $1 extra per month, £1 in UK and €1 in Europe  —  The new, higher price only affects new subscribers, the streaming service says, with existing Netflix customers exempt from paying extra for two years.  —  Netflix  —  Netflix has issued the first details …
David Gelles / New York Times:
Omnicon-Publicis $35B mega-merger called off due to internal differences and regulatory issues  —  Ad Agency Giants Said to Call Off $35 Billion Merger  —  Omnicom Group and Publicis have called off their $35 billion merger, bringing a premature end to a deal that would have created …
Michael Kranish / The Boston Globe:
Facebook's push of “related articles” to users without checking credibility draws fire  —  A surprise awaited Facebook users who recently clicked on a link to read a story about Michelle Obama's encounter with a 10-year-old girl whose father was jobless.  —  Facebook responded to the click …
Discussion: @kegill and @peteskomoroch, Thanks:@steverubel
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The late Michael Hastings' last book is his debut novel  —  Advance copies of Michael Hastings' last, posthumous book are beginning to land in newsrooms.  —  The novel, titled The Last Magazine and based on Hastings' experiences as a young magazine journalist in the mid-aughts …
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Dish aims to launch Web TV service by year's end  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dish says it plans to launch its Internet-delivered TV service by year's end on mobile devices, game consoles and smart TVs for about $20 to $30 a month.  It will contain live sports, entertainment and children's programming.
Discussion: Forbes
Amir Efrati / The Information:
Comcast Plots Big Push in Web Video Ads  —  As debate over Comcast's control of Internet and TV in American households plays out in front of regulators reviewing its bid for Time Warner Cable, the cable industry leader is quietly planning a major foray into the Web advertising business.
Annabel Symington / Wall Street Journal:
Pakistan Declines to Renew Visas of Indian Journalists  —  ISLAMABAD—Pakistan has declined to renew the visas of the only two Indian journalists based there, according to a government official.  The two have been told they must leave the country within a week, people familiar with the matter said.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
E! Harvests Instagram for Celeb-Photo Tracker on TV, Online  —  NBCUniversal pop-culture network E! is grabbing photos and videos celebrities post to Facebook's Instagram, with a feature for its website and on-air news show ranking the top 200 stars in real time.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
New US policy bans national-security employees from citing news reports based on leaks  —  Obama Policy Bans Employee Use of Leaked Material  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is clamping down on a technique that government officials have long used to join in public discussions …
Sam Biddle / Valleywag:
Goodbye to Katie Cotton, the Queen of Evil Tech PR  —  After 18 years of spin, Katie Cotton, Apple's magnetically ruthless vice president of worldwide corporate communications, has left her job, and tributes from the tech press are pouring in.  What no one will admit is that we were all afraid of her.
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Dan Lyons / Inbound Hub:
Three Lessons from Katie Cotton, Apple's Departing PR Boss
Discussion: @tcarmody
 
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Jihii Jolly / Columbia Journalism Review:
The winners of the explanatory news site game will be the ones who design them well …
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
TV Networks, Advertisers at Odds Over How to Count Viewers
Gina Hall / Bizwomen:
With “Lean In” collection, Getty Images finds that photos of real women sell
John McDermott / Digiday:
Why media buyers are still wary of Tumblr ads
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Matthew Moskovciak / CNET:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube Global Creator-Development Lead Bing Chen Resigns
Discussion: BING CHEN
Joseph Checkler / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Says LightSquared Restructuring Plan Unfair to Ergen
Discussion: New York Times and Bloomberg
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Time Warner to Spin Off Time Inc. on May 8
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
For Online Video Publishers, a New Tack on Luring Ad Dollars
Discussion: @iab
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Reporter offered pre-IPO shares by Arista Networks, considers it another sign of a tech bubble
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Muve Music Service Is Said to Be Up for Sale by AT&T
 

 
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