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7:20 PM ET, April 28, 2015

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Jack Smith IV / The New York Observer:
Daily Dot confirms funding round; sources say it raised about $10M from another media company  —  The Daily Dot's Island of Misfit Reporters Raises Over $10 Million  —  The Internet's own hometown newspaper has grown rapidly to become NYC media's best-kept secret
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
WSJ now has a 40-person video team cranking out over 150 videos a month  —  The Wall Street Journal is zealous about protecting its paywall, and with good reason — circulation revenue contributes nearly half of its total revenue, fueled by more than 900,000 digital subscribers.
Discussion: @raju, Forbes, @jackmarshall and E&
David Lieberman / Deadline:
Maker Studios Will Develop Online Videos With Marvel And Other Disney Units  —  Like other digital video providers, Maker Studios is using its NewFront presentation in New York this morning to introduce new shows.  But the short-form content specialist is especially eager to highlight its alliances …
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Tim Peterson / AdAge:
YouTube to roll out several films over next two years with AwesomenessTV, will premiere globally on YouTube
Discussion: Tubefilter
CNBC:
Twitter shares close down 18% on Q1 revenue of $436M that missed expectations, and weak forecast  —  Twitter closes 18% lower on disappointing report  —  Twitter's earnings came out early, and the stock halted for trading.  CNBC's Mary Thompson reports on the first trade as the stock resumed trading.
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mode, formerly Glam, now allows readers to curate a personalized content feed  —  Mode Media Combines Its Websites Under A New Social News App  —  The digital media company formerly known as Glam is launching a new product today for finding curated stories in topics like entertainment, food and fashion.
Discussion: Adweek and Broadcasting & Cable
Andrew Desiderio / Mediaite:
CNN Correspondent Hit with Pepper Spray on Live TV: ‘It Definitely Does Hurt’  —  CNN correspondent Ryan Young was hit by pepper spray from Baltimore police officers as they arrested an unruly protester.  The man apparently interrupted peaceful demonstrators by throwing objects into the crowd, and possibly at police.
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Darren Fishell / Bangor Daily News:
Reade Brower and Chris Miles acquire MaineToday Media and its subsidiaries including Portland Press  —  Press Herald papers purchased by midcoast businessman Reade Brower  —  PORTLAND, Maine — Midcoast businessman Reade Brower has reached a deal to purchase MaineToday Media …
Discussion: @marypols and @mattderienzo
Jo Glanville / The Bookseller:
English PEN director Jo Glanville defends decision to give award to Charlie Hebdo  —  The Charlie Hebdo principle  —  The distaste of eminent writers such as Peter Carey at PEN American Center's decision to honour Charlie Hebdo at its gala next month, highlights once again the fundamental inconsistency …
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
After just six months, Nina Lawrence is out as publisher of Time Inc.'s InStyle  —  Nina Lawrence Is Out as Publisher of InStyle  —  Time Inc. has let InStyle Publisher Nina Lawrence go less than six months after the company hired her, a Time Inc. spokeswoman confirmed.
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Media Wire Daily and WWD
Michael Rosenwald / Columbia Journalism Review:
New book reveals that New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell fabricated characters  —  'I wish this guy hadn't written this book'  —  Header photo via Wikimedia.  Book cover image courtesy Penguin Random House.  —  About halfway through Thomas Kunkel's remarkable new biography of Joseph Mitchell a feeling of dread swept over me.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
In 56 days, Kinsey Wilson went from editor for innovation and strategy at the New York Times to Executive Vice President of product and technology  —  Kinsey Wilson's quick rise at the Times  —  On Feb. 2, Kinsey Wilson started working at The New York Times as editor for innovation and strategy …
Greg Howard / Deadspin:
The inside story of how Jason Whitlock perpetuated the troubled launch of ESPN's black-interest site, The Undefeated  —  How Jason Whitlock Is Poisoning ESPN's “Black Grantland”  —  Two months ago, just after the end of a long holiday weekend, Jason Whitlock convened a morning meeting …
Omar Oakes / Campaign:
Bloomberg launches Bloomberg Business Europe, first in set of regional brands  —  Bloomberg launches Europe digital brand  —  Bloomberg Media has made two senior appointments to its commercial team, as it launches Bloomberg Business Europe today.  —  Bloomberg Business Europe: launches today
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @justin_b_smith, Thanks:@amandabcowie
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood Studios Win Landmark Court Victory Blocking Popcorn Time Sites  —  A High Court Justice in England makes a decision to cut off access even after finding problems with MPAA member arguments.  —  On Tuesday, the Motion Picture Association of America and its members won a big ruling …
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Time Inc. CTO Colin Bodell betting on technology to jumpstart growth across all titles  —  The Amazon vet who is bringing order to Time Inc.'s tech sprawl  —  Traditional publishers like to talk about the trust they've built up with readers and advertisers over time.
Discussion: Media Wire Daily
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
As part of international expansion, BuzzFeed will be in six new locations by end of 2015  —  Here's how BuzzFeed is thinking about its international growth  —  Last week, BuzzFeed launched in its seventh international country: Mexico. … The viral juggernaut opened its first site outside …
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone  —  SoundCloud has been beta testing its podcasting features with a private group since 2011, but today it's finally letting everyone in.  The SoundCloud podcasting features come in multiple tiers, including one free and two paid options.
 
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Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
GoPro acquires Kolor, a French virtual reality software firm that specializes in creating 360-degree panoramas and videos for VR headsets
Discussion: Re/code and Business Insider
Chris Morran / Consumerist:
HBO CEO Brushes Off Idea Of Simultaneously Releasing All Episodes Of A Show
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Amazon starts making ads from Kindle e-books for advertisers that are not selling products and services on the e-commerce site
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Netflix will have to consider ads to make a profit, says Sir Martin Sorrell
Discussion: Adweek
Jared Malsin / Guardian:
Egyptian committee investigating evidence against two Al Jazeera journalists tells court they didn't fabricate video footage
Nic Christensen / mUmBRELLA:
Buzzfeed founder: 'Publishers shouldn't care where people watch their content'
Discussion: BuzzFeed, AdExchanger, Adweek and Variety
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Harold Evans / Guardian:
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Discussion: BBC and @jonathanshainin
Malathi Nayak / Reuters:
Verizon says CBS Sports Network will be available on ‘Custom TV’