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1:50 PM ET, April 1, 2015

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Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
Facebook says a dip in reach numbers for publishers in February was due to a data glitch, not a real decline in delivery of posts  —  Facebook claims Newsfeed dip for news sites was a mere ‘bug’  —  Facebook giveth traffic.  Hath Facebook taken it away?  —  The social network …
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
The Guardian targets oil companies with ‘unprecedented’ climate-change campaign  —  Climate change is one of those large, sweeping stories in which history has not made a dent in more than 30 years.  Alan Rusbridger, the editor in chief of the Guardian, decided to tackle it in a six-month, all-hands blitz
Discussion: Guardian, Guardian and @jayrosen_nyu
NetNewsCheck:
Scripps, Journal Communications Complete Merger And Spinoff  —  The E.W. Scripps Company has completed its merger of broadcast assets with Journal Communications and the two companies have spun off their respective newspaper properties, Scripps announced on Wednesday.
Discussion: TVSpy
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Toronto Star drops paywall, joins Snapchat  —  The Toronto Star announced Wednesday the retirement of its digital subscription program, formalizing a move that was projected months ago.  —  The Star also launched a Snapchat account and enabled readers to share its articles with WhatsApp.
Discussion: Toronto Star and @meg_wagner
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Associated Press:15 minutes ago
Independent Crimean station ATR ceased broadcasting after repeated Russian broadcasting license refusals  —  Crimea's only Tatar TV station goes off air  —  MOSCOW (AP) — Crimea's independent television station ATR went off air at midnight on Tuesday after Russian authorities repeatedly refused to give it a broadcasting license.
Discussion: Guardian
Associated Press:
Berkshire Hathaway buys 2 small Virginia newspapers, The Martinsville Bulletin and the Franklin News-Post, from Haskell Newspapers  —  Berkshire Hathaway buys 2 small Virginia newspapers  —  OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett's company has added two small Virginia newspapers to its collection …
Discussion: Poynter
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Unlicensed foreign films and TV series to be removed from Chinese video streaming sites today  —  Rules Tightened for Foreign Content on China's Online Video Platforms  —  Unlicensed foreign films and TV series are to be removed from China's powerful online video platforms from today.
Discussion: BBC and ecns
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
News website partly funded by EU launches in UK ahead of possible in-out referendum  —  European Union news and policy website EurActiv has today launched a new website specifically for the UK.  —  The site, which is part-funded by the EU and also relies on company sponsorship …
Discussion: @rebel_rock_on and @gazthejourno
Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood Reporter Inks Content Partnership With China's Tencent  —  The Hollywood Reporter has entered into a multi-year content deal with Tencent.  The partnership will see THR's news, features and videos syndicated across platforms of the China-based web giant.
Say Media / Say Daily:
What We're Reading - April 1, 2015  —  Ad Age, “Starcom MediaVest Group Taps AOL's Kim Kadlec for New Role”  —  Ad Age, “Bonnier in Talks to Buy Men's Fitness From American Media”  —  AdWeek, “How Fusion Is Pursuing (and Creating) a New Generation of News Junkies”
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The Indianapolis Star took a bold stand in print but forced the editorial into a standard Gannett template online  —  When your newspaper wants to make a big statement, make sure you're making it online too  —  Indiana's passed a bill that many say allows state-sanctioned discrimination …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Vice's head of content Alex Miller talks about covering UK elections, staying in global hotspots like the Ukraine, using new tools like Snapchat, and more  —  Vice's election will feature ‘freakishly young, smart and angry people’  —  Content boss Alex Miller on covering the polls …
 
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
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Say Media / Say Daily:
What We're Reading - April 1, 2015  —  Ad Age, “Starcom MediaVest Group Taps AOL's Kim Kadlec for New Role”  —  Ad Age, “Bonnier in Talks to Buy Men's Fitness From American Media”
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Oracle Links Cross-Platform IDs, Touts Data Neutrality  —  Oracle is rallying behind a product called Oracle ID Graph, announced Wednesday at Oracle Modern Marketing Experience in Las Vegas.
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