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3:45 AM ET, April 8, 2014


 Top News: 
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Flickr redesign undermines access to Creative Commons images and data; script scrapes source to enable CC attribution  —  Restoring CC attribution to Flickr, because Yahoo broke it  —  For years, Flickr has been one of the most important repositories of Creative Commons imagery in the world …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Xbox Boosts User-Generated Video Play with YouTube and GoPro  —  Microsoft is making it easier for Xbox One users to share their gameplay videos on YouTube — a hugely popular genre on the Google-owned service — and is adding a channel to bring action videos captured with Go Pro's personal HD cameras to the console.
Microsoft Xbox launching six TV series in June; comedians Seth Green, Sarah Silverman onboard
Laurie Penny / New Statesman:
From Vox to 538, white guys get feted as the future of journalism while everyone else gets attacked and dismissed  —  From Vox to 538, white guys get feted as the future of journalism while everyone else gets attacked and dismissed.  —  GOOGLE PLUS ONE  —  TWEET WIDGET
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Marty Baron on Ezra Klein's departure: “The company is owned 100 percent by Jeff Bezos, so any decision to fund a new venture would be his to make”  —  It's remarkable, I think, how much mainstream-media attention the departures of Nate Silver from The New York Times and Ezra Klein …
Marc Frank / Reuters:
Cuba says U.S. created other ‘Cuban Twitter’ projects  —  HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba said on Sunday the United States continues to use social media to “subvert” the island's government and that the revelation this week of a U.S.-created, Twitter-like service for Cuba was just one of several examples.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Latin Times
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
USAID refutes claims about allegedly subversive Cuban Twitter clone
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Six major movie studios file copyright lawsuit against Megaupload, seek $150k per infringement  —  Movie Studios Sue Defunct Piracy Site Megaupload, Seeking Millions in Damages  —  Six major U.S. movie studios have sued Megaupload — which U.S. law enforcement officials shut down in January 2012 …
Raju Narisetti / Nieman Journalism Lab:
We need to talk: 26 awkward questions to ask news organizations about the move to digital  —  Here are 25 awkward questions (and one counter-question) that I wish media reporters/critics would routinely ask of editors and mainstream news organizations, each year.
Stephen Buckley / Poynter:
Last Saturday, Omidyar gathered industry thinkers to brainstorm First Look Media's strategy  —  Omidyar's First Look Media looking to find its focus, target an audience  —  Pierre Omidyar has issues.  Several problems, actually.  —  The billionaire technologist, philanthropist …
Tamara Baluja /
4.1 PR professionals for every journalist in Canada  —  Stop the presses!  Breaking news!  According to a report by the U.S. Department of Labor, the ratio of public relations practitioners to journalists in the U.S. is higher than it's ever been.  —  In 2010, researchers Robert McChesney …
Discussion: @gwynduns and @gingersnaptiger
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Podcasters & broadcasters now have their own version of Skype  —  Microsoft announced a new version Skype today that caters to those that use the VoIP service while broadcasting: news teams, podcasters, etc.  —  The new version, dubbed Skype TX, actually makes a lot of sense considering …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Publishers including US Weekly and Rolling Stone experimenting with sponsored comments  —  Publishers bring native ads to their comment sections  —  Native advertising, the ad format du jour, has been an effective way for publishers to make money, ostensibly without interfering with the reader experience.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
How ThinkProgress became ‘real competition for scoops’  —  One morning in late February, ThinkProgress' climate reporting team met in a narrow conference room with the thermostat set to 72 degrees and a selection of Bigelow teas in one corner.  —  There were eight people around the table …
Discussion: @buzzfeedben and @neeratanden
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Foxconn family's content company eyeing partnership with Taiwan's largest cable TV operator  —  Foxconn's Founding Family Eyes Cable TV Alliance  —  Foxconn's founding family seems to have ambitions far beyond assembling iPhones and iPads for Apple.  —  An entertainment content company run …
Arti Patel / Folio:
PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy on Digital Publishing Startups: Like Chewing On Glass  —  In keynote, talks benefits and misconceptions of entrepreneurial journalism.  —  New York—PandoDaily founder and CEO Sarah Lacy took to the stage for an afternoon keynote at FOLIO:'s MediaMashup event Thursday …
Erin Madigan White / The Definitive Source:
Associated Press CEO Gary Pruitt condemns attacks on journalists in order to control news  —  Pruitt: ‘Journalists today are targeted’  —  Three days after the killing of an Associated Press photojournalist and the wounding of an AP correspondent in Afghanistan, AP President …
Discussion: @pressfreedom
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
NAB president to FCC: Stop favoring broadband
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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Senate hearing on Comcast merger comes amid major concerns
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Journalist Tells Us What It Was LIke To Spend Five Months In Jail For Reporting A Story
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AOL Renews Original Series from Nicole Richie, Sarah Jessica Parker
Discussion: The Wrap, Gawker, Splitsider and Nerdist
Luke O'Neil / Mediaite:
Pelosi Twerks, Zuckerberg Has Breasts in Breitbart's ‘Edgy’ Street Art Campaign
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Bleacher Report co-founder to launch ‘deep-interest’ titles
Discussion: @saramorrison and FishbowlNY
 Earlier Picks: 
Jethro Nededog / The Wrap:
Dick Clark Productions Adapting YouTube's FailArmy for TV
Discussion: C21Media
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Appoints William Pence From WebMD As New CTO; Curtis Brown Steps Down
Paul McNally / Press Gazette:
Daily Telegraph publishes audio and full transcript of Leveson threat over Maria Miller expenses story
Discussion: Guardian
Martin Weil / Washington Post:
Charles S. Stone Jr, founder of National Association of Black Journalists, dies at 89