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7:10 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: Latin Times and VentureBeat
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 …
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 …
Paul McNally / Press Gazette:
Law set to give Attorney General power to edit online news archives in the run-up to trials  —  Nine of Britain's biggest news organisations have issued a joint warning to MPs about the potential “chilling effect” of a planned law forcing online archive news stories to be removed in the run-up to a criminal trial.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
NAB president to FCC: Stop favoring broadband  —  President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters Gordon Smith takes the FCC to task for its policies he said favor broadband over the broadcast industry.  And he called on the Commission to come up with a National Broadcast Plan.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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.
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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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
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Discussion: @buzzfeedben and @neeratanden
Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
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Senate hearing on Comcast merger comes amid major concerns
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
AOL Renews Original Series from Nicole Richie, Sarah Jessica Parker
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Discussion: @saramorrison and FishbowlNY
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