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4:40 PM ET, April 17, 2014


 Top News: 
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Aereo Launches To Explain Its Position Vs. Broadcasters  —  Aereo is about to present its case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but first it wants to present its case to you.  Today, the startup launched, a website designed to inform its users about Aereo's tech …
Barry Diller / Wall Street Journal:
Broadcasters Don't Own the Airwaves  —  Yet they want to stop people from watching TV on the device of their choice, using an ‘antenna in the cloud.’  —  On April 22, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could alter the way Americans have used and benefited from broadcast airwaves since the dawn of radio and television.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Condé Nast dives deep into native ads  —  Some would consider Condé Nast, its lifestyle magazines fat with sumptuous fashion and beauty ads, an originator of native advertising — or at least advertising that blends in seamlessly with its editorial content.
Discussion: @cotton
Chantal Tode / Mobile Marketer:
Condé Nast's Epicurious is first media brand to leverage beacons in-store  —  Users of the Epicurious application from Condé Nast will soon be able to receive in-store push notifications, with the media brand claiming to be the first to leverage beacon technology to enhance the shopping experience.
Lindsay Murdoch / Sydney Morning Herald:
Australian journalist Alan Morison spends time in Thai prison in fight for media freedom  —  Australian journalist Alan Morison and his colleague Chutima Sidasathian.  —  Bangkok: An Australian journalist taking a stand against attempts to silence the media in Thailand has spent five hours …
Casey Hynes / Asian Correspondent:
Journalists in Thai Navy defamation case ‘disappointed’ in Reuters' response  —  Two Phuketwan journalists were charged today with defaming the Thai Navy, and face seven years in prison and a $3,000 fine if convicted.  A Thai Navy captain brought charges against Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Michael Wolff's column for the Guardian discontinued  —  Michael Wolff and The Guardian have parted ways.  —  Capital has learned that Wolff is no longer contracted to file a weekly column for the British broadsheet's American digital edition, Guardian U.S., for which he began writing a little over two years ago.
Jennifer Faull / The Drum:
Nearly 20% of YouTube users now pay less attention to TV, finds Google study  —  YouTube is having a measurable impact on TV consumption, with nearly one fifth (19 per cent) of YouTube users saying they pay less attention to TV and 17 per cent stating that they watch TV less overall.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Spotify Starts Shutting Down Its Massive P2P Network  —  When Spotify launched its first beta in the fall of 2008, we branded it “an alternative to music piracy.”  —  With the option to stream millions of tracks supported by an occasional ad, or free of ads for a small subscription fee …
David Gelles / New York Times:
James Murdoch Joins Board of Advertising Start-Up  —  James Murdoch, the co-chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox, has joined the board of True[X] Media, an advertising company based in New York.  —  The appointment, to be announced on Thursday, comes as True[X], a venture capital-backed start-up …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
A&E, History Launch Live TV Streaming on Web, Apple Mobile Devices  —  Episodes of A&E's “Storage Wars” or “Bates Motel” (pictured, above) and History's “Vikings” and “Swamp People” are now available to watch live online and mobile devices — for most pay-TV subscribers, anyway.
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Video news snacks of 15 and 30 seconds lack depth but are smart experiments from NBCU, MSNBC  —  #30SecondstoKnow, ‘15 Seconds to Fame’ video clips are rapid and vapid, but not without value  —  #30SecondstoKnow, ‘15 Seconds to Fame’ video clips are rapid and vapid, but not without value
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Appeals court says blogs are not only media, they're an important source of news and commentary  —  It would be nice if the debate over whether bloggers are journalists could be put to rest, more than a decade after it first began, and especially after bloggers like Glenn Greenwald …
Netflix reportedly in talks with Vodafone to stream movies and tv to telecom subscribers  —  Vodafone Said to Be in Talks With Netflix for Content  —  Vodafone Group Plc (VOD), the world's second-largest mobile carrier, is in talks with Netflix Inc. (NFLX) to offer subscribers access …
Discussion: Variety and @zseward
David Lieberman /
ESPN Hosts Investors To Dispel Concerns About Cord Cutting And Competition  —  Disney's dumping a lot of data about ESPN this afternoon to ease Wall Street fears that the company's cash cow could face leaner times due its rising costs and new competition from channels led by Fox Sports 1.
Discussion: @jbflint and @jbflint
UK firms increase ad budgets as recovery optimism grows  —  (Reuters) - The number of British companies increasing their marketing spend grew at its strongest pace in 14 years in the first quarter, signalling optimism that Britain's recovery from recession is gaining momentum, an industry survey showed on Thursday.
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Michael Cieply / New York Times:
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Tara Conlan / Guardian:
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Financial Times rejects Ipso in favour of its own editorial complaints system
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George Winslow / Broadcasting & Cable:
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Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
Google is abusing market dominance, says head of Europe's largest news publisher Axel Springer
Discussion: New York Times
Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
As studios shift to digital film distribution, small cinemas struggle to pay for upgrades
Discussion: @raju