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11:45 AM ET, April 29, 2014


 Top News: 
Disney tried to buy Buzzfeed but talks broke down over price; Buzzfeed sought more than $1B  —  Disney tried to buy BuzzFeed  —  The merger conversations happened several months ago, but fell apart over price.  —  FORTUNE - The Walt Disney Co. was in talks to acquire online content …
Vevo Owners Said Close to Hiring Goldman to Explore Sale  —  Vevo LLC's four owners are close to hiring Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to explore sale options for the music video-hosting service, according to three people familiar with the matter.  —  The sale of a majority stake is being considered among …
Discussion: VentureBeat, @pkafka and hypebot
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NYU will honor Matthew Power with literary reporting award  —  The spirit of Matthew Power's writing isn't easy to define, but his friend and editor Roger Hodge took a stab at it anyway: “strong, character-driven narratives with detailed scene writing, beautiful lyrical description,” …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, @joshuahersh and @poynter
Alastair Reid /
Vice journalist Tim Pool launches Taggly app on iOS for journalists to watermark images, video  —  Vice journalist launches Taggly app to watermark images and video  —  Tim Pool, renowned for his use of mobile technology in reporting, has launched the app for reporters and citizen journalists on iOS
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Yahoo Unveils Two Half-Hour Series to Compete for TV Ad Dollars  —  Yahoo wants TV ad dollars, whether they be spent on original programming or augmenting TV spots.  —  During its Digital Content NewFronts presentation on Monday night, Yahoo presented its plans to siphon some of the $68 billion advertisers …
Kif Leswing / Gigaom:
Sprint will offer discount Spotify subscriptions for subscribers  —  Sprint plans to offer Spotify trials for customers, with the ability to pay for the service through carrier billing, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said at an event in New York on Tuesday.  The program, called Sprint Sound Sessions …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Survey: 62 percent can't recall anything from native ads  —  Native advertising is growing in popularity, but it remains controversial.  Editorial purists fret that ads that mimic editorial content will confuse readers, undermining the integrity of the journalism surrounding it.
Discussion: @digiday
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix researching “large-scale peer-to-peer technology” for streaming  —  Job ad says Netflix wants to “integrate P2P as an additional delivery mechanism.”  —  When we wrote about the possibility of Netflix using a peer-to-peer architecture for streaming earlier today …
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Digital newsstand app Zinio buys mobile publishing company Audience Media for undisclosed sum  —  Zinio Acquires Audience Media  —  Zinio gains new publishing tech that promotes mobile-first products.  —  Today, Zinio announced that it has acquired mobile publishing app company Audience Media for an undisclosed amount.
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Fears grow that the BBC News Channel could become online only  —  Fears are growing among BBC journalists that the 24-hour BBC News Channel could follow the youth-orientated BBC3 in becoming an online-only service.  —  The issue was discussed today at an internal meeting at the Radio Theatre inside …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
National Journal's chief correspondent Michael Hirsh to become Politico mag's national editor  —  National Journal's Michael Hirsh Joins Politico Magazine  —  National Journal chief correspondent Michael Hirsh is leaving the publication to become national editor for Politico Magazine …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Craig Ferguson to Leave ‘Late Late Show’ in December  —  Craig Ferguson will step down as host of CBS' “ The Late Late Show” in December when his contract with the network expires after nearly a decade as David Letterman's companion in the 12:35 a.m. slot.  —  Ferguson's decision comes less …
Cindy Royal / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Are journalism schools teaching their students the right skills?  —  If you are a journalism educator or media professional, I have news for you: We work in tech.  —  I know: That's not exactly what you signed up for when you entered the profession 20, 10, or even five years ago.  But things have changed.
Discussion: @sulliview and @betheleri
Associated Press:
AP Veteran David Scott Named Political Editor  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — David Scott, who leads news coverage in 14 states for The Associated Press as a regional editor, was named Tuesday as political editor to direct the news agency's national political reporting.
Discussion: Politico and @ap_corpcomm
Society of Editors:
Sir Alan Moses appointed as first chair of Independent Press Standards Organisation  —  The Rt Hon Sir Alan Moses has been appointed as the first Chair of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).  He is the unanimous choice of the independent Selection Panel chaired by Sir Hayden Phillips.
Rosie Baker / AdNews:
News Corp introduces cross-title membership and reward scheme  —  News Corp is introducing a membership and reward scheme across its portfolio of newspaper titles to offer readers access to content from its online papers through a personalised hub.  —  The publisher claims …
Discussion: mUmBRELLA, B&T and News Corp Australia
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
BBC iPlayer recorded its best ever month in March, with 320 million programme requests  —  The BBC today released the March edition of its iPlayer performance report, revealing new record highs for its Internet-based TV and radio service over the four-week period.
Will Leitch / Sports on Earth:
The sports bubble inflated by cable TV will burst soon with tech and viewership changes  —  WHEN THE BUBBLE BURSTS  —  I've talked about this before, but it is worth remembering, one more time, that a lot fewer people care about sports than you and I — the type of people who read …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Barrett Brown's lawyer says government chilled free speech with broad charges, later dropped  —  Barrett Brown lawyer: US tried to ‘kill a fly with a sledgehammer’  —  Ahmed Ghappour speaks out after gag order was lifted and says effect of prosecutorial overreach is ‘chilling to free speech’
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Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Internet service providers charging for premium access hold us all to ransom
Discussion: Boing Boing
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Doonesbury's website moves to Washington Post from Slate
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Quartz tracks changes in Netflix's ‘Long-Term View’ manifesto
Discussion: BGR
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix and Verizon reach interconnection deal to speed up video
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Tanveer Ali / Columbia Journalism Review:
ProPublica plans to make nearly every data set used in reporting available on Data Store