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4:20 PM ET, April 1, 2015

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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sling TV will offer HBO for $15/month by April 12 as part of Dish and Turner distribution deal  —  Sling TV's Service For Cord Cutters Will Offer HBO Starting Next Month  —  Sling TV, Dish's new over-the-top service designed for cord cutters, announced today that it will become …
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.
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
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Associated Press:
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
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
68% of smart phone users occasionally and 33% frequently follow breaking news via mobile  —  Pew Report: News consumers are increasingly using smartphones  —  A report from the Pew Research Center released Wednesday shows that smartphone ownership has nearly doubled in recent years …
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
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
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
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 …
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
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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