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5:40 AM ET, April 1, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
Discussion: The Whip, The Awl, @mathewi and @mikeisaac
Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood Reporter Inks Content Partnership With China's Tencent  —  The Hollywood Reporter has entered into a multi-year content deal with Tencent.  The partnership will see THR's news, features and videos syndicated across platforms of the China-based web giant.
Discussion: @justinaknope and New York Times
Angela Chen / Wall Street Journal:
Charter Communications to acquire cable operator Bright House in $10.4B stock-and-cash deal, will control 73.7%, partnering with Advance/Newhouse and Liberty  —  Charter Communications to Buy Cable Operator Bright House Networks  —  The deal, valued at $10.4 billion, comes as the pay-TV industry rapidly consolidates
The New York Times Company:
NYT's Apple Watch app features custom one-sentence stories with images and bullet points; readers can use Handoff to continue reading on iPhone or iPad  —  The Times Rolls Out One-Sentence Stories on Apple Watch  —  The New York Times has developed a new form of storytelling to help readers catch up in seconds on Apple Watch.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The Indianapolis Star took a bold stand in print but forced the editorial into a standard Gannett template online  —  When your newspaper wants to make a big statement, make sure you're making it online too  —  Indiana's passed a bill that many say allows state-sanctioned discrimination …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Source: Owner of Gristedes grocery chain, John Catsimatidis, made a bid larger than Cablevision's $1 for The Daily News  —  Daily News Said to Get Bids From Cablevision and Billionaire Grocer  —  The billionaire owner of the grocery chain Gristedes, and the owner of Newsday …
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 …
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 …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
How NPR doubled its podcasting revenue in 2014 by pruning offerings and using cross-promotion, and how it expects to double revenue again in 2015  —  Inside NPR's podcasting strategy  —  In January, months after “Serial” rocketed to the top of the iTunes podcasting charts and ignited …
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
State Dept. denies journalist Tice has been seen in custody in Syria  —  WASHINGTON — State Department officials on Monday denied a French news report that a missing American journalist has been seen in captivity in Syria and that the Syrian government has acknowledged holding him.
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
Comcast CFO to Step Down and Run $4 Billion Investment Arm for Comcast  —  Comcast Chief Financial Officer Michael Angelakis is leaving the cable giant to launch a new Comcast-funded investment company that will focus on investing and operating “growth-oriented” companies, the company said Tuesday.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter Publicly Launches Curator, Its Real-Time Search And Filtering Tool For Media Outlets  —  Twitter this morning is launching Curator, its new product that lets media organizations, publishers, and broadcasters identify, filter and display tweets and Vine videos on any screen in real-time.
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Brand marketing now makes up 10% of Storyful's business, says chief revenue officer Michael Sadicario
Discussion: @niemanlab
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Vox Media's head of ad sales Joe Purzycki joins Medium to lead brand partnerships
Discussion: @gaberivera
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
UK's Crown Prosecution Service reviewing policy of prosecuting journalists over leaks from public officials
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Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Tumblr's First CMO Stephanie Dolgins Will Also Oversee Its Media Deals
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Michael Cieply / New York Times:
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