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1:15 PM 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 …
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
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.
Discussion: TVSpy
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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, @jayrosen_nyu and Guardian
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 …
Discussion: RAIN News and @whatthebit
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