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4:00 AM ET, April 2, 2015


 Top News: 
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Screenshots shared on social media give readers a chance to supplement or replace headlines  —  How The Screenshort Could Save Us From Horrible Headlines  —  So far screenshorts — screenshots of text shared on social media — have had an excellent 2015.  They're bleeding from their origins …
Discussion: @millie, @fmanjoo and @anildash
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Lawyer for failed buyer of Maxim charged with wire fraud in bid to raise $8M for magazine  —  N.Y. lawyer charged for alleged role in scheme over Maxim magazine  —  (Reuters) - A New York lawyer was charged on Wednesday over his alleged role in a scheme by a former United Parcel Service Inc executive's son …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Al-Jazeera journalist says Canada not issuing him passport  —  TORONTO (AP) — Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt on bail while awaiting trial on terror charges, said Wednesday Canada is refusing to issue him a new passport.  —  Fahmy, who was born in Egypt …
Discussion: @clairetrevena and @mffahmy11
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Ad tech stocks like Rocket Fuel and Tube Mogul face falling stock prices in first quarter  —  Ad Tech Stocks Keep Falling in First Quarter  —  Advertising technology companies have had a rough ride in the public markets over the past couple of years, and the trend is showing no signs of changing.
Discussion: Business Insider and AdExchanger
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The 2016 Election Will Be Live-Streamed: 'We're All C-SPAN Now'  —  NEW YORK — Mark Halperin just bought a tripod.  —  The flexible Joby Gorillapod isn't for the crew on “With All Due Respect,” his Bloomberg TV show with John Heilemann.  He purchased the iPhone 6 mount, which can wind around a tree …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ concerned by arrest of Bangladeshi journalist and his treatment in custody  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on Bangladeshi authorities to release a detained journalist and probe allegations that he was mistreated in custody.  Mizanur Rahman has been in jail since March 17 …
Discussion: Bangladesh - Prothom Alo and VICE
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 …
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Concord Music Group and Bicycle Music merge, form Concord Bicycle Music, raise $100M, and acquire Vanguard and Sugar Hill Records  —  Concord and Bicycle Merge to Form Concord Bicycle Music, Acquires Vanguard and Sugar Hill Records  —  Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails performs on stage
Discussion: and New York Times
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 …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Rubicon Project acquires Canadian ad intent marketing firm Chango for $122M in stock and cash  —  In Advertising Technology Deal, Rubicon Buys Chango  —  The advertising company Rubicon Project said on Tuesday that it had agreed to buy the Canadian start-up Chango for about $122 million …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple wants TV networks to handle infrastructure and costs of streaming for its video service  —  Apple Asks TV Programmers to Supply Their Own Streams for Apple's TV Service  —  Apple wants the TV guys to provide their shows for its proposed streaming video service.
Julie Posetti / WAN-IFRA:
Three months after the Charlie Hebdo killings, Paris newsrooms remain under armed guard  —  Three months after ‘Charlie’, Paris newsrooms are still under armed guard  —  There has been a significant increase in threats to Paris newsrooms in the past two months in the aftermath …
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Nataliya Vasilyeva / Associated Press:
Independent Crimean station ATR ceased broadcasting after repeated Russian broadcasting license refusals
Discussion: Guardian
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Toronto Star drops paywall, joins Snapchat
Discussion: Toronto Star and @meg_wagner
Scripps, Journal Communications Complete Merger And Spinoff
 Earlier Picks: 
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Unlicensed foreign films and TV series to be removed from Chinese video streaming sites today
Discussion: BBC and ecns
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
Associated Press:
Berkshire Hathaway buys 2 small Virginia newspapers, The Martinsville Bulletin and the Franklin News-Post, from Haskell Newspapers
Discussion: Poynter
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
State Dept. denies journalist Tice has been seen in custody in Syria