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9:05 PM ET, April 2, 2015


 Top News: 
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Hulu beats lawsuit claiming it illegally shared user data with Facebook  —  The “Like” button collects data, but there's no master list of videos watched.  —  Online video provider Hulu has decisively won a lawsuit claiming it violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Despite the pervasive myth of Fox News' political influence, audience numbers aren't big enough to sway primaries  —  Fox News, Paper Tiger  —  The network is better at employing presidential candidates than electing them.  —  As early as September 2010, journalists were using the phrase …
Discussion: @politico and @sbg1
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
BBC and BitTorrent partner to offer 10 episode Doctor Who bundle with two free videos and $12 for full box-set  —  Doctor Who gets official BitTorrent ‘box-set’ from the BBC  —  Broadcaster follows Radiohead's Thom Yorke in testing legal file-sharing distribution with 10-episode bundle
Financial Times:
European regulators scrutinise Apple over music streaming plans  —  Matthew Garrahan in New York and Tim Bradshaw in San Francisco  —  European regulators are scrutinising Apple's dealings with record labels, amid an intensifying battle over the future of free, ad-supported music streaming services such as Spotify.
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Comedy site Funny or Die to open D.C. office, hires former White House staffer  —  This is not a joke: The comedy Web site responsible for getting President Obama between two ferns is opening a Washington outpost.  —  Funny or Die's new D.C. office will be helmed by Brad Jenkins …
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
NYPD Claims It Can't Find ‘Widely-Circulated’ Memo That Cut Off Press Access To Precinct Crime Blotters  —  MuckRock is again reporting on a mysteriously missing document — one that was previously acknowledged to exist but come public records request time, simply can't be found.
Discussion: MuckRock
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
The Daily Telegraph's editor in chief Jason Seiken has quit  —  Jason Seiken, The Daily Telegraph's chief content officer and editor in chief, is quitting his role at the British broadsheet newspaper.  —  Seiken joined The Daily Telegraph in 2013 from PBS.
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
AOL to host Fox Sports' game highlights and shows online  —  Fox Sports Strikes a Digital Deal With AOL  —  Further expanding its sports coverage, AOL today unveiled a multi-year video content partnership with Fox Sports.  —  The new deal includes original Fox Sports digital properties …
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Bild and Paris Match claim to have seen Germanwings crash video, but won't share or explain its provenance, raising ethical questions  —  Doubts Intensify About Reports of a Video Made During Germanwings Flight's Final Moments  —  It has been described as the chilling final seconds …
Patrick Smith / BuzzFeed:
The Times Censored Its Own Report Of A Terrorism Trial  —  The newspaper wanted to show the effect secret trials can have on open justice.  —  A jury last week failed to reach a verdict on a second and more serious charge of plotting terrorist attacks in the UK, The Times reported.
Discussion: @dlepeska
Andrew Hampp / Billboard:
Sprint Denies Investment In Jay Z's Tidal As Aspiro Delists From Nasdaq Stockholm  —  Sprint and parent company Softbank have not purchased a stake in Tidal, a spokesperson tells Billboard, despite a report from the New York Post on Wednesday (April 1) night.
Discussion: New York Post and USA Today
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
9th Circuit rules Netflix isn't subject to disability law  —  Are websites “public accommodations?”  Federal courts have split on the question.  —  A federal appeals court ruled (PDF) yesterday that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) doesn't apply to Netflix, since the online video provider is …
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Cassie Werber / Quartz:
In the UK, televised pre-election debates are a strange new phenomenon
Discussion: BBC, Mashable and Reuters
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Economist's Tom Standage on digital strategy and the limits of a model based on advertising
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Newsweek says it is profitable, relaunching on Thursday in Asia with 30K print run
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Katie Richards / Adweek:
Director of global news operations at Fusion says original stories, video, Snapchat key to attracting millennials
 Earlier Picks: 
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ concerned by arrest of Bangladeshi journalist and his treatment in custody
Discussion: Bangladesh - Prothom Alo and VICE
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Ad tech stocks like Rocket Fuel and Tube Mogul face falling stock prices in first quarter
Discussion: Business Insider