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12:20 AM ET, April 5, 2015


 Top News: 
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Medium now has four branded-content partnerships, is looking to fund more content creators; comScore measures about 3M monthly uniques  —  Medium is courting writers and advertisers.  But will the dollars follow?  —  Medium was created by Twitter's founders, gets contributions from notables …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Wall Street Journal:
Disney to invest $250M in fantasy sports site DraftKings, valuing company at $900M; DraftKings commits to spending over $500M on ESPN ads  —  Disney to Invest $250 Million in Fantasy Site DraftKings  —  Walt Disney Co. is investing $250 million in online fantasy sports business DraftKings Inc. …
Winston Ross / Newsweek:
Confessions of a vulture journalist seeking a story at the Germanwings crash site  —  Confessions of a Vulture Journalist  —  By the time I arrived at the staging area in the French Alps last week, I was a day late to the biggest story in the world.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and @marklittlenews
Walt Hickey / FiveThirtyEight:
Tidal is selling itself on high-fidelity sound, but exclusive access to artists may provide its success or failure  —  Tidal May Live Or Die On One Thing, And It's Not High-Fidelity Sound  —  Jay Z launched a new music streaming service, Tidal, this week with a somewhat bizarre press conference.
Lincoln Michel / Electric Literature:
Q&A with BuzzFeed Literary Editor Saeed Jones, who will lead literary magazine launching 2016  —  BuzzFeed Launches Emerging Writers Fellowship: An Interview with Literary Editor Saeed Jones  —  BuzzFeed is going literary.  The ever-growing media company launched BuzzFeed Books in December of 2013 …
Associated Press:
Malaysian cartoonist charged with 9 counts of sedition  —  KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian cartoonist known for lampooning the ruling coalition was charged Friday with nine counts of sedition over a series of tweets criticizing the country's judiciary.
Discussion: @zunarkartunis
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish rebrands DishWorld as Sling International, offering 200 channels in 18 languages to US customers, starting at $15 per month  —  Dish Rebrands DishWorld as ‘Sling International’ Over-the-Top Service  —  Dish Network, the No. 2 satellite TV service in the U.S., announced that DishWorld …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Winnipeg Free Press to roll out paywall charging C$0.27 per article or C$17 unlimited per month  —  The Winnipeg Free Press is launching a paywall that lets readers pay by the article  —  It's an idea that's been discussed around the news business for years: an iTunes for news.
Discussion: @mathewi, @jbenton and @timmcdougall13
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
To reach bigger audience, California community college paper moves to Medium, stops printing  —  In a bid for modern coverage, student paper tries a new Medium  —  Last year, in the wake of a shooting spree in the California town of Isla Vista that left seven people dead …
Adam Epstein / Quartz:
The FCC is considering regulation to treat internet TV services more like traditional pay ones  —  The really important policy affecting the future of TV that no one is talking about  —  The future of television in the United States may hinge, oddly enough, on the government's interpretation of an 80-year-old law.
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Andy / TorrentFreak:
EMI granted summary judgement in Grooveshark copyright case, forcing proactive anti-piracy policy  —  Grooveshark Publishes Proactive Anti-Piracy Policy  —  Throughout Grooveshark's history the company has come to rely on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
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 More News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Net neutrality suits may claim lack of notice and authority by FCC and may target specific provisions such as ban on paid prioritization
Discussion: Consumerist
Agence France-Presse:
Paris supermarket hostages sue French media for revealing their location during live coverage of the siege
Peggy McGlone / Washington Post:
Government report finds Library of Congress lacking in digital technology and central management
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Comedy site Funny or Die to open D.C. office, hires former White House staffer
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
9th Circuit rules Netflix isn't subject to disability law
Discussion: The Hill and @ryanmerkley
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
NYPD Claims It Can't Find ‘Widely-Circulated’ Memo That Cut Off Press Access To Precinct Crime Blotters
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
AOL to host Fox Sports' game highlights and shows online
Discussion: AdExchanger