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1:20 PM 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 …
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg Business:
Streaming's quick adoption may force cable companies to compete with each other, which they've avoided in the past  —  Why the Cable Companies You Hate May Be Forced to Compete Online  —  (Bloomberg) — The largest U.S. cable companies may be approaching a cliff they've long tried to avoid — competition with each other.
Discussion: @richbtig
Al Jazeera English:
Nigeria releases detained Al Jazeera journalists  —  Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustapha leave Maiduguri, where they were detained and are now at the network's office in Abuja.  —  Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustapha have now completed the journey back to Al Jazeera's bureau in Abuja [Al Jazeera]
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 …
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
A look at the Newhouse family's media empire as it prepares to sell Brighthouse and get part of Charter  —  Newhouse family enters cable's top tier  —  The Newhouse family's media empire spans the glossy magazines of Condé Nast, a clutch of local US newspapers and a controlling stake …
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. …
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
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
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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
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Adam Epstein / Quartz:
The FCC is considering regulation to treat internet TV services more like traditional pay ones
Agence France-Presse:
Paris supermarket hostages sue French media for revealing their location during live coverage of the siege