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8:50 PM ET, April 7, 2015


 Top News: 
Bryan Burrough / Vanity Fair:
The Inside Story of the Civil War For the Soul of NBC News  —  Brian Williams's fabrication was just the latest, and worst, of the debacles that have plagued NBC News since NBCUniversal was bought by Comcast in 2011.  Who is to blame?  —  On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 4 …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Brian Williams' Explanation to NBC News Honchos: ‘Maybe I Had a Brain Tumor’
Discussion: CNNMoney, TVNewser and Mediaite
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
FTC to review complaint that YouTube Kids over-advertises to children  —  The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday said it will review complaints by consumer groups that YouTube Kids is a hyper-commercial app with junk food and toy ads flooding the video service.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Tom Risen / US News:
YouTube Kids Investigation by FTC Would Face Hurdles  —  A proposed investigation of the app's ads by the federal government could create a legal mess for the online video world.  —  The YouTube Kids app aimed at children is “unfair and deceptive,” some consumer advocacy groups say.
Discussion: USA Today, Nextgov and The Hill
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
HBO Now launches in US on Apple TV, iOS, and Cablevision's Optimum Online for $14.99 per month  —  HBO Now goes live for Apple TV, iOS and Optimum users  —  We knew HBO's new Now streaming service would launch ahead of the Season 5 premiere of the popular Game of Thrones series …
Nicole LaPorte / Fast Company:
An inside look at HBO's strategy to compete with Netflix by launching HBO Now  —  HBO TO NETFLIX: BRING IT ON  —  On a frigid winter Friday in Manhattan's MediaGulch, HBO CEO Richard Plepler glides through the doors of a power-lunch spot called the Lambs Club.
Clay Shirky / The New Republic:
Columbia Journalism School's report on Rolling Stone was thorough, but its mere existence gives magazine excuses and rationale for not firing anyone  —  The Columbia Report on Rolling Stone's Rape Story Is Bad for Journalism  —  Last year, Rolling Stone published “A Rape on Campus,” …
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Rolling Stone's rape fiasco: A story too good to double-check
Discussion: @mathewi
The Bold Italic:
Gannett-owned San Francisco news site The Bold Italic says it's shutting down  —  About The Bold Italic  —  Since our launch, The Bold Italic has strived to faithfully serve San Franciscans near and far, whether born and bred here or having just arrived in the city.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Imgur introduces embed option for online publishers to repost and attribute photos on their own site  —  Image-hosting platform Imgur is making it easier for publishers and bloggers to use its content, with the launch of a new embed feature.  —  Similar to how you can embed videos hosted on YouTube …
Discussion: The Imgur Blog and TechCrunch
Nancy Tartaglione / Deadline:
With approval from French government a stumbling block in previous bids, Vivendi's offer for Daily Motion could be accepted  —  Will Vivendi's Offer To Buy Dailymotion Finally Satifsy French Government?  —  French conglomerate Vivendi confirmed today that it has made an offer to buy online video streaming site Dailymotion.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
CBS' internet TV service is now available on Roku  —  CBS's internet TV service is arriving on Roku today.  For $5.99 a month, Roku owners will be able to subscribe to CBS All Access, which gives subscribers streams of many current and past CBS TV series and allows viewers to actually watch CBS …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
By building partnerships with other newspapers, The Washington Post is opening up revenue opportunities  —  Subscribers to more than 250 newspapers around the globe now have free digital access to the Post.  The next question is how the paper will use this network to make money.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
YouTube's copyright system has taken Rand Paul's presidential announcement offline  —  If you're looking for Rand Paul's presidential announcement on YouTube, bad news.  As of writing, the video has been blocked by the video streaming site, thanks to a copyright claim from Warner Music Group, as Vox's Andrew Prokop spotted.
Will Federman / Medium:
Introducing micropayments to online news could limit its consumption and discoverability  —  Micropayments for news articles are a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea  —  Why charging people per story is doomed to fail and could actually make things worse.
Discussion: @fmanjoo and @samkirkland
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Kobo Glo HD E-Reader Offers Resolution On Par With Kindle Voyage For $70 Less  —  Kobo's new Glo HD e-reader will boast the claim of highest resolution for the lowest price when it hits the market on May 1 for $129.99.  The newest piece of hardware from Rakuten-owned Kobo offers 300 ppi pixel density …
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Daniel Frankel / FierceCable:
Dish bulks up sports package with Outside Television addition
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Jonathan Pearlman / Telegraph:
Dallas Buyers Club wins landmark case in Australia to access names of illegal downloaders
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Video sharing platform Vidme raises $3.2M from investors including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, launches iOS app
Discussion: TechCrunch and @alexisohanian
 Earlier Picks: 
Jeff Sneider / The Wrap:
Relativity Media Secures $250 Million From New Hollywood Financier
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Variety
Yvette d'Entremont / Gawker:
Analytical chemist calls out Food Babe blogger Vani Hari for exploiting readers' ignorance and fear