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5:35 AM ET, April 11, 2015


 Top News: 
Kevin Rawlinson / Guardian:
BuzzFeed Editor In Chief Ben Smith apologizes for deleting two posts, now reinstated, and denies that deletions were due to advertising pressure  —  BuzzFeed denies deleting critical articles to appease advertisers  —  Editor-in-chief Ben Smith apologises to staff for 'acting without respect …
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith says Dove post removed to avoid “Hot Takes”; earlier post on Monopoly, a Buzzfeed partner, likely removed for same reason  —  After Removing Article Critical of Dove, BuzzFeed Says It Wants to Avoid Publishing ‘Hot Takes’
Wall Street Journal:
Spotify nearing deal to raise $400M in round valuing the music-streaming service at $8.4B  —  Spotify Nears Deal to Raise $400 Million at $8.4 Billion Valuation  —  Goldman Sachs and Abu Dhabi's Sovereign Wealth Fund Have Invested  —  Spotify AB has headed back to the funding well for a seventh time …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
As 2016 election nears, tensions between Bloomberg's New York and Washington political staffs become more apparent  —  Bloomberg Searches For ‘Seamless’ 2016 Coverage Amid New York-D.C. Tension  —  NEW YORK — On Oct. 10, political journalist John Heilemann wrote his first piece for Bloomberg Politics …
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
News Corp. and 21st Century Fox Consider Move to World Trade Center Site, Officials Say  —  News Corporation and 21st Century Fox, two giant media companies controlled by Rupert Murdoch, are considering building a joint headquarters in a new 88-story skyscraper at the World Trade Center …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
Apple has asked over a dozen artists for exclusive deals to promote Beats Music, which relaunches this summer at $9.99/month with family plan for $14.99  —  Apple's New Beats Music Thinks Taylor Swift Will Make You Pay  —  Apple Inc. has asked Florence and the Machine and more than a dozen …
James Rainey / Variety:
Jim Berk Out as CEO of Participant Media After Eight Years (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Jim Berk, CEO of Participant Media for the last eight years, announced Friday morning that he is leaving the multimedia company, with employees informed at an all-hands meeting that company founder Jeff Skoll …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Reject Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, California official says  —  As state commission prepares to vote on merger, one of five members says no.  —  One of the five California officials who will vote on Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable says the merger should be rejected.
David Lieberman / Deadline:
CBS' Les Moonves Made $57.2M In 2014, Down 14.6%  —  Don't cry for CBS chief Les Moonves, but this is his lowest annual compensation since 2009.  The $57.2 million package includes $3.5 million in salary, $25 million bonus, $15 million in stock awards, $10 million in option awards …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Disney/ABC TV Group Digital Chief Albert Cheng to Exit  —  Albert Cheng is stepping down from his post as Disney/ABC Television Group's top digital exec.  —  Cheng, exec VP and chief product officer of digital media for Disney/ABC TV Group, has been the architect of Disney/ABC's digital initiatives for more than a decade.
Discussion: Re/code
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
Netflix Seeks OK for More Shares in Step Toward Split  —  Netflix Inc. is asking investors to approve a huge increase in the company's share authorization, a prelude to a possible stock split.  —  The company, the largest online subscription video service, wants to increase the shares authorized …
Discussion: Reuters
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