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10:05 PM ET, April 14, 2015

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Financial Times:
Sources: EU's competition commissioner to announce that formal charges will be filed against Google, alleging traffic was diverted from rivals  —  Europe to accuse Google of illegally abusing its dominance  —  Alex Barker and Christian Oliver in Brussels and Anne-Sylvaine Chassany in Paris
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A decision on Brian Williams's future at NBC could be coming soon  —  Andrew Lack, the former and current head of NBC News, started his old job anew last week staring at a monumental dilemma: What to do about Brian Williams?  —  The anchorman who was the face of NBC News and its signature …
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Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Tom Brokaw addresses Brian Williams controversy: ‘really, really serious’  —  As speculation swirls about Brian Williams' fate at NBC, his predecessor is calling for patience.  —  In his first extensive public comments on the matter, Tom Brokaw, who held the anchor chair at “NBC Nightly News” …
Kaya Burgess / The Times:
Warning to BBC over ‘suffocating local papers’ … The BBC risks suffocating local newspapers by being a “monopoly broadcaster”, the chancellor has said in a warning shot in advance of negotiations on its charter renewal.  —  The corporation has been criticised for threatening the existence …
Discussion: @editoryp_yep and HoldTheFrontPage
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Matthew Gilley / Press Gazette:   Londoners quizzed by Press Gazette disagree with Labour on need for tougher press regulation
Gerald Lynch / Gizmodo UK:
Chancellor George Osborne Wants BBC to be Regulated by Ofcom
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Conservatives give BBC warning of licence fee freeze
Discussion: Guardian
Jim Romenesko:
Newspaper reporter is 'the worst job of 2015′  — #200 out of 200 jobs/CareerCast graphic  —  Newspaper reporter lands on the bottom of CareerCast's Jobs Rated list for 2015.  Last year, it was #199 out of 200 occupations.  Today's press release says:
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Analytics firm StatSocial ranks, categorizes Twitter's most influential political journalists; Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Mike Allen, and Ben Smith lead list  —  Twitter's most influential political journalists  —  Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Mike Allen and Ben Smith are the most influential …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Universal Music Agrees to Pay $11.5 Million to Settle Digital Royalties Class Action  —  A settlement submitted to a judge for approval would also give UMG artists a higher royalty rate going forward.  —  Universal Music has agreed to pay up to $11.5 million and bump up royalties going forward …
Discussion: PR Newswire
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
General Electric Planning Television Series Covering Science and Tech  —  In an age when viewers increasingly fast-forward past television commercials on their DVRs or bypass most advertisements altogether by streaming the programs, companies are constantly looking for new ways to reach consumers.
Tom McGhie / Telegraph:
Global revenue from music downloads and streaming hits $6.85B, passing CDs and vinyl at $6.82B  —  Digital music revenues overtake physical sales for the first time  —  A strong growth in streaming services boosted digital sales despite dwindling downloads, according to the latest IFPI Digital Music Report
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Most of You Watched ‘Game of Thrones’ on HBO's Old Streaming Service, Not the New One  —  HBO Now had its first major test on Sunday night, and it seemed to do just fine.  The streaming service served up “Game of Thrones” and the rest of the pay TV channel's shows without any major outages.
Discussion: @pkafka and @zseward
Kevin Williams / Al Jazeera America:
Crawfordsville, Indiana, a town with population of about 15K, has two daily newspapers  —  One small town, two daily newspapers  —  As many newspapers are shutting down, Crawfordsville, Indiana boasts more print publications than many big cities  —  CRAWFORDSVILLE, Indiana …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
An interview with the anonymous owner of The Shade Room, a TMZ-style publication on Instagram  —  Instagram's TMZ  —  The first time I heard about The Shade Room, I thought it was a reality show, or maybe a nightclub.  It turned out to be neither, although I was close in spirit …
 
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Parse.ly report says median lifespan of an article is 2.6 days; above average traffic, driven by social media, can add about 14 hours
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
The New York Times promotes Ian Fisher from deputy executive editor to head of investigations, shuffles other roles
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Post reporter Jason Rezaian faces limited lawyer access before Iran trial
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Facebook-Times partnership affirmed by magazine editor Jake Silverstein
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Reader's Digest signs multi-million dollar deal with Taboola to provide sponsored content
Discussion: AdExchanger
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon and HarperCollins reach multiyear agreement for both print and digital, allowing HarperCollins to set prices for its ebooks