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10:05 AM ET, April 16, 2015

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New York Times:
NBC News alters account of correspondent Richard Engel's kidnapping in Syria in 2012, blames Sunni gang  —  NBC News Alters Account of Correspondent's Kidnapping in Syria  —  NBC News on Wednesday revised its account of the 2012 kidnapping of its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Aims at TV, Not HBO, Says CEO Reed Hastings  —  We've heard a lot about the battle between HBO and Netflix in recent months, prompted by HBO's move to offer its own Netflix-like Web service.  —  But Netflix's boffo Q1 earnings yesterday gave CEO Reed Hastings a good chance …
Discussion: Business Insider and VentureBeat
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Alex Wilhelm / TechCrunch:
Netflix stock up over 10% after beating estimates for new subscribers: 2.3M in US, and 2.6M non-US; Q1 revenue of $1.57B  —  Netflix Adds 4.9M New Members In Q1, Sending Shares Up More Than 10%  —  Following the bell today, Netflix reported its first quarter financial performance …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Netflix to adopt HTTPS for customer streams over next year, roll out new TV interface
Discussion: Bloomberg View
Jacob Silverman / The Baffler:
As long as ads pay for journalism, sites like BuzzFeed will grapple with mixing serious journalism and brand-friendly clickbait  —  BuzzFeed Among the Brands  —  BuzzFeed's hallowed halls.  / Scott Beale, Laughing Squid  —  On the social web, all roads lead to brands, so let's start with a story of a #brand.
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The Atlantic Online:
What BuzzFeed can learn from Time, USA Today, and MTV
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American Society of Magazine Editors:
New ASME guidelines recommend that native advertising be clearly labeled and distinguished from editorial content
Discussion: Poynter
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Google apologises to newspapers over ‘nonsense’ traffic stats in EU response  —  Search firm says ‘sorry’ to The Guardian and Bild after citing incorrect data in its blog response to European Commission's antitrust charges  —  Google has apologised to The Guardian and Bild, after citing …
Politico:
Spotify hires four lobbyists on issues like competition and licensing, as Justice Department, Congress weigh music streaming  —  Spotify turns up volume in D.C.  —  The online streaming service hires four lobby firms on issues like competition and licensing, as it gears up to do battle with Apple.
Discussion: Music Week
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Scribd adds more than 9K audiobooks to its catalog with Penguin Random House deal  —  Scribd Expands Audiobook Catalog in Deal With Penguin Random House  —  E-book subscription services are bulking up and expanding their libraries and services, as the competition to become the Netflix of books escalates.
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Medium's Ev Williams talks about metrics, comments, and getting people to talk with each other  —  EV WILLIAMS' RULES FOR QUALITY CONTENT IN THE CLICKBAIT AGE  —  When Medium launched in 2012, the BuzzFeed-ification of content and content business models hadn't quite hit.
Discussion: @sarahcuda, Thanks:@steverubel
Sriram Sharma / India - The Huffington Post:
Indian companies Cleartrip, NDTV, and Newshunt pulling out of Internet.org, citing commitment to net neutrality  —  Blow To Internet.org As Indian Internet Companies Begin To Withdraw  —  A day after Flipkart exited from the Airtel Zero platform, Cleartrip, NDTV, Newshunt and the Times Group announced …
Kaitlin Ugolik / Columbia Journalism Review:
Month-old Bit + Grain's stories are sponsored by local businesses, in a blend of public media funding and native ads, and it hopes to branch into print  —  How Bit + Grain covers North Carolina's culture  —  To look at its reader engagement on social media — particularly on image-sharing app Instagram …
Discussion: @cjr
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Univision Names Google's Mark Lopez Head of Digital  —  Univision Communications has hired Mark Lopez, formerly Google's head of U.S. Hispanic audience sales, as executive VP and general manager of Univision Digital.  —  Lopez, who officially starts May 1, will be based in Miami.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
NYT Digital Leader ‘Optimistic’ About Role in Social-Media World  —  When New York Times Co. hired Kinsey Wilson in November to lead the newsroom's digital strategy, it looked for someone to work with him on the business side.  Last month, the Times decided that Wilson should do both.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and E&, Thanks:@gerryfsmith
 
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