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11:45 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
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The Atlantic Online:
What BuzzFeed can learn from Time, USA Today, and MTV
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Media ethicists say Tampa Bay Times should have alerted Secret Service to White House gyrocopter stunt  —  A Florida newspaper is along for the ride — and catches flak … If a reporter and his newspaper know in advance — months in advance, as it turns out — that a man intended to undertake …
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 …
Marianne Barriaux / Agence France-Presse:
Finished days before death, Charlie Hebdo director's book unveiled  —  Paris (AFP) - “One day, for a laugh, I will have to publish all the threats I received at Charlie Hebdo,” French cartoonist Charb wrote in a book he finished just two days before being mowed down by jihadist gunmen.
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC World News to feature product placement in technology, sport, and travel documentaries, not in news and affairs programming  —  BBC to introduce product placement on world news channel  —  Trial to feature on shows such as technology, sport and travel documentaries, but not news and current affairs
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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
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
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
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.
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
 
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Indian companies Cleartrip, NDTV, and Newshunt pulling out of Internet.org, citing commitment to net neutrality
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
The recent loss of two top execs demonstrate the Voice of America's recent decline
 

 
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Kamila Wojciechowska / Android Authority:
Source: Google's new Pixel 9 series, next-gen Pixel Fold, and 5G tablet that is under development will feature a new modem that supports satellite connectivity

Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
As Netflix's new film chief Dan Lin takes charge, the company aims to shift its film strategy to focus on audience appeal and cost efficiency

IDC:
In Q1, 289.4M smartphones were shipped globally, up 7.8% YoY; iPhone shipments fell 9.6% YoY, more than any top brand, and Xiaomi shipments grew 33.8% YoY

 
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