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3:45 PM 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 …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Netflix to adopt HTTPS for customer streams over next year, roll out new TV interface
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
Jacques Gallant / Toronto Star:
Jian Ghomeshi scandal report leads to CBC ‘severing ties’ with ex-head of radio, HR director  —  A damning independent report said management “condoned” inappropriate behaviour by disgraced former radio host Jian Ghomeshi  —  Former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi leaves a Toronto court after being charged …
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 …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
WikiLeaks launches easy search interface for 30K documents and emails from Sony Pictures hack  —  Sony Hack: WikiLeaks Publishes More Than 30,000 Documents  —  On Thursday, WikiLeaks published more than 30,000 documents and 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures, obtained from a hack …
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 …
Lucia Osborne-Crowley / Women's Agenda:
Study of international news websites finds women make up 3% to 35% of online commenters  —  Why are women's voices missing in online news?  —  When it comes to engaging in discussion about the news online, women's voices are being excluded, according to new research from the University of Sydney.
Joshua Robertson / Guardian:
Brisbane citizen journalist to keep site going despite Singapore sedition charge  —  Queensland law student Ai Takagi and her partner, Yang Kaiheng, were arrested over a report that Singaporean authorities said promoted ‘hostility between different classes’ of the population
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon Inks Internet TV Pacts with ESPN, CBS Sports and Others for College Sports  —  Verizon Communications, gearing up to launch a wireless Internet TV service later in 2015, announced a series of deals for college-sports programming with ESPN, CBS Sports and others — indicating, perhaps …
Discussion: StreetInsider.com and Re/code
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: RAIN News and Music Week
Daniele Lepido / Bloomberg Business:
Sky Italia and telecom company Italia launch internet TV service with 150 channels, 2.5K on-demand shows and films  —  Telecom Italia Starts Internet TV Service With Murdoch's Sky  —  Telecom Italia SpA, the country's largest phone carrier, is starting a new Internet-TV service …
 
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC World News to feature product placement in technology, sport, and travel documentaries, not in news and affairs programming
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Medium's Ev Williams talks about metrics, comments, and getting people to talk with each other
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