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12:20 AM ET, April 17, 2015

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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Some Gawker editorial staff in early stages of trying to unionize  —  Why We've Decided to Organize  —  Some of us on the Gawker Media editorial staff have decided to try to unionize.  Here's a brief explanation.  —  I will say first of all that I'd prefer not to be writing this story yet …
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Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Gawker CEO Nick Denton reacts to union talk: “Successful capitalist enterprises tend to provide good working conditions”
Discussion: @petersterne
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Verizon's video service for wireless customers likely won't have top college games or pro sports, based on current deals  —  Sports Fans May Not Get What They Want With Verizon's New Video Service  —  Verizon has announced more programming for the video service it will roll out this year for its wireless customers.
Discussion: Consumerist
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon Inks Internet TV Pacts with ESPN, CBS Sports and Others for College Sports
Discussion: StreetInsider.com
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 …
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Layoffs Hit Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Magazine  —  While our sister publications The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard continue to experience digital growth, the titles are seeing a realignment of resources today.  FishbowlNY has learned 10 people, including four editorial staffers …
Discussion: The Wrap and LA Observed
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Vanity Fair Updates Article by NBC Reporter Engel  —  Vanity Fair on Thursday updated the account it had published by the NBC News correspondent Richard Engel about his 2012 kidnapping in Syria, stating that he had misidentified his captors.  —  An Editor's Note posted to the top of the article …
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 …
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic Online:
How NPR Tote Bags Became a Thing  —  Tote bags are so synonymous with public broadcasting in the United States that they're as much a physical manifestation of NPR as a radio.  The humble tote bag is, and has been for much of the network's 44-year existence, a powerful brand extension.
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.
Bill Mickey / Folio:
Breaking Media, which runs Fashionista, Above the Law, and other niche sites, raises $1.5M  —  Breaking Media Raises $1.5 Million Round  —  Breaking Media, a network of sites for professionals in the government, legal, fashion and energy markets, raised a $1.5 million round of funding, the company announced.
John McDuling / Quartz:
Stock surge after strong subscriber growth pushes Netflix market cap above CBS Corp., but still far smaller than broadcast rivals owned by conglomerates  —  Netflix is now bigger than CBS  —  Netflix shares are soaring after another outstanding quarter.  And as of right now …
Discussion: Media Wire Daily
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Daily News continues sale talks with supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis and media magnate James Dolan, aiming for price above $150M  —  Daily News in second-round talks with Dolan, Catsimatidis  —  The sale of Mort Zuckerman's Daily News appears to be advancing as the paper meets with its suitors.
Vijaya Gadde / Washington Post:
Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde admits response times to abuse have been inexcusably slow and meager, commits to balancing free speech and safety  —  Twitter executive: Here's how we're trying to stop abuse while preserving free speech  —  Open discussion doesn't mean much if some people are afraid to take part.
 
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Simon Owens / The Daily Dot:
Reddit moderators deserve the same kind of scrutiny we'd give to any prominent media exec or news editor
Daniele Lepido / Bloomberg Business:
Sky Italia and telecom company Italia launch internet TV service with 150 channels, 2.5K on-demand shows and films
Joshua Robertson / Guardian:
Brisbane citizen journalist to keep site going despite Singapore sedition charge
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Associated Press:
Pro-Russian journalist gunned down in Ukraine's capital
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC World News to feature product placement in technology, sport, and travel documentaries, not in news and affairs programming
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Media ethicists say Tampa Bay Times should have alerted Secret Service to White House gyrocopter stunt
 Earlier Picks: 
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Aims at TV, Not HBO, Says CEO Reed Hastings
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Google apologises to newspapers over ‘nonsense’ traffic stats in EU response
Jacob Silverman / The Baffler:
As long as ads pay for journalism, sites like BuzzFeed will grapple with mixing serious journalism and brand-friendly clickbait
Politico:
Spotify hires four lobbyists on issues like competition and licensing, as Justice Department, Congress weigh music streaming
Discussion: RAIN News and Music Week
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Medium's Ev Williams talks about metrics, comments, and getting people to talk with each other
Discussion: @sarahcuda, Thanks:@steverubel