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1:47 AM ET, April 16, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
New ASME guidelines remove barriers to editors creating ad content and publishers selling magazine cover ads  —  Magazine Trade Group Overhauls Advertising Guidelines  —  Now OK for Editors Make Ads  —  The American Society of Magazine Editors has overhauled its guidelines …
Discussion: WWD, @heyfeifer and @jayrosen_nyu
American Society of Magazine Editors:
New ASME guidelines recommend that native advertising be clearly labeled and distinguished from editorial content
Discussion: Poynter
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Capital to become POLITICO New York as parent company sets expansion plans  —  Capital will be rebranded and relaunched as POLITICO New York as part of an expansion at its Beltway-based parent company, which is gearing up to roll out new satellite publications across the U.S. and Europe.
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, Thanks:@gerryfsmith
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
The recent loss of two top execs demonstrate the Voice of America's recent decline  —  Signs of Turmoil Seen for Voice of America  —  WASHINGTON — When David Ensor announced last week that he was stepping down as the director of the Voice of America, critics saw the move as the latest sign …
Sriram Sharma / India - The Huffington Post:
Blow To 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 that they are stepping away from Facebook's initiative today.
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.
The Atlantic Online:
What BuzzFeed can learn from Time, USA Today, and MTV  —  The Eternal Return of BuzzFeed  —  What the online juggernaut can learn from Time, USA Today, and MTV  —  Before Nyan Cat, before “Imma let you finish,” even before rickrolling, there was a small startup in New York dedicated to finding pre-viral content online.
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
Luke Bailey / BuzzFeed:
Social Chain is a British viral content company making money through dubious advertising models  —  Meet The Company Secretly Running All Your Favourite Social Media Accounts  —  A group of twentysomethings in Manchester are taking over Twitter in Britain, and making hundreds of thousands of pounds in the process.
David S. Cohen / Variety:
FCC chief Tom Wheeler champions net neutrality in keynote to broadcasters, details spectrum auction plans  —  Seeking Support for Open Internet, FCC Chairman Plays the Cable Card  —  In speech to broadcasters, Wheeler likens web regulations to must-carry rules
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter's new homepage for people not signed in highlights tech, business, and space news, as well as TV, pop artists, politics, and celebrities  —  Twitter unveils a new homepage for people who aren't signed in  —  Twitter spent the past year trying to convince skeptics that its relatively slow progress …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Netflix to adopt HTTPS for customer streams over next year, roll out new TV interface
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Its journalism is behind a paywall, but The Times of London's developers embrace open source
Discussion: Medium
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Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Liberal Democrats set out plans to protect journalists in manifesto
Discussion: Press Gazette
EU Press Room:
EU officially accuses Google of antitrust violations, opens formal investigation on Android
Ryan Thornburg / Idea Lab:
Open N.C.'s Data Dashboard Brings Public Records to Reporters
Discussion: @smalljones