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5:05 PM ET, April 17, 2015

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David McLaughlin / Bloomberg Business:
Sources: US Justice Department lawyers leaning against Comcast merger with Time Warner Cable, could submit recommendation next week  —  U.S. Antitrust Lawyers Said to Be Leaning Against Comcast Merger  —  Staff attorneys at the Justice Department's antitrust division are nearing a recommendation …
Frances Robles / New York Times:
PR agency claiming to represent owner of cop-shooting video now charging one-time fee of $10K, sending news organizations cease and desist letters  —  Fee to Be Charged for Video of South Carolina Shooting, Publicist Says  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The video of a North Charleston police officer shooting …
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Caroline Davies / Guardian:
Operation Elveden: more journalists cleared of paying public officials  —  The Sun's Tom Wells, Neil Millard and Brandon Malinsky, and former Daily Mirror reporter Graham Brough not guilty of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office  —  More journalists have been cleared …
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Joshua Rozenberg / Guardian:
Operation Elveden: Andy Coulson and eight other cases dropped by DPP  —  No evidence will be offered in case of nine journalists, including former editor of News of the World, facing trial over leaks from public officials  —  The director of public prosecutions is abandoning the future prosecutions …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
YouTube competitor Vessel raises a $57.5M Series B round led by IVP, just weeks after launch  —  Vessel raises $57.5m funding to expand its ‘first window’ for YouTube creators  —  Silicon Valley heavyweight IVP joins US startup's investors, and predicts it could be as successful as Netflix and Twitter
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Verizon offering FiOS TV packages with mix-and-match channel packs that viewers can swap out each month; plans start at $54.99  —  Verizon's New Pay TV Pitch Isn't A La Carte TV.  But It's Getting Closer.  —  People who say they hate paying for cable TV often say they only want to pay …
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reuters' Baghdad bureau chief on why he fled Iraq  —  Once Ned Parker saw his face plastered across an Iraqi television channel, he knew he had to flee.  On April 3, Reuters' Baghdad bureau chief helped chronicle in gruesome detail the lynching of ISIS captives by government and paramilitary forces.
Discussion: @daviduberti and NPR
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Bill Trott / Reuters:   Iraqi PM seeks more security for Reuters bureau in Baghdad
James Cook / Business Insider:
Andy Chen, CEO of Jay Z's music streaming site, Tidal, exits company as 25 employees are “forced to leave”  —  The CEO of Jay Z's music streaming site Tidal has left the company  —  Andy Chen, CEO of Aspiro, the Swedish music streaming company acquired by rapper Jay Z for $56 million in March, has left the company.
Discussion: VentureBeat and SlashGear
Scroll.in:
Publishing shakeup: Chiki Sarkar and four others quit Penguin Random House India  —  India's publishing world has just been shaken and stirred â€' yet again â€' by movements at the top.  This time in the form of the sudden, coordinated exit of five â€' you read …
Philip Wen / Sydney Morning Herald:
Chinese journalist Gao Yu jailed for 7 years for leaking state secrets  —  The 71-year-old journalist was detained before the 25th anniversary of the suppression of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square.  —  Beijing: A respected veteran Chinese journalist has been sentenced to seven years jail …
Mark Duffy / Digiday:
Native ads don't sell products or influence consumers but do compromise editorial content  —  Copyranter: Native advertising on editorial websites doesn't work  —  Mark Duffy has written the Copyranter blog for 10 years and is a freelancing copywriter with 20-plus years of experience.
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix marketing shifts to focus more on original programs and international markets  —  How Netflix Is Shaking Up Its Marketing Strategy  —  Netflix is betting that consumers want to hear a little less about Netflix and a little more about “House of Cards.”
Matthew Wall / BBC:
Zuckerberg defends Internet.org after Indian companies pull out, says project not incompatible with net neutrality  —  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg hits back in Internet.org India row  —  Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg believes Internet.org is not a threat to net neutrality
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
The details of Engel's kidnapping story raise more difficult questions for NBC News  —  Rieder: Syria story means more trouble for NBC News  —  The last thing NBC News needs is another serious problem.  But it looks like it's got one.  —  It's bad enough that the network has to figure …
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Emily Steel / New York Times:
Vanity Fair Updates Article by NBC Reporter Engel
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Times
 
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Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Court-appointed monitor in ebooks antitrust case says Apple's cooperation has sharply declined
John McCarthy / The Drum:
NUJ condemns Express owner Richard Desmond's £1.3m Ukip donation
Discussion: Guardian, Guardian and Press Gazette
Shaun Walker / Guardian:
Hollywood's Child 44 pulled in Russia after falling foul of culture ministry
Discussion: Uatoday.tv and Featured Articles
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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
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic Online:
How NPR Tote Bags Became a Thing
Bill Mickey / Folio:
Breaking Media, which runs Fashionista, Above the Law, and other niche sites, raises $1.5M
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Gawker CEO Nick Denton reacts to union talk: “Successful capitalist enterprises tend to provide good working conditions”
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Layoffs Hit Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Magazine
Discussion: The Wrap and LA Observed