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5:35 PM ET, April 19, 2015


 Top News: 
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
BuzzFeed review itemizes reasons for post deletions; ad pressure led to three in 2013 and 2014  —  BuzzFeed Deleted Posts Under Pressure from Its Own Business Department  —  Earlier this week, BuzzFeed launched an internal review of any posts that its editors or writers had deleted …
Hadley Freeman / Guardian:
Jon Stewart: why I quit The Daily Show  —  Stewart's decision to retire as host of the satirical news show after 16 years has left liberal America in mourning.  So why is he leaving just before an election - and what will happen when he steps out from behind the desk?
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast, TWC will meet with Department of Justice for the first time since the merger was announced to negotiate concessions that could ease regulatory approval  —  Comcast and Time Warner Cable to Meet With DOJ to Negotiate Merger  —  Regulators examining whether Comcast lived up to NBCUniversal deal concessions, sources say
Discussion: Engadget, Reuters and The Verge
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 …
Bloomberg Business:
If Comcast-TWC deal collapsed, related Charter and Bright House deals would be affected
Discussion: The Week
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
How the New York Times is adjusting to writing headlines optimized for search engines and social media  —  Hey, Google!  Check Out This Column on Headlines  —  THE headline was perfect: “China's Tensions with the Dalai Lama Spill Into the Afterlife.”  Engaging, informative and clever …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How The Forward, 118 years old, is remaking itself as the American Jewish community changes  —  Almost from the day The Forward began publishing in 1897 — as a daily, left-leaning Yiddish-language newspaper on the Lower East Side of Manhattan — it's been losing readers.
Discussion: New York Post
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Fusion to Turn Its Snapchat Channel Into a Network With Five New Shows  —  All Five Series Will Air Vertically in Fullscreen, Which Is Unique to Snapchat  —  The second season of Fusion's Snapchat series ‘Outpost’ will premiere on April 22.  —  Four International News Publishers Team Up for Programmatic Offering
Recode's Kara Swisher reflects on Yahoo, newspapers, early bloggers, Arianna Huffington, venture capital, and more  —  Kara Swisher  —  Kara Swisher is the co-CEO of Revere Digital, the co-executive editor of Re/Code and the co-executive producer of The Code Conference.
Discussion: @caseynewton and @digiphile
Sarah Jeong / Forbes:
New York Times gets fair-use rules wrong in story about cop-shooting video, and multiple outlets reblog without questioning premise  —  The News Media's Use of the Walter Scott Video Is - Surprise!  - A Newsworthy Use  —  The New York Times reports that publicity and celebrity management …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Marketers and publishers still trying to find a way to measure native advertising success and return-on-investment  —  Native Advertising Measurement Is All Over The Map  —  So-called native advertising is the shiny new object in digital media.  Publishers love selling it, and marketers are increasing their investments in it.
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
New York Times' experiment in curated aggregation finds an audience who returns to homepage after clicking links  —  Six months of front-page aggregation for the Times  —  In September 2014, The New York Times began an ambitious experiment in aggregation, and did it in a very public way …
Discussion: @wblau
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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
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Mari Yamaguchi / Associated Press:
Japan's ruling party questions execs from two TV networks about programs containing “distorted materials”, raising questions about press intimidation
Discussion: Guardian
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix marketing shifts to focus more on original programs and international markets
Discussion: @asharma