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4:30 PM ET, April 21, 2015

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Facebook:
Facebook tweaks News Feed to show more status updates from friends in lieu of liked stories, says post reach and referral traffic to publishers could decline  —  News Feed FYI: Balancing Content from Friends and Pages  —  Facebook is constantly evaluating what's the right mix of content …
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George Brock:
Facebook's director of news and global media partnerships, Andy Mitchell, deflects questions about the social giant's role as a gatekeeper of news
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Gannett to change name to TEGNA amid print unit spinoff  —  Gannett, the media company that owns USA TODAY and local newspapers and television stations across the country, said Tuesday it'll rename itself TEGNA, reflecting its future as a broadcasting and digital company that will shed publishing businesses.
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Tess Stynes / Wall Street Journal:   Gannett Q1 revenue ahead of company split rose 4.9% to $1.47B; $0.49 EPS, beating estimates; broadcast revenue up 3.8%, publishing revenue down 8.8%
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
2015 Pulitzer winner Rob Kuznia now works in PR because he couldn't make a living in journalism  —  One of Today's Pulitzer Prize Winners Left Journalism Because It Couldn't Pay His Rent.  Now He's in PR.  —  A Bot Made Millions on Wall Street by Reading Tweets.  It Also Ate This Guy's Lunch.
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
Don't hate the arbitrary Pulitzers; hate deferential journalists who use prizes for validation instead of finding it in their work
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
After the launch of its long-awaited web redesign, The Wall Street Journal hopes to spur innovation  —  Edward Roussel said it wouldn't be an exaggeration to call this past year “the busiest 12-month period in The Wall Street Journal's history” as the Journal has built out WSJD …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Daily Show going on hiatus starting Aug 6th until it relaunches with Trevor Noah as host  —  Jon Stewart's last ‘Daily Show’: Aug. 6  —  For a couple of months, there's been haggling inside Comedy Central about precisely when Jon Stewart will depart “The Daily Show.”  —  Now we know the answer: August 6.
Erik Larson / Bloomberg Business:
Aereo to settle broadcasters' copyright claims of more than $99M for $950K  —  Aereo Settles Broadcasters' Claims for Penny on the Dollar  —  Aereo Inc. agreed to pay CBS Corp. and other broadcasters a total of $950,000 to resolve copyright claims totaling more than $99 million …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Esquire Takes 'What I've Learned' Feature to Medium  —  Esquire is launching a content partnership with Medium, the digital publishing platform founded by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, through which the Hearst-owned title will present audio recordings of interviews …
Sky News:
Sky Reports Near-70% Rise In New Customers  —  Fortitude was Sky Atlantic's most successful original drama  —  Sky has announced a big rise in new customer numbers, alongside financial results showing growth in both revenue and profits for its first nine months.
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Kate Holton / Reuters:
Sky reports £1.03B operating profit in Q3, up 20% YoY, sends shares to 14-year high
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice launches personal finance YouTube show, “The Business of Life”, with journalist Michael C. Moynihan  —  Vice News to Bow Personal-Finance Show for Millennials, Sponsored by Bank of America  —  Vice News this week will launch a personal-finance talk show on YouTube …
Guardian:
Piers Morgan questioned for a second time over phone-hacking allegations  —  Former Mirror editor, who is now a TV host and editor-at-large of Mail Online in the US, has always denied he was personally involved in hacking  —  Piers Morgan, the former editor of the Daily Mirror and television host …
Discussion: @piersmorgan and Guido Fawkes
Sam Thielman / Guardian:
Wall Street divided over chances of Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger  —  Comcast prepares to argue its case with Department of Justice on Wednesday for controversial $45.2bn deal that would give it two-thirds of US broadband market  —  As Comcast prepares to meet with the Department of Justice …
Laura Bult / NY Daily News:
HBO orders Williamsburg bar Videology to stop screening ‘Game of Thrones’  —  Lawyers are coming.  —  HBO unleashed “A Song of Ice and Fire” on Brooklyn bar Videology, ordering the rental shop, screening room and watering hole to stop weekly “Game of Thrones” showings.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers take ad-targeting cues for Facebook posts  —  Facebook has been enlarging its role in the publishing ecosystem, from trying to handle publishers' ad targeting to its controversial pitch to getting them to post their articles directly to the social network.  —  Now comes interest targeting.
Editor and Publisher:
BH Media Group Acquires Tulsa Area Newspapers  —  Community Publisher, Inc., ("CPI") of Bentonville, Arkansas announced today that it has sold its six weekly Tulsa area community newspapers and the daily Tulsa Business and Legal News to BH Media Group.  —  Dirks, Van Essen & Murray …
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Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
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Financial Times:
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Oliver Wright / The Independent:
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