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5:55 AM ET, April 22, 2015


 Top News: 
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 …
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Facebook needs to answer questions about news, including what it's optimizing for, how it sees its role, and how it will use its power  —  “It's not that we control NewsFeed, you control NewsFeed...” Facebook: please stop with this.  —  Of course Facebook doesn't “edit” …
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast's role with Disney and 21st Century Fox partners in the aborted Hulu sale in 2013 raises questions for regulators  —  Comcast Role in Aborted Hulu Sale Raises Questions for Regulators  —  Comcast told partners it would help make Hulu the streaming video platform for the cable TV industry
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Al Franken, Ron Wyden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and two other senators urge FCC and DOJ to block $45.2B Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger  —  Six US senators say Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger should be blocked  —  Al Franken and others call on FCC and DOJ to block $45.2 billion cable deal.
Sam Thielman / Guardian:
Wall Street divided over chances of Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger
Discussion: Free Press Blog
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.
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%
Discussion: Poynter
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Mediagazer introduces ads for media jobs, and Techmeme's job ads now extend to its mobile site  —  For nearly four years, Techmeme has offered space on our front page for companies to advertise that they're hiring, and link their job offerings.  Unlike typical job boards …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Meredith, Publisher of Magazines, Lays Off 100 as It Reorganizes  —  The Meredith Corporation, the publisher of magazines like Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens, laid off about 100 employees on Tuesday as part of a broader revamping.  —  The layoffs, which will reduce Meredith's work force …
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Todd Cunningham / The Wrap:
MPAA Chief Chris Dodd Pushes ‘Where To Watch’ Anti-Piracy Plan  —  Sen. Chris Dodd, the movie industry's top lobbyist, said that legitimate access to Hollywood content would spur creativity and economic growth in the U.S. Tuesday, and he pointed to the MPAA's Where To Watch program as an important tool to provide it.
Amy Gesenhues / Marketing Land:
Incisive Media's ClickZ, SES & Search Engine Watch Acquired By Blenheim Chalcot  —  Incisive Media CEO says sale of its Interactive Marketing divisions will allow his group to focus on its core financial business.  —  A release posted on the websites of both Blehheim Chalcot and Incisive Media confirm …
Ruth Reader / VentureBeat:
Yahoo reports revenues for Q1 of $1.04B, down from $1.08B a year ago, and $0.15 EPS, missing $0.18 EPS estimate; mobile GAAP revenue reached $234M, up 61% YoY  —  Yahoo reports low revenues of $1.04B and $0.15 EPS for Q1, sending stock down 1.5%  —  Yahoo announced its first quarter earnings today …
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
New York Times travel column ‘36 Hours’ to become a TV show  —  The New York Times is adapting one of its most popular columns for the small screen.  —  The 30-minute show will air on the Travel Channel, and will have the same name as the travel column: “36 Hours.”
Scott Collins / Los Angeles Times:
PBS conducting internal review of Ben Affleck's “Finding Your Roots” segment that edited out references to slave-owning ancestors  —  PBS sets internal review over Ben Affleck's ‘Finding Your Roots’ segment  —  PBS might be wishing it hadn't trimmed a branch off Ben Affleck's family tree.
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Wall Street Journal:
NBC Universal and Fox join ESPN in objecting to slimmer FiOS pay-TV packages
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Oday Hatem / Mediashift:
In Iraq, Islamic State Exacts Heavy Toll on Journalists and Their Families
Discussion: @pbsmediashift
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Obama aide Johanna Maska joins LA Times as VP of Marketing and Communications
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
RTL's BroadbandTV acquires YouTube kids MCN YoBoHo for more than $10M
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice launches personal finance YouTube show, “The Business of Life”, with journalist Michael C. Moynihan
Financial Times:
Financial Times taps FT Group data to bring readers premium emerging markets intelligence
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
2015 Pulitzer winner Rob Kuznia now works in PR because he couldn't make a living in journalism