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4:35 AM ET, April 23, 2015


 Top News: 
Michael Geist Blog:
The Great Canadian Copyright Giveaway: Why Copyright Term Extension for Sound Recordings Could Cost Consumers Millions  —  Randy Bachman, the well-known Canadian musician, found himself embroiled in a public fight with Prime Minister Stephen Harper last year when Harper used his song …
Ishmael N. Daro / National Post:
Canadian budget extends copyright for sound recordings and performances from 50 to 70 years; critics say move will cost the public  —  Change to copyright law in federal budget ‘a really bad idea’ as critics worry about threat to artistic freedom  —  Tucked away inside the 500-page budget unveiled …
Felix Salmon / Fusion:
Building a career in digital journalism still requires old-fashioned subject-matter expertise  —  Is there any such thing as a career in digital journalism?  —  One of my obsessions these days is the question of whether there's any such thing as a career in digital journalism.
Wall Street Journal:
FCC staff recommends hearing on Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, a procedure seen as a likely deal-killer  —  FCC Staff Recommends Hearing on Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger  —  Hearing designation order would be setback for deal plans  —  Federal Communications Commission staff recommended …
Greg Wyshynski / Yahoo Sports:
NHL bans media use of Periscope and Meerkat without prior written approval  —  NHL bans media from using Periscope, Meerkat to subvert rights-holders  —  During the Ottawa Senators' push for the playoffs, I pointed my phone at my television, fired up Periscope and streamed a shootout …
Minda Smiley / The Drum:
US internet ad revenues reached an all-time high of $49.5bn last year  —  Digital advertising revenue in the US rose to a record-breaking high of $49.5bn in 2014, a 16 per cent increase from the year prior and the fifth year in a row of double-digit growth, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
Discussion: IAB and Financial Times
Ethan / My heart's in Accra:
Introducing FOLD, a new tool (and a new model?) for storytelling  —  This morning, Center for Civic Media at MIT is releasing a new publishing platform, FOLD.  Alexis Hope (a Masters student in my lab) and Kevin Hu began working on FOLD when they were students in my class News and Participatory Media.
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
Broadcasters will get $950K from remains of Aereo  —  Aereo sold its assets for less than $2 million, so there's not much to fight over.  —  Defunct startup Aereo fought a long legal battle against TV broadcasters, who argued that its scheme to use tiny antennas to broadcast TV over the Internet violated copyright laws.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Rick Seltzer / Baltimore Business Journal:
Sinclair signs Sharyl Attkisson for Sunday morning news push  —  x  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. is wading into the Sunday morning news wars, with plans to launch a show this fall hosted by veteran watchdog reporter Sharyl Attkisson.  —  The move is another foray into original programming …
Discussion: PR Newswire
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Google launches free tool to help AdSense publishers recommend more articles to their readers  —  Google Edges Further Into Hot Content Recommendation Sector  —  Google has rolled out a new free product designed to make it easier for Web publishers to get people to stick around on their sites longer.
Discussion: Inside AdSense
Associated Press:
Associated Press revenue grew 1% in 2014 to $604M, its first gain in six years; 47% of revenue came from TV broadcasters  —  ASSOCIATED PRESS POSTS FIRST REVENUE GAIN IN 6 YEARS  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press boosted its revenue for the first time in six years in 2014 …
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp's total compensation dropped 35.5% to $5.8M in 2014  —  Time Inc. Reveals Compensation for Top Execs  —  TIME INC.'S PAY: Time Inc. revealed total compensation of its top executives in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Tuesday.
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Interview with BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and CEO Jonah Peretti about deleted posts, Pulitzers, and more  —  Ben Smith and Jonah Peretti: The Gawker Interview  —  On April 16, Gawker contacted BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith with evidence that his site had deleted a post criticizing Pepsi …
Sonia Paul / Mediashift:
Survey on attitudes about Middle Eastern media suggests a move away from pan-Arab focus toward local or national media  —  Survey on Media Use in Middle East Shows a ‘Return to the Local’  —  A newly updated survey by the Northwestern University in Qatar reveals an expansive look at attitudes …
Discussion: @mediatwit
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Patrick Frater / Variety:
Hulu Japan takes its first step into original content production with The Last Cop
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says UK press failed to follow-up Snowden because Guardian did not share files
Alexis Sobel Fitts / Columbia Journalism Review:
New York Times apps no longer mimic the homepage as stories are designed by editors specifically for mobile
Erik Malinowski / The New Republic:
How MLB Advanced Media is quietly becoming the industry leader in streaming TV
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Twitter begins automatically filtering notifications of abusive mentions, broadens violent threats policy, and introduces temporary account suspensions
 Earlier Picks: 
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Teen Vogue Debuts Condé Nast's First Sponsored Cover Ad
Luke Mullins / Washingtonian:
Between 2009 and 2013 contributions to the White House Correspondents Association increased 162% while scholarship payouts increased only 10%
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Study: 53% of viewers prefer streaming over live TV, 68% binge-watch, 16% canceled or didn't have pay tv in the last year
Discussion: LostRemote, CNET and Los Angeles Times
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Cybersecurity bill could create the first new exemption to the Freedom of Information Act in nearly half a century
Discussion: Boing Boing
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ofcom investigation finds Sky News did not breach rules by broadcasting police officer murder during Charlie Hebdo attack
Discussion: The Local and Newsmax
Editor in chief John F. Harris and executive editor Matthew Kaminski trade thoughts on the new POLITICO Europe
Discussion: @drudge_report