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3:45 PM ET, April 28, 2015


 Top News: 
Jack Smith IV / The New York Observer:
Daily Dot confirms funding round; sources say it raised about $10M from another media company  —  The Daily Dot's Island of Misfit Reporters Raises Over $10 Million  —  The Internet's own hometown newspaper has grown rapidly to become NYC media's best-kept secret
David Lieberman / Deadline:
Maker Studios Will Develop Online Videos With Marvel And Other Disney Units  —  Like other digital video providers, Maker Studios is using its NewFront presentation in New York this morning to introduce new shows.  But the short-form content specialist is especially eager to highlight its alliances …
Discussion: The Wrap, CNET and Variety
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
YouTube to roll out several films over next two years with AwesomenessTV, will premiere globally on YouTube
Discussion: Tubefilter
Andrew Desiderio / Mediaite:
CNN Correspondent Hit with Pepper Spray on Live TV: ‘It Definitely Does Hurt’  —  CNN correspondent Ryan Young was hit by pepper spray from Baltimore police officers as they arrested an unruly protester.  The man apparently interrupted peaceful demonstrators by throwing objects into the crowd, and possibly at police.
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
At least five journalists assaulted or injured covering Baltimore riots this week  —  Journalists attacked and injured in Baltimore riots  —  At least five journalists have been beaten or injured in the Baltimore riots this week — including several tonight.  —  A Baltimore Sun photo editor was attacked while taking photos.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
WSJ now has a 40-person video team cranking out over 150 videos a month  —  The Wall Street Journal is zealous about protecting its paywall, and with good reason — circulation revenue contributes nearly half of its total revenue, fueled by more than 900,000 digital subscribers.
Discussion: Forbes, @jackmarshall, E& and @raju
Jo Glanville / The Bookseller:
English PEN director Jo Glanville defends decision to give award to Charlie Hebdo  —  The Charlie Hebdo principle  —  The distaste of eminent writers such as Peter Carey at PEN American Center's decision to honour Charlie Hebdo at its gala next month, highlights once again the fundamental inconsistency …
Francine Prose / Guardian:
Writer who withdrew from PEN gala says she admires Charlie Hebdo's courage, but it does not deserve a PEN award
Omar Oakes / Campaign:
Bloomberg launches Bloomberg Business Europe, first in set of regional brands  —  Bloomberg launches Europe digital brand  —  Bloomberg Media has made two senior appointments to its commercial team, as it launches Bloomberg Business Europe today.  —  Bloomberg Business Europe: launches today
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @justin_b_smith, Thanks:@amandabcowie
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
In 56 days, Kinsey Wilson went from editor for innovation and strategy at the New York Times to Executive Vice President of product and technology  —  Kinsey Wilson's quick rise at the Times  —  On Feb. 2, Kinsey Wilson started working at The New York Times as editor for innovation and strategy …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Hollywood Studios Win Landmark Court Victory Blocking Popcorn Time Sites  —  A High Court Justice in England makes a decision to cut off access even after finding problems with MPAA member arguments.  —  On Tuesday, the Motion Picture Association of America and its members won a big ruling …
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Nic Christensen / mUmBRELLA:
Buzzfeed founder: 'Publishers shouldn't care where people watch their content'  —  Jonah Perretti speaking at the Buzzfeed Newfront in New York  —  The founder of Buzzfeed says publishers are too focused on social media as a driver of traffic to their own assets and are missing a bigger opportunity …
Discussion: Variety
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Mode, formerly Glam, now allows readers to curate a personalized content feed  —  Mode Media Combines Its Websites Under A New Social News App  —  The digital media company formerly known as Glam is launching a new product today for finding curated stories in topics like entertainment, food and fashion.
Michael Rosenwald / Columbia Journalism Review:
New book reveals that New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell fabricated characters  —  'I wish this guy hadn't written this book'  —  Header photo via Wikimedia.  Book cover image courtesy Penguin Random House.  —  About halfway through Thomas Kunkel's remarkable new biography of Joseph Mitchell a feeling of dread swept over me.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Fashion and lifestyle site Refinery29 raises $50M at $290M valuation, led by WPP Ventures and Scripps Networks Interactive  —  Refinery29 Joins the Big Media Startup Club, With a $50 Million Funding Round  —  It's no longer surprising when investors write big checks to a media startup.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
After just six months, Nina Lawrence is out as publisher of Time Inc.'s InStyle  —  Nina Lawrence Is Out as Publisher of InStyle  —  Time Inc. has let InStyle Publisher Nina Lawrence go less than six months after the company hired her, a Time Inc. spokeswoman confirmed.
Discussion: Media Wire Daily and WWD
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Chris Morran / Consumerist:
HBO CEO Brushes Off Idea Of Simultaneously Releasing All Episodes Of A Show
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
As part of international expansion, BuzzFeed will be in six new locations by end of 2015
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cablevision to Sell Hulu Plus to Broadband Subscribers
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Amazon starts making ads from Kindle e-books for advertisers that are not selling products and services on the e-commerce site
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Netflix will have to consider ads to make a profit, says Sir Martin Sorrell
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud Opens Its Podcasting Features To Everyone
Discussion: The Next Web and @viticci
Greg Howard / Deadspin:
The inside story of how Jason Whitlock perpetuated the troubled launch of ESPN's black-interest site, The Undefeated
Jared Malsin / Guardian:
Egyptian committee investigating evidence against two Al Jazeera journalists tells court they didn't fabricate video footage
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Discussion: @jonathanshainin and BBC
Malathi Nayak / Reuters:
Verizon says CBS Sports Network will be available on ‘Custom TV’
Ayman al-Warfalli / Reuters:
Islamic State kills five journalists working for Libyan TV station-army official
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Google and eight European publishers plan Digital News Initiative to develop news business models, with $163M Google innovation fund