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12:45 PM ET, April 30, 2015


 Top News: 
Emily Bell / Columbia Journalism Review:
Publishers partnering with Google and Facebook should beware of tech companies' control over content  —  Google and Facebook are our frenemy.  Beware.  —  Google, Facebook, Twitter and any other social platform you care to name would at one time have gone to the corporate stake to defend …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
In earthquake-ravaged Nepal, the BBC is using messaging app Viber to share information and safety tips  —  In the aftermath of last week's earthquake that devastated Nepal, BBC News is today launching an account on the messaging app Viber to publish news, information, and tips for staying safe as the country continues to recover.
Discussion: and @ptaillandier
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Hulu has 9M paid subscribers, up 50% since last year, with viewers streaming 30% more content on average  —  Hulu closes in on 9 million paid subscribers  —  The television-streaming site's members are up 50 percent since last year, CEO Mike Hopkins said, with each subscriber watching more video on average.
Discussion: Forbes and The Verge
Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins Bets on Originals to Beat Netflix, Amazon
Discussion: UPROXX and Splitsider
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times Q1: $14M net loss, 47K new digital subscribers, total revenue down 1.6% to $384M  —  New York Times Co. Reports Loss as Print Ads Decline  —  The New York Times Company posted a $14 million net loss for the first quarter of 2015 as lucrative print advertising suffered a sharp drop-off.
New York Times:
Twitter shares fall an additional 9% on disappointment with weak sales of direct response ads  —  Twitter Troubles Lie in Marketers' Reluctance to Buy New Kind of Ad  —  SAN FRANCISCO — As a company, Twitter is an adolescent — gangly, starry-eyed, growing like a weed and unpredictable.
Jenny Surane / Quartz:
I am editor-in-chief of my college newspaper and the job I trained for no longer exists  —  At age 21, I was handed control of a million-dollar company with more than 250 employees when I was named editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel, the independent student newspaper at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Book publishers to provide $250M in free ebooks to low-income students in initiatives tied to Obama's ConnectEd program  —  Obama pushes reading through e-book, library initiatives  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Thursday that major book publishers will provide …
Mohamed Sheikh Nor / Bloomberg Business:
Somalia Gunmen Kill Local Journalist in Central Town, Police Say  —  Suspected al-Shabaab gunmen raided the home of a Somali reporter in the central town of Baidoa, shooting him, his wife and another person dead, local police said.  —  Authorities are investigating the late Wednesday attack …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
HBO and Showtime sue two streaming sites for piracy in advance of Saturday boxing match, ask for injunction and for ISPs to block sites during match  —  Showtime and HBO Sue Over ‘Pre-Piracy’  —  HBO and Showtime are no stranger to online piracy.  Their TV-shows are pirated millions of times each month.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vevo Names Erik Huggers CEO  —  Erik Huggers, who most recently led Intel's ill-fated attempt to launch an Internet TV service, has joined online music-video distributor Vevo as president and CEO.  —  Huggers' appointment is effective immediately.  The 20-year digital media vet takes …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Al Jazeera America Management in Turmoil Amid Pressure From Parent Company  —  On the heels of an explosive wrongful termination lawsuit, sources report that a major shakeup of operations and programming has been in the works for months at the Al Jazeera America cable news channel.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nielsen to Measure Roku Connected-TV Video Ads  —  Nielsen and Roku are working together to measure video advertising delivered via Roku's 10 million players and smart-TV devices — a development the parties tout as the first connected-TV platform to offer audience guarantees that exist in traditional television.
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Knight Foundation funds 20 new media and technology projects through its Prototype Fund
Paul Schemm / Associated Press:
Iraqi official blames media for Islamic State war failures
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
David Letterman Reflects on 33 Years in Late-Night Television
Jon Erlichman / The Wrap:
Lionsgate Considered Starz Acquisition Before Stock Swap With John Malone
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC offers largest telecom providers $1.7B in subsidies to expand rural broadband
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Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Time Warner execs: TV has to adapt to an on-demand world
Discussion: The Wrap and AdAge
Melissa Bailey / Nieman Lab:
Collaborating across borders: European journalists band together to track the migrant crisis
Benjamin Freed / Washingtonian:
More than 800K NPR clips now available for embedding on any website
Discussion: Poynter and
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