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10:50 PM ET, April 30, 2015

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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Mobile news app Circa seeking a buyer after failing to secure a new round of venture funding  —  Exclusive: News app Circa is seeking a buyer  —  Mobile news app Circa is seeking a buyer after failing to secure a new round of venture capital funding, Fortune has learned.
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 …
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Vox Media announces it's offering its CMS, Chorus, to advertisers, partnering with agency DigitasLBi, and unveils plans for video series  —  Vox Media begins to monetize its ‘magical’ content platform  —  Chorus, Vox Media's content platform and analytics system, has long been considered …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
NFL secured agreements with CBS, Fox and NBC to prevent reporters from tipping draft picks in advance on social media  —  Good N.F.L. Draft Show or Good Journalism?  League Makes Its Choice Clear  —  The N.F.L. draft should feel like Christmas for Adam Schefter of ESPN …
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: GeekWire, The Verge and Forbes
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Variety:
Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins Bets on Originals to Beat Netflix, Amazon
Discussion: Tech News Today, 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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Daily Caller News Foundation hires Mark Tapscott, executive editor of the Washington Examiner, and two of its reporters  —  Daily Caller nabs Examiner's executive editor  —  The Daily Caller News Foundation, the 501(c)(3)-arm of the conservative media company, has hired the executive editor …
Variety:
Variety Expands to Silicon Valley with Hire of Janko Roettgers  —  Variety, owned by Penske Media Corporation, announced today its first-ever editorial hire based in Silicon Valley, a recognition of the ever-increasing importance of technology in the entertainment business.
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.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
TWC Q1 misses on revenue with $5.78B, adds 30K cable subscribers, sees programming expenses climb 8.4% to $1.42B  —  Time Warner Cable Earnings Fall Short as Comcast Deal Ends … Time Warner Cable Inc., whose merger with Comcast Corp. was called off last week, posted first-quarter profit …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Amazon Instant Video for iOS adds ability to stream content in HD, now works over cellular  —  Amazon Instant Video for iOS finally lets you stream movies and TV in HD  —  Amazon's finally getting around to a much needed update for its Instant Video app on iOS today.
 
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Newspaper Guild Rebrands to ‘NewsGuild’
Discussion: The New York Observer
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Book publishers to provide $250M in free ebooks to low-income students in initiatives tied to Obama's ConnectEd program
Discussion: GalleyCat, USA Today and Reuters
Mohamed Sheikh Nor / Bloomberg Business:
Somalia Gunmen Kill Local Journalist in Central Town, Police Say
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Knight Foundation funds 20 new media and technology projects through its Prototype Fund
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