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4:20 PM ET, May 1, 2015


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Circa's core ideas are compelling but it has been unable to find a large enough audience to attract additional investment  —  Circa, the buzzed-about mobile news app, is running out of money  —  Back in December, News Corp's Raju Narisetti sent in his contribution for our annual Predictions for Journalism package.
Discussion: @srikardr, @chrisboutet and @justinnxt
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Mobile news app Circa seeking a buyer after failing to secure a new round of venture funding
Music streaming service Grooveshark shuts down to settle infringement  —  (Reuters) - Online music streaming service Grooveshark, admitting “very serious mistakes,” shut down its operations as part of a settlement with major record labels, joining the ranks of several now-defunct peers sued over copyright infringement.
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Spotify raises $350M at $8B valuation: Sources  —  Music streaming service Spotify raised $350 million in a new funding round, sources told CNBC.  Before the recently raised cash, the company was valued at $8 billion.  (Tweet this)  —  Goldman Sachs' institutional clients took part in the fundraising, sources added.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
After nearly 5-year hiatus, WikiLeaks relaunches its secrets submission system in beta  —  WIKILEAKS FINALLY BRINGS BACK ITS SUBMISSION SYSTEM FOR YOUR SECRETS  —  It's taken close to half a decade.  But WikiLeaks is back in the business of accepting truly anonymous leaks.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Dawn Chmielewski / Re/code:
Hong Kong's South China Morning Post Launches International Edition (Q&A)  —  Hong Kong's oldest English-language newspaper launched an international edition in April as it seeks to capitalize on the world's growing interest in China.  —  The South China Morning Post will look to expand …
Discussion: E&, Washington Post, @dawnc331 and @recode
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC Jimmy Savile abuse report delayed at police request  —  Metropolitan police says publication of Dame Janet Smith's report could prejudice ongoing investigations  —  The BBC has decided to delay publication of the report into sexual abuse at the corporation after police said it could prejudice ongoing investigations.
Discussion: Yorkshire Post and BBC
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Everything I Know About Journalism in 395 Words  —  On Wednesday night, I taught my last class of the semester at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and my last class there for the foreseeable future.  (I will be teaching an opinion-writing class at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in the fall.)
Shadi Rahimi / Poynter:
How AJ+ reported from Baltimore using only mobile phones  —  I came to AJ+, Al Jazeera's new social media and app-first unit, last summer after spending several years reporting on the revolution in Egypt.  In Cairo, mobile phones were the primary method of sharing news from the street.
Discussion: TVNewser
Stan Alcorn /
Latest episodes of the top 100 iTunes podcasts: 186 ads total, no ads on one-third, many ads have coupon codes making it easy to measure return on investment  —  Inside the weird world of podcast advertising  —  The most listened-to podcasts come mostly from public radio: Serial, Invisibilia, This American Life.
John Carpenter / Chicago Tribune:
Dominic White / Sydney Morning Herald:
HuffPost Australia hires Tory Maguire as first editor-in-chief  —  HuffPost Australia, a joint venture between The Huffington Post and Fairfax Media, has appointed News Corp journalist Tory Maguire as its first editor-in-chief.  —  The news and opinion website is due to launch …
Discussion: Guardian, @ariannahuff and mUmBRELLA
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Emmet McDermott / Hollywood Reporter:
Tidal's Uphill Battle: Top Exec Speaks Out on “Unfair” Media and Who Really Wants It Dead
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
A&E Networks still needs carriage deal with DirectTV in order to launch Vice channel on TV
Discussion: Adweek
Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg Business:
News Corp., Pearson Face Russia Decision Under Putin Laws
Discussion: Reuters
Peter Hobson / The Moscow Times:
Sanoma sells United Press, publisher of Moscow Times, to former Kommersant chief executive, also sells minority stake in Vedomosti
 Earlier Picks: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Daily Caller News Foundation hires Mark Tapscott, executive editor of the Washington Examiner, and two of its reporters
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
Brad Reed / BGR:
Comcast is working on its own online video service that it thinks can rival YouTube
Discussion: The Information