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11:50 AM ET, May 1, 2015


 Top News: 
Grooveshark ceases operations as a result of settlement with major record companies, offers apology  —  Today we are shutting down  —  Today we are shutting down Grooveshark.  We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music.
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications have held acquisition talks with Bright House  —  Bright House Emerges as a Player in the New Cable Drama  —  Comcast's failed bid for Time Warner Cable puts spotlight on Newhouse business  —  The collapse of Comcast Corp. 's bid to acquire …
Brad Reed / BGR:   Comcast is working on its own online video service that it thinks can rival YouTube
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.
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 …
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: BBC and Yorkshire Post
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.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
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
Emmet McDermott / Hollywood Reporter:
Tidal's Uphill Battle: Top Exec Speaks Out on “Unfair” Media and Who Really Wants It Dead  —  Tidal executive Vania Schlogel says the platform isn't about the rich getting richer; it's about nurturing struggling artists.  She also explains the truth beyond Jay Z's tweets and tackles Apple rumors head on …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
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 …
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 …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
A&E Networks still needs carriage deal with DirectTV in order to launch Vice channel on TV  —  New Vice cable channel needs to clear DirecTV  —  A+E Networks is ready to move forward its new Vice cable channel, but it still needs to make a deal with satellite video provider DirecTV to carry it.
Discussion: Adweek
Peter Hobson / The Moscow Times:
Sanoma sells United Press, publisher of Moscow Times, to former Kommersant chief executive, also sells minority stake in Vedomosti  —  Russian Businessman Buys The Moscow Times  —  Finnish media group Sanoma said Thursday it would sell The Moscow Times to a Russian businessman …
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John Carpenter / Chicago Tribune:
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Ilya Khrennikov / Bloomberg Business:
News Corp., Pearson Face Russia Decision Under Putin Laws
Discussion: Reuters and New York Times
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Sharon Weinberger / The Intercept:
A look at an Al Qaeda spokesman who was source for journalists and who died in missile strike
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
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Hulu has 9M paid subscribers, up 50% since last year, with viewers streaming 30% more content on average
Discussion: GeekWire and The Verge