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8:55 AM ET, May 4, 2015

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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Periscope Piracy Sets Up Grudge Match: Hollywood vs. Twitter  —  Dick Costolo's triumphant tweet could come back to haunt him  —  Forget Mayweather-Pacquiao.  There's a more interesting fight brewing between Twitter and Hollywood.  —  The piracy of Saturday's welterweight boxing championship enabled …
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Christina Warren / Mashable:
How Periscope users experienced the readily-available pirate streams of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight last night  —  I watched the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight on Periscope and saw the future  —  Like millions of others across the world, I watched the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in a living room surrounded by other boxing fans.
Alex Stedman / Variety:
Service issues hit Comcast, TWC, DirecTV, and Charter ahead of big boxing match
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Comcast Q1 profit grows 10% to $2.06B, NBCUniversal revenue slips 4% to $6.6B  —  Comcast Q1 Profit Rises 10% On Growth In High-Speed Services  —  Media giant Comcast said net income in its fiscal first quarter grew 10% owing to more consumers buying high-speed Internet and business services …
Erin Griffith / Fortune:
How companies like BuzzFeed, Vice, and Tastemade are aggressively expanding into online video, experimenting with the format to attract viewers and advertisers  —  The (very) big fight for the small screen  —  A rising class of Internet video companies is challenging the supremacy of broadcast TV …
Poynter:
Freelancers often face contract clauses that leave them liable for legal claims  —  Indemnity clauses leave freelancers open to lawsuits  —  Forbes contributor Dolia Estevez is on her own.  —  Two years ago, Estevez identified a former spokesperson for Mexican president Felipe Calderon as one of the …
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Digital publishers like AOL and Lin Digital try to grab TV morning show ad dollars with morning shows of their own  —  Digital players want a slice of the morning show pie  —  At this year's “Newfront” presentations, traditional and digital publishers have pushed video hard …
Discussion: @aubernalevy and @alexweprin
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
YouTube stops working on pre-2013 smart TVs and iPads, after Google software update  —  You buy the TV, Google ‘upgrades’ its software and then YouTube doesn't work ...  id you buy a smart TV or set-top box or tablet any time before January 2013?  Do you watch YouTube on it, perhaps through an app?
Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media Revenue on Track to Reach Close to $1 Billion This Year  —  Vice Media's transition from youthful upstart on the media landscape to mainstream player is complete after it was revealed that the company was on track to make close to a $1 billion in revenue in 2015.
Discussion: New York Times and @jyarow
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
DOJ looking at Apple as it is pushing record labels to ditch free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch  —  Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch  —  The Department of Justice is looking closely into Apple's business practices in relation …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Sources: Twitter was looking to acquire Mic in November, is interested in media companies supposedly to help it more quickly test its tools for publishers  —  Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook are at war over the future of news  —  In late November, Twitter CFO Anthony Noto accidentally sent …
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
Charter and Time Warner Cable execs in friendly talks about merging  —  Charter Expresses Interest in Friendly Deal Talks With Time Warner Cable  —  Charter Communications-backer John Malone called Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus in recent days  —  Top executives close to Charter Communications Inc …
 
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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook to host content with ‘Instant Articles’ initiative starting later this month, will offer publishers 100% of revenue if they sell their own ads