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12:50 PM ET, May 4, 2015

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Comcast Q1 profit grows 10% to $2.06B, NBCUniversal revenue slips 4% to $6.6B  —  Comcast Q1 Profit Rises, Co. Will Focus on X1  —  Media giant Comcast said net income in its fiscal first quarter grew 10% owing to more consumers buying high-speed Internet and business services …
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Tali Arbel / Associated Press:
Comcast now has more Internet subs than TV subs, company exec Neil Smit says in earnings call  —  COMCAST NOW HAS MORE INTERNET THAN CABLE CUSTOMERS  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators' fears about a giant cable company's control …
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:   In earnings call, Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts says company is disappointed over failed TWC merger but has moved on
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Department of Justice looking closely at Apple as it pushes 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 …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Vice TV Network Has Already Sold Three Years' Worth of Ad Time, CEO Says  —  Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith.  Credit: Christopher Lane for Ad Age  —  Vice Media has rung up a series of impressive deals in the past year or so, lining up a $250 million investment from A&E Networks …
Discussion: TVNewser and Capital New York
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Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media Revenue on Track to Reach Close to $1 Billion This Year
Discussion: New York Times and @jyarow
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
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 …
Discussion: @qkatie and @mathewi
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Mediaite Exclusive: New NBC President Andy Lack Reevaluating Much of MSNBC Programming  —  When venerable TV news executive Andy Lack was named the new president of NBC News, it was clear he was given the authority and autonomy from Comcast to clean house.  The Today Show was in desperate need of change …
Discussion: @danabrams
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 …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
NewFronts: Fullscreen Acquires Social Media Studio McBeard  —  Fullscreen is making the push into social content with the acquisition of digital studio McBeard.  —  The 100-person, Los Angeles-based company is joining Fullscreen to grow its ability to develop, produce and distribute social content …
Discussion: The Wrap
Tom Ley / Deadspin:
Journalists Critical Of FIFA Arrested And Detained In Qatar  —  Journalists from the ARD and WDR, two of the biggest public broadcasting networks in Germany, were arrested and detained by the Qatari government while shooting a documentary about the corruption behind FIFA's decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
pulitzer.org:
Paul Gigot, editorial page editor and vice president of Wall Street Journal, named chair of Pulitzer Prize Board  —  Paul Gigot of The Wall Street Journal named new Pulitzer Prize Board Chair  —  New York, N.Y. (May 4, 2015) - Paul Gigot, the editorial page editor and vice president …
Discussion: Politico, @raju and Talking Biz News
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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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Fox Business reporter Charles Gasparino claims that Michael Bloomberg is interested in the New York Times, would pay $5B
Discussion: New York Post
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Two gunmen killed, officer shot outside Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas organized by conservative political personality Pamela Geller
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Brendan Sasso / National Journal:
Democrats press FCC to require that super PACs disclose their major donors in TV and radio ads
Discussion: @lachlan