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2:05 PM ET, March 30, 2016

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Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
Genius adds “report abuse” button and says the web annotation tool does not enable abuse, in response to controversy and letter from US Rep. Katherine Clark  —  Genius responds to Congresswoman Katherine Clark's letter on preventing abuse  —  Over the past few days …
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Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
Annotation Startup Genius to Launch Advertising Business  —  Company known for its music lyric database hires first revenue chief  —  Genius, the music-lyric storehouse and budding Web annotation platform, has accumulated millions of visitors and a stockpile of venture capital cash.
Discussion: Digiday and FishbowlNY
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Inside the launch of Bloomberg's new tech-and-travel series Hello World, and Bloomberg's plans for two more web series to launch within weeks  —  Bloomberg's Hello World tech-and-travel show trades talking heads for Vice-like filmmaking  —  For Bloomberg, making video for the web means rethinking everything …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify raises $1B in convertible debt, led by TPG and Dragoneer  —  Spotify Raises $1 Billion in Debt Financing  —  TPG and Dragoneer Investment Group lead the Spotify debt deal  —  Music-streaming site Spotify AB has raised $1 billion in convertible debt from investors …
Philip Oltermann / Guardian:
Academic journal: Associated Press entered into two-way cooperation with Nazis in order to retain access, allowed regime access to photo archive for propaganda  —  Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis  —  Exclusive: German historian shows how news agency retained access …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
UK's Times and Sunday Times merge websites, which will be updated three times a day to focus on reporting, opinion, and analysis instead of breaking news  —  The Times of London is swearing off breaking news  —  British national newspaper The Times has been behind a hard paywall since 2010.
Mathew Ingram / Fortune:
Obama calls for better journalism but has contributed to problems with jail threats, subpoenas, stonewalling of FOIA, and end runs around traditional media  —  Obama Criticizes the Media, but His Administration Is Part of the Problem  —  It's hard to imagine a politician loving …
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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Fullscreen to launch streaming service April 26, featuring 800 hours of content, including programming from YouTube stars and older TV series for $5 per month  —  Fullscreen Enters Crowded Subscription Video Marketplace  —  Digital media company believes young fans will pay $4.99 a month for Web originals featuring YouTube stars
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh and his assistant sentenced to prison in Hanoi in renewed push against independent media and free expression  —  Vietnamese Bloggers Sentenced to Prison in a Renewed Crackdown on Free Expression  —  A prominent Vietnamese blogger and his assistant …
Discussion: bangkokpost.com
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Tidal claims 3M paying global subs, with 1.35M on the hi-fidelity $20/month tier, and Kanye West's last album surpassed 250M streams within 10 days of debut  —  Tidal Claims Three Million Global Subscribers, Finally Releases Kanye's ‘Pablo’ Stream Numbers  —  The one-year anniversary …
Politico:
Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski charged with simple battery for grabbing ex-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields  —  Trump campaign manager charged with battery  —  Corey Lewandowski faces a misdemeanor charge related to incident with former Breitbart reporter.
Gederts Gelzis / Reuters:
Latvia shuts down pro-Kremlin website Sputnik, drawing Moscow rebuke  —  Latvian authorities have shut down the local version of Russian pro-Kremlin news website Sputnik, drawing an immediate rebuke from Moscow.  —  The Latvian domain of the Russian-owned news site Sputniknews.lv was shut …
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo to skip lavish NewFront event this year, host private event May 4 amid losses in video
Discussion: @petersterne
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Instagram increases video length limit for users from 15 seconds up to 60 seconds, part of a greater expansion into video for the social network
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sony to launch 4K movie streaming service, Ultra, on April 4; titles to sell for $30 and won't be available for rental
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Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
To fend off losses and digital competition, the newspaper market is consolidating; 70 daily newspapers were sold for a combined $827M in 2015
Discussion: @josh_richman, Thanks:@gerryfsmith
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
NFL demands retraction of Times article on player concussions
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud launches SoundCloud Go music subscription service for $9.99 per month in US