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2:00 PM ET, April 7, 2016


 Top News: 
Pete Cashmore / LinkedIn Pulse:
Mashable announces layoffs, departures of Chief Content Officer Jim Roberts and Chief Revenue Officer Seth Rogin as site increases emphasis on video  —  Today I Sent This Note to The Mashable Team  —  Last week we announced a funding round to put Mashable on  —  more platforms, including television.
Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
Mashable replaces execs in reorganization, editorial coverage to focus on tech, web culture, entertainment, and business; world news and politics lose verticals  —  Mashable Hires a New CRO and New Chief Content Officer  —  Ed Wise Replaces Seth Rogin as CRO, Greg Gittrich Replaces Jim Roberts as Chief Content Officer
Amanda Meade / Guardian:
Australian reporter Tara Brown and 60 Minutes TV crew detained in Beirut while filming story about Australian children taken to Lebanon by father  —  Australian reporter and TV crew detained while filming story in Beirut  —  Tara Brown and Nine Network staff were filming story …
Sridhar Pappu / New York Times:
Gay Talese ends up with a dim view of social media after a Twitter storm followed his struggle to name an inspiring female writer during a talk  —  Gay Talese Goes Through the Twitter Wringer  —  On Friday, April 1, the 84-year-old writer Gay Talese made his way from New York to Boston …
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Yahoo's sale “book”, circulated among prospective buyers, reveals expected 2016 revenue dropping 15%, earnings by 20%  —  Secrets of the Yahoo Sale ‘Book’ Reveal Financial Meltdown and Big Bet on Mobile Voice Search  —  According to some pages from the “book” …
Serajul Quadir / Reuters:
Liberal Bangladeshi blogger and law student Nazimuddin Samad killed by machete-wielding attackers in Dhaka  —  Liberal Bangladeshi blogger killed by machete-wielding attackers  —  Attackers in Bangladesh wielding machetes killed a liberal blogger, police said on Thursday …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers say Facebook's Suggested Videos program helps bring in new viewers but ad revenue is small  —  Publishers Say Jury Is Still Out on Facebook's Suggested Videos Product  —  Suggested Videos helps pull in new viewers for some, but ad revenue so far is tiny
Discussion: Digiday, Ad Age and Variety
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
How NPR created a 10K strong Facebook group that now operates day-to-day with almost no NPR involvement  —  NPR built a private personal finance Facebook group that now has more than 10,000 members  —  Facebook for most publishers is distribution-first, community-second.
David McCabe / The Hill:
Google pitches its consumer surveys product to campaigns and journalists involved in 2016 election campaign to gain foothold in political polling industry  —  Google eyes move into political polling work  —  Google is using the excitement surrounding the 2016 election to seek a foothold in the political polling industry.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Linking to Pirated Content Is Not Copyright Infringement, Says EU Court Adviser  —  One of the key roles of the EU's Court of Justice is to interpret European law to ensure that it's applied in the same manner across all member states.  —  The Court is also called upon by national courts …
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Garett Sloane / Digiday:
Washington Post Director of Product Joey Marburger says publication is working on “WaPo bot” a chatbot that will talk to readers, research news, and more
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Sources: NFL selected Twitter because it felt Facebook undervalued content rights, has poor monetization model
Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press:
Judge gives final approval to multimillion dollar settlement in Sony Pictures class-action lawsuit filed by former employees after 2014 data breach
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Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Reddit expands its blocking feature, now hides comment responses from the users you block, similar to “muting” on Twitter, as well as blocking personal messages