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5:40 PM ET, April 14, 2016


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Battery charge against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after incident with ex-Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields is officially dropped  —  Battery Charge Against Corey Lewandowski, Trump Campaign Manager, Is Dropped  —  Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager for Donald J. Trump …
Sacramento Bee:
UC Davis spent $175K to remove references to 2011 pepper-spraying incident from search results  —  UC Davis spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references from Internet  —  UC Davis sought to eliminate negative search results for school and chancellor  —  Strategic communications budget soared during Katehi's tenure
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
The New York Times to invest $50M in global expansion over the next three years, with a team led by international editor Joe Kahn  —  Times sinks $50M into international push with ‘NYT Global’  —  The New York Times will invest $50 million in its global expansion strategy over the next three years …
Lead ICIJ coordinator says organization will release structured data, the internal Mossack Fonseca database, not the 11.5M files, in early May  —  The People and Tech Behind the Panama Papers  —  How Long-Term Infrastructure-Building Enabled the Biggest Leak in Data Journalism History
Discussion: @jaslar, Forbes and Guardian
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
TNR editor in chief Gabriel Snyder is leaving the magazine  —  Gabriel Synder, editor in chief of The New Republic for the past 17 months, is leaving the magazine in the wake of its sale to Win McCormack, POLITICO has learned.  —  The masthead change marks the first big move since McCormack …
Mike Murphy / Quartz:
ESPN to livestream three-day drone racing event on ESPN3 and air one-hour roundup specials for TV, as skeptics question the nascent sport's mainstream appeal  —  Pod racing goes prime time  —  Your browser does not support HTML5 video.  —  There's a hotel in Williamsburg …
Gannett, Hearst, McClatchy, Tribune announce Nucleus Marketing Solutions ad consortium, covering top 30 US markets; ex-Mashable CRO Seth Rogin named CEO  —  Newspaper kingpins launch marketing consortium … Four of America's largest newspaper companies on Thursday announced a marketing cooperative …
Sarah Jeong / Motherboard:
Matthew Keys sentenced to 24 months under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for his role in 2010 LA Times hack, must surrender to custody June 15, plans appeal  —  Former Reuters Journalist Matthew Keys Sentenced to Two Years for Hacking  —  On Wednesday, the infamous former Reuters journalist Matthew Keys …
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
NBCUniversal to Offer Guarantees on Its Data-Driven Ad Targeting  —  Media giant will guarantee television audiences based on data beyond traditional Nielsen TV ratings  —  Ahead of the spring “upfront” presentations to pitch new programming to marketers, NBCUniversal is enhancing its product …
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Google removes search results to articles containing references to celebrity scandal in response to legal requests  —  Google removes links on celebrity injunction couple  —  Internet giant has blocked dozens of search links containing references to star and alleged ‘threesome’ after legal requests
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Study: UK 2015 digital ad spend grew 16.4% YoY to £8.6B, mobile accounted for 30.5% of all digital, up 60% to £2.6B, video up 98% to £353M  —  The UK digital ad market is holding up to challenges  —  The U.K. advertising market seems to have had a fairly resilient 2015 …
Ke Jin / AllChinaTech:
Tencent and Vox Media to produce Chinese version of The Verge with translations and WeChat account  —  Tencent becomes content partner of The Verge in China  —  China's largest Internet service portal Tencent announced on Thursday it will work with American digital media company Vox Media …
Discussion: Tech in Asia
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