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1:05 AM ET, April 16, 2016


 Top News: 
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Obama backs FCC proposal to open the cable set-top box market to third-party vendors  —  Obama to Help Push for Open Market for Cable Set-Top Boxes  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce on Friday his support for opening the market for cable set-top boxes, singling out the devices …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Departing New York Times public editor reflects on the tension of handling complaints, newsroom defensiveness, and defends Style section trend stories  —  Five Things I Won't Miss at The Times — and Seven I Will  —  While preparing to leave the public editor's office and move to Washington …
Jay Barmann / SFist:
Journalist and Recode co-founder Kara Swisher says she plans to run for San Francisco mayor in 2023  —  Tech Writer Kara Swisher Announces Plan To Run For SF Mayor... In Seven Years  —  Tech journalist and Re/code co-founder Kara Swisher has spent two decades sniffing around board rooms …
Germany to prosecute German comic Jan Boehmermann over poem satirizing Turkish president Erdogan  —  Merkel Allows Probe of German Comedian Over Erdogan Satire  —  German satirist read lewd poem lampooning Turkish president  —  Merkel reliant on Erdogan to hold to refugee agreement
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
Sling is working on AirTV box able to stream local TV channels, FCC filing shows  —  AirTV Streams Local Channels Directly Into Sling TV … Last summer, I came across a curious Echostar trademark application for “AirTV” which was later discovered to be a pedestrian new Slingbox out of Echo's Sling Media subsidiary.
Cara Griffith / Forbes:
Politico is seeking $205K in tax credits from California as it makes plans to add 41 Sacramento employees  —  Should A News Company Accept Tax Credits?  —  An April 6 news article out of Sacramento caught the eye of an editor in my office.  The story provides details about companies that are applying for tax credits in California.
Guido Fawkes:
The Irish Times on sale in England may have breached injunction by naming site that revealed celebrity identities, making it easy to find information online  —  Irish Times Breaks Celebrity Threesome Injunction  —  Yesterday Guido gave an interview* to the Irish Times about the Celebrity Threesome Injunction.
Discussion: Guardian, Talking New Media and IOL
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
Media organizations win right to report anonymized issues on injunction hearing of alleged celebrity threesome
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources: Disney in advanced talks for equity stake in BAM Tech, the streaming video unit of MLB Advanced Media  —  Disney wants to invest in Major League Baseball's video streaming company  —  Disney is in talks to invest in pro baseball's video streaming business — a sign that the media giant wants …
Discussion: @mathewi and Home Media Magazine
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: Verizon readying all IP-based set-top box using OnCue tech, with pay-tv, online services; testing to begin this summer, available Q3 or Q4  —  Verizon Readies Next-Gen TV Service for Launch Later This Year (Exclusive)  —  Verizon is quietly getting ready to launch …
Louise Watt / Associated Press:
China's live-streaming sites offer chance to gain cash, fame  —  BEIJING (AP) — China's live-streaming sites have become a burgeoning cottage industry, offering money-making opportunities and even stardom to their mostly female hosts and an entertaining new alternative for millions of viewers …
Noah Kulwin / Re/code:
Vice Media and Writer's Guild reach union contract agreement, affecting about 70 digital writers; formal vote to be held next week  —  Vice Media is the second big digital publisher to unionize  —  When Gawker Media editorial workers successfully reached a contract agreement at the end of February …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix to Expand Audio Descriptions for Blind Subscribers  —  Company to enhance access for visually impaired people under settlement with advocacy groups  —  Netflix reached a wide-ranging three-year deal with advocacy groups for the blind, under which it has pledged to add audio-description tracks …
Discussion: Consumerist
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Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Col Allan, editor-in-chief of the New York Post and longest-serving editor at News Corp, is retiring, will be succeeded May 1 by Sunday editor Stephen Lynch
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Dennis Coday / National Catholic Reporter:
Catholic News Service Editor-in-Chief Tony Spence is forced to resign after criticism by blogs that accused him of promoting LGBT agenda
Sacramento Bee:
UC Davis spent $175K to remove references to 2011 pepper-spraying incident from search results