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PRNewser: Any Internet trail that culminates with Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan responding to Target with – “Take a moment to contemplate how low the bar for heroism in corporate communications must be…” – is definitely worth catching up to.

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TVNewser: On last night’s The O’Reilly Factor, the host detailed flack received from viewers for his recommendation of Hawaii as a vacation spot. His response amounted to The Big Advice.

GalleyCat: One measure of a man is how much their doodle can fetch at auction. With a few days still to go, Neil Gaiman has already reached neighborhood-pub #humblebrag levels.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Apple to Buy Beats | Time Inc. Spin-off Set | House Questions Comcast Merger

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Apple in Talks for $3.2 Billion Beats Deal (Financial Times)
Apple is closing in on its largest ever acquisition with the planned $3.2 billion purchase of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming operator founded by music producer Jimmy Iovine and the hip-hop star Dr. Dre. The deal could be announced as early as next week, people familiar with the negotiations said, but they cautioned that some details had yet to be agreed upon and talks could still fall apart. GigaOM While Beats Electronics is best known for its premium headphones, it launched a streaming music service, Beats Music, in January. According to the report, the streaming service would be included in the deal. Apple runs its own streaming music service, iTunes Radio. NYT / DealBook For Apple, whose revenue growth has slowed sharply in the last few years, the deal could point to a headlong move into the frontier of streaming music. iTunes Radio has been slow to enter the streaming world. At over $3 billion, the Beats acquisition would be a major departure for Apple, which under Steve Jobs favored smaller deals. CNET Beats Music debuted with a powerful billing and marketing partnership with AT&T and it has reportedly been growing quickly. Although the company has yet to disclose hard and fast subscriber numbers, industry estimates peg the total at about 200,000. The talks come as trends in music purchasing are shifting to subscription services. Data from the Recording Industry Association of America found that paid subscription services grew the fastest of all digital formats last year, rising to 57 percent, while revenues from permanent digital downloads that are iTunes’ specialty declined 1 percent. Mashable Apple has ramped up its pace of acquisitions in recent months. CEO Tim Cook has said in the past that he’s open to the idea of making 10-figure acquisitions. Apple stock was down by a little less than 0.5 percent in after-hours trading following the report.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: CNN Slashes Jobs | Networks Cover Benghazi Emails | Viacom Profit Up

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50 Positions Cut Across CNN (TVNewser)
CNN has eliminated at least 50 positions across several divisions. Employees in New York, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta at CNN Digital, CNN Money, Newsgathering and the CNN Library were told their positions are changing. Thursday’s cuts follow the elimination of 16 positions last month from the image and sound unit in Atlanta. A CNN insider said the changes are related to the integration of television and digital newsgathering. Capital New York There is not expected to be any reduction in employee headcount. While some positions are being eliminated, the same number of new jobs will be created, albeit with different descriptions or responsibilities. CNN is encouraging affected employees to apply for the new jobs, which are expected to start posting as early as this week. TheWrap CNN president Jeff Zucker met with newsroom reporters on Thursday to tell them the bad news. The cuts mainly affect news producers and managers, some of whom will be invited to reapply for new or “updated” positions at lower salaries. The insider said Zucker’s plan is to reduce packaged news stories to three or four per day and described the reaction in the newsroom as “shell-shocked.” Variety Under Zucker, the news network has been placing more emphasis on live coverage of breaking events as well as documentaries, leaving less room for the creation of pre-taped video packages that had been more of a staple on the network. THR / The Live Feed With the Time Inc. spinoff from Time Warner set for later this year, the CNN Money website is planning on separating Fortune magazine into a standalone entity on June 1. Fortune and Money magazines are currently housed on the CNN Money site.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Gawker Lawsuit is Dismissed

Quentin Tarantino attempt to sue Gawker for copyright infringement has hit a road block. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a federal judge has granted Gawker’s motion to have the case dismissed.

Tarantino had sued Gawker because the site posted a link to the leaked script of Tarantino’s film, The Hateful Eight. Gawker then countered that it didn’t break any copyright laws because there’s no proof that anyone who clicked on the Gawker link saved, copied or reproduced the script. Unfortunately for Tarantino, the federal judge sided with Gawker.

“Nowhere in these paragraphs or anywhere else in the complaint does Plaintiff [Tarantino] allege a single act of direct infringement committed by any member of the general public that would support Plaintiff’s claim for contributory infringement,” read the court ruling. “Instead, Plaintiff merely speculates that some direct infringement must have taken place.”

Tarantino and his lawyer have until May 1 to correct their complaint and resubmit it. That means this isn’t officially over, even though it really should be.

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Gawker Editor Kicks OMG, WTF and Other Terms to the CMS Curb

GawkerPoynter’s Andrew Beaujon has the memo from Gawker editor-in-chief Max Read. And may we just say – in the spirit now of #ThrowbackThursday – that said memo is “epic.”

Epic is one of several words no longer welcome in the Gawker Media CMS. From the Beaujon-finagled memo:

We want to sound like regular adult human beings, not BuzzFeed writers or Reddit commenters. Therefore: No “epic.” No “pwn.” No “+1.” No “derp.” No “this”/”this just happened.” No “OMG.” No “WTF.” No “lulz.” No “FTW.” No “win.” No “amazeballs.” And so on. Nothing will ever “win the Internet” on Gawker. As with all rules there are exceptions. Err on the side of the Times, not XOJane.

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Airbnb Sex Party Victim: It’s All About Finding the Outlets Most Likely to ‘Sneeze’ Your Viral Content

Talk about backing into some media outreach.

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Thanks to Inc. reporter Will Yakowicz, there is now a highly entertaining granular record of how Chelsea apartment dweller Ari Teman was able to recover from unwittingly airBNB-ing his place to a sex party organizer.

Teman, a stand-up comic, figures that the now-infamous “XXX Freak Fest” did $67,000 worth of damage to his place. Subtract the $23,000 he’s getting from Airbnb and that still leaves this tenant with a large amount of ground to make up:

From there, Teman commenced a calculated campaign to publicize the story. He started with Gawker, BuzzFeed and Gothamist and word quickly spread. The story has now been in 83 print and online publications around the world. Teman also has been a guest on 27 radio shows including Howard Stern and Opie and Anthony, and about a dozen TV shows like Fox’s Good Day NY, CBS’s The Couch and even news programs in Australia and Israel…

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Gawker Reviewer: I’m Going Back Only if ‘On the Brink of Death by Starvation’

GawkerLOXThe second installment of Gawker’s nascent series “The Best Restaurant in New York” is a mensch. Reviewers Caity Weaver and Rich Juzwiak offer up an oral history of their evaluation of The Jewish Museum joint LOX New York City.

Neither one of them is Jewish, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Twitter handle appearances to the contrary. And neither one of them was too impressed by the museum cafe, although the assignment did deliver a possible new personal catchphrase related to LOX’s “Signature Sandwich” of seasonal sake-infused lox, ricotta and farmer cheese spread, torched tomatoes and chopped onions on black bread:

Juzwiak: The sandwich was kind of… hard. It was cute when you asked me, while picking at my plate (which, for the record, I invited you to do), “Got any more loose onions?” Mostly because it reminded me of a time that a woman asked me, “Got any spare pants?” when I was in a parking lot of a North Philly mini-mart. “Got any more loose onions?” was my favorite part of my sandwich.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Facebook Buys Oculus | Atlantic Makes Changes | Amazon Credits eBooks

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Facebook Bets $2 Billion on Virtual Reality (Financial Times)
Facebook is making a $2 billion bet that virtual reality headsets will be the next big social platform after computers and smartphones, with the sudden acquisition of Oculus VR. The deal marks an unexpected move by the world’s largest social network into the hardware business, at a time when arch-rival Google is investing in robots, its own Google Glass headset and other long-term ventures. Facebook believes that virtual reality’s applications could extend beyond gaming into entertainment and education. AllFacebook The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter, and it is comprised of $400 million in cash, 23.1 million shares of Facebook class-A common stock (worth $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of $69.35 for the 20 trading days leading up to March 21) and $300 million in potential cash and stock based on reaching certain unspecified milestones. Facebook said in its announcement that more than 75,000 orders have been placed for Oculus Rift development kits, adding that it plans to help Oculus expand into verticals including communications and media. Adweek The Irvine, Calif.-based company’s Rift headset covers the eyes of users and plants them in a virtual reality world in which they can play games, watch movies and interact in new ways. GigaOM Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that he sees Oculus as an opportunity to move beyond the console and toward ubiquitous computing. He doesn’t expect Facebook to make money off of selling Oculus hardware; instead, it might become a ubiquitous world for communication that might contain advertising. “Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face — just by putting on goggles in your home,” Zuckerberg explained. Bloomberg The deal follows a spate of acquisitions that Facebook has used to build up its mobile business. Last month, the company agreed to purchase messaging application WhatsApp for $19 billion. In 2012, Facebook bought mobile photo-sharing program Instagram for about $700 million. Facebook had $11.4 billion in cash and investments at the end of 2013.

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Character Actor James Rebhorn Saves His Best for Last

JamesRebhornPicOne of the most similarly elegant summaries of the self-obituary written by James Rebhorn shortly before the character actor passed away last Friday comes from Globe and Mail TV writer Andrew Ryan. The Canadian reporter notes:

Rebhorn’s most endearing thoughts go toward his wife, Rebecca, and their two daughters, Emma and Hannah… Rebhorn also takes the time to suggest his daughters keep their mourning to a minimum.

Gawker’s Dayna Evans and others have described the obituary as “heartbreaking,” but we humbly beg to differ. Rebhorn’s life was full of love and balanced, professional success. Through this obituary, the actor presents himself as someone grateful for having been so blessed. As such, to us, it’s more uplifting than heartbreaking.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Sweeney’s Successor | Weiner to Pen Column at BI | Bartiromo Given FNC Show

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Disney Names Ben Sherwood as Anne Sweeney’s Successor (THR)
ABC News president Ben Sherwood has been named Anne Sweeney’s successor as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. He’ll officially take over the role on Feb. 1, 2015. TVNewser Sherwood will begin the transition immediately and take on the role of co-president of Disney/ABC while also overseeing ABC News until his successor is named. Variety Sherwood was a front-runner for the job ever since Sweeney shocked industry on March 11 when she announced she was resigning as of January 2015 to pursue a career as a television director. Sherwood steered the rise of Good Morning America and brokered deals like ABC News’ partnership with Yahoo!. He will also serve as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks alongside ESPN’s John Skipper. NYT Among Sherwood’s first decisions — with oversight from Disney chairman Bob Iger and Sweeney — will be the choice of his own successor in the news division. “We have a deep bench of leaders at ABC News,” he said. The standout candidate for that job is James Goldston, the senior vice president of ABC News who has been instrumental first in the revival of the late-night program Nightline and then in the rise of GMAWSJ Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ broadcasts. In addition, Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCnews.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News Now. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online, and is enjoying significant audience growth driven by a creative renaissance and innovative deal-making. In addition, during Sherwood’s tenure, the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry.

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