The New York Times Co. and Axel Springer are investing about $3.7 million in Dutch startup Blendle

You might have heard: Dutch startup Blendle wants to create an “iTunes for News,” to persuade readers to pay by the article

But did you know: The “iTunes for News” idea has been attempted through various bundling efforts, but so far none have succeeded. Blendle, which launched publicly in May and has 130,000 registered users, said it will use its new Series A funding to expand to additional European countries beyond the Netherlands over the next two years. Neither company has disclosed how much it is investing, instead giving the total, and Blendle has said where it goes after its home country “all depends on in which countries publishers are most excited.”

+ From Blendle’s announcement on Medium about the backing: “At Blendle, we hate paywalls.

+ Noted: The Boston Globe rolls out the red carpet for documentary film with GlobeDocs, an effort to become a hub for Boston’s film community (Poynter);  Financial Times launches FirstFT, a morning email of news from FT and around the web (Financial Times); Whisper’s CEO says the anonymous social network has put members of its editorial team on leave while it investigates claims about data usage made by the Guardian (GigaOm); The PEN American Center has compiled 52 accusations of violation of freedom of the press in Ferguson and is calling upon the Justice Department to investigate (New York Times); Vice Media’s Shane Smith to receive Knight Innovation Award on Dec. 1 at CUNY media innovation summit (Knight Foundation); AMC-BBC America deal, in which AMC is responsible for BBC World News distribution to pay-TV services in the US and selling its ad inventory, could be a boon for BBC World News (Capital New York)