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5:25 PM ET, February 27, 2013


 Top News: 
Marin Cogan / New Republic:
House of Cads  —  The psycho-sexual ordeal of reporting in Washington  —  e've all done it," begins one of the spicier dialogues in the new Netflix political thriller, “House of Cards.  ” Janine Skorsky, a veteran political reporter, is revealing to her young colleague, Zoe Barnes …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
New York Times gives Starbucks visitors 15 free stories a day  —  Caffeine-addicted New York Times fans are in luck — the paper is offering 15 free articles a day to those who surf its website while sitting in a Starbucks.  This is just the latest example of how news brands are using …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
New research details how journalists verify information  —  Stop a journalist on the street and ask her to list the fundamentals of the job and you're almost certain to hear mention of accuracy.  —  In “The Elements of Journalism,” Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel wrote that journalism's “essence is a discipline of verification.”
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
Yelp: We compete with print — not Google or Facebook  —  The business reviews site thinks that Internet businesses may pose a threat to its local advertising business — in 10 years.  —  Google, who?  Facebook, huh?  Yea, that's right.  The Internet behemoths don't pose any threat …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: AOL Poised to Hire Susan Lyne to Run All Content Brands, Except HuffPo  —  Sources said AOL is set to hire well-known media and Internet exec Susan Lyne to be CEO of its content brands unit at the New York-based Web company, except for the Huffington Post.
Ana Marie Cox / Guardian:
Jackass journalism and the Breitbart bratpack |  Ana Marie Cox  —  A year's passed since Andrew Breitbart died, but his combative conservativism lives on with the minions of his ‘media of mean’ … So says Michael Goldfarb, founder of the Washington Free Beacon, basking in the predictable reaction …
Discussion: RedState and Politico
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic Online:
The Enduring Myth of the ‘Free’ Internet  —  We somehow have come to believe that information is free, but people with Internet access pay substantial sums to get it — sums many can't afford.  —  The mantra of a “free” Internet has shaped the prevailing view of how we access information and entertainment in the digital age.
Discussion: @b_resnick
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Now on ‘Idol,’ Viewers Can Tweet While Contestants Sing  —  These days, as more people watch television with a phone in hand or a computer in lap, it's de rigueur for a network to have a Twitter hashtag on the screen.  Television producers and stars — at least the ones with thick skins …
Discussion: The Verge
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Built for Newsprint, The Onion Finds New Life In Social, Video  —  Why The Satirical News Brand Is Getting the Last Laugh  —  “Area Writers Choose Life of Poop-Smeared Bum Rather Than Move to Chicago”  —  So maybe it's not up to snuff as an Onion headline, but you can't blame a guy for trying …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
SEC Investigating Guggenheim Partners' Relationship With Michael Milken  —  Guggenheim Partners, the multi-billion-dollar firm that owns the Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Dodgers, is facing a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into its relationship with former junk-bond …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
News Corp PAC gave more to Democrats than Republicans in 2012  —  News Corp's political action committee gave 52 percent of its donations during the 2012 election cycle to Democratic candidates, reports Dave Levinthal.  The donations provide “a notable, if not striking contrast with Fox News' conservative reputation,” Levinthal writes.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Aaron Kushner: 'We don't like negative political advertisements'  —  The Orange County Register banned “ads that challenge politicians by name” following complaints from local politicos, Adam Elmahrek reports.  Anaheim city councilmembers Kris Murray and Gail Eastman were “infuriated” …
David Carr / New York Times:
Giving Viewers What They Want  —  In the television business, there is no such thing as a sure thing.  You can have a gold-plated director, a bankable star and a popular concept and still, it's just a roll of the dice.  —  Or is it?  —  In any business, the ability to see into the future …
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Discussion: Jon Slattery, Guardian and The Drum
Nikki Usher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Discussion: BtoB Magazine
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Rick Klein Promoted To ABC News Political Director
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Text-to-speech startup iSpeech launches publisher platform; Evernote, Pearson first clients
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Authors face change as Amazon tightens affiliate policy on free Kindle books
Lenka Ponikelska / Bloomberg:
CME 4Q Net Loss Widens on Weak TV Ad Spending, Impairment
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A proposed Florida law targets mugshot sites, but hits journalists' First Amendment rights
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
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Discussion: Forbes, Trust But Verify and Kempton