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1:40 PM ET, March 1, 2013

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Spiegel Online:
Lex Google: Germany Waters Down Search Engine Legislation  —  A new law regulating the indexing of media articles by search engines like Google and Bing is likely to pass on Friday.  The watered-down legislation won't force the kind of payments to publishers the Internet giant had feared.
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Mathias Schindler / Search Engine Land:
New German Law Will Allow Free “Snippets” By Search Engines, But Uncertainty Remains  —  The good news for search engines like Google is a proposed German copyright law won't require them to pay to show short summaries of news content.  However, uncertainty remains about how much might be “too much” and require a license.
Associated Press:
German Parliament OKs Watered-Down Copyright Law
Discussion: ITworld.com and ZDNet
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
The battle of New Orleans  —  In May, as the New Orleans Times-Picayune put to bed an epic, eight-part investigation into Louisiana's prison system, its editors began to disappear.  First, Mark Lorando, the features editor, was nowhere to be found.  Then the chairs of the online editor …
Discussion: Poynter
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Hollywood targets “rogue” mobile apps in war on pirated content  —  (Reuters) - Hollywood studios, which for years have waged a war against online piracy, are now going after so-called “rogue” mobile apps that use images from movies and television shows without their permission.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Fast Company and CNET
Wall Street Journal:
Imagining Pay-TV if Bundles Unravel  —  What happens when the “bundle” begins to unravel?  —  The question is taking on intense importance for the cable-TV business, which for decades has forced customers to subscribe to groups, or bundles, of channels—whether they wanted them or not.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Covert Malaysian Campaign Touched A Wide Range Of American Media  —  Outlets from Huffington Post to National Review carried pieces financed by the Malaysian government.  An international campaign against Anwar Ibrahim.  —  Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) talks …
Discussion: @jstrevino
Dylan Byers / Politico:
ABC News to hire CBS's Byron Pitts  —  ABC News is finalizing a deal to hire Byron Pitts, a contributor to “60 Minutes” and chief national correspondent for the CBS Evening News, POLITICO has learned.  —  Pitts will serve as both chief national correspondent and anchor at ABC News, and will appear across the network's programming.
Charlotte Higgins / Guardian:
BBC's new director general warns against reckless risk-taking  —  Tony Hall, who takes over in April, also emphasises need to ‘give people confidence to be bold and run with what they want to do’  —  • Read the full interview in Saturday's Guardian  —  A reckless approach …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Nieman Journalism Lab:
Clay Christensen and David Skok: A not-quite-live blog of a conversation about disruption  —  Editor's note: Last night, the Nieman Foundation held an event with Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen and former Nieman Fellow David Skok to talk about disruptive innovation in journalism.
Discussion: paidContent
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
WSJ names social media editor  —  Liz Heron, the director of social media and engagement at The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following email announcement on Thursday afternoon:
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
The Kernel faces high court order over unpaid wages  —  Tech blog's Milo Yiannopoulos also being investigated by watchdog for failing to register under Data Protection Act  —  London startup blog The Kernel could face closure from enforcement of a high court order for £16,853 …
Kylie Davis / INMA:
Content marketing is our next big revenue threat — unless we embrace it now  —  Rather than view content marketing as a threat, news media companies need to see an exciting opportunity worth exploring right now.  Otherwise, we'll be edged out by the new competition — our own advertising clients.
Erik Wemple:
Bradley Manning raises a question: How do you tip off the New York Times?  —  Last year, a big fight in journo-critic world addressed whether the New York Times should have a correspondent front and center for the trial of Bradley Manning, the famous WikiLeaker.
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Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Dish Loses 3 of 4 Claims Against ESPN in Contract Dispute
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jack Shafer:
Goodbye Globe, hello global New York Times
Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Online Journalism Review relaunched by USC Annenberg
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Print bloodbath: Human Events kills newspaper, dumps staff
National Union of Journalists:
Greedy Gannett: newspaper group pays shareholders $1.3 billion while UK staff endure pay freeze
Discussion: The Drum
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Partnership to create Bloomberg TV Africa
Jim Romenesko:
Who will buy the Los Angeles Times?
Discussion: FishbowlLA and LA Weekly
Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing:
How much could The Guardian make by putting up a paywall?
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
For young editor Scott Dadich, another shot at rewiring Condé Nast
Discussion: magCulture.com/blog