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9:55 AM ET, March 1, 2013


 Top News: 
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.
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  —  BERLIN (AP) — A bill broadening copyright protections for material used on the Internet has been approved by Germany's lower house of Parliament - but without provisions that worried Google and other search engines.
Discussion:, ZDNet and Bloomberg
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.
Discussion: paidContent
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Bradley Manning Tried Going To NY Times, Washington Post, Politico Before Turning To WikiLeaks
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.
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 …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
A BusinessWeek cover crosses a line  —  Minorities as greedy grotesqueries fueling a new housing bubble  —  Bloomberg BusinessWeek is a lot edgier than its predecessor, at least where design is concerned.  Sometimes it's too edgy, like when it takes two minutes to read some headline intentionally designed to be barely legible.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Dish Loses 3 of 4 Claims Against ESPN in Contract Dispute  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH) lost three of four claims it brought against Walt Disney Co. (DIS)'s ESPN over terms of a sports programming contract, as a jury awarded Dish only $4.85 million of the $153 million it sought.
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National Union of Journalists:
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