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1:30 PM ET, March 4, 2013

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Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Hold On Tight, Gizmodo Is a TV Show Now  —  If we made a Top Gear for gadgets, would you watch it?  In two weeks, you'll have your chance.  —  Nearly ten years ago, when I first ran Gizmodo, gadgets were as niche of a topic for news and debate as could be.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Show-Me-the-Money Problem  —  The big picture for YouTube looks good.  The world's biggest video site keeps getting bigger, generating more video views and more ad dollars.  —  Things are fuzzier for some of YouTube's biggest programming partners.  Their views are also increasing.
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Guardian Aims to Turn American Readers' Heads  —  NEWSHOUNDS have no shortage of resources, particularly on the Web.  And whether you define news as the latest updates on the Kardashians or the conflict in Syria, enough digital sources abound to satisfy every taste and to feed the incessant demands of social media.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Dennis Rodman in North Korea, With Vice Media as Ringleader  —  Imagine being the HBO executive who hears this from one of the channel's producing partners: “We think there's an opportunity for us to get into North Korea.”  —  The executive was Michael Lombardo, and the partner was Vice Media …
Rafat Ali / Skift:
Exclusive: BBC selling Lonely Planet to Kentucky cigarette billionaire Brad Kelley  —  EXCLUSIVE: Lonely Planet, the storied travel guidebooks publisher owned by BBC, is about to be sold, we have learned.  And the buyer is a doozy: reclusive Kentucky billionaire Brad Kelley …
Discussion: @jcstearns
Chi Chi Izundu / BBC:
Film to be distributed via games console for first time  —  An independent British film is being released and distributed via a digital games console platform, rather than through the cinema, for the first time.  —  Pulp, a comedy about a struggling comic book publisher recruited by the police …
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
Vanity Fair Pulled Jessica Chastain Criticism While She Chased Best Actress Oscar  —  EXCLUSIVE: We all know that tensions rise during those final weeks leading up to the Academy Awards as media outlets decide who's worthy and who's not.  So this begs the question: with so much money and prestige at stake …
Discussion: Poynter and @buzzfeedben
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Tesco gears up for online fight with Amazon  —  Tesco has hired one of Facebook's most senior European executives and is launching a slew of online entertainment stores as it gears up for battle with Amazon.  —  Blinkbox's sales model allows it to offer recent box office hits, such as Skyfall, much earlier than its rivals
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
PBS Ponders Weekend ‘NewsHour’  —  PBS is close to a decision on adding weekend broadcasts of the “PBS NewsHour” for the first time since the program began in 1975, and producing them in New York, instead of the program's longtime studios in Arlington, Va., according to public television employees.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post's new ombud replacement ‘sounds like a customer relations person’  —  Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth announced Friday that the newspaper would not appoint a new ombudsman, because “The world has changed, and we at The Post must change with it.”
Reuters:
Hackers attack Czech news websites in latest media assault  —  (Reuters) - Hackers attacked some of the Czech Republic's main news websites on Monday, slowing or crashing their homepages in the latest in a series of cyber assaults on media outlets across the world.
Discussion: ITProPortal
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Report: The IRS's “antiquated and counterproductive” rules are hurting nonprofit news orgs  —  The IRS is applying “an antiquated and counterproductive standard to a dynamic sector” in limiting the growth of nonprofit news outlets, erecting “serious and unnecessary obstacles to critical innovation …
 
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post
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