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4:05 PM ET, March 20, 2013


 Top News: 
Marc Tracy / New Republic:
The Man With the Kind Face  —  Roger Ailes wanted a friendly biography.  Zev Chafets was the man for the job.  —  asked Roger, 'Why'd you agree to let me do the book?'  “ Zev Chafets told me yesterday.  We were speeding up Central Park West in a News Corp.-provided town car. ”
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes Couldn't Care Less What You Think About His Obama Comments  —  The Fox News chief tells Howard Kurtz he stands by the laziness charge and says Sarah Palin made ‘mistakes’ and that Dick Morris looked like a ‘jerk’ when he predicted a Romney landslide.  Plus, read the 16 juiciest bits from the new Ailes biography.
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Amazon in talks with record labels about subscription music service  —  Subscription music is all the rage with the big Web music stores  —  Subscription music services have yet to profit but that hasn't stopped some of the internet's biggest media distributors from jumping into the business.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Glory Days of American Journalism  —  Ignore the doomsayers: The news-reading public has never had more and better information at their fingertips.  —  American news media has never been in better shape.  That's just common sense.  Almost anything you'd want to know about any subject is available at your fingertips.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Evening Standard leaks details of George Osborne's budget  —  Journalist suspended after tweeting picture of embargoed front page before chancellor had even uttered a word  —  When George Osborne took to his feet in the Commons on Wednesday lunchtime, he might not have expected to be greeted …
Tom Chivers / Telegraph:
Budget 2013: don't scapegoat the Evening Standard's tweeter.  It's probably just some poor kid on £23k
Discussion: @fieldproducer
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post seeks blogger to post ‘at least’ 12 times per day  —  The Washington Post's arts and living section, Style, is looking for a blogger, an internal announcement reads.  Whoever lands this position may want to invest in a serious coffee machine:
Discussion: @lavrusik
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
The Al Jazeera Charm Offensive  —  With nearly limitless funds from the Qatari royals and plans to hire up to 700 staffers, Al Jazeera America will launch in 45 million U.S. homes in July.  But it needs a star—and a clean slate, says David Freedlander.  —  Al Jazeera is coming to America.
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Here's When People Actually “Read Later”  —  Eighty percent of reads happen in the first 35 days.  Outside of read-later apps, that only takes six days.  —  “Read later” service Pocket ran the numbers on this longform story, published on BuzzFeed in November of last year.
Discussion: @pkafka and Pocket Blog
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Journalism Professor Sues Columbia, Claiming Misuse of Endowment Funds  —  A tenured professor at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and co-director of that school's business program filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing the university of misdirecting $4.5 million in funds over the last decade.
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
The head of the Copyright Office says the law is broken — but can she fix it in time?  —  Maria Pallante takes on a behemoth task — it took 20 years to complete the last copyright overhaul  —  The Register of Copyrights needs a drink.  —  Maria Pallante heads up the US Copyright Office …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell exiting  —  FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell to step down  —  FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell is stepping down.  (AFP/Getty Images)  —  Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell, who was seen as a free-market advocate and friend to the media industry …
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
End of an Era for eMusic, Subscription Music Pioneer … eMusic, the online music service that pioneered the subscription approach before Spotify was a glimmer in Daniel Ek's eye, quietly merged Monday with an e-book distributor, in an unusual bit of digital-media consolidation.
Discussion: Music Week and Engadget
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Comcast scoops up rest of NBC Universal from GE  —  The cable giant has completed its $16.7 billion deal to acquire the remaining 49 percent of NBCU from former owner General Electric.  —  Comcast now owns all of NBC Universal.  —  The cable company shared the news in a filing with the Securities …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Macmillan Buys Late Nite Labs To Help Bring Virtual Science Labs To Higher Ed  —  Another day, another acquisition in the education technology market.  As the old, familiar names in publishing and education move to get in line with the digital revolution, they're finding plenty …
Discussion: PRWeb and EdSurge
Jim Romenesko: is getting a makeover  —  Tracy Corrigan, who has been promoted to Wall Street Journal digital editor, “will soon embark on a redesign of the look and feel of,” says a memo from editor Gerard Baker.  —  He also announces that Stephen Wisnefski has been promoted to Real-Time News Editor and …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Jeff Clabaugh / Washington Business Journal:
Washington Examiner cuts 87 jobs, drops local news  —  The Washington Examiner is dropping local news coverage, cutting 87 jobs and changing into a weekly magazine and daily website focused on political news.  —  Denver-based Clarity Media Group Inc., which owns the Examiner …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon launches “Send to Kindle” button for web publishers and WordPress blogs  —  Amazon is now allowing publishers to add “Send to Kindle” buttons to their websites and WordPress blogs, the company announced on the Kindle blog Tuesday.  It can be integrated into WordPress blogs as well.
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Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
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Mitch Dudek / Chicago Sun Times:
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Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Leveson report: Only a gutter press can keep clean the gutters of public life
Discussion: National Review