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4:00 PM ET, March 21, 2013


 Top News: 
Facebook Managing Editor Steps Down, Says Site 'Doesn't Need Reporters'  —  Facebook managing editor Dan Fletcher announced Wednesday that he will be leaving the social media giant next month.  Speaking before a crowded audience at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch Calls U.K. Press Regulation Deal A ‘Holy Mess’  —  He also lauds the defeat of new Australian media rules and joins his “Sun” tabloid in attacking the British government led by David Cameron.  —  LONDON - News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch on Thursday continued …
Emily Bell / Guardian:   The press regulation charter is illiterate about the internet
Elon Green / The Awl:
David Grann, What Is Up With Your Twitter?  —  Last week, David Grann and I met in his office at The New Yorker, in midtown Manhattan.  It is a glorious fire hazard because he doesn't throw anything away.  Grann has been a staff writer at the magazine since 2003 and published two books …
Discussion: The Hairpin
Robert X. Cringely / InfoWorld:
Here lies Web journalism, dead at the hand of the almighty advertiser  —  Don't know if you've noticed, but there's a hullabaloo over online ads masquerading as editorial on the Web these days.  I'm here to tell you that the situation is actually much worse than you might think.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Meltwater vows appeal in AP copyright suit  —  News clipping service Meltwater will appeal the court's decision that it infringed the use of The Associated Press' content, the company's CEO said Thursday.  —  U.S. District Judge Denise Cote on Wednesday ruled in favor of the AP …
Clare Hutchison / Reuters:
BBC Twitter accounts hacked by pro-Assad online group  —  (Reuters) - The Twitter account belonging to the BBC's weather service was hacked on Thursday, the public broadcaster said.  —  The “Syrian Electronic Army”, a group of pro-Assad hackers and online activists that has already disrupted …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
How a toothbrush news site can get more visits than the Economist: More on the botnet scam  —  A larger picture is emerging about an online advertising scam that is reportedly soaking major brands like McDonald's and Disney for $6 million a month.  The scam, which has rattled publishers and the ad industry …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Journalists attacked in Egypt over the weekend  —  At least 14 journalists were attacked by police and supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood group outside the group's headquarters in Cairo on Saturday and Sunday, according to news reports and local journalists.
Discussion: Guardian
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Court affirms Isohunt copyright infringement, says company encouraged piracy  —  A federal appeals court has decided that Isohunt, a BitTorrent index accused by a Hollywood film studio of encouraging users to share pirated moves and TV shows, is liable for the copyright infringement committed …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Techdirt
Jason Zaragoza / AAN:
Print Readership of the Chicago Reader ... Rising?  —  In a post on Time Out Chicago's decision to end its print edition, Michael Miner reveals that print readership of the Chicago Reader has grown by 38 percent(!) since 2010, according to figures from The Media Audit:
Rebecca Grant / VentureBeat:
Google Alerts ‘broken,’ ‘useless,’ and slowed to a ‘trickle’  —  The internet is a massive, tangled, churning web of content, and for a long time , Google Alerts was a key navigational tool that kept users on top of things that were relevant specifically to them.
Digital Book World:
Simon & Schuster Brings Attributor Anti-Piracy Data to Authors  —  Simon & Schuster will be giving its authors more information about how their content is being pirated around the world and what the publisher is doing about it, according to a recent letter from president and CEO Carolyn Reidy to authors.
Discussion: paidContent and GalleyCat
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Jason Clampet / Skift:
Google quietly pulls plug on Frommer's print travel guidebooks
Discussion: The Verge and WebProNews
Jim Romenesko:
Petitioners tell Tribune Co.: Don't sell Los Angeles Times to Koch brothers
Discussion: LA Observed
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Execs Talk Up Paid-Subscription Channels
Discussion: CNET and Fast Company
Janko Roettgers / paidContent:
M-Go signs up Lionsgate, gets Mad Men, Hunger Games and Twilight
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
 Earlier Picks: 
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Murrey Marder, Early McCarthy Skeptic, Dies at 93
Discussion: Washington Post and USA Today
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Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Why Matthew Keys is not ‘the next Aaron Swartz’
Dan Kois / Slate:
Stop Making Fun of WaPo's Blogger Job and Start Applying for It