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5:45 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 …
Emily Bell / Guardian:
The press regulation charter is illiterate about the internet  —  The Leveson-inspired draft bill deals with the past, not the future, of the press in failing to address the myriad ways we now receive ‘news’  —  If Maria Miller, the culture secretary, has sat in as many conferences on the …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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 …
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Global Ticket Sales for Movies Rise 6%  —  LOS ANGELES — Movie ticket sales around the world rose 6 percent last year, to $34.7 billion from $32.6 billion in 2011, as China became the world's second-biggest market for theatrical films after the United States, according to statistics released …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …, Thanks:@steverubel
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 …
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Pope Francis Personally Calls Kiosk Owner To Cancel Newspaper Subscription In Argentina  —  Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the 266th pope of the Catholic Church last week and took on the name Francis.  Like any other person moving to a new city (in his case …
Discussion: Catholic News Agency
HBO CEO mulls teaming with broadband partners for HBO GO  —  (Reuters) - HBO could widen access to its HBO GO online streaming service by teaming up with broadband Internet providers for customers who do not subscribe to a cable TV service, according to HBO's Chief Executive Richard Plepler.
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
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Small Business Web Ad Dollars: Still Way Too Small  —  Hey, Google!  And Yahoo, and Yelp, and Twitter and Facebook and every other Web company that says it wants to sell ads to mom-and-pop shops: Try harder.  —  So says Boston Consulting Group, out with a new report that shows only 3 percent of small-business ad dollars going online.
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 …
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Jim Romenesko:
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Execs Talk Up Paid-Subscription Channels
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Joshua Gillin / Poynter:
Allyson Bird explains further ‘why I left the news’
Janko Roettgers / paidContent:
M-Go signs up Lionsgate, gets Mad Men, Hunger Games and Twilight
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Murrey Marder, Early McCarthy Skeptic, Dies at 93
Discussion: Washington Post and USA Today
YouTube Blog:
YouTube Hits a Billion Monthly Users
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Why Matthew Keys is not ‘the next Aaron Swartz’
Elon Green / The Awl:
David Grann, What Is Up With Your Twitter?
Discussion: The Hairpin