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11:05 AM ET, March 27, 2013

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Guardian:
The Sun joins Telegraph in charging website users  —  News International says offering free content is ‘just untenable’, while Telegraph announces erection of metered paywall  —  Britain's biggest selling daily newspaper, The Sun, is to start charging for its online content in the second half …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Sun paywall unavoidable, says News International chief executive  —  Mike Darcey says continuing to offer free content is untenable as website is threatening circulation and revenue of tabloid  —  News International's chief executive Mike Darcey has said the company had no choice …
Discussion: BBC and TheMediaBriefing
Paul Sloan / CNET:
The one bright spot for the music labels: Digital  —  The financial picture of the music industry is still bleak, but YouTube, Spotify, and other services are helping.  —  The music industry is still in rough shape, based on data released today by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Discussion: Billboard, Tone Deaf and The Verge
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Andrew M. Barker / Variety:   RIAA Reports Year of Relative Stability in Record Biz
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Bloomberg Wants to Win at Video  —  It's time for Bloomberg TV's noon news meeting on this Thursday, a meeting that is sandwiched around two momentous events; the day after the new Pope was announced and the day Samsung will release its new Galaxy s4 phone.  —  The packed conference room …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC: Anderson Cooper Not Approached for Matt Lauer Job  —  A source close to Cooper also denies the report, while both men's camps deny that Lauer called Cooper to register his disapproval  —  NBC's Today show is topic A in media gossip circles.  And a report Tuesday about CNN's Anderson Cooper …
Daniel Victor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Hashtags considered #harmful  —  The noble hashtag is cursed by a problem Yogi Berra could appreciate: Too many people use it, so no one goes there.  —  Presumably, most Twitter users use hashtags intending to add their tweet to a river of similar information and to expose their own thoughts to a wider, interested audience.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Scratch Freston from Time Inc. CEO derby  —  Scratch Mtv founder Tom Freston from the list of potential Time Inc. CEOs.  —  Even before the search begins in earnest, Freston told Media Ink he isn't interested in the job.  —  That is sure to dash the dreams of Time Inc.'ers.
Discussion: Guardian
Bloomberg:
Ericsson Said to Discuss Buying Microsoft's TV-Software Unit  —  Ericsson AB (ERICB) is in talks to buy Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s IPTV business, which makes software used by phone companies such as AT&T Inc. (T) to deliver television over the Internet, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
Instagram and the New Era of Paparazzi  —  Earlier this week, a rare and new photo of the pop star Beyoncé and her daughter, Blue Ivy, quickly spread around the Internet, on various celebrity and gossip sites.  —  There was nothing particularly unusual about the photo itself …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Media start-up hatched at Columbia, ‘The Big Roundtable,’ looks for a new long-form business model  —  Anyone who has experience writing for magazines can tell you that pitches tend to be approved or rejected based on the whim of any number of editors on the masthead.
Discussion: Kickstarter
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
EU regulators to approve Random House, Penguin deal: sources  —  (Reuters) - Bertelsmann and Pearson are set to win unconditional EU regulatory approval for a plan to merge their publishers Random House and Penguin, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
Discussion: paidContent and The Bookseller
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
USA Today announces ‘two big changes’  —  USA Today is making “big changes” by putting the cover story in the newspaper “on hiatus” and keeping story jumps to a “bare minimum, if at all,” editor in chief Dave Callaway announced to staffers in a memo on Tuesday.
Discussion: @andreastonez and @mathewi
 
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