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9:35 AM ET, February 28, 2014


 Top News: 
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Business Insider launching in UK this year, first outside US with no franchisee content licensing deals and its own staff  —  Business Insider prepares to take the UK  —  For Business Insider, the next move in its bid for global domination is to colonize the U.K.
Discussion: @hblodget
Jasmine Wang / Bloomberg:
Hong Kong Paper Raises Reward to Find Lau's Attackers  —  Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily News tripled its cash reward to HK$3 million ($387,000) for catching the assailants who critically injured its former chief editor Kevin Lau, the newspaper said today.  —  Media Chinese International Ltd. …
Agence France-Presse:
Hong Kong journalists vow not to be intimidated by savage attack on Kevin Lau  —  Hong Kong journalists have vowed not to be intimidated by a savage attack on a veteran colleague that has stoked fresh concerns for media freedom.  —  Kevin Lau - former editor of the liberal newspaper Ming Pao …
Discussion: Poynter and Wall Street Journal
Darren Boyle / Press Gazette:
FT Group boosts profits to £55 million as business daily's digital subs rise to 415,000  —  The FT Group made a profit of £55 million last year despite plunging print circulation figures for the FT according to results reported this morning.  —  Profit was said to be up 17 per cent year on year, on an underlying basis.
Discussion: Guardian
Emma Bazilian / Adweek: Launches ‘Speed Reads’ Vertical  —  In the past couple of years, the “longread” has been one of the most popular buzzwords among online publications, with outlets from BuzzFeed to The Atlantic touting investments in more deep-dive, longform journalism.
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Hollywood Rallies Support for Republicans After Piracy Defeat  —  Bruised by the defeat of an anti-piracy bill two years ago, Hollywood's chief lobbying organization is giving more money to outside political groups that support Republican lawmakers.  —  During the 2012 election cycle …
Discussion: CREW and TheHill
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
MPAA response to Pando investigation confirms strength of visual-effects workers case against Big Hollywood
Discussion: Variety and @mcarney
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Reddit is having the same problem as traditional media: Defining what the news is  —  I'm not sure if it qualifies as ironic or not, but just a day after I wrote a post about how Reddit's new “live reporting” feature could contribute to the opening up or crowdsourcing of journalism …
Fernando Alfonso III / Daily Dot:
Why Reddit mods are censoring Greenwald's latest bombshell
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Hulu is selling its Japanese service to Nippon TV  —  Hulu Japan is being acquired by the local broadcast giant Nippon TV.  Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins announced the move in a blog post, which read in part: … Hopkins said that the service had grown to a size where a sale to a strategic buyer made sense.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Talks to Music Labels About a Streaming Service  —  Amazon gives away movies and TV shows to people who join its Amazon Prime subscription service.  When will it start giving away music, too?  —  Maybe this year.  People have been predicting that Amazon would offer a Spotify …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Someone Outranking You With Your Own Content?  Use The New Google Scraper Report  —  One of the most frustrating experiences for any publisher is discovering that someone not only has copied your content but outranks you on Google for searches related to that content.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Margaret Simons / Guardian:
The Saturday Paper: who on earth would launch a newspaper today?  —  Meet publisher Morry Schwartz and his 25-year-old editor, Erik Jensen, who over Darjeeling tea dreamed up an audacious plan to buck the rampant trend towards digital  —  Print enthusiasts Schwartz and Jensen.
Discussion: @themurdochtimes
Erik Gruenwedel / Home Media Magazine:
Blockbuster brand licenced by Crash Entertainment in UK, retail, by-mail, VOD coming late 2014  —  Blockbuster Lives On in the U.K.  —  The nine lives of Blockbuster Video continues.  —  Dish Network's three-year ownership of rental icon Blockbuster may have resulted in a cumulative net loss …
Lars Brandle / Billboard:
Liberation Resolves Copyright Issue with Lawrence Lessig, Admit ‘Mistakes’ Were Made  —  Liberation Music has “amicably resolved” its copyright dispute with Professor Lawrence Lessig, with the Australian independent label admitting it was wrong to hit the academic with a “take-down” notice.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ABC will live-stream Oscars on web and mobile only to pay-TV subscribers in select markets  —  ABC Will Live-Stream Oscars to Web, Mobile Apps for First Time — But There's a Catch  —  Alphabet net to offer kudocast through Watch ABC apps and website, accessible only through certain pay-TV partners
Mary Beth Quirk / Consumerist:
NBC Says It Stopped 45,000 Instances Of Video Piracy During Sochi Olympics  —  When there's a $775 million broadcasting investment on the line, you better believe that a network like NBC is going to go after video pirates just like Peter Pan and his gang in Neverland.
Madison Gray / Poynter:
Detroit news outlets join forces in reporting from the grass roots  —  A long worn-out joke about Detroit goes something like this: “The last one out of the city, please turn off the lights.”  —  It's a tired jab at a city that has taken more than its share of punches for its seemingly …
Discussion: @poynter
Casey Newton / The Verge:
ShowYou update turns viral videos into a personalized iPad TV channel  —  For all the great videos on the web, picking which ones to watch has never been much fun.  Sites like YouTube and Vimeo suggest related videos for you to watch, but often require a lot of decision-making on your part.
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Jim Romenesko:
Orlando Sentinel photographers are told to apply for new ‘videocentric’ positions
Discussion: NPPA, Poynter and The Newspaper Guild
Willard Foxton / Telegraph:
It's only the threat of piracy that keeps the online music and TV industries honest
Discussion: @willardfoxton
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YouTube is Not a Sweatshop—It's Actually a Goldmine, and Here's Why
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Beyond tweeting: Demystifying the social media editor
Doc Searls Weblog:
Sell the news, give away the olds
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Inkshares wants to create a hybrid of traditional book publisher and crowdfunded digital platform