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12:35 PM ET, February 28, 2014


 Top News: 
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.
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
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks ‘embarrassed’ at not buying MPs' expenses scoop  —  Former Sun editor tells phone-hacking trial she hesitated over high cost of story, which was later published by Daily Telegraph  —  Rebekah Brooks has declared her “embarrassment” at not paying a public official …
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Ex-Murdoch British CEO Brooks paid official for Saddam anthrax story  —  (Reuters) - Rebekah Brooks, the ex-chief executive of News Corp.'s British newspaper arm, told a London court on Friday she had paid a public official for a story about former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein planning to attack Britain with the poison anthrax.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Comcast deal is beneficial for Netflix but not for true net neutrality  —  e Netflix and Net Neutrality  —  This article is by definition very US-centric, but the general principles apply broadly  —  For anyone remotely connected to technology, the idea that net neutrality is an unabashed …
Discussion:, Wired and @lorcand
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:
The Process of Reporting The Observer's Story on Eric Schneiderman  —  The Process of Reporting The Observer's Story on Eric Schneiderman  —  It has mostly been The Observer's policy to let our stories do the talking and not get caught up in the ensuing discussion we hope to create.
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.
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.
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
Discussion: Poynter and Wall Street Journal
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 …
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: @lucas_shaw, 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
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC and BSkyB reach agreement over retransmission payments  —  Corporation will no longer pay to have channels on satellite broadcaster's platform, saving £4.5m a year  —  The BBC and BSkyB have resolved their long-running row over retransmission fees with the corporation no longer having …
Discussion: and
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.
Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing:
Why isn't the rest of Europe following the German and French lead on digital VAT?  —  Consumer Media, Digital Media, Finance and Deals, Mobile  —  What makes media more worthwhile subsidising in print than in digital?  That's the simple question that EU governments have consistently failed …
Discussion: @stellaamisspwc and @nbdas
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ABC Signs On to Twitter's Advertising Program, Starting With #Oscars  —  ABC is the last of the major U.S. broadcast networks to get into the Twitter Amplify program, with the Alphabet net teed up to launch its first sponsored-tweet campaign Sunday with the Oscars.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ABC will live-stream Oscars on web and mobile only to pay-TV subscribers in select markets
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Mary Beth Quirk / Consumerist:
NBC Says It Stopped 45,000 Instances Of Video Piracy During Sochi Olympics
Madison Gray / Poynter:
Detroit news outlets join forces in reporting from the grass roots
Discussion: @poynter
Casey Newton / The Verge:
ShowYou update turns viral videos into a personalized iPad TV channel
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Talks to Music Labels About a Streaming Service
Willard Foxton / Telegraph:
It's only the threat of piracy that keeps the online music and TV industries honest
Discussion: @willardfoxton