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6:05 PM ET, February 28, 2014


 Top News: 
Mark Ames / PandoDaily:
Pierre Omidyar co-funded Ukraine revolution groups with US government, documents show  —  Just hours after last weekend's ouster of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, one of Pierre Omidyar's newest hires at national security blog “The Intercept,” was already digging for the truth.
Brooks Boliek / Politico:
FCC dumps controversial media study  —  The Federal Communications Commission is pulling the plug on a controversial survey of TV newsroom activities that sparked a firestorm of criticism from Republicans.  —  “The FCC will not move forward with the Critical Information Needs study,” an FCC spokesman said Friday.
Discussion: The Hill
Gautham Nagesh / @gnagesh:
Comcast weighs spinning off 3M subscribers into a new company after TWC deal  —  Comcast Said to Weigh Subscriber Spinoff After Time Warner Deal  —  Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) is weighing options for how to divest about 3 million cable subscribers as part of a takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc. …
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
A new consensus on the future of news  —  The future isn't what it used to be, and that's a good thing  —  Just a couple of years ago, although it feels like a lot longer, the media world was embroiled in something like a gigantic family argument over the idea of whether it was good idea to charge readers for news online.
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.
Jim Romenesko:
Report: Tampa Bay Times to cut 10% of newsroom staff, copy desk to be hit hard  —  A commenter says he's been told that the Tampa Bay Times newsroom will shrink by 10%, and that the copy desk will be hit the hardest.  “In addition, the regional sections will be published …
Discussion: @gmarkham, and @flpressclub
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Maxim Magazine Sold to Restaurant Holding Company  —  Biglari Holdings Bought the Trouble Men's Title … Here's hoping this deal is real: Alpha Media Group has sold Maxim magazine to a subsidiary of Bilgari Holdings, a holding company that specializes in owning restaurants such as Steak 'n Shake, the companies said Thursday.
Discussion: @davidpoland
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Traders turn to Twitter for market news.  Now they can measure mood, too  —  Financial firms once blocked Twitter to prevent employees leaking sensitive information.  It worked, but there was a problem: reporters and companies were using Twitter to reveal important news, leaving traders to rely on second-hand accounts.
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
21st Century Fox's Sky Deutschland Boosts Sales, Trims Losses in 2013  —  The German pay-TV operator books a net loss of $182 million on revenues of $2.12 billion in 2013.  —  Sky Deutschland, the German pay-TV operator controlled by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, is still in the red but the slowly …
Discussion: Variety
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
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
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
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