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2:25 PM ET, March 4, 2014


 Top News: 
Niklas Wirminghaus / VentureVillage:
Q&A with Jonah Peretti on Buzzfeed: “Traffic has grown to 140m unique visitors”  —  LOL, WIN, OMG: founder Jonah Peretti about Buzzfeed's recipe for success  —  Is this what the future of journalism looks like?  Cute animal pictures, funning listicles …
Discussion: Poynter, VentureBeat and @carr2n
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
BuzzFeed plans expansion to Mumbai, Berlin, Tokyo, Mexico City  —  In a memo to BuzzFeed staffers, CEO Jonah Peretti says the publication plans to expand to more cities: … A BuzzFeed spokesperson said there was no set date for offices in those other cities to come online but that it's definitely happening.
Discussion: Medium and @poynter
The Awl:
Matt Buchanan and John Herrman to run The Awl  —  Meet The Awl  —  For the past five years, we've operated this website in a public beta.  We've been working out some of the implementation.  Next month, around the time of our fifth anniversary, The Awl will finally launch.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Boston Globe drops paywall, adds meter instead  —  A memo from Editor Brian McGrory lays out a number of big changes to the Globe's digital businesses.  The catchiest: “We've replaced the paywall with a meter that allows readers ten free stories in a 30-day period.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Guardian digital revenues hit £70m  —  Publisher of the Guardian and Observer to announce 25% rise in revenues in year to end of March 2014  —  The Guardian is expected to report an increase in digital revenues of more than a quarter to almost £70m in the last year …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NYT corrects 161-year-old article about Solomon Northup  —  After “12 Years a Slave” won Best Picture at the Academy Awards Sunday, The New York Times tweeted a gem in its archives: An 1853 account of Solomon Northup's kidnapping.  A user on Twitter noticed a problem with the article, which the Times corrects today:
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Brian Stelter's ‘Reliable Sources’ Gets First Demo Win  —  For the first time since Brian Stelter took over as the anchor of “Reliable Sources,” the CNN program has topped Fox News' “MediaBuzz” in the A25-54 demographic.  —  “Reliable” averaged 193,000 A25-54 viewers at 11amET Sunday …
Discussion: Mediaite
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Huffington Post Business and Global News Editor Is Leaving for International Business Times  —  Peter S. Goodman, the executive business editor and global news editor of The Huffington Post, is leaving the website to become editor in chief of International Business Times.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Leading copyright law professors tell SCOTUS Aereo infringes copyright owners' exclusive right of public performance  —  Nimmer on Aereo: It's Illegal  —  Law professors lambaste Second Circuit decision  —  A pair of leading copyright law professors with scores of papers and books under …
Discussion: Guardian
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / Medium:
Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent now has 30,000 paying members  —  De Correspondent is a Dutch-language, online journalism platform that offers background, analysis, investigative reporting, and the kinds of stories that tend to escape the radar of mainstream media because they do not conform …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Jeremy Hodges / Bloomberg:
Brooks Concerned About BSkyB Deal After Milly Dowler Revelations  —  Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp. (NWSA)'s U.K. unit, said she was concerned the discovery that journalists at the News of the World tabloid hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl would jeopardize the company's bid for British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc.
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
Snowden to speak at SXSW  —  NSA leaker Edward Snowden will speak via videoconference at South By Southwest, the festival has announced.  —  Snowden joins Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian reporter who continues to break stories based on Snowden-provided documents at new site the Intercept, as a festival participant.
Discussion: SXSW 2014, CNN, CNET, Variety and @abeaujon
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
In ad-skipping deal, Dish gets rights to internet-based TV service that includes ABC and ESPN  —  Dish just secured rights to launch an internet TV service  —  Dish and Disney confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that they've reached a retransmission agreement late Monday …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:   With a Whopper of a Disney Deal, Charlie Ergen Gets a Head Start on the Web TV Race
Alastair Reid /
Vice launches News channel for ‘young, global audience’  —  Vice News launches today as an ‘evolution’ of the current affairs films that have driven the organisation's recent successes  —  VICE Media launched a news platform today dedicated to current affairs videos for a young, global audience.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Scoop: Spotify hires Beats Music former head of product  —  Fredric Vinna, part of Beats Music's early team of creators, recently left the streaming music service and will soon begin work at its main rival, Spotify.  —  The rivalry between Spotify and Beats Music, two key streaming music services, is deepening.
Steve Johnson / Chicago Tribune:
Carl Kasell to retire from NPR's 'Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!' … Carl Kasell, official judge and scorekeeper of the hit NPR comedy-quiz show “Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!” since it began in 1998, will retire from the show this spring, Kassel and NPR announced Tuesday.
NetNewsCheck Latest:
Scripps 4Q Core TV Station Rev Down 24.2%  —  Political disparity is the big culprit.  Core local and national television advertising revenue rose 17%, retrans grew 42% and digital revenue was up 7.9%.  —  The E.W. Scripps Co. today reported fourth quarter television station revenue was $115 million …
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Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Buffett's Newspapers Lose Readers as Bet on Local Awaits Payoff
Discussion: @edmundlee and @abeaujon
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Epix to Launch on Time Warner Cable on March 18
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Independent media, journalists obstructed in Crimea
Discussion: The Week, CNN and New York Magazine
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Changes at the Orlando Sentinel felt ‘extremely familiar’ for a former Sun-Times photographer
Discussion: Robert Feder and @poynter
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Wall Street Journal:
ABC's Oscars Video-Stream Outage Points to Big Challenges for Networks
Discussion: @pkafka
Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
Amazon-owned Audible lowers royalty rates on self-published audiobooks
Discussion: Mediashift
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
The Washington Post's Native Ads Get Editorial Treatment
Discussion: @dianaaitchison and @lmoses