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6:15 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 …
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, FishbowlNY 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.
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.
Robert Feder:
Amid more layoffs, Sun-Times rehires four photographers  —  Four of the photographers who were fired when the Chicago Sun-Times eliminated its photography department last spring are rejoining the newspaper this week.  —  Rich Chapman, Brian Jackson, Al Podgorski and a fourth photographer whose name …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Changes at the Orlando Sentinel felt ‘extremely familiar’ for a former Sun-Times photographer
Discussion: @poynter
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:
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
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
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 …
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
Ukraine TV Station Cut Off For Challenging Pro-Russia Authorities  —  By Peter Graff and Alissa de Carbonnel  —  KIEV/SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, March 4 (Reuters) - Two days before Russian forces began the operation to seize Crimea, somebody threw two Molotov cocktails through the window of Black Sea TV.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Paper Update Pushes Virality By Sending Download Links With Articles You Privately Share  —  Lifesaver iPhone Case Gives Your Smartphone A Dedicated Hardware Panic Button  —  Facebook's hoping to get more people downloading Paper by adding new options to share articles by text message …
Discussion: @themediaisdying, 9to5Mac and CNET
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.
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: Techdirt and Guardian
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.
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
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Jason Murray / Ausdroid:
TV Shows now available on Google Play in Australia
Discussion: Forbes and The Next Web
Amy Schatz / Re/code:
It's Official: Dish Won All the Licenses in Recent Airwaves Auction
Dan Reimold / College Media Matters:
Richmond Collegian Goes Online-Only; Third Student Paper in a Month to Drop Print
Discussion: @yanazure and Change of Subject
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Scoop: Spotify hires Beats Music former head of product
Discussion: Engadget
Alastair Reid /
Vice launches News channel for ‘young, global audience’
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Wellcome Trust aims to provide a home for long-form science journalism online with launch of Mosaic
Discussion: @pressgazette