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8:15 AM ET, March 5, 2014


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO Go Launches on PlayStation 3  —  HBO's Internet video service, HBO Go, is now available on Sony Computer Entertainment America's PlayStation 3 consoles — but it still isn't available for the newer PS4.  —  According to Sony, about 25 million PlayStation 3 consoles are in use in the U.S. Netflix …
Rachel Bartlett /
NYT plans lower pricing to reach non-subscribers and premium products for devoted readers  —  New York Times to add ‘series of new products’ for digital subscribers  —  Research by the New York Times has identified opportunities to target both non-subscribers and 'devoted Times readers …
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Twitter shares first “impressions” metrics for Oscars: 3.3B tweets viewed worldwide in 12 hours  —  Twitter Moves Beyond The Tweet, Shares First “Impressions” Metrics For Oscars  —  As the race for second screen dominance continues, Twitter is changing how it reports its own TV-related reach.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch ‘asked Rebekah Brooks not to resign’ the day NoW shut  —  Phone-hacking trial hears of News Corp mogul's intervention after it was revealed Milly Dowler's phone had been hacked  —  Rupert Murdoch asked Rebekah Brooks “not to resign” the day the News of the World closed, the phone-hacking trial has heard.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Slate appends corrections to errors on social media using replies, ensuring visiblity in stream  —  Slate's good strategy for correcting errors on Twitter, elsewhere  —  On Saturday night, Slate made a very funny, embarrassing error on Twitter: … Javier Bardem and Vladimir Putin aren't exactly lookalikes.
Erik Wemple:
AP removes misleading Trail Life USA photo from its archives  —  John Stemberger is chairman of the board of Trail Life USA, a scouting organization that doesn't allow participation from openly gay boys.  The Associated Press's (AP) Nomaan Merchant recently completed an in-depth story …
Discussion: @poynter and Mediaite
Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Peter Greste and other al-Jazeera journalists return to court in Egypt  —  Second day of trial gets under way as a senior Egyptian minister admits that jailing the group of reporters was a mistake  —  A group of mainly al-Jazeera journalists return to court in Egypt on Wednesday for the second …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Newsquest's ‘little house of subbing horrors’ prompts NUJ protest  —  The National Union of Journalists has renewed its call on Newsquest/Gannett to change its mind about the subbing hub it has created in south Wales.  —  It follows a damning indictment of the hub's output by the former regional editor, Steve Dyson.
Vietnam sentences dissident blogger Truong Duy Nhat to two years in prison  —  Vietnam jails ex-journalist over anti-government blog  —  (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam sentenced a former journalist to two years in prison on Tuesday for speaking out against the country's communist rulers …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Dish's deal with Disney may bring TV over the Web, but don't expect major changes to bundling  —  Disney Opens the Door for Web TV — As Long as It Looks Like Cable TV  —  Lots of people are quietly excited about the Web TV pact Disney and Dish announced yesterday — the one that gives Dish …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
NSA chief criticises media and suggests UK was right to detain David Miranda  —  Keith Alexander says revelations have caused ‘grave damage’ and claims officials are making ‘headway’ on ‘media leaks’  —  The outgoing director of the National Security Agency lashed out at media organizations reporting …
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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Undaunted By DirecTV Fracas, Weather Channel To Launch More Primetime Originals  —  Sam Champion, digital video get emphasis in early presentation geared toward coming upfronts  —  The Weather Company said it would continue to invest in documentary series for primetime …
Discussion: Capital New York
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
Discussion: Medium, bizjournals, FishbowlNY and @poynter
How Turkey's Erdogan held on to a newspaper and TV station despite Murdoch and Time Warner interest  —  Erdogan's Media Grab Stymies Expansion by Murdoch, Time Warner  —  In March 2012, Rupert Murdoch flew to Ankara and spent an hour chatting with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan about investing in Turkey.
Discussion: @osmancoskunoglu
Luke Hopewell / Gizmodo Australia:
The War For TV: Aussie Networks Plea For Government Help To Fight Netflix  —  The war for the future of television is on, and without knowing it, you have already chosen a side.  Whether you prefer to stick to terrestrial broadcasts on free-to-air and Foxtel, or if you like to get your shows …
Deborah Amos / NPR:
My (Brief) Detention By Iran's Morality Police … On my third day in Tehran last week, I was detained by Iran's notorious “morals police.”  This volunteer corps, with a presence in nearly every city and town, polices infractions against Islamic values.  These guardians patrol parks …
Discussion: Poynter and @lrozen
Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Suspicionless Searches at the US Border: A Growing Problem for Press Freedom  —  On The Media dedicated its whole program this week to addressing a growing and disturbing problem: the suspension of constitutional rights at the US border, where Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) …
Discussion: @exiledsurfer and Techdirt
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Six men convicted of murdering TV journalist in Pakistan  —  A Pakistani court has convicted six people for their roles in the murder of Wali Khan Babar, a Geo TV journalist who was shot dead in Karachi in January 2011.  —  The convictions are significant because they are the first in a decade …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Reddit GM Erik Martin talks about the site's unlikely success and its new live-reporting feature  —  We've already written about Reddit's new “live reporting” feature, which gives users the ability to live-blog a breaking news event or post updates about an ongoing story like the revolution in Ukraine …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and Boing Boing
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Paper Update Pushes Virality By Sending Download Links With Articles You Privately Share  —  Facebook's hoping to get more people downloading Paper by adding new options to share articles by text message, email, or Facebook Message that automatically include a “Shared from Paper.” link.
Discussion: @themediaisdying, 9to5Mac, @dancow and CNET
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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
Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
Ukraine TV Station Cut Off For Challenging Pro-Russia Authorities
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 and Topspin Tumblr
 Earlier Picks: 
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Brian Stelter's ‘Reliable Sources’ Gets First Demo Win
Discussion: Mediaite and The Wrap
Alastair Reid /
Vice launches News channel for ‘young, global audience’
Discussion: Forbes, Capital New York and AdAge
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / Medium:
Dutch journalism platform De Correspondent now has 30,000 paying members
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
The Awl:
Matt Buchanan and John Herrman to run The Awl
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NYT corrects 161-year-old article about Solomon Northup