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12:10 AM ET, March 11, 2014


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Gawker's John Cook Joins First Look Media  —  First Look Media, the independent news organization created by Pierre Omidyar, has poached Gawker editor John Cook, Gawker staffers were informed today.  Cook is First Look's latest high profile addition in recent months.
Matthew Shaer / New York Magazine:
Raging Against Hacks With Muckraker Turned Magazine-Maker Matt Taibbi  —  Matt Taibbi, the ­former enfant terrible of ­political journalism, limps into a cozy diner on ­Chambers Street, in Tribeca a ­Russian-style fur cap pulled over his ears, a half-formed apology for his lateness already on his lips.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS News  —  CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday.
Michael King / Austin Chronicle:
Greenwald on politics, privacy, journalism  —  Reporter/editor says bigger Snowden revelations to come  —  Glenn Greenwald, the Constitutional attorney who became a blogger and then reporter - and Ed Snowden's go-to journalist to publish his cache of National Security Agency documents …
Discussion: VentureBeat and @imagethink
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Snowden has shown the ‘huge disparity of surveillance and power’, says Gellman
Matt McFarland / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden: 'They're setting fire to the future of the Internet'
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
“I want it to be 25 years ago!”  Newsweek's blown cover story on bitcoin.  —  “How was some guy in a basement who happens to have an obsessive interest in your subject going to bust into your peer group and start shooting up your journalism in a way that raises doubts about you and your magazine?
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Newsweek and ‘trust us’ journalism
Discussion: Guardian
Felix Salmon:
Satoshi: Why Newsweek isn't convincing
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix reportedly reaches another Comcast-style agreement, but with a Norwegian ISP  —  Netflix's oddly public peering agreement to connect directly with Comcast has, as many expected, been followed closely by a similar deal.  What may surprise some is that this arrangement is with Norway's Telenor …
Discussion: Telecompaper and Electronista
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix got a bit faster on Comcast after opening its wallet
Kaylin Bugos /
Life After Patch: Former Editors Start Their Own Hyperlocal Sites  —  In the last several years, hundreds of journalists took a risk and went to work for a big company that said it could deliver hyperlocal news online across the country.  —  That company was Patch.  —  Today, many of the jobs it once offered are gone.
Sean Combs Said to Bid $200 Million for Fuse TV Network  —  Sean Combs, the hip-hop mogul now known as Diddy, has bid about $200 million for the Fuse cable-TV channel, said three people with knowledge of the situation.  —  Combs, 43, rose to fame as rapper Puff Daddy and has since founded fashion …
Discussion: The Wrap, Mashable, and Variety
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
New York Public Radio Receives Grant for $10 Million  —  New York Public Radio will announce on Monday that it has received a $10 million grant from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, which it says is the largest single gift ever made to a public radio station.
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
ESPN to combine FiveThirtyEight, Grantland and ESPN Films into new unit  —  ESPN is bringing together its FiveThirtyEight, Grantland and ESPN Films franchises under one umbrella.  —  The new unit, dubbed “Exit 31” (a reference to the exit off of Interstate 84 in Bristol, Connecticut where ESPN is based) …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
ESPN's Bill Simmons on ESPN's Nate Silver, Being a Boss and Building His Site
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @laurengoode
John McDuling / Quartz:
“The Upshot” is the New York Times' replacement for Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight  —  “The Upshot.”  That's the name the New York Times is giving to its new data-driven venture, focused on politics, policy and economic analysis and designed to fill the void left by Nate Silver …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Wall Street Journal Adopts Native Ads, Tactic Its Editor Has Said Can Lead to Faustian Pacts  —  The nation's top newspapers are carefully embracing native advertising despite reservations from some in the editorial ranks.  The New York Times rolled out its own native ad units in January.
Tamara Baluja /
Toronto Star builds technology to post professional camera photos instantly on live blogs  —  Imagine a gadget that attaches to a professional DSLR camera and sends photos directly to a live blog, almost as fast as you can snap them.  Taras Slawnych did—and then he built one.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Strictly algorithm: how news finds people in the Facebook and Twitter age  —  Many people assume important news will find them online, but don't understand the algorithms defining how  —  From Spotify and Netflix recommendations to Facebook's news feed or Google's search results …
Discussion: Capital New York
Sam Petulla / The Content Strategist:
How Buzzfeed Manipulates Fast and Slow Thinking to Win the Internet  —  After the rapid rise of BuzzFeed and Upworthy over the past year — and the backlash that followed — engagement has become the talk of the town.  —  The big question: If “You Won't Believe What Happens Next” …
Jeremy Barr / Poynter:
Are pen names ever OK in journalism?  —  If your name is “Jason Huntmann,” then your name should be Jason Huntmann.  —  That's the guiding principle I was operating under earlier this winter when I wrote about The Washington Post's decision to pull down an op-ed piece after I questioned the author's identity.
Discussion: @davidkenner
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Tony Romm / Politico:
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
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Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
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Justin Lafferty / Inside Facebook:
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Discussion: @raju