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9:50 AM ET, March 11, 2014


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
No One's Looking at Your Native Ads, Either  —  Advertisers love the idea of “native ads” — marketing messages that sort of look like “real” content — because they think that Web surfers who ignore other ads will pay attention to the new format.  This sounds interesting in theory …
Tony Haile / TIME:
Chartbeat CEO: “We confuse what people have clicked on for what they've read.”  —  What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong  —  If you're an average reader, I've got your attention for 15 seconds, so here goes: We are getting a lot wrong about the web these days.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Gawker Demands Dismissal of Quentin Tarantino Lawsuit  —  The news site says that reading a screenplay is not a copyright infringing act.  —  Gawker is asking a California federal judge to reject a lawsuit filed by Quentin Tarantino over a leak of the director's unproduced script Hateful Eight.
Erik Wemple:
John Cook bolts Gawker for the Intercept  —  John Cook had fun as editor in chief of Gawker.  For instance: When he wanted to commandeer a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack, he fired up a “Crackstarter” campaign that raised $200,000 for the cause.  Publicity followed.
Dan Taylor / BBC:
Introducing the new BBC iPlayer  —  Hello, I'm Dan Taylor, Head of BBC iPlayer and today I'm delighted to share how we are evolving BBC iPlayer for the multiscreen world, starting today with the rollout of a new version for computers, tablets, mobiles and connected TVs.
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.
Associated Press:
Los Angeles Register newspaper to launch April 16 … LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freedom Communications says it has set April 16 as the launch date for its latest newspaper venture, the Los Angeles Register.  —  The expansion is the latest for the ambitious newspaper company that Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz bought in 2012.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
CBS chief says network could go all-Internet if Aereo wins  —  CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said Tuesday that his company's namesake broadcast network could go “over the top,” or be delivered via the Internet, if Aereo's model of streaming over-the-air programming is ruled legal.
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
Katharine Houreld / Reuters:
Swedish journalist shot dead in central Kabul  —  (Reuters) - A gunman shot dead a Swedish journalist outside a restaurant in a brazen attack in one Kabul's most heavily guarded districts on Tuesday, police and embassy sources said, underscoring growing insecurity threatening next month's elections.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Baljeet Singh, developer of skippable pre-roll ads for YouTube, joins Twitter  —  Twitter poaches YouTube executive in new push for video ads  —  Twitter has hired former YouTube executive Baljeet Singh as a product director in its revenue organization, where he will work to improve …
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp. taking cautious approach to acquisitions and investments  —  Thomson says News Corp. will take it slow  —  News Corp. made waves in December when it bought the video startup Storyful for $25 million.  —  But the company is taking a slow, cautious approach to acquisitions, chief executive Robert Thomson said yesterday.
Discussion: @raju
Los Angeles Times:
Apple is asking record labels for exclusive iTunes releases  —  Apple contends streaming services such as Spotify and Beats Music have begun to cannibalize download sales on iTunes.  —  Apple's push for a new release window — similar to the one that some Hollywood studios impose …
Discussion: @mellevandijk and The Verge
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.
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: @imagethink and VentureBeat
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Newsweek's cover story on Bitcoin shows why old media practices are ill-suited for the Internet age  —  “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 …
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Baidu's Iqiyi overtakes Youku as China's most popular video service  —  Move over, Youku: The site that has long been called China's YouTube just got dethroned by its competitor Iqiyi as the country's most popular video service.  Iqiyi, which is owned by the Chinese internet giant Baidu …
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” …
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Jeremy Barr / Poynter:
Are pen names ever OK in journalism?
Discussion: @davidkenner
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Strictly algorithm: how news finds people in the Facebook and Twitter age
Discussion: @sonaliranade and Capital New York
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Journalist Lyra McKee uses Beacon to crowdfund investigation into a 33-year-old Belfast murder
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Life After Patch: Former Editors Start Their Own Hyperlocal Sites
Discussion: Street Fight and @dankennedy_nu
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Snowden has shown the ‘huge disparity of surveillance and power’, says Gellman
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Bros. Is Buying a Stake in Struggling YouTube Net Machinima. Here's Why
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Gigaom
 Earlier Picks: 
John McDuling / Quartz:
“The Upshot” is the New York Times' replacement for Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight
Mark Caro / Chicago Tribune:
Oscars coverage shows that entertainment reporters aren't asking hard questions
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
ESPN to combine FiveThirtyEight, Grantland and ESPN Films into new unit
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Brooks denies approving payments
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast customers can now watch House of Cards - without a Netflix subscription