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9:55 AM ET, March 12, 2014


 Top News: 
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Hacking trial hears details of Blair's offer to help Brooks prepare for committee appearance  —  Tony Blair Offered To Help Rebekah Brooks Handle Phone Hacking Hearing  —  The phone hacking trial was offered yet more evidence on Wednesday of former British prime minister Tony Blair's unswerving devotion …
Discussion: Guardian and Guy Fawkes' blog
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News International ‘wanted Lord Mandelson to coach Rebekah Brooks’  —  Phone-hacking trial hears News of the World publisher proposed ‘preparation session’ for chief's planned appearance before MPs  —  News International wanted Lord Mandelson to “coach” Rebekah Brooks for an appearance …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks: no one told me about lead on Milly Dowler's whereabouts
Discussion: Hacked Off and Guardian
Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
ObamaCare Website Traffic Spikes After President's ‘Funny or Die’ Interview  —  Obama's comic turn on Zach Galifianakis' “Between Two Ferns” becomes big driver to site, according to White House aides.  —  Within hours of President Barack Obama's appearance with comedian Zach Galifianakis …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Fox News
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Obama bypasses traditional media again in interview with Zach Galifianakis, showing how to take advantage of fractured landscape
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web  —  Exclusive: web's inventor warns neutrality under sustained attack from governments and corporations  —  The inventor of the world wide web believes an online “Magna Carta” is needed to protect and enshrine the independence …
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
CNN ex-president Jon Klein talks about TAPP, the new online network he's starting with Jeff Gaspin  —  Jon Klein on His New Online Venture: 'We've Created the Company That I Feared Would Come Along'  —  Former CNN President Jon Klein and former NBC Universal Chairman Jeff Gaspin announced …
Discussion: Bloomberg and @jayrosen_nyu
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
CNN, NBCU Alums Jon Klein, Jeff Gaspin Team Up for Online Video Venture
Discussion: Capital New York, TVNewser and The Wrap
John Reynolds / Guardian:
60% of UK's video, video games and music sales now come from the internet  —  Netflix and Spotify help drive UK home entertainment revenues to £5.3bn  —  New figures show that three-fifths of Britain's video, video games and music sales are now derived from the internet
Discussion: Variety
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Amazon's TV streaming box to ship with Netflix and Hulu Plus apps  —  Amazon's Roku competitor, which could be unveiled any day now, won't just peddle the company's own video streaming service: The device will also have apps for direct competitors including Netflix and Hulu Plus on board, according to multiple sources.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Disney TV Shakeup: Anne Sweeney Leaving to Pursue Directing Career  —  Disney's longtime TV chief Anne Sweeney will leave her post in January 2015 to pursue a career as a television director.  —  “The past 18 years at Disney have been the highlight of my executive career.
Jethro Nededog / The Wrap:
Anne Sweeney Exiting Disney-ABC to Become TV Director
Discussion: Variety
Beats Music raises $60M-$100M to fund new music and features in challenge to Spotify  —  Jimmy Iovine's Beats Music Is Said to Raise Up to $100 Million  —  Beats Music LLC, the subscription streaming service from rapper Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine, raised a second round …
Emma Graham-Harrison / Guardian:
Taliban splinter group says it killed British-Swedish reporter Nils Horner  —  Hardline group claims responsibility for death of radio journalist in Kabul and accuses him of spying for UK government  —  A Taliban splinter group linked to the kidnapping of a New York Times journalist six years ago …
Berkshire to Buy Graham TV Station in $1.1 Billion Swap  —  Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) agreed to buy WPLG, a Miami-based television station, from Graham Holdings Co., the former publisher of the Washington Post, paying with stock that Warren Buffett has held for more than four decades.
Discussion: and Benzinga
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Appeal Court victory for Guardian in fight to see Prince Charles minister letters - Govt takes fight to Supreme Court  —  The Guardian today won a major legal victory for press freedom over Government secrecy as it won the right to see a number of letters to ministers written by Prince Charles.
Grace Li / Reuters:
Nine arrested over stabbing of Hong Kong newspaper editor  —  (Reuters) - Police in Hong Kong and China have arrested nine men with suspected links to organised crime for the stabbing of a prominent Hong Kong journalist, the territory's chief of police said on Wednesday, an attack that was seen by many as an assault on press freedom.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Gawker's Nick Denton Says BuzzFeed is ‘Pointless.’ Also a ‘Perfect Competitor.’  —  Convenes a Company Meeting on Kinja Platform  —  Gawker Media founder Nick Denton used his company's own commenting platform to field a virtual company meeting on Tuesday, taking questions on the company's competition …
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
News App Circa Looks to Native Ads for First Revenue Stream  —  Mobile News Reader Plans to Introduce ‘Native’ Sponsored Posts  —  How Advertising Performs in a Social Media World … It's time for the mobile news-reader apps to become businesses.  —  One of the category's earliest players …
Discussion: @miamabanta and @mhess4
Myriam Robin / Crikey:
Audits exonerate Australia's ABC from bias claims, but unlikely to satisfy critics  —  Audits clear ABC of bias, but don't expect critics to listen  —  The ABC has started conducting regular audits of bias in its news coverage.  The first two, released today, posed nothing to worry about.
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Discussion: CNET and The Verge
Kim Fletcher / British Journalism Review:
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Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
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Discussion: Gigaom
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
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