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3:25 PM ET, March 14, 2014


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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
An inside look at what it's like to work at Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded media outlet  —  How The Truth Is Made At Russia Today  —  “It was my first job and I feel embarrassed and ashamed.”  An inside look at what it's like to work at the Kremlin-funded media outlet.
David Remnick / The New Yorker Blog:
Putin Moves Against the Press
Max Seddon / BuzzFeed:
Russia Wipes Opposition Sites From The Internet
Comcast deal may offer media companies leverage on fees  —  (Reuters) - Media companies plan to press Comcast Corp for higher fees in the coming year, seeing an opportunity to squeeze better terms from the U.S. cable company as regulators review its planned takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc.
Discussion: Forbes
David Gelles / New York Times:   Charter Still Hanging Around Time Warner Cable
Jennifer Lopez-Backed NuvoTV Said to Make Offer for Fuse  —  Jennifer Lopez, the singer and actress who dated Sean “Diddy” Combs more than a decade ago, is now challenging her former beau as the two compete for Madison Square Garden Co.'s Fuse TV, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Sarah Harrison / Guardian:
Britain is treating journalists as terrorists - believe me, I know  —  My links to WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden mean I am treated as a threat and can't return to the UK.  We need a free speech roadmap  —  Free speech and freedom of the press are under attack in the UK.
Discussion: @webmink, @runasand, @dangillmor and @higgis
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Vice News Quickly Makes Mark With Ukraine Dispatches  —  NEW YORK — Vice News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky has reported extensively through Central Asia, the Middle East and the Caucasus region, but says he's never encountered as much hostility as he has covering the Russian invasion of Crimea.
Discussion: NY Daily News
Russia accuses U.S. of discrimination against Russian journalists  —  (Reuters) - Russia accused the United States on Friday of unacceptable discrimination against Russian journalists by barring them from a news conference given by President Barack Obama and Ukraine's prime minister.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Newspaper ill-advised to let police post their own online story  —  A newspaper that allowed its local police force to publish an article directly on to its website should be wary of celebrating the initiative.  —  Torbay police posted a “story” on the site of the Torquay Herald Express …
Discussion: HoldTheFrontPage and @gazthejourno
Haniya Rae / Digiday:
How Time Out NY's rethinking for digital  —  As a print publication of nightlife and restaurant listings, Time Out New York is an outlier in a world with Foursquare, Yelp, Urbanspoon and any number of apps to connect people with things to do and places to go.  —  That's why it's retooling for digital.
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Reporters Without Borders: For the first time, America is an enemy of the Internet  —  For the first time, the United States has made it onto Reporters Without Borders' “Enemies of the Internet” list, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Jillian York.  —  How did Washington win this distinguished (dis)honor?
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
What a German Comedy Can Teach Kristen Bell About Crowdfunding  —  After three weeks near the top of the German box office, “Stromberg” is set to pay back online fans who invested $1.4 million to get it made.  —  Kirsten Bell's Veronica Mars reboot is set to light up the box office …
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
European VOD Service Viewster Kicks Off $100,000 Online Film Competition  —  Users can vote on the 84 shorts and features submitted to the first annual Viewster Online Film Fest.  —  European VOD service Viewster has launched its first-ever online film festival, putting up $100,000 …
Joanna Plucinska / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A: Radio Free Europe's Ukrainian director  —  Maryana Drach on her staff's experiences reporting on the conflict  —  For journalists in Ukraine, safety has become a leading concern.  Radio Svoboda, the Ukrainian branch of Radio Free Europe, had been covering the protests (in Ukrainian) since they started in November.
Discussion: Forbes
Todd Spangler / Variety:, Which Claimed to Boost Star Rankings on IMDb, Shuts Down  —, a service that promised to boost individual STARmeter rankings in the IMDbPro database for upwards of $999, said it has pulled the plug on the service at IMDb's behest.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Gives UK Gov't Broad Powers To Censor Videos It Doesn't Like, Even If They're Legal [Update: Or Not]  —  Update: It appears that this story was misreported by a few sources, and the fans were flamed by UK government comments about censoring videos.  Youtube has as program …
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D.B. Hebbard / Talking New Media:
New UK study finds young people less enthusiastic about eBooks, many still do not own a tablet
Discussion: Voxburner and
Noor Zainab Hussain / Reuters:
British publisher Future's shares slump on profit warning
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
DreamWorks Studio Needs a New Script
Luis Carlos Díaz / Journalism For Change:
In Venezuelan protests, citizens and the internet fill the information gap
Discussion: @healeyparera
Kate Knibbs / Daily Dot:
BuzzFeed aggregation of tweets about sexual assault raises questions about ethics of embedding
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John Kell / Wall Street Journal:
Liberty Media Drops Proposal to Fully Acquire Sirius XM
Sherwin Siy / Wired:
Everyone Wins With Copyright Takedown Notices — Except the Public
Discussion: Techdirt, TorrentFreak and Daily Dot
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Princess Diana leaked royal directories to Murdoch tabloid, court hears
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Telegraph
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Drone flight over Harlem disaster shows messy state of FAA rules
Discussion: NY Daily News, Poynter and TVSpy
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Survey of nearly a thousand web pages looks at interactive features for news