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6:55 AM ET, March 19, 2014

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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Introducing ‘AnonyWatch’: Tracking Nameless Quotations in The Times  —  This post is the inaugural edition of an effort to point out some of the more regrettable examples of anonymous quotations in The Times.  I've written about this from time to time, as have my predecessors, to no little or no avail.
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
Why Do We Expect So Much From Nate Silver?  —  “It is time for us to start making the news a little nerdier,” Nate Silver announced in an essay, written in a Red Bull—aided last-minute cram session, which aimed to explain the philosophy behind his new ESPN-housed data journalism venture, FiveThirtyEight, which launched this week.
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Pandora raises One price to $4.99 per month for new subscribers and scraps annual option, blames royalty rates  —  Pandora today announced changes to its Pandora One subscription plan, which charges users to listen without advertising.  The company is keeping the same pricing …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Streaming Subscriptions Are Now a Billion-Dollar Business, but Music Sales Stall
Discussion: @jyarow
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The nonprofit Africa Check wants to build more fact-checking into the continent's journalism  —  The words are superimposed over a photo of a soccer stadium sitting empty at dusk: “Imagine a dead body in each seat of this World Cup soccer stadium...THAT is the amount of whites killed in [South Africa] in black on white violence!”
Discussion: @niemanlab
Bekah Grant / Medium:
Confessions of an ex-tech journalist  —  20 months, 1,740+ articles, and countless pitches later, I've got some truths to tell  —  I know how a gazelle feels.  There you are, working hard out on the savanna and then BAM!  The predators descend, chasing you across the plains, licking their lips …
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
AP's White House staff: Press losing presidential access as Obama officials close doors  —  AP's White House correspondent Julie Pace and its chief White House photographer Charles Dharapak warned colleagues on Tuesday that once the press loses its access to the president, it cannot be recovered.
Discussion: ap.org
Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly:
Judge Rules for HarperCollins in Open Road E-Book Dispute  —  In a significant ruling regarding backlist e-book rights, a New York court this week held that e-book publisher Open Road infringed HarperCollins' copyright with its e-book edition of Jean Craighead George's 1973 bestselling children's book Julie of the Wolves.
Jim Romenesko:
Jonathan Eig sells his ChicagoSide sports site  —  ChicagoSide founders Jonathan Eig and Sol Lieberman are selling their two-year-old site to Nick Tranfaglia of ticket broker TiqIQ.  —  “We set out to create the best online sports outlet in Chicago, and we met feel like we met our goal,” they write in an email.
Discussion: @mr_innovation and Robert Feder
Guardian:
Guardian wins Scripps Howard Foundation award for NSA reporting  —  Organisation receives Roy W Howard award for public service reporting, while New York Times and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also win  —  The Guardian's revelations about the scale of surveillance on American citizens …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Q&A: Engin Önder and Zeynep Tufekci on 140journos and the state of journalism in Turkey  —  Engin Önder is not a journalist, and he'll be the first to tell you that.  ("No way," he said, laughing, when I asked.)  Instead, Önder, who cofounded the Turkish citizen journalism …
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Google Chromecast now available in Canada, UK and 9 other European countries  —  Google has finally launched its Chromecast streaming dongle — which allows for ‘casting’ of content from a smartphone, tablet or laptop to any HDMI-equipped TV — outside the US for the first time since it launched in July last year.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Washington Post goes national by offering free digital access to readers of local newspapers  —  In 1980, The New York Times launched a daily national edition that, despite a significant upfront investment, turned into a position of strength; today, more than half of the Times' print subscribers are outside New York.
 
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Australian Associated Press:
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Big names back press regulation underpinned by royal charter
Discussion: Press Gazette
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
What Viacom Has to Show for Seven Years of Pursuing YouTube (Analysis)
Discussion: Plagiarism Today and Variety
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Nearly 150 MPs supporting decriminalising non-payment of BBC license fee
Discussion: ConservativeHome and BBC
David Yi / WWD:
The New York Observer Gets a New Look
Tim Kenneally / The Wrap:
ABC News Affiliate Helicopter Crash in Seattle Leaves 2 Dead
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Sky is bringing a new buy-and-keep movie service to the UK and Ireland ‘in the coming weeks’
Discussion: Guardian
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Joe Concha / Mediaite:
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