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1:35 AM ET, March 21, 2014


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Reed Hastings / Netflix US & Canada Blog:
Internet Tolls And The Case For Strong Net Neutrality  —  The Internet is improving lives everywhere - democratizing access to ideas, services and goods.  To ensure the Internet remains humanity's most important platform for progress, net neutrality must be defended and strengthened.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Says It Really Didn't Want to Cut That Traffic Deal With Comcast  —  Remember last month, when Netflix and Comcast signed a deal to guarantee fast delivery of the video service's streams to the cable company's customers?  —  That's exactly the kind of deal Netflix shouldn't have to sign, says Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.
Discussion: The Wrap, Gigaom, @rsingel, @pkafka and @pkafka
Chris Taylor / Mashable:
Twitter Blocked in Turkey as Prime Minister Pledges to ‘Eradicate’ It  —  What's This?  —  There's electioneering, and then there's what Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan said Thursday on the campaign trail.  —  “We will eradicate Twitter,” Erdoan told a rally in Bursa in the west of the country.
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Twitter's new video hosting platform lets mobile users play clips with a single tap  —  Twitter Rolls Out Easier, Faster Video Playback  —  Over the past year, Twitter has worked closely with television networks and other professional video creators to upload and promote thousands …
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
Virgin Media talking to Amazon about taking its video-on-demand service  —  Tom Mockridge confirms cable network's interest in Prime Instant Video, which recently bought third series of Ripper Street  —  Virgin Media has held talks with Amazon about putting its video-on-demand service Prime Instant Video …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Sinclair Proposes To Modify Allbritton Deal to Secure FCC Approval  —  Changes follow commission signaling it would take hard look at deals with sharing and financial ties  —  Sinclair says it will restructure its Allbritton deal to make it more palatable to the FCC, which is looking closely …
Discussion: Adweek
Neil Gough / New York Times:
Bloomberg Should Have Rethought Articles on China, Chairman Says  —  HONG KONG — The chairman of Bloomberg L.P. said in a speech here on Thursday that the company should have reconsidered articles that deviated from its core business-news coverage in light of the huge potential for its products in the Chinese market.
Dennis Robaugh / Joliet Patch News:
Media Organizations Stand with Patch in Confidential Source Case  —  Patch editor faces $300-a-day fines and jail time.  Thirty-nine news organizations filed an amicus brief to the appellate court supporting Patch's case.  —  Patch editor Joseph Hosey, speaking to the Illinois College Press …
Discussion: Poynter and @seanrobinsontnt
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What's next for the team behind Syria Deeply?  Arctic Deeply  —  Syria isn't the only news topic worth going into Deeply.  —  Since Syria Deeply, a news site solely focused on covering the crisis there, went live in late 2012, Lara Setrakian hasn't hid the fact that she wants …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo's Tumblr First TV Ad Deal Is with Viacom  —  Tumblr, the blogging site Yahoo bought last year for $1.1 billion, has secured an advertising deal with Viacom, which plans to pitch cobranded campaigns on the site to marketers tied to TV programming for networks including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Liberty Overtakes Disney as Most Profitable Media Conglomerate  —  SNL Kagan says Liberty's fortunes soared in 2013 due to a savvy investment in SiriusXM Radio.  —  With a $142 billion market capitalization, Wall Street has determined that the Walt Disney Co. is the most valuable traditional media conglomerate on the planet.
David Lieberman /
Discovery Founder John Hendricks Will Retire In May  —  This is a milestone for the company, and the cable industry.  John Hendricks is one of the business' most influential programming pioneers, and possibly the most authentic and humble media mogul I ever met.
Vidhi Choudhary / LiveMint:
Quartz India launches in June in collaboration with as other media groups eye market  —  Online news: Foreign media firms make beeline for India  —  New Delhi: Quartz, the US-based Atlantic Media's popular online business news brand, is entering India amid a sharpening battle for online eyeballs among foreign media brands.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
MP3Tunes Founder Michael Robertson Found Liable for Copyright Infringement  —  A jury finds that the once-popular website willfully blinded itself to thousands of songs being stolen.  —  On Wednesday, a jury in a New York federal courtroom found MP3Tunes founder Michael Robertson liable …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Screenburn raises $500k to help sell films and music on Facebook  —  British startup has already worked with Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones on video-on-demand films  —  Paul McCartney is one of the musicians to have worked with Screenburn.  —  British technology startup Screenburn …
Discussion: hypebot, AllFacebook and ReadWrite
Stephen Gandel / Fortune:
At financial news sites, stock promoters make inroads  —  Several finance websites — including and Seeking Alpha — have published articles by guest contributors who were allegedly paid to promote the stocks they were writing about, raising ethical concerns.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
‘Is It Really News?’:  Cable Journos Squirm Over Flight 370 Overload  —  The disappearance of MA Flight 370 has proved a ratings bonanza, particularly for CNN.  But with no new developments, and wild conjecture filling the void, even CNN's own journalists are questioning its coverage.
Discussion: Mediaite, AdAge and Capital New York
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable CEO Due $80 Million as Deal Ends Short Tenure  —  Just months into his job as head of Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), Rob Marcus is set to receive a severance payment of $79.9 million in cash, equity and benefits because he's selling the company to Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)
Priya Ganapati / Wall Street Journal:
Time to Move on: Sony Shuts Down E-Reader Book Store … Sony is turning off the lights on its e-reader book store.  The company will shut down its online store for its Reader devices at 6 p.m. ET Thursday.  —  Sony Reader store customers will have to transfer their library to Kobo …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Tribune Company Built a Robot That Reads You The News  —  Shashi Seth Unveils First Product As Head of Tribune Digital Ventures  —  Krux  —  Shashi Seth loves NPR.  But he would like it a lot more if he could skip stories.  —  That was the kernel of the idea behind Newsbeat …
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