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7:20 AM ET, March 21, 2014


 Top News: 
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, @pkafka, @pkafka and @rsingel
‘This American Life’ Loses Public Radio Distributor  —  After 17 years, Public Radio International announced today that it will end distribution of one of its most popular shows, “This American Life.”  —  The Ira Glass-hosted program, which has been distributed by PRI since 1997 …
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Warner Bros Fights Looming Exposé of Anti-piracy Secrets  —  To deal with the ongoing threat of online piracy, major Hollywood studios have entire divisions dedicated to tracking down copyright infringers.  Exactly what goes on behind the scenes is a mystery, but if the Electronic Frontier Foundation …
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
Marc Graser / Variety:
Fox, Samsung to Develop System to Deliver Ultra HD Content Through Smart TVs  —  Twentieth Century Fox and Samsung Electronics announced a partnership Thursday in which both companies will work together to create a secure way to deliver Ultra HD movies and TV shows through smart TVs.
Discussion: Gigaom, Mashable, and CNET
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Medium launches iPhone app for reading stories on the go  —  After a short delay, Medium released its iPhone app today with a focus on reading and recommending stories.  “Every week, thousands of people come to Medium to write,” company founder Ev Williams said in a post on the site.  “That's the hard part.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
Jason Miller / Federal News Radio:
Agency FOIA officers discontent with House reform bill  —  Krista Boyd, the counsel for the minority on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said one of the major changes to the FOIA Act over the last year came from last year's American University Washington College of Law event.
Memo: Editor-in-chief Steve Meurice leaves National Post  —  National Post editor Steve Meurice is leaving the company, effective today.  With his departure, we have lost a terrific editor, friend and colleague.  —  In his 17 years here, Steve has provided superior editorial leadership …
Discussion: @thehartley, @evalois and @ivisonj
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.
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Daniel Holloway / Broadcasting & Cable:
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