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7:45 AM ET, March 28, 2014

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon Says It Has No Plans to Offer a Free TV and Music-Video Streaming Service  —  Here we go again: Amazon.com denied a Wall Street Journal report Thursday that the Internet retailing giant is working up a free, ad-supported TV and music-video service.  —  “We're often experimenting …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Launching Video Box Next Week  —  Amazon's entry into the set-top box world, which has been delayed for months, is coming next week, according to people familiar with the company's plans.  —  The e-commerce giant has invited reporters to gather for an “update on our video business” in New York next Wednesday, April 2.
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon planning free ad-supported TV and music streaming service, no Prime subscription required
Jeremy Wagstaff / Reuters:
Journalists, media under attack from hackers: Google researchers  —  (Reuters) - Twenty-one of the world's top-25 news organizations have been the target of likely state-sponsored hacking attacks, according to research by two Google security engineers.  —  While many internet users face …
Discussion: Politico
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
NBCUniversal-Owned DailyCandy and Television Without Pity Will Be Shut Down  —  DailyCandy and Television Without Pity, two high-profile Internet content properties owned by NBCUniversal, are being shuttered, a move that management told staff this morning would be occurring next week.
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Thornton McEnery / Crain's New York:   NBC mismanaged DailyCandy to death, former adviser says
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
Facebook Algorithm Tweaks Hurt Viral Sites More Than Other Publishers  —  Publishers are claiming that content they share on Facebook pages isn't reaching as many readers as it used to.  —  Adweek reached out to comScore to find out how referral traffic through Facebook has changed …
Discussion: @adweek
Kenneth Li / Re/code:
Roku Will Be Your Future TV's Operating System  —  His world is about to get more crowded — that's a phrase that has haunted the coverage of Roku CEO Anthony Wood for the past decade.  —  Critics are applying the phrase again as the maker of the set-top box that streams Web TV to your TV faces another big rival.
Discussion: 9to5Mac and @johnpaczkowski
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Turkish courts release eight journalists in two days  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release this week of at least eight imprisoned journalists in Turkey, but calls on Turkish authorities to scrap the charges against them and release all of the journalists jailed in the country.
Discussion: New York Times
Fercan Yalinkilic / Wall Street Journal:
After Twitter Ban, Turkey's Netizens Find YouTube Blockage a Breeze  —  As with the Turkish government's ban on Twitter last week, today's blocking of YouTube has spawned a race by people in Turkey to outflank the ban through other sites and apps.  —  Internet users, already armed with a host …
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Hurriyet Daily News:
Turkey blocks access to YouTube after leaked recordings of key security meeting
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
HitFix Launches Multiplatform Video  —  After dabbling in video pieces over the last few years, entertainment news site HitFix announced today the full launch of HitFix Video.  —  “Basically, for us, video is the way, the hook, the content and the opportunity to get in front of consumers …
Erik Wemple:
MSNBC disputes Pew study on newsgathering reduction  —  The Pew Research Center's “State of the News Media 2014” report contained some hard-to-swallow data for MSNBC.  It chronicled, for instance, the network's awful drop in daytime audience and its primetime difficulties.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Betaworks-Backed Tapestry Releases Update To Let You Build Stories In-App  —  Today Tapestry, the story-telling service out of betaworks, has released a big update to the mobile application, allowing users to create tapestries within the app for the first time ever.
Discussion: ITBusinessNet.com
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Takes Another Crack At Read-It-Later With “Save” Button  —  Facebook's undying quest to be your newspaper has seen it launch multiple News Feeds, the standalone Paper app, trending topics, and more.  You're not always able to stop what you're doing and read what you discover, though.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Newsrooms freeze out freelancers moonlighting for brands  —  For the freelance journalist, the siren call of “brand journalism” is tough to resist.  It's a growth industry, and one that pays pretty well at a time when the $2-a-word magazine piece is hard to find.
Miranda Ward / mUmBRELLA:
News Corp Australia launches app Newsclick  —  News Corp Australia has launched Newsclick - an immersive app that links the experience of print news and information consumption with relating digital activities.  —  The announcement: … Source: News Corp media release
Discussion: News Corp Australia
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fresh Off Disney Deal, Maker Studios Comes to Cable TV (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Deal was reached prior to Disney's $500 million-plus acquisition of YouTube multichannel network company  —  Maker Studios, which is being acquired by The Walt Disney Co. in a deal worth up to $950 million …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fullscreen Acquires Videogame Media Firm ScrewAttack  —  The March madness for multichannel networks continues: Fullscreen, one of the biggest YouTube MCNs, has acquired small videogame-focused media company ScrewAttack.  —  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Twitter's brevity is its biggest strength and its big weakness — and a massive challenge  —  If you've been following the Twitter rumor mill at all, you've probably seen reports about a number of things that the company is trying out — as part of its ongoing beta testing of new features …
Discussion: The Next Web and PandoDaily
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Cable's Next Big Threat: Loss of Ad Dollars To YouTube, AOL  —  It turns out that cord-cutting isn't the only threat facing cable channels.  —  Several of the big ad-supported online video outlets, including Google's YouTube, AOL and others, plan this upfront season to target some of the ad dollars …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Sources: Dropbox Acqui-Hiring Social Reading App Readmill For $8 Million  —  With fresh capital in its coffers, Dropbox appears to be on somewhat of an acquisition spree, albeit a quiet one.  Following the cloud storage company's recent purchase of workplace chat solution Zulip …
Wall Street Journal:
Twitter rolling out new music strategy centered on music conversations and content this week  —  Twitter to Relaunch Music Strategy  —  Move Comes Shortly After It Pulled #Music App from iTunes  —  Twitter Inc. is trying out a new tune.  The short-messaging service is preparing to roll …
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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Tweets About Music to Get a Billboard Chart
 
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Pat Long / Journalism.co.uk:
‘Why newspapers should steer away from the MTV model’
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney's Anne Sweeney Talks Successor, Online Pay TV Services
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Revenge porn could be opening up an exception to publishers' protections online
Discussion: US News, Gawker and The Daily Caller
Mary Clare Fischer / AJR.org:
The Pay-Per-Visit Debate: Is Chasing Traffic Hurting Journalism?
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks's PA denies lying about knowledge of police inquiry
Discussion: mUmBRELLA
Gwynn Guilford / Quartz:
China needs Bloomberg way more than Bloomberg needs China
Discussion: Politico
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Associated Press:
Manning lawyer wants leak conviction reversed
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Entertainment Weekly goes the platform route