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9:35 PM ET, March 30, 2014


 Top News: 
Marcella Bombardieri / The Boston Globe:
Court documents reveal ambivalence in how MIT assisted Aaron Swartz's prosecution  —  The inside story of MIT and Aaron Swartz  —  More than a year after Swartz killed himself rather than face prosecution, questions about MIT's handling of the hacking case persist
Alexander Howard / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
Aron Pilhofer on data journalism, culture and going digital  —  When it comes to computer-assisted reporting and the ways media companies are using technology, there are few people in the U.S.A. as knowledgeable as Aron Pilhofer.  He runs a newsroom team at The New York Times that combines journalism …
David Carr / New York Times:
In Media Moguls' Rarefied Realm, It's Like Father, Like Son  —  Last week, Rupert Murdoch handed the future leadership of two publicly held companies worth a combined $80 billion to his two sons, almost as casually as if they were the keys to the family station wagon.
Discussion: @mathewi, @pkafka and @carr2n
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
How AOL maintains editorial independence in Ford-sponsored ‘This Built America’ series  —  When an AOL team with an editorial vision joined a video production team with an artistic vision to launch an ambitious 50-week series about people and companies rebuilding America, it was clear they needed a brand to help fund it.
Robert Kolker / New York Magazine:
How NBCUniversal Killed DailyCandy  —  Dany Levy, the founder of DailyCandy, the addictive and once wildly successful shopping e-newsletter and website, was boarding a plane to Mexico when she heard her creation was being shut down by its current owner, NBCUniversal, along with Television Without Pity …
Discussion: @thestalwart and @jeffjarvis
The Wrap:
Josh Elliott Exiting ABC's ‘Good Morning America’ for NBC Sports  —  After months of speculation over Josh Elliott's future at ABC News' “Good Morning America,” contract talks broke down over the weekend and he will leave his anchor spot for a gig with NBC Sports.
Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Lessons for Journalists and Sources from the Microsoft/Blogger Privacy Fiasco  —  Privacy-conscious Internet users were aghast last week when court documents showed that Microsoft looked at the content of a blogger's Hotmail account without a warrant—or any legal process whatsoever …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Media career path: Cry ‘media bias’  —  Sharyl Attkisson hasn't landed yet, but there's every reason to suppose she's not going to finish her career in local news in Duluth.  —  For starters, Atkinson is an accomplished reporter.  But she's also taken one of the surefire moves to help ensure …
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
Spanish journalists freed in Syria after six-month ordeal  —  Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Villanova Garcia released but Islamist extremists still hold over 40 other western hostages  —  Two Spanish journalists kidnapped in northern Syria last September were freed by their captors on Saturday night …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEightDataLab:
FiveThirtyEight admits issues with climate-science article, will commission rebuttal  —  FiveThirtyEight to Commission Response to Disputed Climate Article  —  FiveThirtyEight relaunched less than two weeks ago.  It's been a heck of a learning experience.
Emerging Technology From the arXiv:
The Evolution of Automated Breaking News Stories  —  A Google engineer has developed an algorithm that spots breaking news stories on the Web and illustrates them with pictures.  And it is now filing its first stories on Twitter.  —  Breaking news stories are one of the driving forces for online media.
Discussion: @mathewi
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Turkey's YouTube traffic down 2/3 after blockage by government  —  Turkey's YouTube Traffic Drops Sharply  —  Google Says Turkey's Share of Global YouTube Traffic Fell Significantly After Government Blackout  —  Internet traffic for YouTube took a blow in Turkey on Friday …
Vijaya Gadde / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter wins Turkish court case overturning take-down order of account, but service still blocked
Stephen Franklin / The Big Roundtable:
Veteran journalist recalls Beirut in 1982 and reflects how the Internet is changing Arab world  —  The Light in Beirut  —  Up against a wall, waiting to die on a late afternoon in August 1982, a journalist's life stops and then starts over.  —  Bright, bright light.  So bright it blinds me.
Discussion: @lpintak
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