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7:25 AM ET, March 9, 2015


 Top News: 
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Behind the turmoil at NBC News, which started long before Brian Williams  —  (Actually) True War Stories at NBC News  —  No one at the table knew whether ­Williams wanted to stay in the anchor chair.  Although he seemed genetically bred to be a newscaster—with that perfect almond hair …
The Awl:
The Awl's “Concessionist” takes on the myopism of a writer with severe BuzzFeed envy  —  I Hate Myself Because I Don't Work For BuzzFeed  —  The Concessionist gives advice each weekend about the sordid choices of real life.  Trouble?  Write today.  —  Hi Concessionist,
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
News Corp Buys Indian Tech Media Company VCCircle  —  News Corp is continuing its focus on India after it announced a deal to buy tech and startup-focused media company VCCircle.  —  Founded in 2005, VCCircle runs news sites and, in addition to research platform VCCEdge …
Nick Cohen / Observer:
BBC has forced out or demoted the journalists who exposed Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal  —  The sinister treatment of dissent at the BBC  —  obody from John Humphrys in the morning to Evan Davis at night dares mention a scandal at the BBC.  It undermines their reporting of every abuse whistleblowers reveal.
Toronto Star:
Toronto Star eliminating its paid digital subscriptions on April 1, making all content free  —  Note to Readers: Star to end paid digital subscriptions on April 1  —  We are announcing the cancellation of Digital Access, our paid digital subscription program for readers of our website,, effective April 1, 2015.
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
Small blog Wait But Why finds success with longform, thoughtful posts and original images  —  The Secrets Of Writing Smart, Long-form Articles That Go Absolutely Viral  —  Note: BuzzFeed publishes several long and excellent feature stories every week, as you can see on their Big Stories page.
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
The music industry's broken business could change in 2015  —  The music business has been screwed up for a hopelessly long time, but change is afoot: Congress, courts and the Justice Department are all poised in coming months to shake up how companies and consumers pay for music.
NDTV protests ban on 'India's Daughter', earns praise after going blank for an hour  —  In rare stance of protest, not quite seen since the emergency of 1975 (when Indian Express and Statesman published blank pages to protest the Indira Gandhi government's censorship), NDTV went blank for an hour …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Ex-VP of online marketing Sean Percival shares MySpace lessons: lack of focus after News Corp takeover, deceptive ads, failure to build on unique music deal  —  MySpace - what went wrong: ‘The site was a massive spaghetti-ball mess’  —  Former VP of online marketing Sean Percival on corporate interference …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Drum
William Van Meter / New York Times:
Luxury fashion magazine Stylist is a free, ad-backed glossy, currently handed out to commuters in UK, France, and UAE  —  A Fashion Magazine's Successful Business Model (Hint: It's Free!)  —  Every Thursday evening, attractive young men and women gather outside select Métro stations …
Iran's female editors rise to the top despite challenges  —  In spite of government pressure on Iranian journalists and women, the number of women serving on the editorial boards of Iranian newspapers has increased in recent years.  However, discrimination against women by their male colleagues is still a serious issue.
Discussion: @theiranpulse and @elliegeranmayeh
Ilya Marritz / WNYC News:
Deal with New York State allows Time Inc. to cut 917 jobs by 2017 and still retain subsidies  —  Taxpayer Subsidy Allows Time Inc. To Slash Jobs  —  Time Inc., the publisher of Time, Sports Illustrated, People, and many other magazines, is planning a move from Midtown to downtown Manhattan, with the help of public subsidies.
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Chris Leo Palermino / Digital Trends:
New report finds 119M people listen to online radio weekly and 45% of them use Pandora
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Sean Augustine-Obi / Capital New York:
Brooklyn-based digital magazine Bklynr folds after two years
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple negotiates with music labels for streaming licenses that would forego free tier, allow high-profile artists to distribute with Apple first