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7:20 PM ET, March 10, 2015


 Top News: 
Danny Sullivan / Medium:
Gigaom's closure isn't a harbinger for all niche media companies, but it is a warning for firms taking venture capital  —  After GigaOm, The Non-VC “SimCity” Approach To Growing A Media Business  —  I can't speak with any authority about why GigaOm suddenly ran out of money.
Om Malik:
Om Malik confirms Gigaom, the pioneering tech news site he founded, is shutting down
Gigaom, unable to pay creditors in full, ceases all operations, does not currently intend to file for bankruptcy
Victoria Kim / Los Angeles Times:
Jury awards family of Marvin Gaye $7.4M in music copyright case, deciding “Blurred Lines” infringed on Gaye's “Got To Give It Up”  —  Jurors hit Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams with $7.4-million verdict  —  A verdict has been reached in the Los Angeles federal …
Dennis Hevesi / New York Times:
Claude Sitton, Times Reporter Lauded for Civil Rights Coverage, Dies at 89  —  Claude Sitton, a son of the South whose unwavering coverage of the civil rights movement for The New York Times through most of that era's tumultuous years was hailed as a benchmark of 20th-century journalism, died on Tuesday in Atlanta.
Mashable Announces Heidi Moore as New Business Editor  —  Moore will lead Mashable's coverage of business, communications and marketing  —  Mashable, the leading media company for the digital generation, announced today that it has hired Heidi Moore as its Business Editor …
Wikimedia blog:
Wikimedia v. NSA: Wikimedia Foundation files suit against NSA to challenge upstream mass surveillance  —  Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States [1].  The lawsuit challenges …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Glenn Thrush named chief political correspondent at Politico  —  Glenn Thrush has been promoted to Politico's chief political correspondent and will take a major role in the outlet's coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a memo sent to staff Tuesday from editor Susan Glasser.
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
With digital video network Flama, Univision tries to replicate BuzzFeed's success  —  Univision has its own BuzzFeed clone  —  Flama, the digital video network from Hispanic media giant Univision, shares some DNA with BuzzFeed.  —  Since launching the Flama site in April 2014 …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
New York Times and Kickstarter Partner for Short-Form Documentaries  —  New York Times and Kickstarter are partnering to debut six documentaries in six weeks, the media company announced Tuesday.  —  Starting this week with “Strike,” the films will be “shining a light on innovative short …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and GeekWire
Kevin Loker / American Press Institute:
American Press Institute working on a new tool for teaching news literacy to young news consumers  —  API working on a new tool for educating young news consumers  —  When most of us grew up it was clear what we meant by “the news.”  We saw boundaries — the nightly newscast …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Indie music service Bandcamp reaches $100m of payments to artists  —  With sales up 30%, US company says it's bucking music industry trends and helping musicians to get paid for their work  —  Independent music company Bandcamp has hit a new milestone: $100m (£66m) …
Discussion: Forbes
Institute for Nonprofit News:
Investigative News Network changes name to the Institute for Nonprofit News to reflect broader mission  —  INN Is Now the Institute for Nonprofit News  —  Encino, California — The Investigative News Network, a 501(c)3 membership organization of over 100 nonprofit news organization …
Dave Pell / Medium:
Apple Watch is yet another platform on which incumbent publishers got access ahead of indies  —  The Internet is Rigged  —  This isn't the Internet we signed up for...  It was the inherent beauty of the web.  I had access to the same tools and the same publish button as any big time brand.
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Lewis Lazare / Chicago Business Journal:
Chicago Sun-Times will include content provided by Gannett's USA Today starting Wednesday
Discussion: Robert Feder and @robertfeder
Brent Lang / Variety:
Time Warner Chief Says Cable Operators Will Eventually Embrace HBO Now
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
Edward Jay Epstein / Newsweek:
O'Reilly's JFK Reporting Was Impossible. I Know Because I Was There
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC risks having to cut more services after it misses long-term targets
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
Thrillist Media Group Is the Latest Media Company to Launch an In-House Agency
 Earlier Picks: 
Todd Cunningham / The Wrap:
China's weekend box office eclipses the US but strategic partnerships and increased opportunities for crew and talent could revitalize US film industry
Discussion: Forbes and Variety
Susannah Nesmith / Columbia Journalism Review:
With more police wearing cameras, fight over privacy vs. public records law begins in Florida; who gets access and at what cost
Discussion: @cjr
Carolyn Giardina / Hollywood Reporter:
Director Christopher Nolan calls on Hollywood to preserve film as a medium, says that we'll need film prints and projectors forever