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9:00 AM ET, March 11, 2015


 Top News: 
Tom Berg / Orange County Register:
Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz resign from Freedom, OC Register, Rich Mirman becomes president and chief executive of Freedom, Spitz to chairman at Freedom  —  Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz resign from Freedom, Orange County Register  —  SANTA ANA - Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Insiders say Gigaom's site and events were profitable, but research platform failed to meet its goals  —  Inside GigaOm's VC-driven demise  —  Tech media eulogized one of its own on Tuesday when GigaOm abruptly announced it had run out of money and was ceasing operations after eight years.
Chris Thompson / Poynter:
Gigaom's Mathew Ingram on the site's sudden closure: “One minute you're working on a story, and the next minute someone is telling you you don't have a job”  —  Gigaom's Mathew Ingram: “I don't think anyone expected this”  —  At 5:57 Pacific Standard Time yesterday evening …
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
Mark Joyella / TVNewser:
Bloomberg Apologizes for Photoshopped Clinton Promo  —  Bloomberg TV has apologized after releasing a promo image for Bloomberg's coverage of Hillary Clinton's afternoon news conference that featured Clinton's face photoshopped onto another woman's body.  After users on Twitter and elsewhere questioned the image, the network responded:
David Post / Washington Post:
RIAA and MPAA are pressuring ICANN to force registrars to suspend domains over “copyright abuse complaints”  —  ICANN, copyright infringement, and “the public interest”  —  Last month, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) issued a carefully-worded statement urging ICANN …
South Africa TV presenter Vuyo Mvoko mugged on camera  —  One of South Africa's best known TV journalists has been mugged on camera as he waited to go on air.  —  Footage shows two men accosting Vuyo Mvoko, from the national broadcaster SABC, who was outside a Johannesburg hospital to report …
News Corp's Storyful partners with Youku in China to license and share trending videos  —  Storyful grows international presence with Youku partnership in China  —  Storyful has launched a Chinese-language channel for viral videos on the popular Chinese video-sharing portal Youku.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Times's media editor, Alex Spence, departs after Page 3 drama  —  He leaves the paper following his ‘inside track’ confirmation of the Sun's decision  —  The Times's media editor, Alex Spence, has left the newspaper after writing an article about the decision by the paper's sister title, the Sun, to drop Page 3.
Discussion: Press Gazette
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Barnes & Noble to Close Fewer Stores Than Forecast  —  Shares drop as bookseller's earnings fall short of expectations  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. showed hints of progress in its turnaround efforts in the fiscal quarter ended Jan. 31, and even said it would close fewer stores this fiscal year than previously forecast.
Miranda Ward / mUmBRELLA:
Fairfax Media to cut 80 jobs, including 62 editorial positions, in regional Victoria, Australia  —  Fairfax Media announces ‘proposal’ for 80 redundancies in regional Victoria  —  Fairfax Media has today confirmed a “proposal” for 80 redundancies of full-time equivalent positions across Victoria …
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David Gilbert / International Business Times:
Anonymous launches boycott of Daily Dot after it published a review by a hacker who worked with FBI
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Verizon FiOS drops The Weather Channel because there's an app for that
Discussion: Quartz
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Azerbaijan extends Khadija Ismayilova's pre-trial detention for an additional two months, until May 24
Lewis Lazare / Chicago Business Journal:
Chicago Sun-Times will include content provided by Gannett's USA Today starting Wednesday
Discussion: Guardian, Robert Feder and @robertfeder
Kevin Loker / American Press Institute:
American Press Institute working on a new tool for teaching news literacy to young news consumers
Dennis Hevesi / New York Times:
Claude Sitton, Times Reporter Lauded for Civil Rights Coverage, Dies at 89
 Earlier Picks: 
Brent Lang / Variety:
Time Warner Chief Says Cable Operators Will Eventually Embrace HBO Now
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
New York Times and Kickstarter Partner for Short-Form Documentaries
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and GeekWire
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Indie music service Bandcamp reaches $100m of payments to artists
Discussion: Forbes
Mashable Announces Heidi Moore as New Business Editor
Edward Jay Epstein / Newsweek:
O'Reilly's JFK Reporting Was Impossible. I Know Because I Was There
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
With digital video network Flama, Univision tries to replicate BuzzFeed's success
Discussion: Poynter
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC risks having to cut more services after it misses long-term targets