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12:50 PM ET, March 11, 2015

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Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Associated Press sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records after repeated unfulfilled FOIA requests, including one from 5 years ago  —  AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press filed a lawsuit Wednesday …
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.
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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
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 …
First Look Media:
Former Guardian News & Media, North America CEO Michael Bloom named president and GM of First Look Media  —  Welcoming Michael Bloom  —  Today we welcome media and tech entrepreneur Michael Bloom to First Look Media as our new President and General Manager.
JIMROMENESKO.COM:
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism to reduce enrollment, cut about six positions  —  Columbia Graduate School of Journalism dean Steve Coll tells colleagues: “We believe it's best for the school to return to a smaller student body size.”  With the downsizing, “I've reached the conclusion …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vox Media Launches Entertainment Division, Signs With WME (Exclusive)  —  A version of this story first appeared in the March 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  —  Vox Media is looking to video for its future.  —  The digital media company, which owns and operates a collection …
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 a Photoshopped picture of Clinton.  After users on Twitter and elsewhere questioned the image, the network responded:
BBC:
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 …
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Launches City Guide/New York, a Chinese-Language Print Publication for Chinese Travelers Bound for the U.S.  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)— The New York Times today launched a Chinese-language print publication, City Guide/New York (cn.nytguide.com), with global distribution of 210,000 copies.
Discussion: Capital New York
Mic Wright / The Next Web:
Apple's iTunes Store is having problems and iTunes Connect is down  —  It looks like Apple is having a bad Wednesday.  The iTunes Store, App Store and Mac App Store are suffering outages and the company's app submission service iTunes Connect is down.  —  While the front pages of both the App Store …
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 …
 
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
The Times's media editor, Alex Spence, departs after Page 3 drama
Discussion: @anyabike and Press Gazette
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
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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”
Lewis Lazare / Chicago Business Journal:
Chicago Sun-Times will include content provided by Gannett's USA Today starting Wednesday
Discussion: Guardian, @robertfeder and Robert Feder
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
Brent Lang / Variety:
Time Warner Chief Says Cable Operators Will Eventually Embrace HBO Now
Discussion: Home Media Magazine