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12:50 PM ET, March 11, 2015


 Top News: 
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.
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.
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:
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 (, 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