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11:05 AM ET, March 18, 2015


 Top News: 
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
In 2014 US censored or denied access to 39% of FOIA requests, with unanswered requests up 55%  —  US sets new record for denying, censoring government files  —  1 photo  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second consecutive year, the Obama administration more often than ever censored government files …
Josh Hicks / Washington Post:
A Sunshine Week surprise: White House exempts executive office from records requests  —  The White House on Tuesday removed a longstanding government-transparency rule that the George W. Bush administration first opposed, exempting President Obama's Office of Administration from records requests.
Discussion: Poynter and USA Today
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Longtime political blogger Mickey Kaus quits Daily Caller after Editor in Chief Tucker Carlson pulls column critical of Fox News  —  Mickey Kaus quits Daily Caller after Tucker Carlson pulls critical Fox News column  —  The blogger Mickey Kaus has quit his job at The Daily Caller …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Guardian, FT, CNN, Reuters, and Economist launch new programmatic advertising alliance Pangaea to take on Facebook and Google  —  Guardian, FT, CNN and Reuters in ad deal to take on Facebook and Google  —  Pangaea Alliance initiative will give brands access to more than 110 million online readers using programmatic advertising system
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Gigaom's challenges: poor leadership, spending beyond means, inattention to longterm problems  —  Digital Media Darlings Unfazed by the Fall of the News Site Gigaom  —  In the week and a half since the technology news site Gigaom stopped publishing, it has been held up as a cautionary tale for media in a go-go era.
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Viral content upstart Playbuzz raises $16 million funding round  —  Viral content publisher Playbuzz, having mastered the Internet—to the tune of 80 million monthly unique visitors—is taking on New York City and the rest of the world.  —  The company, founded in 2012 by Shaul Olmert …
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Kantar report: Biggest advertisers cut spending by 4.2% in 2014 amid shift to digital media  —  Biggest Advertisers Are Sending Their Dollars to Digital  —  The country's largest marketers are slashing their advertising budgets as they shift a larger portion of their spending to digital …
Donald Weber / Medium:
The Rules of Photojournalism Are Keeping Us From the Truth  —  Notes on a frozen art form from a World Press Photo juror and member of the VII photo agency  —  Just because a photo looks like photojournalism, doesn't mean it's Photojournalism.  —  Photojournalism the ethic, the genre …
John McDermott / Digiday:
I want my Kik: MTV embraces the ‘post-website’ publishing era  —  “I Kik my MTV” just doesn't have quite the right ring to it.  But the network launched an account on messaging app Kik last Wednesday in the hopes of building — and eventually monetizing — its presence on the platform.
Kyle Russell / TechCrunch:
Ustream opening up its internal SDK and API to developers, enabling anyone to build Meerkat-like apps, by invitation only for now  —  Ustream's New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat  —  Call it a sign of the times: hot on the heels of Meerkat's sudden boom …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Public editor on push notifications as spoilers, when to honor embargoes, and disclosure of reporters on TV  —  Spoilers, Embargoes, Disclosures and ‘Jinx’  —  For some of those enthralled with HBO's documentary series “The Jinx,” the Sunday night news alert from The Times was the very definition of a spoiler.
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Discovery Channel founder launches nonfiction on-demand streaming CuriosityStream for $3-$6/month  —  Discovery Channel founder enters the streaming fray  —  Video streaming services are no longer avant-garde.  With HBO Now joining Netflix, Hulu and others like Sling TV …
Discussion: PRWeb and StreamDaily
Michael Fitzgerald / Nieman Reports:
What Reporters Need to Know About Covering Net Neutrality  —  With news audiences moving online, journalists have a vested interest in coverage of this complicated topic  —  Imagine that the water in your home runs more slowly in the morning, when you most need it.
Discussion: @riparian, @johnhendel and @jbrodkin
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The FCC's internal watchdog has opened an investigation into agency's net neutrality rule-making process, according to a top Republican lawmaker
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Sources: Apple offers to share viewer data with partners for online TV service to enable better ad targeting  —  Apple offers to share TV data to entice programming partners  —  Apple is offering to share data with programming partners to get them on board with its cable-like TV network package, The Post has learned.
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Al Jazeera English:
Prominent Yemeni journalist al-Khaiwani killed in Sanaa
Rich Kane / Editor and Publisher:
Australian news aggregator Inkl gives users ad-free access to paywalled stories on LA Times, SMH, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, others for $15/month
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Rhapsody subscribers can now share 30M+ full-length songs in Twitter timelines
Wall Street Journal:
Unbundling Pay-TV Brings New Questions
Discussion: TechnoBuffalo and MacRumors
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