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1:50 PM ET, March 20, 2015

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 Top News: 
Guardian:
Guardian appoints Katharine Viner as editor-in-chief  —  Guardian US chief who also set up Australian operation will take over from Alan Rusbridger this summer  —  Katharine Viner has been appointed the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, the first woman to run the newspaper in its 194-year history.
Chris Lehmann / The Baffler:
A former news exec looks back at Yahoo News: algorithms defining coverage, blogs that never launched, and PR as journalism  —  Purple Reign  —  When the great granddaddy of opinion journals, The New Republic, abruptly vanished in a sad, squalid burst of pixel dust and management theory last winter …
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple to launch new Apple TV set top box at WWDC with A8 chip, increased storage, enabling App Store, Siri, and HomeKit integration  —  New Apple TV Set Top Will Debut This Summer With App Store, Siri  —  Apple intends to show the device off at its annual World Wide Developers Conference in June
Jason Subler / Reuters:
Reuters websites become inaccessible in China  —  (Reuters) - The news websites of Reuters, including those in English and Chinese, were inaccessible in China on Friday, after users first experienced difficulties accessing them late on Thursday.  —  The websites of Bloomberg News …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times ends contract with new columnist, geneticist Razib Khan, after Gawker writes about his earlier affiliation with far-right publications  —  New York Times drops Razib Khan  —  The New York Times has terminated its contract with one of its new online opinion writers …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Guardian Labs alternative approach: 130 people building apps, giving reporters final say on content, and screening all sponsors  —  One year in: What The Guardian's content studio has learned  —  While most publishers' content studios are writing articles and filming videos for brands …
Discussion: @digiday
Dru Sefton / Current:
PBS NewsHour website makeover saw page views increase from 15.7M in Q1 2014 to 25.1M in Q4  —  PBS NewsHour expands online audience with website makeover  —  A focus on audience engagement and social media has paid off for the PBS NewsHour website, which relaunched Feb. 1, 2014.
Discussion: @drewhawkins and @honegger
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo Bets on TV-Style Comedies to Grow Its Video Business  —  The seeds of Yahoo's St. Patrick's Day premiere of season six of “Community” were planted when CEO Marissa Mayer made a critical decision in January 2014 about the future of the Internet media company's video biz.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama Asks Iran to Free Jason Rezaian and Other Americans  —  President Barack Obama on Friday called on Iran to release a Washington Post reporter and two other Americans held there.  —  Mr. Obama, in a statement released by the White House, said Iran must release Post reporter Jason Rezaian …
Discussion: Poynter, Mediaite and Associated Press
Telegraph:
Four Sun journalists, including chief reporter John Kay and royal editor Duncan Larcombe cleared of bribery charges  —  Sun payments trial: Four journalists cleared of paying public officials  —  Sun journalists, including chief reporter John Kay and royal editor Duncan Larcombe …
Rob Evans / Guardian:
UK Supreme Court to rule Thursday on whether Prince Charles' letters to government should be public  —  Supreme court to rule on Prince Charles letters  —  Judgment due on whether government illegally blocked publication of letters to ministers in which prince sought to change policies
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
UK Police Deem Snowden Leak Investigation a State Secret  —  British police claim a criminal investigation they launched into journalists who have reported on leaked documents from Edward Snowden has to be kept a secret due to a “possibility of increased threat of terrorist activity.”
 
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eMarketer:
Study: 55% of podcast listeners use mobile; weekly listeners average six podcasts per week
Brent Lang / Variety:
MGM net income for 2014 hits $156M, up 27%; full-year revenues fell 5.4% to $1.44B
Discussion: Deadline and The Wrap
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Placing political ads during news makes candidates appear more credible, especially when broadcasts aren't covering elections with depth
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Apple's new TV service may undermine the crucial role of cable companies, making programming chargeable to individual rather than household
Scott R Maier / European Journalism Observatory:
US and Canadian daily papers still profitable but faced overwhelming debt, analysis shows
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Interview with NYT Now Editor Cliff Levy on the future of the app, mobile, and curation
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @readmark
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Wall Street Journal:
HBO, Showtime, and Sony Corp. have talked to ISPs about treating streaming TV as “managed” services in separate lanes, avoiding congestion and data caps
Billboard:
Deezer Goes Global With Its Sonos-Only ‘Elite’ Streaming Service
Discussion: The Next Web, RAIN News and Pocket-lint
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Tech column by Nick Bilton exploring the research on cancer risks of wearable devices needed more vetting
Anthony Harrup / Wall Street Journal:
Regulations could be placed on Mexico's Televisa after being deemed dominant in cable, satellite markets