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9:50 PM ET, March 25, 2015


 Top News: 
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook Launches a Mobile Ad Exchange on Top of LiveRail  —  Facebook announced a number of expected updates to its ad product LiveRail at its F8 developer conference Wednesday.  The updates include the use of Facebook user data, instead of just Web cookies, to help advertisers target users outside of Facebook.
Discussion: Facebook, LiveRail and @seanethompson
Napier Lopez / The Next Web:
Facebook introduces an embedded video player  —  At its F8 conference today, Facebook announced it is introducing a video player that can be embedded onto other sites - finally. fb embed video Facebook introduces an embedded video player Starting today, users will see an embed option on their videos.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook Opens Messenger App to Media Partners Including ESPN, JJ Abrams  —  Facebook wants to make its Messenger instant-messaging service — which it claims now has more than 600 million monthly active users worldwide — into a media platform encompassing video and other content …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Johnston Press posts pre-tax loss of £23.9m  —  Regional newspaper publisher also unveils deal to print Richard Desmond's four Express and Star titles in the north of England  —  Johnston Press has reported a pre-tax loss of £23.9m for last year, and announced a lucrative deal …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Johnston Press launches website to reach Belfast's ‘millennials’
Discussion: Belfast Newsletter
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
Firechat partners with Storyful to create Open Live Newsroom, a live news gathering off-grid chat app  —  How a Chat App for Burning Man Turned Into a Tool for Revolution  —  Open Garden's messaging app Firechat was initially launched as a way for people at festivals like Burning Man …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Medium
Richard Lewis / The Daily Dot:
Sources: YouTube plans to relaunch live streaming service this year with a focus on gaming, taking on Twitch  —  YouTube to relaunch livestreaming service with focus on esports and gaming  —  YouTube is preparing to relaunch its livestreaming platform with a renewed focus on live gaming …
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Steve Brill Hands Down His Verdict on Serial and The New Republic  —  Steve Brill, 64, has the air of an old-school media mogul despite his less than impressive, standard-issue office.  When we walked in last week, the founder of Court TV and author of the best seller, America's Bitter Pill …
Discussion: Poynter and @mlcalderone
Capital New York:
Interview with incoming LA Times managing editor Mitra Kalita on the transition from Quartz, legacy vs. digital media, and plans for the Times  —  The 60-second interview: S. Mitra Kalita, incoming managing editor for digital strategy, The Los Angeles Times  —  CAPITAL: Why the L.A. Times?
Discussion: @laobserved and @pkafka
Catalina Albeanu /
Why Trinity Mirror and the Media Trust teamed up for community reporting  —  Sixty young reporters offered training and mentoring to tell their stories and bring more diverse voices in the newsroom  —  Trinity Mirror and the Media Trust have partnered up on a project to offer journalism training …
Discussion: HoldTheFrontPage
Darwin G. Amojelar / Manila Standard Today:
Bloomberg TV will launch in Philippines this year, teaming up with Cignal TV  —  PLDT, Bloomberg team up to launch television channel  —  The pay television unit of the PLDT Group is set to air the country's first 24-hour business news channel in June this year.
Wikimedia blog:
Wikimedia Foundation adopts Open Access Policy to support free knowledge  —  Open access scholarship is central to Wikimedia's mission to empower people around the world to participate in knowledge creation.  This image was used by the London School of Economics in its 1973 appeal for funds for its library.
Discussion: @jimmy_wales
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Radio and TV Martí, U.S. Broadcasters to Cuba, Emerge From Cold War Past Facing Uneasy Future  —  MIAMI — The rat-a-tat Cuban-inflected Spanish of the two Radio Martí hosts ricocheted back and forth during “Revoltillo,” a show laced with humor that airs classified ads posted …
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV gains CNNgo channel for viewing live and on-demand news content  —  Just a day after the last Apple TV channel refresh, CNNgo has added more news content to the set-top box lineup.  The new channel appears to require an active cable subscription to view live content …
Jared Malsin / Globe and Mail:
In Egypt, Fahmy gets go-ahead to seek his Canadian passport back  —  An Egyptian judge took steps on Tuesday to help Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy regain a passport for the first time since his arrest in 2013, a measure that would allow him to get married and live a more normal life.
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast/TWC merger review to last until mid-2015 after months of delays
Association of Alternative Weeklies:
Euclid Media Group Acquires St. Louis Weekly, Riverfront Times
Canadian Press:
Regulator slams Bell Media after report exec meddled with CTV journalism
Associated Press:
Charlie Hebdo magazine to receive PEN award
Discussion: PEN American Center
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
New York Times chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. to net $6.8M for fiscal year 2014; CEO Thompson's total pay $4.5M
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and FishbowlNY
 Earlier Picks: 
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
Nielsen to Measure Netflix Viewing by Middle of This Year
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Buzzfeed promised to open video studio and keep 200 jobs in New York State in exchange for $4M tax credit
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Streaming boxes and smart TVs still don't cover all TV bases and cost more than cable, so trim your cable subscription and use them as a supplement
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Music labels push to limit free streaming as licenses come up for renewal, but Spotify has leverage with large subscriber base and proven revenue growth
Discussion: Quartz