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5:25 PM ET, February 24, 2016


 Top News: 
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Limited resources and paywalls limit some publishers experiments with AMP while others go all in  —  Diving all in or dipping a toe?  How publishers are approaching Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages initiative  —  “Mobile web performance is bad — I challenge you find someone who disagrees with that …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch: sites now automatically support Google's AMP to speed up mobile page loading; self-hosted WordPress sites can enable AMP with a plugin  —  WordPress Sites Now Support Google's AMP To Make Mobile Pages Load Much Faster  —  Google has some big plans when it comes to making the web faster on your mobile phone.
Mark Bergen / Re/code:
Google AMP Is Less About Beating Facebook at News, More About Gobbling Up the Mobile Web  —  When Google looks at the mobile Web, it sees so many things it does not like.  —  Websites aren't built for mobile.  Too much code hobbles pages.  And everything, oh man, everything is too slow.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Yahoo stops signing up new publishers to its ad network Yahoo Recommends as company faces uncertain future  —  Yahoo is pulling back on its Outbrain/Taboola competitor  —  The content recommendation wars have claimed another casualty: Yahoo Recommends, Yahoo's two-year-old widget …
Discussion: WebProNews, AdNews, @lmoses and
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Bros. Acquires DramaFever from SoftBank  —  Warner Bros. has bought DramaFever, a streaming-video subscription service specializing in Korean TV shows and film dramas, and is eyeing the deal as paving the way to launch new over-the-top services.  —  WB is acquiring DramaFever …
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon Studios Paid Staggering $15M for Woody Allen's Next Film  —  EMAIL ME  —  The untitled movie, starring Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively and Kristen Stewart, was acquired sight unseen — and at three times what Sony Pictures Classics paid for Allen's previous film.
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Google launches Project Shield, a free DDOS mitigation service, to all non-state news sites  —  Google Wants to Save News Sites From Cyberattacks—For Free  —  Mehdi Yahyanejad thought that after Iranians voted on June 12, 2009, he would finally get some rest.
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Publishers need to use predictive and conversational bots to add a service on top of their content if they want to survive  —  News Publishers Need To Jump Into Bots (1/2)  —  The survival of the news industry depends, for a large part, on its ability to create services on top of their contents streams.
Nieman Lab:
New report surveys over 30 newsrooms on how they use analytics to make editorial decisions  —  The next step: Moving from generic analytics to editorial analytics  —  Big screens with real-time traffic data have become ubiquitous in newsrooms.  They illustrate how news organizations …
R.L. Bynum / Raleigh & Company:
New NC statewide newspaper, North State Journal, launching with 22 full-time staffers on February 28 as a Sunday-only publication, increasing frequency in May  —  North State Journal launches as Sunday-only publication for first two months  —  The North State Journal, the new statewide print newspaper …
Discussion: @rl_bynum, @brackendavid and @joshpberg
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
How journalist Gary Harki's reports of police with disciplinary issues may have prompted a bill in Virginia to make names of police unavailable under FOIA  —  Here's the backstory to a bill allowing Virginia police to keep officers' names secret  —  Photo credit: Rama, Wikimedia; Treatment by CJR
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
New entrants like Fusion, Vox, and Gawker join the crowd of sites covering 2016 national elections  —  New media players seek to make their mark on the 2016 campaign  —  Sam Biddle wants to catch Ted Cruz with his pants down.  —  “My dream story would be me next to Ted Cruz at a urinal …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
After nine years without ads, Pocket experiments with sponsored content in Recommended feed; Premium subscribers will remain ad-free  —  Pocket Wants You To Read Ads Later Too  —  People love Pocket.  Its 22 million registered users have saved over 2 billion articles.
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