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10:30 AM ET, March 7, 2016


 Top News: 
Gabrielle Bluestone / Gawker:
Watch the Hulk Hogan v. Gawker Trial Live From Florida  —  The Bollea v. Gawker Media jury trial begins today in St. Petersburg, Fla. and thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can watch it all live right here.  —  The basis of the trial began in 2012, when Gawker posted …
Julia Greenberg / Wired:
How adblockers like Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and others make money and track users  —  Ad Blockers Are Making Money Off Ads (And Tracking, Too)  —  Advertising pays for a lot of what you see on the Internet.  This makes ad blockers a big deal.  Readers are using them.  Advertisers are panicking about them.
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Michael Bloomberg mulling new leadership structure that would allow him to step down, is considering running for President, decision expected within 2 weeks  —  Bloomberg again at center of his company, but readying exit?  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Since returning to the financial information company …
Discussion: @gabrielsherman
Oliver Roeder / FiveThirtyEight:
New database helps reveal that more than 60 crossword puzzles edited by Timothy Parker for USA Today and syndicated Universal Crossword copy elements from NYT  —  A Plagiarism Scandal Is Unfolding In The Crossword World  —  A group of eagle-eyed puzzlers, using digital tools …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Spy Magazine co-founders, Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter and Kurt Andersen, two reporters who covered Trump closely in 1980s, discuss the candidate  —  Decades Later, ‘Spy’ Magazine Founders Continue To Torment Trump  —  Listen to the Story  —  Soon after its launch in 1986 …
Al Jazeera English:
Turkey's Zaman adopts pro-government line after the takeover and firing of editor-in-chief  —  Turkey's Zaman: Editorial tone changes after takeover  —  Pro-government line marks newspaper's first edition since court order for it to be seized set off two days of protests.
Agence France-Presse:
Zaman defiant in latest issue printed despite takeover; EIC Abdulhamit Bilici fired by new government administrators, protests and clashes resume on Saturday
Nate Schenkkan / Foreign Policy:
How a soured relationship between former allies Erdogan and Gulen led to government's takeover of Zaman, a possibly fatal blow to a free press in Turkey
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Apple loses Supreme Court appeal in ebook price-fixing case, must pay $450M  —  Apple Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court in $450 Million E-Book Case  —  Apple Inc. must pay $450 million to end an antitrust suit after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to question a finding that the company orchestrated …
Discussion: Reuters, The Next Web, Fortune and 9to5Mac
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
NBA star Steph Curry launches Slyce, a new startup helping athletes optimize social media chatter  —  Most sports fans likely know how Stephen Curry is breaking new ground on the court, with the Golden State Warriors star playing basketball this season at an insanely high level and in a way no one has seen before.
Discussion: @johnlegere
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCU veteran Alison Moore joins SoundCloud as chief revenue officer  —  SoundCloud Appoints NBCUniversal Veteran to Executive Role  —  A month after reporting wide losses, music streaming startup SoundCloud is bringing in an experienced television executive to oversee its moneymaking businesses.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Re/code
Shira Ovide / Bloomberg Business:
The FCC's failed attempt to unlock set top boxes more than ten years ago with CableCard shows breaking Big Cable isn't easy  —  The Cord Empire Strikes Back  —  There are many prophecies of a coming end to the Big Cable tyranny.  The compelling options for Web video grow by the day.
Jack Murtha / Columbia Journalism Review:
How The Influence and other media outlets are challenging the prevailing narratives on drugs that are often shaped and spun by law enforcement  —  How drug reporting is changing  —  Journalism has a drug problem.  It's festered for years, from the panic-stricken coverage of marijuana in the 1930s …
Discussion: @jackmurtha
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Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
News nonprofits like American Media Institute rely on vets for editorial credibility, donors for funding; AMI's 2016 budget is $6.1M, largest donor is anonymous
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Inside Purple, a text message-based news service covering presidential primaries with plans to expand to sports later this month
Discussion: @mayerjoy
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T launching programmatic ad marketplace in partnership with ad tech firm Videology for its U-Verse and DirecTV platforms
Discussion: Beet.TV and The Drum
Sridhar Pappu / New York Times:
Young reporters, steeped in social media, accustomed to digital speed and always-on world, grab spotlight on US campaign trail
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Sonya Song / MediaShift:
Chartbeat study of 700 sites and Google, Facebook, and Twitter referrals: when big news breaks, people head for a few brand-name media outlets for updates
Discussion: @jimmacmillan