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3:15 PM ET, March 1, 2013

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Spiegel Online:
Lex Google: Germany Waters Down Search Engine Legislation  —  A new law regulating the indexing of media articles by search engines like Google and Bing is likely to pass on Friday.  The watered-down legislation won't force the kind of payments to publishers the Internet giant had feared.
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Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
The battle of New Orleans  —  In May, as the New Orleans Times-Picayune put to bed an epic, eight-part investigation into Louisiana's prison system, its editors began to disappear.  First, Mark Lorando, the features editor, was nowhere to be found.  Then the chairs of the online editor …
Discussion: Poynter
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Hollywood targets “rogue” mobile apps in war on pirated content  —  (Reuters) - Hollywood studios, which for years have waged a war against online piracy, are now going after so-called “rogue” mobile apps that use images from movies and television shows without their permission.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Fast Company and CNET
Wall Street Journal:
Imagining Pay-TV if Bundles Unravel  —  What happens when the “bundle” begins to unravel?  —  The question is taking on intense importance for the cable-TV business, which for decades has forced customers to subscribe to groups, or bundles, of channels—whether they wanted them or not.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
WSJ names social media editor  —  Liz Heron, the director of social media and engagement at The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following email announcement on Thursday afternoon:
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
The Kernel faces high court order over unpaid wages  —  Tech blog's Milo Yiannopoulos also being investigated by watchdog for failing to register under Data Protection Act  —  London startup blog The Kernel could face closure from enforcement of a high court order for £16,853 …
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
With HitBliss, viewers earn credit for ‘free’ movies and TV by watching personalized ads  —  Startup pairs content from Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Starz, and TV production houses with a ‘Pandora for ads’  —  Two weeks ago, Hulu made its entire run of historic films …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
ABC News to hire CBS's Byron Pitts  —  ABC News is finalizing a deal to hire Byron Pitts, a contributor to “60 Minutes” and chief national correspondent for the CBS Evening News, POLITICO has learned.  —  Pitts will serve as both chief national correspondent and anchor at ABC News, and will appear across the network's programming.
Charlotte Higgins / Guardian:
BBC's new director general warns against reckless risk-taking  —  Tony Hall, who takes over in April, also emphasises need to ‘give people confidence to be bold and run with what they want to do’  —  • Read the full interview in Saturday's Guardian  —  A reckless approach …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Variety:
Variety.com Redesign Launches … The evolution of Variety continues with today's live launch of the redesigned Variety.com.  And, to the relief of readers and staffers, the paywall has come down.  —  The new website addresses years of requests from readers, with a site that's easy to navigate …
Discussion: FishbowlLA
Victoria Bryan / Reuters:
German book retailers team up against Amazon with new eReader  —  (Reuters) - German book retailers have teamed up with Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) to produce their own eReader to challenge the dominance of Amazon.com (AMZN.O) in the growing market for digital books.
Discussion: Telecompaper, GigaOM and Good E-Reader
Nieman Journalism Lab:
Clay Christensen and David Skok: A not-quite-live blog of a conversation about disruption  —  Editor's note: Last night, the Nieman Foundation held an event with Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen and former Nieman Fellow David Skok to talk about disruptive innovation in journalism.
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Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
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National Union of Journalists:
Greedy Gannett: newspaper group pays shareholders $1.3 billion while UK staff endure pay freeze
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Kevin Fitchard / Gigaom:
Verizon will start restricting LTE speeds for its heaviest unlimited-plan customers

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House votes to allow cellphone ‘unlocking’

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