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4:40 PM ET, March 12, 2013


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Tanner Colby / Slate:
Regrettable  —  The troubling things I learned when I re-reported Bob Woodward's book on John Belushi.  A little more than a week ago, during an interview with Politico, Bob Woodward came forward to claim he'd been threatened in an email by a “senior White House official” …
Hillel Aron / LA Weekly:
Are the Koch Brothers Trying to Buy the Los Angeles Times?  —  The latest rumor about the next owner of the L.A. Times, which is for sale, is a doozy.  A bombshell.  It's a doozy wrapped in a bombshell exploding inside a Drudge siren.  —  Multiple sources tell L.A. Weekly that Charles and David Koch …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Kochs: No comment on Tribune rumors  —  Conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch are declining to confirm or deny a report that they are considering a bid for The Tribune Company papers, including the Los Angeles Times.  —  “As an entrepreneurial company with 60,000 employees around the world …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Vevo Launches Linear Web Network With an Eye on Cable  —  Music videos are coming back to your TV, 24 hours a day.  MTV has nothing to do with it.  And neither do any computer algorithms.  —  Instead, Vevo, which was built as the ultimate on-demand hub for music videos on the Web …
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Vevo Starts 24-Hour Ad-Supported Music Television Network  —  Vevo LLC, a provider of music videos on Google Inc. (GOOG)'s YouTube, started a 24-hour music TV network that begins online and will expand to at least one pay- TV system later this year.  —  The broadcast-style network starts today …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Politico hits 1,000 Pro subscriptions and plans to launch a magazine  —  Over a thousand organizations are now using subscription site Politico Pro, the politics website announced Tuesday.  Politico says the site reaches 7,000 professionals per month and has a renewal rate of 96 percent.
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Finally: hear Bradley Manning in his own voice  —  A full audio recording of the whistleblower is released today despite a court prohibition on such recordings  —  The court-martial proceeding of Bradley Manning has, rather ironically, been shrouded in extreme secrecy …
Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
WikiLeaks: recording of Bradley Manning court testimony leaked  —  A leaked recording of Bradley Manning's testimony in a military court has given the public its first chance to hear the young soldier justifying his decision to leak hundreds of thousands of secret documents to WikiLeaks.
Discussion: Pressing Issues
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Telegraph group cuts 80 print jobs as daily and Sunday titles merge  —  The Telegraph group is to shed 80 of its 550 editorial staff as part of what the chief executive, Murdoch MacLennan, calls a root and branch restructure of the business.  It will mean the complete merger of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph as a seven-day operation.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Mobile Publishing Platform Pressly Raises $1.5 Million, Launches To Public At Last  —  Pressly, the mobile publishing platform and former TechCrunch Disrupt finalist which makes websites smartphone and tablet-friendly, is today launching to the public, accompanied by $1.5 million in outside funding …
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Can anyone turn streaming music into a real business?  —  After ten years of struggle, nobody has figured out how to make music pay  —  “The subscription model has failed so far,” Steve Jobs said in April 2007.  “People want to own their music.”  At that time, Apple had solved the problem …
Discussion: The Billfold, @pkafka and Gizmodo
Sarah Marshall /
Robot reporters: A look at the computers writing the news  —  When a 3.2-magnitude earthquake struck in California at 5.28am on 1 February, the Los Angeles Times reported the news.  The story was published at 5.36am, just eight minutes later, complete with a map showing the epicentre of the quake.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Paul Sloan / CNET:
Spotify: Growing like mad, yet so far to go  —  The digital music service has added another 1 million subscribers since December, bringing its global total of paying customers to 6 million.  —  AUSTIN, Texas — It's not a bluegrass jam on the legendary Austin City Limits stage …
Andy Fixmer / Bloomberg:
Spotify Said Expanding Pandora-Like Web Radio Worldwide
Discussion: Benzinga, Bloomberg, hypebot and The Verge
Bryan Goldberg / PandoDaily:
Gawker admits defeat, tries to replicate Bleacher Report and Huffington Post  —  I don't cover news for PandoDaily, but I figured that I would give it a shot today.  —  Gawker has thrown in the towel on their old model.  Today, their popular Deadspin blog has announced that they are creating a …
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Tommy Craggs / Deadspin:
Welcome To The New Deadspin  —  Hi.  The place looks different, doesn't it?
Discussion: Adweek and FishbowlNY
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