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1:45 PM ET, February 27, 2014

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Alex Hern / Guardian:
Google fights court-ordered takedown of anti-muslim video  —  ‘Innocence of Muslims’ actor succeeds in copyright claim in San Francisco ninth circuit court  —  Google is fighting a US court's demand that it take down a trailer for an Islamophobic movie called Innocence of Muslims due to a copyright claim.
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Secret ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Order Caused Google to Go Ballistic
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Battle between New York attorney general and Trump casts shadow over The New York Observer  —  A New York Observer Article Brings a Spat in Trump's Orbit  —  Bill Gifford was managing an ice cream shop in Maplewood, N.J., last summer when a customer, Ken Kurson, the editor of The New York Observer, came in with an unorthodox request.
Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch told Rebekah Brooks to make Sun more ‘fun’, court hears  —  Former editor tells phone-hacking trial that News Corp chief believed paper had become too bogged down in ‘pure politics’  —  Rupert Murdoch made Rebekah Brooks editor of the Sun because he wanted her to make it more …
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Fernando Alfonso III / Daily Dot:
Why Reddit mods are censoring Greenwald's latest bombshell  —  It's been called “Censorship Fiasco 2: Electric Boogaloo.”  —  News over the past 72 hours has been dominated by the implosion of Mt. Gox, once the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, and a report from Glenn Greenwald …
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Food & Wine Launches New Brand for Millennials  —  It's debatable whether millennials are special, but one thing is certain: Their relationship with food is.  They want it to be authentic, they want to know how it was produced, and they want it to be a shared experience, preferably involving small plates eaten at communal tables.
Discussion: @qualityrye
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Beyond tweeting: Demystifying the social media editor  —  While the popular perception of the social media editor is a fresh-out-of-college intern sitting on Twitter all day, the now-ubiquitous role is more complicated than that — and more important  —  “Twitter and Facebook have become far …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Inkshares wants to create a hybrid of traditional book publisher and crowdfunded digital platform  —  As with so many other media and publishing-related businesses, the book industry has been massively disrupted by the internet, to the point where an increasing number of authors have found success …
Jessica Davies / The Drum:
‘Mobile-first’ has become a meaningless term, says FT's CTO John O'Donovan while unveiling ‘universal publishing’ strategy  —  The term mobile-first has become “meaningless” in this multiplatform landscape where it has become crucial not to “obsess” over specific platforms but focus on the wider picture …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ABC will live-stream Oscars on web and mobile only to pay-TV subscribers in select markets  —  ABC Will Live-Stream Oscars to Web, Mobile Apps for First Time — But There's a Catch  —  Alphabet net to offer kudocast through Watch ABC apps and website, accessible only through certain pay-TV partners
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Tumblr Courts Hollywood With First Director of Media (Exclusive)  —  The Yahoo-owned blogging platform follows Twitter and Facebook in its effort to forge deeper ties with the entertainment industry.  —  Tumblr is making a big push in Hollywood.  —  The Yahoo-owned blogging platform …
Discussion: The Wrap, Tubefilter, Variety and MediaPost
Doc Searls Weblog:
Sell the news, give away the olds  —  We decided this year to zero-base all our subscriptions to print publications.  The reasoning: since most pubs give the best deals to new or slow-to-return readers, wait to see how far down they push the price, and in the meantime see if we actually miss them.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Bill Carter / New York Times:
‘Tonight’ Starts Well, on YouTube and on TV  —  The traditional television ratings have been impressive for the first week-plus of the new “Tonight” show hosted by Jimmy Fallon, but they do not include what amounts to a giant secondary audience that has gathered online to watch carefully crafted …
Discussion: @peterlattman
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Spotify and Ministry of Sound settle music playlists copyright lawsuit  —  Playlists based on dance brand's compilations will be removed from streaming service's search engine  —  Dance brand Ministry of Sound and streaming service Spotify have reached an “amicable” out-of-court settlement in their legal battle over music playlists.
Discussion: Digital Spy, Music Week and hypebot
Rachel Bartlett / Journalism.co.uk:
ProPublica opens Data Store with free and ‘premium’ data  —  ProPublica is looking to data as a possible revenue stream as it launches an online Data Store as ‘a bit of an experiment’ to test demand  —  Credit: By gruenenrw on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Agence France-Presse:
Al-Jazeera stages solidarity day with Egypt-held staff  —  Doha — Al-Jazeera television on Thursday organised a “global day of action” in solidarity with its four journalists detained in Egypt over accusations of supporting the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Time Inc. Hires New Digital Head from the Atlantic  —  Time Inc. has a new digital boss: M. Scott Havens, who was previously president of The Atlantic's print and digital operations, one of several titles he has had at Atlantic Media.  Time says he will be manage digital operations …
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Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
TV Networks and Advertisers Can't Get Enough Awards Shows  —  NBC Will Air the iHeartRadio Music Awards in May  —  How to Make Credible Green Marketing Claims … TV is getting yet another awards show.  —  This time it's the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which NBC said this week it will air in conjunction with Clear Channel on May 1.
Brendan Gahan / Betabeat:
YouTube is Not a Sweatshop—It's Actually a Goldmine, and Here's Why  —  (Image via Tumblr user Eric Fleischauer)  —  Earlier this month, Betabeat writers were surprised to learn that popular YouTube blogger Olga Kay was regularly churning out 20 or more videos a week …
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Becomes A “Second Screen,” Teams Up With FOX To Offer Online Voting Tools For “American Idol”
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Ugandan activist on tabloid list of LGBT citizens: ‘they are using us to make sales’
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