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12:15 PM ET, February 27, 2014

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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.
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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 …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Secret ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Order Caused Google to Go Ballistic  —  The search giant had advance warning of what was coming and made an emergency motion slamming an appeals court for doing something it says was “stunning.”  —  A still from “The Innocence of Muslims”
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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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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.
Discussion: ProPublica and Gigaom
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ESPN Launches 15 College Conference Channels on Apple TV, Roku (EXCLUSIVE)  —  ESPN is giving 15 college conferences their own dedicated, national TV channels stocked with live events and on-demand replays - streamed over the Internet, initially to Apple TV and Roku devices.
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
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
America's copyright threat letters turn one year old, but no one will say how they're doing  —  The Copyright Alert System — a “voluntary” system of disconnection threats sent to alleged file-sharers, created by entertainment companies and the large US ISPs — has just celebrated its first birthday …
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 …
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple urges U.S. appeals court to void ‘radical’ e-books ruling  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc urged a U.S. appeals court to throw out a judge's “radical” finding that it violated antitrust law by manipulating electronic book prices, and blamed publishers for running a conspiracy it claimed to know nothing about.
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Niche networks get a shot, thanks to Comcast deal  —  El Rey Network, which launched quietly in December, wouldn't exist if Comcast hadn't acquired NBCUniversal.  —  Case in point: How John Fogelman, a former William Morris Endeavor agent who became C.E.O. of Hollywood media incubator FactoryMade Ventures …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Clyburn Defends FCC's Critical Needs Study  —  Calls it effort to better understand industries and environments; says she would never chill speech  —  FCC commissioner and former acting chairwoman Mignon Clyburn defended the FCC's Critical Information Needs study Feb. 26 in a speech …
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Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why did the FCC want to interview journalists in the first place?
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