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3:15 PM ET, February 27, 2014

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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
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
ABC Signs on to Twitter's Advertising Program, Starting With #Oscars  —  ABC is the last of the major U.S. broadcast networks to get into the Twitter Amplify program, with the Alphabet net teed up to launch its first sponsored-tweet campaign Sunday with the Oscars.
Discussion: The Next Web
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.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Secret ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Order Caused Google to Go Ballistic
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 and Medium
Jim Romenesko:
Orlando Sentinel photographers are told to apply for new ‘videocentric’ positions  —  Orlando Sentinel photographers have been told their old positions are being eliminated and they have until tomorrow to apply for new “videocentric” jobs at the Tribune-owned newspaper, according to the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA.
Discussion: NPPA, Poynter and The Newspaper Guild
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
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.
Willard Foxton / Telegraph:
It's only the threat of piracy that keeps the online music and TV industries honest  —  Streaming is rapidly becoming the way most of us consume music, film and television.  Much of the best stuff is only available there, as anyone emerging from a House of Cards binge will tell you.
Discussion: @willardfoxton
Clay Shirky / Politico Magazine:
What the decline of television means for politics—and why the medium is the new message.  —  In the annals of political lore, the transformative effect of the 1960 debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy has a way of getting overstated.  Nixon's sweaty upper lip.  Kennedy's youthful vigor.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
 
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