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12:30 AM ET, March 3, 2014

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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
On the meaning of journalistic independence  —  This morning, I see that some people are quite abuzz about a new Pando article “revealing” that the foundation of Pierre Omidyar, the publisher of First Look Media which publishes The Intercept, gave several hundred thousand dollars to a Ukraininan …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
First Look Media could preempt controversy by publishing a statement of principles endorsed by employees and investors  —  The price of eggs  —  Glenn Greenwald has responded to Pando Daily's story about the Omidyar Network and Ukraine with the force and speed we have come to expect.  Good.
Discussion: @albertocairo and @jayrosen_nyu
Mark Ames / PandoDaily:
Pierre Omidyar co-funded Ukraine revolution groups with US government, documents show
Liz Shannon Miller / Gigaom:
DVD screener leaks decline as distributors crack down on leakers, test digital options  —  Looking for Oscars torrents?  This is why you may end up empty-handed  —  If Ellen DeGeneres mentions the film The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty on Sunday night, it might be with a wince …
David Carr / New York Times:
Foreign Buyers Eyeing Forbes Magazine, a Chronicler of the World's Wealthiest  —  Growing up in the Midwest, my idea of rich was my dentist, who lived a few blocks away and had a split-level that was bigger than the rest of ours and a Cadillac in the driveway.
Discussion: @raju
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ABC's Live Oscar Internet Stream Suffers Nationwide Outage  —  Unexpected demand for ABC's live stream of the Oscars telecast over the Internet resulted in the video going down for users across the U.S., the network said Sunday.  —  The live video, available only to certain pay-TV customers through …
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Ellen Breaks Most-Retweeted Record With All-Star Selfie At Oscars  —  Ellen wanted to have the most retweeted photo on Twitter, and she got her wish.  Within an hour after taking a star-studdied selfie live during the Academy Awards, she passed Barack Obama's record — and broke Twitter, as well.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
End of an Era?  Clinton Media Strategy May Be Due for an Overhaul  —  WASHINGTON — Soon after Hillary Rodham Clinton left the State Department, her longtime spokesman talked wistfully about their paradise lost.  —  “We knew the golden age was coming to an end,” Philippe Reines said.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Comcast Is Acquiring Video Ad Company FreeWheel For $320 Million  —  Over the years, FreeWheel has become the go-to ad-serving platform for many TV networks that stream their content online.  And it's about to become part of one of the biggest distributors of content online and off.
Discussion: AdExchanger, Variety, Re/code and CNET
Isabella Steger / Wall Street Journal:
Thousands Take to the Streets to Support Hong Kong Press Freedom  —  Attacked Hong Kong Journalist's Condition Improves  —  HONG KONG—Thousands turned out Sunday in Hong Kong to support media freedom after the condition of former newspaper editor Kevin Lau, who was the victim of a brutal knife attack, took a turn for the better.
Los Angeles Times:
TV news employee rescued after being trapped in waist-deep mud  —  (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times / February 28, 2014)  —  This post has been updated.  —  A TV news employee trying to report from the scene of an unstable Azusa hillside Friday got stuck in waist-high mud and had to be rescued.
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
The Hilarious Way Russia's Official Propaganda Network Covers The Situation In Ukraine  —  Want a different perspective on the crisis in Ukraine?  —  Check out RT.com, the state Russian broadcaster that's tasked with improving Russia's image abroad (AKA: propaganda).
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Mashable Raises More Money, This Time from Tribune  —  Earlier this year Mashable, the tech news Web site with plans to become much bigger than a tech news Web site, announced it had taken on outside investment money for the first time.  Now it has taken on some more.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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