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1:20 PM ET, March 5, 2014

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Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Al-Jazeera trial: prosecution presents contents of journalists' hotel rooms  —  Trial in Egypt descends into farce on day two as everything from journalists' hotel rooms is presented as evidence by prosecution  —  The second day of the trial of three al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt descended …
Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Peter Greste and other al-Jazeera journalists return to court in Egypt
Laurie Segall / CNNMoney:
CNN sells Zite to Flipboard, teams up to launch custom magazines for CNN shows, in deal valued as high as $60M  —  CNN sells Zite to Flipboard  —  CNN has sold its news reader app, Zite, to Flipboard, a social magazine application.  As part of the deal, Flipboard has also teamed up with CNN …
Rachel Bartlett / Journalism.co.uk:
Guardian CEO: The paywall ‘horse has bolted’ for us  —  Andrew Miller, chief executive of Guardian Media Group tells Digital Media Strategies the time has passed for the news outlet to launch a paywall, but indicated that ‘membership’ could be a way of ‘adding value’  —  Credit: Image by michael clarke stuff on Flickr.
Discussion: @mattmcalister
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Paul McNally / Press Gazette:
News UK chief Mike Darcey says Guardian ‘very brave’ to ‘bet’ the business on a free website
Discussion: Guardian
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Dish's deal with Disney may bring TV over the Web, but don't expect major changes to bundling  —  Disney Opens the Door for Web TV — As Long as It Looks Like Cable TV  —  Lots of people are quietly excited about the Web TV pact Disney and Dish announced yesterday — the one that gives Dish …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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Los Angeles Times:
Disney-Dish Network pact may alter TV viewing habits
Discussion: Gigaom
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
Al Jazeera America at Six Months: Some New Advertisers, Few Viewers  —  Serious Cable News Network Is on the Right Path, Buyers Say  —  Al Jazeera America is averaging less than half its predecessor's audience  —  Krux  —  Al Jazeera America is starting to earn the trust of some advertisers …
Reuters:
Brooks accused of knowing about UK phone-hacking cover-up  —  (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's former British newspaper boss Rebekah was accused by prosecutors on Wednesday of knowing for years that phone-hacking was far wider than her company had acknowledged and had engaged in a cover-up.
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC3 to be axed under director general's plans  —  Tony Hall expected to announce he will save BBC4 and make channel that first aired Gavin and Stacey online only  —  Poll: Has the BBC made the right decision to axe BBC3?  —  The closure of BBC3 is to be proposed by the BBC director general …
Rachel Bartlett / Journalism.co.uk:
NYT plans lower pricing to reach non-subscribers and premium products for devoted readers  —  New York Times to add ‘series of new products’ for digital subscribers  —  Research by the New York Times has identified opportunities to target both non-subscribers and 'devoted Times readers …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO Go Launches on PlayStation 3  —  HBO's Internet video service, HBO Go, is now available on Sony Computer Entertainment America's PlayStation 3 consoles — but it still isn't available for the newer PS4.  —  According to Sony, about 25 million PlayStation 3 consoles are in use in the U.S. Netflix …
Erik Wemple:
AP removes misleading Trail Life USA photo from its archives  —  John Stemberger is chairman of the board of Trail Life USA, a scouting organization that doesn't allow participation from openly gay boys.  The Associated Press's (AP) Nomaan Merchant recently completed an in-depth story …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @poynter
William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos puts more money into Business Insider  —  Business Insider raised an additional $12 million in funding from investors including Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, the online news site said.
John Reynolds / Guardian:
'Three-fifths of Twitter's UK users follow a newspaper or journalist'  —  Guardian and Times top list as research finds those following press accounts are twice as likely to tweet as those who don't  —  Nearly three-fifths of Twitter's 15 million UK users follow at least one national newspaper brand …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
TheStreet.com to pay contributors based on page views  —  TheStreet.com is expanding its contributor platform to deepen its coverage of markets as well as to expand the breadth of topics covered by the web site.  —  “While our principal focus is stocks and bonds, we're looking for commentary …
Stephen Hull / The Huffington Post:
How The Daily Mail Will Boost Traffic By 30m Overnight With Surprise Metro Takeover Deal  —  It is famed for its sidebar of shame - and now the Mail Online is set to boost its traffic overnight by almost 30m.  —  Staff at Metro.co.uk, the digital version of the hugely successful morning freesheet …
Discussion: Guardian
Timothy Hay / Wall Street Journal:
Beats Music Acquires Topspin Media to Boost Musicians' Sales and Marketing  —  Beats Music, the on-demand music service launched by high-profile headphones company Beats Electronics LLC, will now add a new offering geared toward musicians: a way to communicate with fans and sell merchandise and albums.
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Attorneys for Barrett Brown want case on linking to hacked material dismissed  —  The US activist-journalist faces 100 years in prison for posting hyperlink to site containing hacked material in chat room  —  Lawyers acting for Barrett Brown, the activist-journalist facing more than 100 years …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Marc Andreessen's news-business fairy tale  —  The news industry is not in for exponential growth  —  Marc Andreessen has some outlandish predictions about the future of the journalism business: … Sorry, but those numbers are crazy town, as Poynter's Rick Edmonds notes.
Reuters:
Vietnam sentences dissident blogger Truong Duy Nhat to two years in prison  —  Vietnam jails ex-journalist over anti-government blog  —  (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam sentenced a former journalist to two years in prison on Tuesday for speaking out against the country's communist rulers …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Newsquest's ‘little house of subbing horrors’ prompts NUJ protest  —  The National Union of Journalists has renewed its call on Newsquest/Gannett to change its mind about the subbing hub it has created in south Wales.  —  It follows a damning indictment of the hub's output by the former regional editor, Steve Dyson.
 
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Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
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My (Brief) Detention By Iran's Morality Police
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Catherine Taibi / The Huffington Post:
Ukraine TV Station Cut Off For Challenging Pro-Russia Authorities
Dan Reimold / College Media Matters:
Richmond Collegian Goes Online-Only; Third Student Paper in a Month to Drop Print
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