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4:50 PM ET, March 5, 2014

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Laurie Segall / CNNMoney:
CNN sells Zite to Flipboard, teams up to launch custom magazines for CNN shows  —  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 to launch custom magazines …
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JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
CNN sells Zite to Flipboard in all-stock transaction worth more than the $20M CNN paid in 2011  —  Flipboard buys Zite news app from CNN  —  The standalone iPad news app will eventually be shut down and integrated into Flipboard.  Also: Zite's CEO tells Fortune why he left.
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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
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
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 …
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Government backs off case against journalist who faced decades in prison for posting hyperlink  —  The US government has filed a motion to dismiss several charges against journalist Barrett Brown, who was indicted in 2012 for posting a link to leaked documents among other alleged offenses.
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Statement on Dismissal of 11 Charges Against Barrett Brown  —  The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas today filed a motion to dismiss 11 charges against Barrett Brown in a criminal prosecution that would have had massive implications for journalism and the right of ordinary people to share links.
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 and Talking New Media
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Embrace the unbundling: The Boston Globe is betting it'll be stronger split up than unified  —  The model for the 20th-century American newspaper was to be all things to all people, in one amalgamated package.  One daily bundle of newsprint could give you baseball box scores …
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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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.
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 …
Jack Marshall / Digiday:
How Digiday's experiment in buying fraudulent traffic returned a 30% profit in 10 days  —  Fraudulent traffic: adventures in ad farming  —  Web advertising has a serious fraud problem, largely because it's easy for publishers to purchase suspicious traffic and to sell it to advertisers through networks and exchanges.
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: @poynter and FishbowlNY
Molly McHugh / Daily Dot:
Introducing the Daily Dot's Tech section  —  The last thing the Internet needs is another tech blog.  —  We don't need another site for software recommendations or new product-spec breakdowns.  We certainly can't stomach another news source that functions as a mouthpiece for startups' PR …
Discussion: PR Newswire
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 …
 
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John Reynolds / Guardian:
'Three-fifths of Twitter's UK users follow a newspaper or journalist'
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How Turkey's Erdogan held on to a newspaper and TV station despite Murdoch and Time Warner interest
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The War For TV: Aussie Networks Plea For Government Help To Fight Netflix
Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Suspicionless Searches at the US Border: A Growing Problem for Press Freedom
Discussion: @exiledsurfer
Deborah Amos / NPR:
My (Brief) Detention By Iran's Morality Police
Discussion: @lrozen and Poynter
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Undaunted By DirecTV Fracas, Weather Channel To Launch More Primetime Originals
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