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12:05 PM ET, March 12, 2014


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Press Gazette:
Brooks: ‘Climate of paranoia’ during last days of News of the World amid ‘police leaks to Guardian’  —  Rebekah Brooks told of a “climate of paranoia” at News International in the final throes of the News of the World.  —  Brooks accused police of repeatedly leaking information to the Guardian …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web  —  Exclusive: web's inventor warns neutrality under sustained attack from governments and corporations  —  The inventor of the world wide web believes an online “Magna Carta” is needed to protect and enshrine the independence …
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon hopes to boost MP3 sales with limited music streaming service for Prime members
Discussion: CNET and The Verge
John Reynolds / Guardian:
60% of UK's video, video games and music sales now come from the internet  —  Netflix and Spotify help drive UK home entertainment revenues to £5.3bn  —  New figures show that three-fifths of Britain's video, video games and music sales are now derived from the internet
Discussion: Variety
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Time Inc. spinoff probably won't mean name change for Time Warner  —  Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes.  —  Although Time Inc. won't be part of Time Warner much longer, don't expect the media giant to change its name to better reflect its assets.  —  “We haven't decided to change the name …
Wall Street Journal:   Media Industry Worries About Comcast-TWC
Tina Daunt / Hollywood Reporter:
ObamaCare Website Traffic Spikes After President's ‘Funny or Die’ Interview  —  Obama's comic turn on Zach Galifianakis' “Between Two Ferns” becomes big driver to site, according to White House aides.  —  Within hours of President Barack Obama's appearance with comedian Zach Galifianakis …
Discussion: Fox News and FishbowlNY
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Obama bypasses traditional media again in interview with Zach Galifianakis, showing how to take advantage of fractured landscape
Berkshire to Buy Graham TV Station in $1.1 Billion Swap  —  Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) agreed to buy WPLG, a Miami-based television station, from Graham Holdings Co., the former publisher of the Washington Post, paying with stock that Warren Buffett has held for more than four decades.
Discussion: Benzinga and
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
RT posts, mocks questions from BuzzFeed reporter  —  RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan posted a list of questions from BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray with...less than sincere answers.  A sample:
Discussion: RT, @bencjacobs and @poynter
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Appeal Court victory for Guardian in fight to see Prince Charles minister letters - Govt takes fight to Supreme Court  —  The Guardian today won a major legal victory for press freedom over Government secrecy as it won the right to see a number of letters to ministers written by Prince Charles.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Amazon's TV streaming box to ship with Netflix and Hulu Plus apps  —  Amazon's Roku competitor, which could be unveiled any day now, won't just peddle the company's own video streaming service: The device will also have apps for direct competitors including Netflix and Hulu Plus on board, according to multiple sources.
Beats Music raises $60M-$100M to fund new music and features in challenge to Spotify  —  Jimmy Iovine's Beats Music Is Said to Raise Up to $100 Million  —  Beats Music LLC, the subscription streaming service from rapper Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine, raised a second round …
Arif Durrani / Media Week:
Financial Times opens global commercial academy for staff  —  The Financial Times has launched its FT Global Commercial Academy (GCA) today, a learning and development programme for staff ahead of its move into a single-edition, global print product in the second quarter of 2014.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
CNN ex-president Jon Klein talks about TAPP, the new online network he's starting with Jeff Gaspin  —  Jon Klein on His New Online Venture: 'We've Created the Company That I Feared Would Come Along'  —  Former CNN President Jon Klein and former NBC Universal Chairman Jeff Gaspin announced …
Discussion: Bloomberg and @jayrosen_nyu
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
CNN, NBCU Alums Jon Klein, Jeff Gaspin Team Up for Online Video Venture
Discussion: TVNewser, Capital New York and The Wrap
Emma Graham-Harrison / Guardian:
Taliban splinter group says it killed British-Swedish reporter Nils Horner  —  Hardline group claims responsibility for death of radio journalist in Kabul and accuses him of spying for UK government  —  A Taliban splinter group linked to the kidnapping of a New York Times journalist six years ago …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Disney TV Shakeup: Anne Sweeney Leaving to Pursue Directing Career  —  Disney's longtime TV chief Anne Sweeney will leave her post in January 2015 to pursue a career as a television director.  —  “The past 18 years at Disney have been the highlight of my executive career.
Jethro Nededog / The Wrap:
Anne Sweeney Exiting Disney-ABC to Become TV Director
Discussion: Variety
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Myriam Robin / Crikey:
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Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Kim Fletcher / British Journalism Review:
Despite longer titles, influence of editors in digital age is inevitably diminishing
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
John Reynolds / Guardian:
UK mobile advertising set to overtake newspaper ad revenue in 2014
Discussion: @masondan
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Netflix Aiming for Autumn Launch in France, Says Orange CEO
Discussion: Gigaom
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Men's Journal contributing editor Matthew Power dies on assignment in Uganda