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11:30 AM ET, March 14, 2014

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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
An inside look at what it's like to work at Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded media outlet  —  How The Truth Is Made At Russia Today  —  “It was my first job and I feel embarrassed and ashamed.”  An inside look at what it's like to work at the Kremlin-funded media outlet.
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David Remnick / The New Yorker Blog:
Putin Moves Against the Press  —  One of the most riveting and liberating events of postwar life was the Soviet policy of glasnost, the Gorbachev-era explosion of media.  The euphoria came not from the means of transmission but, rather, from what was being transmitted—and read, and heard, and seen.
Max Seddon / BuzzFeed:
Russia Wipes Opposition Sites From The Internet  —  “I don't even know if anyone is reading this anymore.”  —  Via blackhole.beeline.ru  —  Russia has all but eliminated the free media as it fights an information war against the West over Ukraine, with prosecutors blocking independent websites …
Reuters:
Comcast deal may offer media companies leverage on fees  —  (Reuters) - Media companies plan to press Comcast Corp for higher fees in the coming year, seeing an opportunity to squeeze better terms from the U.S. cable company as regulators review its planned takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc.
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David Gelles / New York Times:   Charter Still Hanging Around Time Warner Cable
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Newspaper ill-advised to let police post their own online story  —  A newspaper that allowed its local police force to publish an article directly on to its website should be wary of celebrating the initiative.  —  Torbay police posted a “story” on the site of the Torquay Herald Express …
Discussion: HoldTheFrontPage and @gazthejourno
Bloomberg:
Jennifer Lopez-Backed NuvoTV Said to Make Offer for Fuse  —  Jennifer Lopez, the singer and actress who dated Sean “Diddy” Combs more than a decade ago, is now challenging her former beau as the two compete for Madison Square Garden Co.'s Fuse TV, people with knowledge of the matter said.
Discussion: Mediawire Daily, Reuters and EURweb
Reuters:
Russia accuses U.S. of discrimination against Russian journalists  —  (Reuters) - Russia accused the United States on Friday of unacceptable discrimination against Russian journalists by barring them from a news conference given by President Barack Obama and Ukraine's prime minister.
Discussion: ITAR-TASS
Noor Zainab Hussain / Reuters:
British publisher Future's shares slump on profit warning  —  (Reuters) - British publisher Future Plc warned on Friday that its profit this year would be “significantly below” market expectations, sending its shares tumbling as much as 35 percent.  —  Future, whose titles include Total Film …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
IMDbPromo.com, Which Claimed to Boost Star Rankings on IMDb, Shuts Down  —  IMDbPromo.com, a service that promised to boost individual STARmeter rankings in the IMDbPro database for upwards of $999, said it has pulled the plug on the service at IMDb's behest.
Kate Knibbs / Daily Dot:
BuzzFeed aggregation of tweets about sexual assault raises questions about ethics of embedding  —  The ethics of embedding tweets  —  Christina Fox, a prolific Twitter user under the name @steenfox, posed a question to her followers: What were you wearing when you were sexually assaulted?
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
YouTube Gives UK Gov't Broad Powers To Censor Videos It Doesn't Like, Even If They're Legal  —  A few years ago, then-Senator Joe Lieberman went on a bizarre anti-free speech crusade against YouTube, arguing that by allowing “terrorists” to post videos to YouTube, people were watching those videos and magically turning into terrorists.
Haniya Rae / Digiday:
How Time Out NY's rethinking for digital  —  As a print publication of nightlife and restaurant listings, Time Out New York is an outlier in a world with Foursquare, Yelp, Urbanspoon and any number of apps to connect people with things to do and places to go.  —  That's why it's retooling for digital.
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Nate Silver talks about data journalism, competition and managing FiveThirtyEight  —  Nate Silver on the Launch of ESPN's New FiveThirtyEight, Burritos, and Being a Fox  —  Stats superstar Nate Silver hates the term “data-driven.”  He also hates the work of just about every popular columnist …
Luis Carlos Díaz / Journalism For Change:
In Venezuelan protests, citizens and the internet fill the information gap  —  Venezuela: Filling the Information Gap  —  On February 12th, violent protests in Caracas led to the deaths of three people.  Eyewitnesses sent video footage and photographs to the newspaper Ultimas Noticias, which then published them online.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Plex opens up Chromecast to everyone, adds automatic camera upload  —  Media center app maker Plex followed through on a promise Thursday to remove restrictions around its Chromecast implementations, opening up the feature to all of its users including non-subscribers.
 
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