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Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Warner Bros. to Refund Angry ‘Veronica Mars’ Contributors  —  Contributors to the “Veronica Mars' crowdfunding campaign said they felt “ripped off” because of their struggles to download the movie  —  Warner Bros. will provide refunds to backers of the “Veronica Mars” crowdfunding campaign …
Discussion: @lucas_shaw
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Moisés Chiullan / TechHive:
Why Veronica Mars embraced UltraViolet and angered fans  —  The campaign to revive Veronica Mars delivered a number of cool things—an enormous number of new Kickstarter users and, lest we forget, a full-length motion picture of a deeply loved TV series that arrived Friday.
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Can ‘Veronica Mars’ Convince Mainstream Hollywood to Embrace Crowdfunding?  —  “Veronica Mars” will be the greatest test yet of Hollywood's uneasy relationship with crowdfunding.  —  Few established filmmakers had experimented with Kickstarter when Rob Thomas, creator of the “Veronica Mars” …
Discussion: Gawker, Variety and Los Angeles Times
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Kickstarter brings hundreds of its funded films to iTunes  —  Kickstarter today launched a new room on iTunes, featuring “hundreds” of films that have launched thanks to the crowdfunding service.  Some notable Kickstarter-funded films in the room include Veronica Mars, Gimme the Loot …
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:   What a German Comedy Can Teach Kristen Bell About Crowdfunding
Reuters:
Sina Weibo files for $500 million U.S. IPO  —  A man holds an iPhone as he visits Sina's Weibo microblogging site in Shanghai May 29, 2012.  —  (Reuters) - Twitter-like messaging service Weibo Corp filed on Friday to raise $500 million via a U.S. initial public offering …
Edirin Oputu / Columbia Journalism Review:
Digital media hiring diversity under the microscope  —  As Nate Silver and Ezra Klein were being criticized for their homogenous hires, suggestions for diversification came to the fore  —  On Wednesday, Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center and a member of CJR's board of overseers …
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Rate Court Judge Rules Pandora Will Pay ASCAP 1.85% Annual Revenue  —  In what is being viewed as a defeat for songwriters, the ASCAP/Pandora rate court judge has decided that Pandora will pay the performance rights organization a rate of 1.85% of annual revenue.
Brian Fung / The Switch:
Reporters Without Borders: For the first time, America is an enemy of the Internet  —  For the first time, the United States has made it onto Reporters Without Borders' “Enemies of the Internet” list, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Jillian York.  —  How did Washington win this distinguished (dis)honor?
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. city attorney sues Time Warner Cable for $10 million  —  Los Angeles is suing Time Warner Cable for $10 million over fees.  (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)  —  Time Warner Cable has more problems in Los Angeles.  —  Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer took a swing on Friday …
Joanna Plucinska / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A: Radio Free Europe's Ukrainian director  —  Maryana Drach on her staff's experiences reporting on the conflict  —  For journalists in Ukraine, safety has become a leading concern.  Radio Svoboda, the Ukrainian branch of Radio Free Europe, had been covering the protests (in Ukrainian) since they started in November.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Vice News Quickly Makes Mark With Ukraine Dispatches  —  NEW YORK — Vice News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky has reported extensively through Central Asia, the Middle East and the Caucasus region, but says he's never encountered as much hostility as he has covering the Russian invasion of Crimea.
 
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New UK study finds young people less enthusiastic about eBooks, many still do not own a tablet
Noor Zainab Hussain / Reuters:
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