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9:00 PM ET, March 17, 2014

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
FiveThirtyEight launches to make data journalism accessible without sacrificing rigor  —  What the Fox Knows  —  FiveThirtyEight is a data journalism organization.  Let me explain what we mean by that, and why we think the intersection of data and journalism is so important.
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Business Insider's Henry Blodget pushes back against Michael Wolff's gloomy outlook for ad-supported digital media  —  USA Today Is Worried About Us And The Digital Media Industry!  —  USA Today columnist Michael Wolff has written a column expressing his view of the prospects for our business and that of other digital news companies.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
You can't judge Business Insider's value by its investors  —  Media columnist goofs on Business Insider funding math.  —  FORTUNE — Earlier today, USA Today media scribe Michael Wolff wrote a pretty bearish column about the future of business news website Business Insider — suggesting it may be a …
Michael Wolff / USA Today:
Declining ad rates signal uncertain future for sites like Business Insider despite big audiences
Guardian:
Guardian editor receives European Press award for Edward Snowden story  —  Alan Rusbridger given award for NSA revelations that ‘set alarm bells ringing throughout the world’  —  Alan Rusbridger, the editor in chief of the Guardian, has been honoured at the European Press awards for leading …
Connie Cass / Associated Press:
Study: three quarters of Americans get news at least daily, using multiple devices and sources  —  ON THE MEDIA BUFFET, PEOPLE STILL SEEK MEATY NEWS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans of all ages still pay heed to serious news even as they seek out the lighter stuff, choosing their own …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Quartz to launch an India channel  —  Quartz, the mobile-first digital publication aimed at global business and finance elites, is the latest American news brand making a foray into India.  —  Capital has learned that Quartz is preparing an India channel to launch this spring or summer …
Cheneya / Variety:
Sony Lays Off 70 in Interactive Division, More Cuts Expected  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment has laid off the entirety of its Interactive team which numbers more than 70 people.  The team, which serves as a digital marketing agency and production studio for the studio's product …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
When robots help human journalists: “This post was created by an algorithm written by the author”  —  The East Coast woke up this morning to news that an earthquake had hit Los Angeles.  In Los Angeles, folks woke up to...an actual earthquake.  But who broke that story?
Chris O'Brien / Los Angeles Times:
Subject of Newsweek Bitcoin story hires lawyer, “unconditionally” denies its accuracy  —  Dorian S. Nakamoto hires lawyer to ‘clear his name’ of bitcoin claim  —  Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto of Temple City, the man recently named by Newsweek as the mysterious creator of bitcoin …
Melanie Stone / Mediashift:
Social Media Editors in the Newsroom: What the Job is Really Like  —  Monday through Friday, Scott Kleinberg's alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. The Chicago Tribune social media editor then begins combing the web for news and trends, catching up on anything that happened while he was sleeping.
Discussion: @elanazak and @melaniealissa
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
Lessons learned from a Twitter storm  —  Poynter is a school.  We teach journalists new and better ways of informing the public.  And so it makes sense that I would share what I've learned from the recent Twitter uproar over a column I wrote last week.  —  First the background …
Discussion: Forbes and ReadWrite
Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Enlists ‘Trusted Flaggers’ to Police Videos  —  Google has given roughly 200 people and organizations, including a British police unit, the ability to “flag” up to 20 YouTube videos at once to be reviewed for violating the site's guidelines.  —  The Financial Times last week reported …
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Los Angeles Times:
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Circuit court rules criminal defendant can be forced by police to unlock phone with his fingerprint, but not his passcode

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