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4:15 PM ET, March 21, 2014

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Raju Narisetti / Poynter:
In defense of ‘vanity’ metrics: why page views are still important  —  Editor's note: On Monday, Poynter's Rick Edmonds argued for new ways to measure digital audiences that would replace the widely used unique visitors and page views.  In this post, New Corp's Raju Narisetti takes a contrary view.
Discussion: @newswhip, @ownlocal and @nickkristof
Quartz:
How the internet works, and why it's impossible to know what makes your Netflix slow  —  The internet is a confusing place, and not just because of all the memes.  —  Right now, many of the people who make the internet run for you are arguing about how it should work.
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
What if Netflix switched to P2P for video streaming?
Discussion: Forbes and The Switch
Reed Hastings / Netflix US & Canada Blog:
Internet Tolls And The Case For Strong Net Neutrality
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
F.T. staffers discuss reporting in China  —  At a Thursday night panel discussion of China's economy as seen by Financial Times correspondents, Geoff Dyer, the paper's Beijing bureau chief from 2008 to 2011, explained some of the best practices the paper has developed while reporting in the country's restrictive media environment.
Discussion: @jackshafer
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Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Bloomberg News's deepening China problem
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Time Inc. May Join Media Exodus to Lower Manhattan  —  Time Inc., with its stable of magazines, lavish offices and steady profits, has been a fixture in Midtown Manhattan for more than 75 years and the nation's premier magazine publisher.  —  But the company is now close to a deal to move …
Ira Glass / This American Life Updates:
This American Life looks toward digital future in split with PRI  —  Leaving PRI  —  Ira writes:  —  We're leaving our distributor Public Radio International.  What this means for listeners is ... nothing!  We'll continue to make our radio show and podcast.  The same public radio stations will continue to broadcast it.
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Variety:
Public Radio International to Stop Distributing ‘This American Life’
Zeynep Tufekci / Medium:
The Day the Turkish Government Banned Itself From Twitter  —  People in Turkey have banned the ban  —  “Twitter is banned in Turkey” screamed, ironically, a tweet from my “Turkey” list.  I did a double take.  It had been a long day.  I had just published an op-ed in the New York Times explaining …
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
NBC News ‘Doubling Down’ On David Gregory As ‘Meet The Press’ Expands Online  —  NEW YORK — David Gregory has heard the rumors, too.  —  “This comes with the territory.  I understand it,” Gregory told The Huffington Post on Wednesday night.  “I see speculation out there.
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Al Jazeera America C.E.O.: 'We're here for the long haul'  —  The C.E.O. of Al Jazeera America, Ehab Al-Shihabi, reassured staff that the company was invested in the long-term for the channel, and argued that the U.S. was moving towards “a golden age of global news.”
Tanveer Ali / Columbia Journalism Review:
FiveThirtyEight won't have broad appeal without narrative  —  FiveThirtyEight won't have broad appeal without narrative  —  The power in data journalism comes from the ability for numbers and statistics to examine a subject in a measurable way.  Sometimes the numbers in play provide the answer to a question.
Discussion: Pressthink and Talking Biz News
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
TV Station Mega Merger: Media General, LIN Set $1.6 Billion Deal  —  Station groups Media General and LIN are poised to merge in a $1.6 billion cash and stock deal that will create the nation's second-largest pure-play broadcast group.  —  The combination will bring together 74 network affiliate stations …
Joe Mullin / Ars Technica:
The colossal arrogance of Newsweek's Bitcoin “scoop”  —  WIthout more evidence, it's time for a retraction.  —  On March 6, the 81-year-old magazine Newsweek returned to print with a splashy cover story.  Writer Leah McGrath Goodman said she had discovered the elusive creator of Bitcoin, hiding in plain sight.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
The Stages of Newspapers' Decline  —  The second-most common objection to FiveThirtyEight and the End of Average was along these lines: … That's very true; those same people - and there are a lot of them - didn't read the news in a newspaper either.  Instead they read the Style section, or Sports, the comics or Dear Abby.
Discussion: @davisshaver
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
LinkedIn plans major Pulse update for Q3, will use your professional info to personalize news  —  LinkedIn Said to Plan Data Personalization of Pulse App  —  LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) is updating its Pulse news-reader application to serve content based on users' professional data …
Discussion: App Advice
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The great Canadian newspaper exodus  —  Imagine if the editors-in-chief at The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Associated Press all stepped down or resigned in the span of a week.  That's effectively what's happening in Canada right now.  —  On Wednesday, The Globe and Mail announced …
Discussion: canada.com
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
One-shining-moment alert: Two news developers built a Twitter bot to tell you when the game is getting good … Found yourself sitting at your desk this week, furtively checking the score to see if anything exciting is happening?  Toggle no more: Two members of the WNYC Data News Team have a bot for that.
Nikara Johns / Variety:
Liberty Media Ranks as 2013′s Most Profitable Media/Entertainment Company  —  Liberty Media Corp. emerged as the most profitable media and entertainment company in 2013, according to SNL Kagan's rankings for the year.  —  Liberty Media's net income of about $8.99 billion came mostly …
Hillel Aron / LA Weekly:
Left-Wing Darling Pacifica Radio Is Sliding Into the Abyss  —  On March 13, after weeks of rumors, Pacifica Radio's board of directors voted to fire its executive director, Summer Reese, during what was essentially a conference call.  But nothing is as simple as all that in the oldest and oddest public radio network in the country.
Willy Staley / New York Times:
Vice's Shane Smith: ‘Have We Unleashed a Monster?’  —  You recently began something called Vice News.  How is it different from what Vice already does?  Through YouTube, we learned that our audience wants more news.  So news is going to be its own offering.
Discussion: @tikroot and Talking Points Memo
 
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Stassa Edwards / The Week:
L'Wren Scott, and the awful truth about women's obituaries
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Agence France-Presse:
AFP reporter Sardar Ahmad killed in Kabul hotel attack
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Dennis Robaugh / Joliet Patch News:
Media Organizations Stand with Patch in Confidential Source Case
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