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2:20 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
Reed Hastings / Netflix US & Canada Blog:
Internet Tolls And The Case For Strong Net Neutrality  —  The Internet is improving lives everywhere - democratizing access to ideas, services and goods.  To ensure the Internet remains humanity's most important platform for progress, net neutrality must be defended and strengthened.
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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.
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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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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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 …
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Bloomberg News's deepening China problem  —  Chairman's remarks raise serious questions about the news division's mission in a key market  —  Peter T. Grauer, chairman of Bloomberg LP, spoke with perhaps more candor than he intended in responding this week to questions after a speech to the Asia Society in Hong Kong.
Discussion: Talking Biz News and @mattdpearce
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Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
F.T. staffers discuss reporting in China
Discussion: @jackshafer
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.”
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Medium launches iPhone app for reading stories on the go  —  After a short delay, Medium released its iPhone app today with a focus on reading and recommending stories.  “Every week, thousands of people come to Medium to write,” company founder Ev Williams said in a post on the site.  “That's the hard part.
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.
Stassa Edwards / The Week:
L'Wren Scott, and the awful truth about women's obituaries  —  Coverage of the fashion designer's passing was just the latest example of a sad journalistic tradition  —  W  —  hen news broke that respected fashion designer L'Wren Scott had passed away on Monday, The New York Times noted …
Discussion: @theweek
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Why Publishers Lost Big Against Pandora (Analysis)  —  In making the decision on March 14 to set Pandora's royalty rate to ASCAP at 1.85% through the end of 2015.  Judge Denise Cote rejected practically every argument the PRO, and its two largest members — Sony/ATV Music …
Discussion: @dalebobo
 
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Agence France-Presse:
AFP reporter Sardar Ahmad killed in Kabul hotel attack
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Court docs: Microsoft searched through blogger's e-mail to track down alleged leaker
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