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10:20 AM ET, March 22, 2014

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Ed Christman / Billboard:
Apple explores Spotify-like streaming service, iTunes app for Android as downloads decline  —  Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)  —  Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about the possibility of launching …
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Jim Cicconi / AT&T Public Policy Blog:
AT&T: costs caused by Netflix's growth should not be borne by all broadband subscribers  —  Who Should Pay for Netflix?  —  I saw Reed Hasting's blog yesterday from Netflix asserting in rather dramatic fashion (with diagrams) that ISPs should build facilities (he said provide …
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
What if Netflix switched to P2P for video streaming?  —  Could Netflix change its video streaming service to use a P2P architecture, in order to save money on content delivery and sidestep peering conflicts with ISPs like Comcast?  —  That's a possibility raised by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings …
Discussion: The Wrap
Dan Rayburn / StreamingMediaBlog.com:
Netflix & Level 3 Only Telling Half The Story, Won't Detail What Changes They Want To Net Neutrality  —  Late yesterday, Netflix's CEO published a blog post making the argument that “stronger” net neutrality is needed and that Netflix will “fight for the Internet”.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Sen. Chuck Schumer predicts Senate will pass media shield bill later this year  —  Chuck Schumer: Shield bill could pass Senate  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer on Friday predicted that the Senate will pass his bill providing protections for journalists this year, calling it “very, very likely.”
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
ITV Takes Stake in Nordic VOD Channel Cirkus  —  LONDON — U.K. broadcaster ITV has taken a minority stake in Nordic on-demand channel Cirkus.  —  The service showcases British TV series through program supply agreements with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, BBC Worldwide, Endemol and All3Media International.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Rhapsody ‘winds down’ partnership with Echo Nest after Spotify acquisition  —  Rhapsody today announced that it is ending its partnership with The Echo Nest, just weeks after the music intelligence company was acquired by Spotify.  —  Seattle-based Rhapsody said it has …
Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat:
Twitter Music pulled from App Store today, will be shut down April 18  —  Connect with leaders from the companies in this story, in real life: Come to the fourth annual VentureBeat Mobile Summit April 14-15 in Sausalito, Calif. Request an invitation.  —  A Twitter app will be shutting down soon.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
March Madness Dunks Record Digital Views in Early Play — with Apparently No Glitches  —  Turns out somebody can deliver a high-volume digital video event without any noticeable snafus.  —  The web and mobile NCAA March Madness Live service, managed by Turner Sports, registered record video streams …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Guardian
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
Afghan Journalists Boycott Taliban Coverage After Kabul Hotel Attack Kills Reporter, Children … A group of prominent journalists in Afghanistan is fighting back against terrorism on behalf of one of their own, declaring today that they are going to temporarily boycott reporting …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Refuses Turkey's Requests to Yank YouTube Videos  —  Move is Latest Sign of Resistance to a Crackdown Against Social Media led by the Prime Minister  —  Google Inc. has declined Turkish government requests to remove YouTube videos alleging government corruption, people familiar with the matter said …
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: Forbes and @jackshafer
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Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Bloomberg News's deepening China problem
 
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