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10:05 PM ET, March 21, 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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Ed Christman / Billboard:
Why Publishers Lost Big Against Pandora (Analysis)
Discussion: @dalebobo
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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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”.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
What if Netflix switched to P2P for video streaming?
Discussion: The Wrap and Electronista
Quartz:
How the internet works, and why it's impossible to know what makes your Netflix slow
Discussion: Slate and Business Insider
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
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 …
Discussion: Forbes, @headhntr and @brianstelter
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Zeynep Tufekci / Medium:
The Day the Turkish Government Banned Itself From Twitter
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: @ownlocal, @newswhip and @nickkristof
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.”
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 …
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Agence France-Presse:
AFP reporter Sardar Ahmad killed in Kabul hotel attack
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: @carr2n, @jpodhoretz and @iowahawkblog
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
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
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.”
 
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
The great Canadian newspaper exodus
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Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
LinkedIn plans major Pulse update for Q3, will use your professional info to personalize news
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