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8:30 AM ET, March 24, 2014

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David Carr / New York Times:
Risks Abound as Reporters Play in Traffic  —  It is a dirty secret of the journalism profession that many reporters are bad at math.  Many of us ended up typing our way to a living because we had an easier time making words dance than numbers.  —  But now that everything can be measured, we have to keep an eye on both.
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Aaron Mesh / Willamette Week:
With Quotas and Incentive Pay, The Oregonian is Again Reshaping Its Experience for Readers  —  Close readers of The Oregonian have borne witness to dramatic changes in the past several months.  —  In October, the newspaper became a “digital first” media company, with news stories posted …
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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Some Facts About How NSA Stories Are Reported  —  (updated below)  —  Several members of the august “US Journalists Against Transparency” club are outraged by revelations in yesterday's New York Times (jointly published by der Spiegel) that the NSA has been hacking the products …
Wall Street Journal:
Apple in Talks with Comcast About Streaming-TV Service  —  Companies Discuss Service That Would Try to Bypass Web Congestion  —  Apple Inc. is in talks with Comcast Corp. about teaming up for a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment …
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Slate to Introduce a Variation on the Paywall  —  In the hunt for revenue in the digital era, news publications have tried everything from putting up paywalls to soliciting donations.  —  The digital magazine Slate, nearly two decades old, plans to experiment with a strategy somewhere in between.
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Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
Turkey strengthens Twitter ban, institutes IP level block  —  After Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan banned Twitter in the country late Thursday night, many local users found ways to circumvent the restrictions.  But getting around the ban is becoming more difficult …
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Wall Street Journal:
Google Refuses Turkey's Requests to Yank YouTube Videos
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Story on Pakistan Censored by Local Printer  —  A New York Times story saying Pakistan's government protected Taliban forces was censored by the publisher's printing partner in that country, resulting in a blank hole on the front page of its international edition.
Rowena Mason / Guardian:
Downloads of books, music and apps in the UK could face 20% value-added tax starting in 2015  —  George Osborne closes tax loophole on music and book downloads  —  Chancellor announces new laws making sure internet downloads are taxed in the country where they are purchased
Miles Weaver / ReadWrite:
The Remote Control Needs To Die So The Television Can Live  —  This:  —  Needs to go.  Here's why.  —  The remote control, back when we only had four channels to choose from, was the perfect way to interact with television.  We had a power on/off switch, channel and volume buttons and …
Discussion: @rjcc
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
Nilay Patel, No Longer Managing Editor of The Verge, Moves to Vox.com  —  Nilay Patel, the well-known and highly regarded managing editor of The Verge, which he founded with editor-in-chief Josh Topolsky, has left that high-profile job, according to several sources.
 
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