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11:55 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 …
Discussion: @dangillmor
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
BuzzFeed teams up with ex-Gawker editor Neetzan Zimmerman and Whisper for access to its content  —  BuzzFeed Unites With an Alumnus of Gawker  —  Neetzan Zimmerman, an editor who rose to prominence at Gawker with an uncanny knack for posting popular news articles and videos …
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.
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 …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:   Netflix Shares Tumble Following Apple-Comcast Report
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.
Discussion: @reckless, Poynter and @mathewi
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Tim Peterson / AdAge:
The Verge hires Matthew Schnipper as deputy Managing Editor to oversee longform and culture  —  Don't call it a tech blog.  Vox Media's The Verge may be best known for its Apple event liveblogs and product design deep-dives, but the site has also reviewed films like “Divergent” and reported on the U.S. military's toxic burn pits.
Discussion: @mattschnipper and @joshuatopolsky
Nitsuh Abebe / New York Magazine:
Watching Team Upworthy Work Is Enough to Make You a Cynic.  Or Lose Your Cynicism.  Or Both.  Or Neither.  —  Rebecca Eisenberg, an editor for the viral website Upworthy, works from the back of her Jersey City apartment, surrounded by Star Trek posters, felt ­Muppet versions of herself …
Bloomberg:
Murdoch-Backed Vice Media Weighs IPO With Gonzo Reports  —  Vice Media Inc., the company that combines punk culture with online journalism, is poised to double revenue to $1 billion by 2016 and may pursue an initial public offering, co-founder Shane Smith said.
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 …
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
 
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Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
New York Public Library partners with Zola to offer algorithmic book recommendations
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
TV news presenters join campaign to free jailed Al-Jazeera journalists
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Rachel Bartlett / Journalism.co.uk:
B2B publishers had the data but ‘missed the boat’ online
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