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12:20 PM 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
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
Bloomberg hires Inside.com CCO Gabriel Snyder and ex-AOL Live president Nathan Richardson  —  Bloomberg Media Makes First Moves Toward New Digital Products  —  Justin Smith has taken the first major steps in his revamp of Bloomberg Media with the hiring of former AOL Live president Nathan Richardson …
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.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
iTunes Radio Gets News Radio, Via NPR  —  When iTunes Radio launched last fall, the service was designed for music fans (and music labels).  Now it is branching out: National Public Radio is adding the first news channel to Apple's audio streaming service, with more on the way.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, @btrpkc and MacRumors
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:
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Apple's CDN Now Live: Has Paid Deals With ISPs, Massive Capacity In Place

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