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2:50 PM ET, March 24, 2014

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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 …
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
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Hunter Walker / Business Insider:
Meet Business Insider's Newest Political Columnist — Anthony Weiner  —  Business Insider is very pleased to announce former New York City mayoral candidate and Congressman Anthony Weiner will be contributing a new monthly column to our politics page.  —  The new column, which will be titled …
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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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.
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 and @mathewi
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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 station to Apple's audio streaming service, with more on the way.
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
Ben Sherwood To Succeed Anne Sweeney As Disney/ABC Television Group President, ABC's Paul Lee Closing In On New Contract  —  ABC News president Ben Sherwood cemented his status as Disney's golden TV boy as he has been appointed a successor to Anne Sweeney.  Sherwood will assume the title of co-chairman …
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
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
TV news presenters join campaign to free jailed Al-Jazeera journalists  —  Imagine a world without press freedom.  Imagine a world where reality is either distorted or ignored.  Imagine a world in which journalists are prevented from being able to report.  —  Those are the messages …
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Laura Hazard Owen / Gigaom:
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