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7:10 AM ET, March 25, 2014

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Ronald Grover / Reuters:
Exclusive: Disney to buy YouTube network Maker Studios for $500 million  —  (Reuters) - The Walt Disney Co has agreed to buy Maker Studios for $500 million, becoming a major online video distributor through the purchase of one of YouTube's largest networks, according to a person familiar with the deal.
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Why Disney Is Taking the Huge Risk of Buying Maker Studios  —  Commentary: MCN model still unproven but there are plenty of ancillary benefits to the purchase  —  By Disney standards, acquiring Maker Studios for less than $1 billion is chump change considering the eye-popping purchases the conglomerate has made over the years.
Discussion: AdAge
Todd Spangler / Variety:
After Disney's Maker Buy, More Deals In Store for Multichannel Networks  —  With Disney's blockbuster $500 million-plus deal to buy Maker Studios, look for dealmaking activity in the online multichannel network space to continue apace.  —  MCNs are “now top-of-mind for all the major studios …
Jim Romenesko:
Ben Richardson quits Bloomberg News over handling of investigative piece  —  Ben Richardson has resigned from Bloomberg News after 13 years to protest editors' handling of an investigative piece reported from China - a story that the bosses feared would get them expelled from the country.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Bob Iger: ‘Work Ethic, Intellect and Curiosity’ Helped Ben Sherwood Land Top Disney Job  —  It was no knee-jerk appointment: Bob Iger's decision to name ABC News chief Ben Sherwood as Anne Sweeney's successor atop Disney/ABC TV Group had been in the works for nine months. as far as Iger was concerned.
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New program aims to foster diversity in newsrooms with internships for journalism instructors from historically black colleges  —  Back to the newsroom: A new program lets professors go back to the thick of today's news work  —  Before joining the faculty of Savannah State University …
New York Times:
Turkish Journalists' Association files complaint in local court, claims Twitter ban violates freedom of information  —  Journalists Group and Internet Lawyers Challenge Turkey's Ban on Twitter  —  ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's leading press organization and two experts in Internet law took legal action Monday …
Paul Carr / PandoDaily:
First Look publishes new editorial independence statement after Pando reveals Omidyar White House ties  —  Yesterday I revealed a series of meetings between representatives of Pierre and Pamela Omidyar's Omidyar Network and high ranking White House officials, including the President and First Lady …
Julia La Roche / Business Insider:
Hedge fund drops legal motion to unmask anonymous blogger at Seeking Alpha  —  David Einhorn Knows The Name Of The Anonymous Blogger Who Revealed One Of His Investments  —  Greenlight Capital, the hedge fund run by David Einhorn, has discovered the identity of the anonymous Seeking Alpha blogger …
Angela Haggerty / The Drum:
AOL partners with Channel 4 News, ITN and MyMovies to launch premium AOL On video platform in UK  —  AOL has partnered with Channel 4 News, ITN and Scripps Networks International among others to launch its AOL On video platform in the UK.  —  Following launches in the US and Canada …
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 …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Apple-Comcast TV Pact?  Don't Hold Your Breath  —  A long history of failed dealmaking should cast doubt on this one working out  —  The mere prospect that Apple and Comcast could be joining forces for a new joint TV service, as the Wall Street Journal first reported Sunday, has revived a fresh round of hyperventilation.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Shares Tumble Following Apple-Comcast Report
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