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12:45 AM ET, March 28, 2014

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Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon planning free ad-supported TV and music streaming service, no Prime subscription required  —  Amazon Plans Free Streaming Media Service  —  Website Said to Drop Strategy of Only Offering Video to Users of Its Prime Shipping Service  —  Amazon.com Inc. plans a free …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon Says It Has No Plans to Offer a Free TV and Music-Video Streaming Service  —  Here we go again: Amazon.com denied a Wall Street Journal report Thursday that the Internet retailing giant is working up a free, ad-supported TV and music-video service.  —  “We're often experimenting …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Amazon Launching Video Box Next Week
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Turkish courts release eight journalists in two days  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release this week of at least eight imprisoned journalists in Turkey, but calls on Turkish authorities to scrap the charges against them and release all of the journalists jailed in the country.
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Hurriyet Daily News:
Turkey blocks access to YouTube after leaked recordings of key security meeting
Hurriyet Daily News:
Turkish court rejects Twitter's petition
Kara Swisher / Re/code:
NBCUniversal-Owned DailyCandy and Television Without Pity Will Be Shut Down  —  DailyCandy and Television Without Pity, two high-profile Internet content properties owned by NBCUniversal, are being shuttered, a move that management told staff this morning would be occurring next week.
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Thornton McEnery / Crain's New York:   NBC mismanaged DailyCandy to death, former adviser says
Kenneth Li / Re/code:
Roku Will Be Your Future TV's Operating System  —  His world is about to get more crowded — that's a phrase that has haunted the coverage of Roku CEO Anthony Wood for the past decade.  —  Critics are applying the phrase again as the maker of the set-top box that streams Web TV to your TV faces another big rival.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Tweets About Music to Get a Billboard Chart  —  Chatter about music is everywhere on Twitter.  Soon there will be a Billboard chart to rank all of it.  —  On Thursday, the two companies will announce a deal to create the Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts: continuously updated lists …
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Wall Street Journal:
Twitter rolling out new music strategy centered on music conversations and content this week
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Revenge porn could be opening up an exception to publishers' protections online  —  At Gawker, Michelle Dean has a piece on revenge porn — the awful practice of jilted men (mostly) posting explicit videos and pictures from their exes online — and the legal backlash building against it.
Discussion: US News, Gawker and The Daily Caller
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
HitFix Launches Multiplatform Video  —  After dabbling in video pieces over the last few years, entertainment news site HitFix announced today the full launch of HitFix Video.  —  “Basically, for us, video is the way, the hook, the content and the opportunity to get in front of consumers …
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Sources: Dropbox Acqui-Hiring Social Reading App Readmill For $8 Million  —  With fresh capital in its coffers, Dropbox appears to be on somewhat of an acquisition spree, albeit a quiet one.  Following the cloud storage company's recent purchase of workplace chat solution Zulip …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fullscreen Acquires Videogame Media Firm ScrewAttack  —  The March madness for multichannel networks continues: Fullscreen, one of the biggest YouTube MCNs, has acquired small videogame-focused media company ScrewAttack.  —  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter pressuring companies highlighting tweets for TV not to work with Facebook  —  Twitter Plays Hardball With Facebook Over TV — And TV Networks Gripe  —  TV networks love to work posts from Twitter, Facebook and other social networks into their programming.
Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Ex-MP3tunes chief hit with $41 million copyright verdict  —  (Reuters) - The former chief executive of defunct online music storage firm MP3tunes was ordered to pay an estimated $41 million on Wednesday after being found liable for infringing copyrights owned by record companies and music publishers once part of EMI Group Ltd.
Pat Long / Journalism.co.uk:
‘Why newspapers should steer away from the MTV model’  —  Pat Long, head of news development, The Times and The Sunday Times  —  By .reid. on Flickr.  Some Rights Reserved.  —  When MTV launched in 1981, the station's managers rapidly found that they were facing a monumental challenge.
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Twitter's brevity is its biggest strength and its big weakness — and a massive challenge  —  If you've been following the Twitter rumor mill at all, you've probably seen reports about a number of things that the company is trying out — as part of its ongoing beta testing of new features …
Discussion: The Next Web and PandoDaily
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney's Anne Sweeney Talks Successor, Online Pay TV Services  —  At a conference in London, she discusses the “creative transformation” rather than “creative destruction” of television and comments on the company's acquisition of Maker Studios.  —  LONDON - Anne Sweeney …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Cable's Next Big Threat: Loss of Ad Dollars To YouTube, AOL  —  It turns out that cord-cutting isn't the only threat facing cable channels.  —  Several of the big ad-supported online video outlets, including Google's YouTube, AOL and others, plan this upfront season to target some of the ad dollars …
Washington Times:
Washington Times launches CurrentSee, a digital magazine aimed at conservative black Americans  —  The Times launches new digital magazine: American CurrentSee  —  Publication aims to serve conservative blacks  —  The Washington Times on Thursday launches American CurrentSee …
 
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Mary Clare Fischer / AJR.org:
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
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Gwynn Guilford / Quartz:
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Discussion: Politico, Talking Biz News and Guardian
Cotton Delo / AdAge:
LinkedIn Launches Insights Tool to Help Brands Become Better Publishers
Edirin Oputu / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Online News Association is working on a crowdsourced ethics code project
Associated Press:
Manning lawyer wants leak conviction reversed
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Angela Washeck / 10,000 Words:
What NYT Now Means For the Times and Mobile Journalism
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‘Guardian’ threatened with closure over Snowden leaks, conference told
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