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7:05 PM ET, March 31, 2014

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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Former MSNBC anchor Carlos Watson's media startup Ozy receives investment from Axel Springer  —  Start-Up Ozy Media Adds Axel Springer as a Backer  —  Like many news start-ups, Ozy Media is trying to be heard.  And investors, at least, are listening.  —  Though it has yet to attract …
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo in early talks to acquire online video service News Distribution Network for $300M  —  Yahoo in Talks to Buy Online-Video Service NDN — Sources  —  Deal Would Help Yahoo Compete With Google's YouTube  —  Yahoo Inc. is in preliminary talks to acquire online-video service News …
Ben Dooley / Mother Jones:
Who's Behind Newsweek?  —  TWO DAYS AFTER BARACK OBAMA won reelection, I met a young Chinese woman, whom I will call Anne, in the basement café at the San Francisco Public Library.  Anne worked part time and gave a large portion of her earnings to a group she called “the Community,” …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Like newspapers, Facebook determines who gets included editorially and who needs to buy ads  —  This is what happens when Facebook controls the signal, and it defines you as noise  —  A food-delivery startup called Eat24 touched off a minor frenzy of anti-Facebook sentiment recently …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Buys France's Mesagraph And UK's SecondSync To Ramp Up Social TV Efforts In Europe  —  Twitter is adding more global firepower to its ambitions to cosy up to broadcasters and TV advertisers: it is buying France's Mesagraph, and it is also acquiring the UK's SecondSync (a key partner of Facebook's).
Jay Caspian Kang / New Yorker:
The Campaign to “Cancel” Colbert  —  On Thursday night, the official Twitter account for “The Colbert Report” committed the comedic sin of delivering a punchline without its setup.  The offending tweet, “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Advance defends bonuses for reporters who post frequently and join comment chains  —  Advance's quota and bonus system at The Oregonian came in for heavy criticism last week, prompting a rejoinder from the typically close-mouthed private company.  —  In a note to senior executives shared with Poynter …
Discussion: @poynter
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Paula Froelich Named Editor of Yahoo Travel, Joining New Entertainment Chief Josh Wolk  —  Former “Page Six” editor Paula Froelich will oversee Yahoo's travel section, the internet platform said Monday, joining Josh Wolk, who was officially named executive editor of Yahoo Entertainment.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Machinima Hires Cable Exec Chad Gutstein as CEO  —  Machinima announced that it has hired Chad Gutstein, previously chief operating officer of arts cable network Ovation, as its new CEO.  Announcement comes after the YouTube mulitchannel network announced an $18 million investment led by Warner Bros. earlier this month.
Discussion: VentureBeat, Re/code and The Wrap
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Can Mashable pull a BuzzFeed?  —  Mashable is growing up.  —  Started as a social media blog by a 19-year-old Scot, the news site is now flush with $14 million in venture capital that it's using to bankroll an ambitious plan to become the CNN for the mobile- and social-addicted generation.
Ishbel Macleod / The Drum:
IPC Media in consultation to close Nuts  —  Nuts, the men's weekly magazine and website, could be set to close as IPC Media has announced that it has entered into a 30-day consultation with staff.  —  IPC Inspire managing director Paul Williams said: “After 10 years at the top of its market …
Discussion: IPC Media and Guardian
Michael Depp / NetNewsCheck Latest:
The Future's Newspaper Rack Is Here  —  Next week, about a dozen retailers in South Bend, Ind., will see the traditional, single-copy sales racks for The South Bend Tribune replaced by a kiosk that's endlessly updating in real time, promoting content elements from inside the paper along …
Discussion: Poynter and The Newspaper Guild
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Pandora competitor Raditaz reemerges as CÜR Media, raises $9.6 million  —  Remember Raditaz, the personalized radio service that tried to compete with Pandora by building stations for each and every neighborhood of your city?  The service abruptly went offline in November …
Discussion: @daualset and hypebot
Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Three al-Jazeera journalists denied bail in Egyptian court once more  —  The trio are accused of aiding terrorists and include a former BBC journalist, Peter Greste, and a Canadian ex-CNN journalist  —  Three al-Jazeera journalists who have been jailed in Egypt were again denied bail on Monday …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Music Startup Spawnsong Wants To Be Kickstarter For Single Tracks  —  Holy incremental music startup, Batman!  Spawnsong is a (very) new music platform startup with a strategy to elbow into the crowded digital music space by focusing on a very thin wedge: individual songs.
Discussion: hypebot
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Rusbridger on how no journalist's sources are now safe, joining IPSO and why he would have kept the News of the World open  —  Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger warned today that is almost impossible for journalists to maintain the confidentiality of their sources because of threat of surveillance.
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
‘This American Life’ Considers Self-Distribution on Radio  —  The announcement two weeks ago that “This American Life” will part ways on July 1 from its distributor, Public Radio International, has set off a scramble among rivals for rights to the program, one of the most popular on public radio.
Jordan Zakarin / The Wrap:
Why Net Neutrality Matters So Much to Indie Filmmakers  —  Consumer groups and tech advocates have been voicing concern about the growing threats to net neutrality, but Hollywood — especially independent filmmakers and distributors — have plenty of reason to worry about the walls and toll booths …
Discussion: Softpedia News and @jmmandel
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu Names Warner Bros. TV's Craig Erwich Head of Content
Discussion: The Wrap and Hulu Blog
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CNN Hits New Digital Heights in March
Discussion: Politico and FishbowlDC
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube seeks more TV ad dollars, offering audience guarantees and placement on top shows
Discussion: VentureBeat
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
HLN developing late night talk show
Discussion: @alexweprin
Ali Omar / Daily News Egypt:
Twenty-two year old journalist killed during Friday clashes
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
Content Marketplace ScreenHits Closes $1.2M Angel Funding
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Tommy Christopher lands at The Daily Banter
Discussion: The Daily Caller and @shoq
Richard Deitsch / Sports Illustrated:
Dealing with racist abuse is a regular part of the job, say sports journalists
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Lessons from a good vertical: Skift.com
The Wrap:
Josh Elliott Exiting ABC's ‘Good Morning America’ for NBC Sports