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5:50 PM ET, March 9, 2015

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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Apple's HBO Now Deal Has Been in the Works for a Year  —  The Apple-HBO deal announced today was set in motion a year ago.  —  In the spring of 2014 — months before HBO would announce its plans to sell the pay-TV channel as a standalone subscription service — HBO CEO Richard Plepler …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
HBO's $14.99 streaming service HBO Now will launch before April 12, exclusively on Apple devices for three months  —  HBO on the Web is Coming in April, Exclusively on Apple TV  —  HBO CEO Richard Plepler announced the news at the Apple Watch event this morning.  More shortly.
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:
Apple TV price drops from $99 to $69  —  Apple TV gets a new price: $69  —  It's been a long three years since Apple refreshed its streaming box, the Apple TV.  And it looks like that won't be changing anytime soon.  That's not to say the company has forgotten about the platform; in fact …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Not much new detail for news organizations in the final unveiling of the Apple Watch  —  Apple just concluded its final unveiling of the Apple Watch — along with some other interesting business — Monday afternoon.  The Verge has as good a roundup as any of all the announcements, and video will be posted shortly.
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
The New York Times has Instagram, but its biggest digital efforts may be under the hood  —  In August 2014, Alexandra MacCallum took a new role on the New York Times masthead, charged with overseeing audience growth and engagement.  —  Just three months earlier, the Times had endured …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, @lheron, @mikeisaac and Poynter
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Guardian claims more US than UK unique browsers as GMG reports 20 per cent rise in digital revenue to £80m  —  The Guardian now claims more unique website browsers in the United States than in the United Kingdom.  —  In a full-year trading update published today …
Discussion: @wturvill and @notscientific
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Coming soon to The Huffington Post: documentaries and scripted shows  —  Expect to see more videos when you visit The Huffington Post.  A lot more.  —  The popular news web site, which already has a live streaming channel called HuffPost Live, now says it also wants to make documentaries …
John Hopewell / Variety:
Netflix Negotiates 2015 Spain Launch  —  Internet SVOD giant faces weighty competitors in Telefonica, Canal Plus  —  MADRID - Adding another major territory to its European roll-out agenda, Netflix looks to be negotiating for a second-half bow in Spain either late summer or fall.
Discussion: Gigaom
Chad Livengood / Detroit News:
Michigan attorney general subpoenas Huffington Post reporter's notes from inmate interviews  —  Reporter: AG subpoenas notes from prison interviews  —  Lansing — A reporter for the Huffington Post says she was subpoenaed by Attorney General Bill Schuette's office last week for handwritten notes …
Media Monkey / Guardian:
English MP Nadine Dorries slams Telegraph's owners, the Barclay Brothers, for sending her legal threats over blog posts, brands them “hypocritical”  —  Telegraph owners ‘hypocritical’, claims Nadine Dorries  —  Tory MP uses Commons debate to criticise Barclay Brothers' reputation …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
David Firestone leaves The New York Times to become Managing Editor of FiveThirtyEight  —  Please Welcome David Firestone, FiveThirtyEight's New Managing Editor  —  FiveThirtyEight is approaching one year of publication since we relaunched the site.  We've learned a great deal …
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
BuzzFeed to stream live David Cameron interview  —  Exclusive video streamed on site's Facebook page highlights its growing presence in the UK  —  BuzzFeed will stream a live interview with David Cameron next Monday, its first with the UK prime minister.  —  Buzzfeed News UK deputy editor …
Discussion: BuzzFeed, BuzzFeed and @jimwaterson
Tom Grubisich / streetfightmag.com:
LION's New Leader Spells Out His Action Plan for ‘Indies’  —  Matt DeRienzo brings strong editorial and publishing experience to his new job as interim executive director of the Local Independent Online News (LION) publishers' association.  He held top editorial and publishing positions …
 
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