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5:20 PM ET, March 24, 2015

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New York Times:
Facebook to test new format for hosting publisher content within months, initial partners include New York Times, BuzzFeed, and National Geographic  —  Facebook May Host News Sites' Content  —  Nothing attracts news organizations like Facebook.  And nothing makes them more nervous.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Instead of building bespoke platforms, publishers are turning to others, like Facebook  —  A wave of distributed content is coming — will publishers sink or swim?  —  Editor's note: The new issue of our sister publication Nieman Reports is out and ready for you to read.
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Facebook is in talks with several media firms, including Vice, The Onion, and Vox Media, to produce high quality short-form sponsored videos  —  Facebook Pitching Advertisers on “Anthology” Video Package  —  In a significant expansion of its video strategy, Facebook is in discussions …
Discussion: @cityofthetown and Engadget
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed launches podcasts focusing on race, gender, web and pop culture  —  BuzzFeed Joins the Podcast Frenzy  —  BuzzFeed is famous for its ability to draw in the eyeballs of a vast, young audience.  Now it wants their ears, too.  —  The entertainment and news website will on Tuesday launch …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Jason Kilar's Vessel Will Not Offer Long-Form TV Content Like Netflix  —  Vessel, the digital subscription-video startup founded by Jason Kilar — the founding CEO of Hulu — officially launched Tuesday, looking to take a bite out of YouTube.  —  But, he says, the TV content service …
Discussion: Fast Company
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Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Trade group led by AT&T and Verizon sues FCC to overturn net neutrality  —  FCC calls early lawsuit “premature and subject to dismissal.”  —  The Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules haven't taken effect yet, but they're already facing lawsuits from Internet service providers.
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Amy Schatz / Re/code:   New Streaming TV Services Could Weirdly Help Comcast
Capital New York:
The 60-second interview: Mat Honan, San Francisco bureau chief, Buzzfeed News  —  CAPITAL: On Feb. 23, Buzzfeed announced four more hires for its San Francisco bureau, which has been staffing up of late.  Some have wondered, only partially sarcastically, whether there will come …
Ken Doctor / Capital New York:
Profile of NPR CEO Jarl Mohn, detailing his outreach efforts to smaller NPR stations  —  What are they thinking?  Jarl Mohn, putting the ‘R’ back in NPR  —  To inaugurate his tenure as NPR's fifth C.E.O. in six years, Jarl Mohn took a page from the playbook of campaigning politicians and embarked on an unconventional listening tour.
Discussion: @radiofinn and @davidfolkenflik
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
E-Book Startup Oyster Hires Jeannie Mun As Its First CFO  —  Oyster, a Netflix-style service for e-books, has brought on its first chief financial officer, Jeannie Mun.  —  Before joining Oyster, Mun spent a lot of time in the ad world, having recently served as CFO at ad company MediaMath …
Discussion: GalleyCat and @ericstromberg
Seymour M. Hersh / New Yorker:
The Scene of the Crime: A reporter's journey to My Lai and the secrets of the past  —  There is a long ditch in the village of My Lai.  On the morning of March 16, 1968, it was crowded with the bodies of the dead—dozens of women, children, and old people, all gunned down by young American soldiers.
Discussion: @annehelen and Common Dreams
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Times website develops edition-based publishing model  —  Proposed plan for morning, lunchtime and afternoon editions is part of wider initiative called Project D  —  The Times is developing a new edition-based digital publishing model that would see its website refreshed at set times throughout the day …
Discussion: @markfergusonuk
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The Times and Sunday Times have 400K subs; up 22K YoY, includes 172K digital subs  —  Times and Sunday Times now claim more than 400,000 ‘members’  —  The Times and Sunday Times now claim to have more than 400,000 paid-for subscribers (or “members” as they are being called).
Discussion: @pressgazette and @patrick_kidd
Amit Chaturvedi / NDTV News:
Indian Supreme Court upholds freedom of speech online, scraps controversial censorship law  —  Freedom of Speech Online: Section 66 A is Struck Down by Supreme Court  —  NEW DELHI: In a verdict set to have a major impact on internet freedom in India, the Supreme Court has scrapped a controversial law …
 
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