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3:10 PM ET, March 2, 2012


 Top News: 
Simone Wilson / The Informer:
Andrew Breitbart Was Planning Huge New Web Project on Eve of Sudden Death  —  ​Forty-three-year-old Andrew Breitbart's shocking death in Westwood last night came just days before he was set to unveil a mysterious new project — one he hoped would mark “a transition into a different kind of journalism …
Jack Shafer:
Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)  —  You're not supposed to speak ill of the dead, a rule I always ignore when somebody famous or newsworthy dies.  If we shouldn't be overly sentimental about death because we all die anyway, what better time to assess a life than when it ends …
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Breitbart Friend Reveals To Hannity: Obama Harvard Tapes Will Be Out ‘In A Week Or Two’
Discussion:, The Week and Hot Air
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Andrew Breitbart built Internet empire by combining new media, partisan slant
Discussion: New York Times and Forbes
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Slate to Begin a Monthly Review of Books  —  Slate will introduce a monthly book review on Friday, the latest expansion of literary criticism online as stand-alone book review sections in newspapers have dwindled.  —  The section will nearly triple the number of book-related articles that Slate publishes …
Brad Stone / Business Week:
Twitter, the Startup That Wouldn't Die  —  Life inside successful Web startups—especially the really successful ones—can be nasty, brutish, and short.  As companies grow exponentially, egos clash, investors jockey for control, and business complexities rapidly exceed the managerial abilities of the founders.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Guardian says open journalism is the only way forward  —  If there is one newspaper that has stood apart from the crowd in terms of its eagerness to embrace a digital-media world, it is the Guardian in Britain.  The paper was one of the first to make user-generated content — and crowdsourcing …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Ryan Giggs loses battle for Sun damages  —  High court throws out Giggs' claim for payout and injunction, following paper's article on alleged affair with Imogen Thomas  —  Ryan Giggs has failed in a high court bid for damages and a permanent injunction against the Sun …
Discussion: The Independent and Press Gazette
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Martha Stewart Turns To iPad Editions, Video As Revenues Fall  —  As revenues fall, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (NYSE: MSO) plans to focus on some digital initiatives at its magazines, including releasing iPad editions of Whole Living and Martha Stewart Weddings by the end of the year.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Thomson IR and Folio
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
NYT Editors Respond To Staffers' Protest  —  On Thursday, the top editors of the New York Times responded to their staffers' open protest of ongoing contract negotiations.  —  Members of the New York Newspaper Guild lined the hallway outside the Page One meeting room in protest as editors entered a 4 p.m. meeting on Wednesday.
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and Poynter
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney's Drudge Report Connection Pays Off  —  WASHINGTON — As Ann Romney took the stage in Michigan on Tuesday night, gleefully ginning up the crowd that had gathered to celebrate her husband's victory in the state's primary, her thoughts turned to those deserving thanks.
Associated Press:
French Journalists Edith Bouvier And William Daniels Return Home From Syria … REACT:  —  FOLLOW:  —  Syria, Marie Colvin, Marie Colvin Dead, Syria Violence, Ap, Edith Bouvier, Edith Bouvier France, Edith Bouvier Syria, Edith Bouvier William Daniels, Homs, Syria Uprisings, Media News
Discussion: Sky News and Reuters
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Will Sell Some E-Books Beyond The Kindle Store  —  James Atlas, who comes from the traditional publishing world, is going to edit a series of biographies for Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN).  The most interesting thing about the announcement is that the e-books won't be exclusive to Amazon …
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Is a Blog Post Without a Link Still a Blog Post?  —  How Vanity Fair Balances Newsstand Needs With Social-Media Demands  —  Here's something you don't usually see near the top of a blog item: “Sorry, readers, no link.”  That was Washington Post blogger Erik Wemple as he discussed an upcoming Vanity Fair piece on his employer.
Discussion: The FJP
David Cameron: I did ride ex-police horse  —  Prime minister confirms he rode horse lent by police to former News International chief executive before 2010 election  —  David Cameron has confirmed that he did ride the horse lent by police to the former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Yates wined and dined with NoW staff
Discussion: Press Gazette
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Lucy Tesseras / NMA:
The Economist partners with Penguin Shorts to extend reach
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Miller-McCune embraces its West Coast roots and goes mainstream, relaunching as Pacific Standard
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Apple reportedly launching streaming TV service by Christmas, despite content provider reluctance
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Yahoo's Jai Singh: Creating a “Voice” at the World's Biggest News Site
Jim Romenesko:
J-prof's class material creates controversy
 Earlier Picks: 
Amy Thomson / Bloomberg:
Pearson Has Capacity to Make $1.6 Billion in Acquisitions as Digital Grows
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Broadcasters Sue To Stop $12 Streaming Service Aereo
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
Council Members Ask Village Voice To End Relationship With Sex Trafficking Site
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘New York Post’ loses its web editor, who goes to work for a former ‘Post’ editor
Discussion: FishbowlNY