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11:40 AM ET, March 2, 2013


 Top News: 
Michael Moynihan / The Daily Beast:
Publisher Pulls Jonah Lehrer's ‘How We Decide’ From Stores  —  Disgraced pop-journalist Jonah Lehrer's publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has just announced that his second book, How We Decide, will be pulled from stores, and customers will be refunded.  Michael Moynihan reports on the latest in the Lehrer fiasco.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
Measuring the iBook market  —  In June of 2011 Apple announced that 130 million ebooks were sold through iTunes.  In October of 2012 it announced that 400 million sold.  —  That means 270 million ebooks were sold in 16 months.  Or about 17 million units per month, on average.
Michael Berliner / Guardian:
Could online video consumption overtake linear TV viewing by 2020?  —  Will linear TV tank in the way that HMV and Blockbuster have?  To survive, broadcasters need to pre-emptively evolve  —  John Farrell, director of YouTube Latin America, recently made the bold prediction …
Katharine Weymouth / Washington Post:
A reader representative for The Post  —  The world has changed, and we at The Post must change with it.  We have been privileged to have had the service of many talented ombudsmen (and women) who have addressed readers' concerns, answered their questions and held The Post to the highest standards of journalism.
Wall Street Journal:
Disney, News Corp. Discuss Hulu's Future  —  News Corp . and Walt Disney Co. have begun discussions about resolving uncertainty over their jointly controlled online video site Hulu LLC, with one possible outcome being that one or the other company sells their stake.
Discussion: Engadget and
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Rupert Murdoch is on Tumblr, and the photos are kind of amazing  —  News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, having conquered Twitter, has moved on to Tumblr.  Murdoch's chief of staff, Natalie Ravitz, has been maintaining a Tumblr blog for the past several months called “Murdoch Here.”
Curtis Brainard / Columbia Journalism Review:
NYT cancels Green blog  —  No explanation from editors following surprise announcement  —  At 5pm on Friday afternoon, The New York Times posted the following announcement: … This is terrible news, to say the least.  When the Times announced in January that it was dismantling …
Discussion: Green and @romenesko
Jim Romenesko:
‘I love newspapers,’ Warren Buffett tells Berkshire Hathaway shareholders  —  Warren Buffett's latest report to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders includes these observations about newspapers I love newspapers and, if their economics make sense, will buy them even when they fall far short …
Discussion: DealBook and The Atlantic Online
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Is Now Officially Calling Itself A ‘Technology Company’, Ditching The ‘Digital Media’ Tagline  —  Yahoo today issued its annual 10-K report to the Securities And Exchange Commission.  These kinds of forms have a lot of boilerplate language that is reused again and again — often …
Discussion: ZDNet, Forbes and WebProNews
Variety: Redesign Launches … The evolution of Variety continues with today's live launch of the redesigned  And, to the relief of readers and staffers, the paywall has come down.  —  The new website addresses years of requests from readers, with a site that's easy to navigate …
Discussion: FishbowlLA
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Raffaele Huang / Wall Street Journal:
Apple removes WhatsApp, Threads, Signal, and Telegram from its App Store in China, after orders from the country's regulators citing national security concerns

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