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6:25 PM ET, March 3, 2013


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New York Times:
This Story Stinks  —  IN the beginning, the technology gods created the Internet and saw that it was good.  Here, at last, was a public sphere with unlimited potential for reasoned debate and the thoughtful exchange of ideas, an enlightening conversational bridge across the many geographic …
Yochai Benkler / New Republic:
The Dangerous Logic of the Bradley Manning Case  —  After 1,000 days in pretrial detention, Private Bradley Manning yesterday offered a modified guilty plea for passing classified materials to WikiLeaks.  But his case is far from over—not for Manning, and not for the rest of the country.
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Manning to Face More Serious Charges in Leak
Discussion: The Verge
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
Signing off as Post ombudsman  —  My two-year term as The Post's independent ombudsman has run out.  It has been both a privilege to serve Post readers as a pipeline to the staff and an honor to work in a newsroom of such distinguished journalists.  I hope I succeeded even a little in explaining …
Discussion: @jbrodkin
Greg Gilman / The Wrap:
Washington Post Eliminates Ombudsman Position  —  The Washington Post has confirmed its own ombudsman's hunch and announced on Friday that it has cut the 43-year-old position.  —  “We have been privileged to have had the service of many talented ombudsmen (and women) who have addressed readers' concerns …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of selling Main Street  —  Main Street is finally going digital.  With the digitization of smaller business, newspaper companies believe they've found that elusive third leg of a business model — a model that could keep them standing, maybe even taller, into the second half of this decade.
Discussion: Street Fight
Andrés Cala / Christian Science Monitor:
Spain's economic crisis has an unexpected victim: journalism  —  The Spanish media has been ravaged by the country's recession, and not just economically.  The crisis has also sparked serious challenges to its credibility.  —  MADRID  —  In Spain's transformational economic crisis, no industry has escaped unscathed.
Marco Arment /
“Did we just rip off Marco Arment and The Magazine?”  —  That's actually the title of the latest newsletter from TypeEngine, a startup promising a platform to easily make Newsstand magazines a lot like mine.  —  I don't really know what to think about things like this.
Discussion: @glennf
Barbara Demick / Los Angeles Times:
Live China TV coverage of executions raises outcry  —  Chinese state TV broadcasts live images of four condemned killers shortly before they are executed.  Human rights lawyers and others express outrage at the unprecedented coverage.  —  Naw Kham, a drug gang leader from Myanmar …
Discussion: The Verge, Mediaite and Gawker
Felix Salmon:
Content economics, part 2: payments  —  Apologies for the delay between part 1 and this: I wanted to wait until Amanda Palmer's TED talk appeared online, because it's an important part of the other big aspect of content economics.  Part 1 was about the ability of publishers to sell readers to advertisers …
Discussion: BuzzMachine, @mathewi and Fortune
John Wihbey / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What's New in Digital Scholarship: Why can Facebook posts be super-memorable, and did tweets direct bombs in Libya?  —  Editor's note: There's a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all those journals and papers?
Discussion: Journalist's Resource
Erik Wemple:
Ann Romney blames campaign and media for the same thing  —  Here's a sound bite that's sure to get all kinds of rotation over several news cycles this week.  “I'm happy to blame the media.”  That's what Ann Romney said to Chris Wallace in a much-anticipated Fox News interview.
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