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9:25 AM ET, March 4, 2013


 Top News: 
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Guardian Aims to Turn American Readers' Heads  —  NEWSHOUNDS have no shortage of resources, particularly on the Web.  And whether you define news as the latest updates on the Kardashians or the conflict in Syria, enough digital sources abound to satisfy every taste and to feed the incessant demands of social media.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Show Me the Money Problem  —  The big picture for YouTube looks good.  The world's biggest video site keeps getting bigger, generating more video views and more ad dollars.  —  Things are fuzzier for some of YouTube's biggest programming partners.  Their views are also increasing.
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 …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Dennis Rodman in North Korea, With Vice Media as Ringleader  —  Imagine being the HBO executive who hears this from one of the channel's producing partners: “We think there's an opportunity for us to get into North Korea.”  —  The executive was Michael Lombardo, and the partner was Vice Media …
Chi Chi Izundu / BBC:
Film to be distributed via games console for first time  —  An independent British film is being released and distributed via a digital games console platform, rather than through the cinema, for the first time.  —  Pulp, a comedy about a struggling comic book publisher recruited by the police …
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
PBS Ponders Weekend ‘NewsHour’  —  PBS is close to a decision on adding weekend broadcasts of the “PBS NewsHour” for the first time since the program began in 1975, and producing them in New York, instead of the program's longtime studios in Arlington, Va., according to public television employees.
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Tesco gears up for online fight with Amazon  —  Tesco has hired one of Facebook's most senior European executives and is launching a slew of online entertainment stores as it gears up for battle with Amazon.  —  Blinkbox's sales model allows it to offer recent box office hits, such as Skyfall, much earlier than its rivals
Hackers attack Czech news websites in latest media assault  —  (Reuters) - Hackers attacked some of the Czech Republic's main news websites on Monday, slowing or crashing their homepages in the latest in a series of cyber assaults on media outlets across the world.
Discussion: ITProPortal
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.
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Syrian president insists Marie Colvin was not deliberately targeted in army shell attack  —  Syrian president Bashar al-Assad told The Sunday Times his troops did not target Marie Colvin, who was killed in a rocket attack last year.  —  The 56-year-old reporter was killed in the Syrian city …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Alex Kantrowitz / Digiday:
The Banner Industrial Complex Under Threat  —  If you love the sight of Web pages packed with banner ads, take a good look and savor the moment; it may not last for long.  Today, the unit is at its peak, ubiquitous and ugly, traded by the trillions, and propelling the indirect-sales ecosystem …
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.
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 …
Greg Gilman / The Wrap:
Washington Post Eliminates Ombudsman Position
Discussion: Mediactive, NPR Ombudsman and Politico
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Clay Shirky / Columbia Journalism Review:
Dark shadows  —  In Washington, murder turns out to be color-coded
Andrés Cala / Christian Science Monitor:
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“Did we just rip off Marco Arment and The Magazine?”
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Discussion: The Verge, Mediaite and Gawker
John Wihbey / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Michael Berliner / Guardian:
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