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2:05 PM ET, March 19, 2013


 Top News: 
Will Sommer / Washington City Paper:
Staffers Told Washington Examiner Will Cease Daily Publication  —  Today's layoffs at the Washington Examiner extend beyond the Local section.  Staffers are being told that the paper will cease daily publication in June to become a weekly political magazine and website, according to two sources who attended a meeting about the change.
Will Sommer / Washington City Paper:   Washington Examiner Memo: New Weekly Paper to Target “Key Influencers”
Press Gazette:
Statutory press regulation regime is passed by Parliament  —  A cross-party deal on press regulation was cemented in the Commons as MPs passed measures which could see judges award punitive damages against publications which refuse to sign up to a new watchdog.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Massive bot network is draining $6 million a month from online ad industry, says report  —  A London analytics firm says it has identified a bot network that is tricking marketers into showing billions of ads every month to phantom visitors.  The botnet reportedly relies …
Discussion: Financial Times and
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Meet the Most Suspect Publishers on the Web
Discussion: Guardian
Nasir Habib / CNN:
Pakistan arrests man in Daniel Pearl's slaying  —  Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Pakistani officials have arrested a suspect in connection with the gruesome 2002 beaheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.  —  Qari Abdul Hayee is believed to be the one who facilitated Pearl's kidnapping, a senior Pakistani official said.
Freya Petersen / GlobalPost:
Family of WSJ journalist Daniel Pearl, beheaded in Pakistan, welcomes arrest of suspect  —  What do you think?  —  The family of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has welcomed the arrest in Pakistan of man allegedly involved in his brutal 2002 beheading.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC Worldwide criticised for sale of Lonely Planet at ‘significant loss’  —  Travel guides sale to US billionaire Brad Kelley for £80m less than originally paid was not good business, says BBC Trust  —  BBC Worldwide has been criticised by the corporation's governing body for incurring a …
Georgia Wilkins / Sydney Morning Herald:
Lonely Planet sold to US firm for $75m
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Supreme Court sides with bookseller in major copyright ruling, says resale is ok  —  In a court ruling that has major implications for used good merchants across the country, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision that forbid a textbook seller from reselling textbooks that he had purchased overseas.
Ebyline Blog:
Uncovering the Buffett equation for newspaper survivability  —  Here's how to tell if your local newspaper will survive the internet apocalypse:  — Does it have a circulation of 30,000 or less?  — Is it in a town with a population of less than 75,000?  — Does paid weekday circulation top 25% of the total population?
Discussion: Poynter, @huntermw and @gunaraj
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
NewsCred gets new $15M investment, adds New York Times as a partner  —  NewsCred has become a quiet force in media by offering brands and publishers an easy way to acquire high quality news content from brands like Bloomberg and Economist.  In a further sign of its growing influence …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
ABC Works on an App for Streaming Shows to Mobile Devices  —  THE WALT DISNEY Company, while sorting out the future of the online video Web site Hulu, has an app in the works that may render Hulu passé for some people.  —  The app will live stream ABC programming to the phones …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Iraq Media Failure Can Happen Again  —  NEW YORK — Since “Mission Accomplished” proved to be anything but, the media has done plenty of hand-wringing and soul-searching over the run-up to the Iraq War.  —  Major news organizations have retracted or re-examined pre-war stories, while “liberal hawks” churned out mea culpas.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
This Is the Scariest Statistic About the Newspaper Business Today  —  Here it is: In 2012, newspapers lost $16 in print ads for every $1 earned in digital ads.  And it's getting worse, according to a new report by Pew.  In 2011, the ratio was just 10-to-1.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Publishing promises authors faster royalty payments  —  Amazon Publishing said in a letter to literary agents Monday that it will start paying its authors royalties on a monthly basis, up from every three months.  —  “In this digital age, we don't see why authors should have to wait six months …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times begins reintegration of IHT  —  The New York Times announced today that Alison Smale, the executive editor of the International Herald Tribune, will become Berlin Bureau Chief for the New York Times, and that Chief Washington Correspondent Dick Stevenson will become Europe Editor, based in Paris.
Discussion: The New York Observer
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
How Much for a How-to Lesson?  Demand Media Gets Into Paid Content by Buying Creativebug.  —  The Internet is swimming in how-to-guides and videos, and a lot of them are produced by Demand Media.  You can see all of those for free.  —  But if you want to take a lesson on crocheting …
Discussion: The Next Web
Dan Elliott / Associated Press:
Jana Winter, Fox News Reporter, Fights Judge's Order To Testify About James Holmes' Notebook  —  DENVER — A Fox News reporter in New York is appealing a judge's order to appear in a Colorado court to reveal who told her about a notebook that movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes sent …
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
Streaming Internet Service Runs Out of Legal Moves  —  Ivi, a pay TV service that was streaming over-the-air TV signals on the Internet without permission, has finally reached the end of the road in court.  —  The Supreme Court on Monday denied the company's petition for certiorari and refused …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BSkyB sports channels made available on pay-as-you-go basis  —  Content now available via internet service Now TV for £9.99 a day without Sky subscription  —  BSkyB has made its sports channels available on a pay-as-you go basis for the first time, providing access to content …
Discussion: Sky Sports, Pocket-lint and Media Week
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
MSNBC Preparing New Web Launch
Discussion: LA Observed
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
WaPo will, finally, charge online
Discussion: CNET
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
CNN, Fox News, MSNBC Air Name Of Steubenville Rape Victim
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
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