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9:40 AM ET, March 20, 2013


 Top News: 
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Amazon in talks with record labels about subscription music service  —  Subscription music is all the rage with the big Web music stores  —  Subscription music services have yet to profit but that hasn't stopped some of the internet's biggest media distributors from jumping into the business.
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Journalism Professor Sues Columbia, Claiming Misuse of Endowment Funds  —  A tenured professor at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism and co-director of that school's business program filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing the university of misdirecting $4.5 million in funds over the last decade.
Fraser Nelson / Spectator:
Why The Spectator said ‘no’ to David Cameron's Royal Charter for regulation of the press  —  After due consideration, we at The Spectator have decided our response to the proposed Royal Charter system of press regulation.  Our answer is given on the cover of the new magazine (above).
Press regulation: newspapers may form breakaway bodies
Discussion: @rupertmurdoch and @jackmirkinson
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Leveson report: Only a gutter press can keep clean the gutters of public life
Discussion: National Review
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon launches “Send to Kindle” button for web publishers and WordPress blogs  —  Amazon is now allowing publishers to add “Send to Kindle” buttons to their websites and WordPress blogs, the company announced on the Kindle blog Tuesday.  It can be integrated into WordPress blogs as well.
Jeff Clabaugh / Washington Business Journal:
Washington Examiner cuts 87 jobs, drops local news  —  The Washington Examiner is dropping local news coverage, cutting 87 jobs and changing into a weekly magazine and daily website focused on political news.  —  Denver-based Clarity Media Group Inc., which owns the Examiner …
Will Sommer / Washington City Paper:   Washington Examiner Memo: New Weekly Paper to Target “Key Influencers”
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
The Glory Days of American Journalism  —  Ignore the doomsayers: The news-reading public has never had more and better information at their fingertips.  —  American news media has never been in better shape.  That's just common sense.  Almost anything you'd want to know about any subject is available at your fingertips.
Sun deputy editor charged over alleged payments to public officials  —  Geoff Webster due to appear in court on 26 March after information from Operation Elveden investigation led to charges  —  Geoff Webster, the deputy editor of the Sun, has been charged over alleged criminal offences relating …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Here's When People Actually “Read Later”  —  Eighty percent of reads happen in the first 35 days.  Outside of read-later apps, that only takes six days.  —  “Read later” service Pocket ran the numbers on this longform story, published on BuzzFeed in November of last year.
Discussion: @pkafka and Pocket Blog
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
End of an Era for eMusic, Subscription Music Pioneer … eMusic, the online music service that pioneered the subscription approach before Spotify was a glimmer in Daniel Ek's eye, quietly merged Monday with an e-book distributor, in an unusual bit of digital-media consolidation.
Discussion: Music Week and Engadget
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo in Talks to Buy Stake in Video Site Dailymotion  —  Yahoo Inc. is in talks to buy a controlling stake in France Telecom SA's online-video site Dailymotion, according to people familiar with the talks, in what would be Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's first major acquisition since taking over the Internet pioneer last year.
Mitch Dudek / Chicago Sun Times:
Time Out Chicago bowing out of print business, going all digital  —  Time Out Chicago magazine is ceasing print operations and going all digital, according to sources.  —  No firm date has been set to shut down print operations for the magazine, which features nightlife, music and shopping information …
Discussion: Chicago Business
Eric Deggans / Daily Download:
Cable News Is Still Unbearably White  —  It's easy to sound like a broken record when you're talking about the lack of diversity among major cable TV news anchors.  —  Critic and columnist Rachel Sklar wrote about it back in 2010, with a trenchant piece for the Daily Beast called …
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Roland Martin Out At CNN
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Google Embeds March Madness Bracket In Search, Because Screw Sports Sites  —  Who wins basketball games is an immutable fact.  No one owns that information, so why should some random sports sites get the windfall of traffic as millions of sports fan search Google for the NCAA March Madness bracket?
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
ReadWrite Editor-In-Chief Dan Lyons, A.K.A. Fake Steve Jobs, Is Leaving For Hubspot  —  Dan Lyons, the editor-in-chief at tech blog ReadWrite, is leaving for a position at marketing software company Hubspot.  We heard the news from knowledgeable sources, and the part about Lyons' departure …
Rachel McAthy /
2012 data puts Daily Mail top for total print and web readers  —  New data released by the National Readership Survey and comScore places the Daily Mail top of UK national newspapers for combined readership in 2012  —  Copyright: By Alex.muller on Wikimedia Commons.  Creative Commons licence.
Discussion: Media Week and @pressgazette
Nicole LaPorte / Fast Company:
How Digital Agent Sarah Penna Makes Hollywood And YouTube Click  —  The cofounder of digital agency Big Frame (half of a YouTube power couple with her husband MysteryGuitarMan) is leading Tinseltown's march from pictures to pixels.  —  I first heard about Sarah Penna when I met with YouTube brass …
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Meet the Most Suspect Publishers on the Web  —  If you spend enough time in the murky world of ad exchanges, ad tech middlemen and real-time bidding software, you might come away wondering why any major brand even bothers with online advertising.  —  Not only are banners dull and clickthrough rates low …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Massive bot network is draining $6 million a month from online ad industry, says report
Discussion: CNET, Financial Times and
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Jennifer Preston / The Lede:
How Blogger Helped the Steubenville Rape Case Unfold Online
Discussion: TIME, She The People and xoJane
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Actress's Suit Against IMDb for Publishing Her Actual Age Can Go to Trial
Discussion: Technology & … and Variety
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
DoJ Investigations Spark Meta Media Coverage at Reuters and WSJ
Discussion: MediaShift
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Family's Stake in New York Times Declines
Judith Rosen / Publishers Weekly:
Hudson Booksellers Poised to Take Off Online
Discussion: paidContent and Engadget
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
ESPN's Cunning Plan to Stream March Madness: Head to Bill Simmons's House
Discussion: The Verge
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Hulu redesigns app for Apple TV with new content categories, ‘Shows You Watch’ tray, and easier playback
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Buzzfeed is Building a Native-Advertising Network
Discussion: Business Insider and Fast Company
 Earlier Picks: 
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: C-SPAN Study Finds Almost Quarter of Cable/Satellite Subs Watch Weekly
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BSkyB sports channels made available on pay-as-you-go basis
Discussion: Sky Sports, Pocket-lint and Media Week
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times begins reintegration of IHT
Discussion: The New York Observer
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Supreme Court sides with bookseller in major copyright ruling, says resale is ok
Dan Elliott / Associated Press:
Jana Winter, Fox News Reporter, Fights Judge's Order To Testify About James Holmes' Notebook