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10:45 AM ET, February 27, 2014


 Top News: 
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Battle between New York attorney general and Trump casts shadow over The New York Observer  —  A New York Observer Article Brings a Spat in Trump's Orbit  —  Bill Gifford was managing an ice cream shop in Maplewood, N.J., last summer when a customer, Ken Kurson, the editor of The New York Observer, came in with an unorthodox request.
Rupert Murdoch told Rebekah Brooks to make Sun more ‘fun’, court hears  —  Former editor tells phone-hacking trial that News Corp chief believed paper had become too bogged down in ‘pure politics’  —  Rupert Murdoch made Rebekah Brooks editor of the Sun because he wanted her to make it more …
Nick Davies / Guardian:   Rebekah Brooks ‘decided not to help phone-hacking inquiry in 2006’
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:   Rebekah Brooks says she offered convicted phone hacker a job to keep him from going public
Rebekah Brooks tells court she didn't read NoW interview with phone hacker
Discussion: CNN and
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple urges U.S. appeals court to void ‘radical’ e-books ruling  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc urged a U.S. appeals court to throw out a judge's “radical” finding that it violated antitrust law by manipulating electronic book prices, and blamed publishers for running a conspiracy it claimed to know nothing about.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google ordered to remove anti-Islamic film from YouTube
Fernando Alfonso III / Daily Dot:
Why Reddit mods are censoring Greenwald's latest bombshell  —  It's been called “Censorship Fiasco 2: Electric Boogaloo.”  —  News over the past 72 hours has been dominated by the implosion of Mt. Gox, once the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, and a report from Glenn Greenwald …
Jessica Davies / The Drum:
‘Mobile-first’ has become a meaningless term, says FT's CTO John O'Donovan while unveiling ‘universal publishing’ strategy  —  The term mobile-first has become “meaningless” in this multiplatform landscape where it has become crucial not to “obsess” over specific platforms but focus on the wider picture …
Rachel Bartlett /
ProPublica opens Data Store with free and ‘premium’ data  —  ProPublica is looking to data as a possible revenue stream as it launches an online Data Store as ‘a bit of an experiment’ to test demand  —  Credit: By gruenenrw on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Discussion: ProPublica and Gigaom
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Tumblr Courts Hollywood With First Director of Media (Exclusive)  —  The Yahoo-owned blogging platform follows Twitter and Facebook in its effort to forge deeper ties with the entertainment industry.  —  Tumblr is making a big push in Hollywood.  —  The Yahoo-owned blogging platform …
Discussion: The Wrap, Tubefilter, Variety and MediaPost
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Clyburn Defends FCC's Critical Needs Study  —  Calls it effort to better understand industries and environments; says she would never chill speech  —  FCC commissioner and former acting chairwoman Mignon Clyburn defended the FCC's Critical Information Needs study Feb. 26 in a speech …
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why did the FCC want to interview journalists in the first place?
Discussion: @coreyhutchins
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
America's copyright threat letters turn one year old, but no one will say how they're doing  —  The Copyright Alert System — a “voluntary” system of disconnection threats sent to alleged file-sharers, created by entertainment companies and the large US ISPs — has just celebrated its first birthday …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Inkshares wants to create a hybrid of traditional book publisher and crowdfunded digital platform  —  As with so many other media and publishing-related businesses, the book industry has been massively disrupted by the internet, to the point where an increasing number of authors have found success …
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Niche networks get a shot, thanks to Comcast deal  —  El Rey Network, which launched quietly in December, wouldn't exist if Comcast hadn't acquired NBCUniversal.  —  Case in point: How John Fogelman, a former William Morris Endeavor agent who became C.E.O. of Hollywood media incubator FactoryMade Ventures …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Warner Bros. Considers Investment in Machinima  —  Warner Bros. is mulling an investment in Web video network Machinima.  —  The film studio is said to be considering putting $10 million to $15 million into Machinima, a gaming-centric company that has built a big following on YouTube, according to people familiar with the situation.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Becomes A “Second Screen,” Teams Up With FOX To Offer Online Voting Tools For “American Idol”  —  Blippar Introduces Image Recognition And AR Advertising On Google Glass  —  So much for Twitter as the “second screen” and all its TV partnerships - Google announced this morning …
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Discussion: @eyeseast and @niemanlab
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Discussion: @wsjd
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Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Ugandan activist on tabloid list of LGBT citizens: ‘they are using us to make sales’
Discussion: BuzzFeed, @poynter and Associated Press
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Vocativ hires a West Coast bureau chief
Discussion: @dgisserious
Alex Pareene / The Baffler:
NYT's Sorkin and DealBook focus on building journalistic brands instead of reporting
Jeff Morganteen / CNBC:
NFLX co-founder: Binge-watching won't work long term