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4:45 AM ET, March 11, 2014


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Gawker's John Cook Joins First Look Media  —  First Look Media, the independent news organization created by Pierre Omidyar, has poached Gawker editor John Cook, Gawker staffers were informed today.  Cook is First Look's latest high profile addition in recent months.
Matthew Shaer / New York Magazine:
Raging Against Hacks With Muckraker Turned Magazine-Maker Matt Taibbi  —  Matt Taibbi, the ­former enfant terrible of ­political journalism, limps into a cozy diner on ­Chambers Street, in Tribeca a ­Russian-style fur cap pulled over his ears, a half-formed apology for his lateness already on his lips.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS News  —  CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources familiar with her departure told POLITICO on Monday.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
No One's Looking at Your Native Ads, Either  —  Advertisers love the idea of “native ads” — marketing messages that sort of look like “real” content — because they think that Web surfers who ignore other ads will pay attention to the new format.  This sounds interesting in theory …
Discussion: @lererventures
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Newsweek's cover story on Bitcoin shows why old media practices are ill-suited for the Internet age  —  “I want it to be 25 years ago!”  Newsweek's blown cover story on bitcoin.  —  “How was some guy in a basement who happens to have an obsessive interest in your subject going to bust …
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
Newsweek and ‘trust us’ journalism
Discussion: Guardian
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix reportedly reaches another Comcast-style agreement, but with a Norwegian ISP  —  Netflix's oddly public peering agreement to connect directly with Comcast has, as many expected, been followed closely by a similar deal.  What may surprise some is that this arrangement is with Norway's Telenor …
Discussion: Telecompaper and Electronista
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix got a bit faster on Comcast after opening its wallet
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Snowden has shown the ‘huge disparity of surveillance and power’, says Gellman  —  Government needs reminding that they work for us, says Pulitzer-winning reporter Barton Gellman, who describes Edward Snowden as ending an era of indifference to surveillance  —  Encryptions tools must …
Matt McFarland / Washington Post:
Edward Snowden: 'They're setting fire to the future of the Internet'
Sean Combs Said to Bid $200 Million for Fuse TV Network  —  Sean Combs, the hip-hop mogul now known as Diddy, has bid about $200 million for the Fuse cable-TV channel, said three people with knowledge of the situation.  —  Combs, 43, rose to fame as rapper Puff Daddy and has since founded fashion …
Discussion: The Wrap, Mashable, and Variety
Tamara Baluja /
Toronto Star builds technology to post professional camera photos instantly on live blogs  —  Imagine a gadget that attaches to a professional DSLR camera and sends photos directly to a live blog, almost as fast as you can snap them.  Taras Slawnych did—and then he built one.
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Strictly algorithm: how news finds people in the Facebook and Twitter age  —  Many people assume important news will find them online, but don't understand the algorithms defining how  —  From Spotify and Netflix recommendations to Facebook's news feed or Google's search results …
Discussion: @sonaliranade and Capital New York
John McDuling / Quartz:
“The Upshot” is the New York Times' replacement for Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight  —  “The Upshot.”  That's the name the New York Times is giving to its new data-driven venture, focused on politics, policy and economic analysis and designed to fill the void left by Nate Silver …
Sam Petulla / The Content Strategist:
How Buzzfeed Manipulates Fast and Slow Thinking to Win the Internet  —  After the rapid rise of BuzzFeed and Upworthy over the past year — and the backlash that followed — engagement has become the talk of the town.  —  The big question: If “You Won't Believe What Happens Next” …
Jeremy Barr / Poynter:
Are pen names ever OK in journalism?  —  If your name is “Jason Huntmann,” then your name should be Jason Huntmann.  —  That's the guiding principle I was operating under earlier this winter when I wrote about The Washington Post's decision to pull down an op-ed piece after I questioned the author's identity.
Discussion: @davidkenner
Michael King / Austin Chronicle:
Greenwald on politics, privacy, journalism  —  Reporter/editor says bigger Snowden revelations to come  —  Glenn Greenwald, the Constitutional attorney who became a blogger and then reporter - and Ed Snowden's go-to journalist to publish his cache of National Security Agency documents …
Discussion: VentureBeat and @imagethink
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Baidu's Iqiyi overtakes Youku as China's most popular video service  —  Move over, Youku: The site that has long been called China's YouTube just got dethroned by its competitor Iqiyi as the country's most popular video service.  Iqiyi, which is owned by the Chinese internet giant Baidu …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Journalist Lyra McKee uses Beacon to crowdfund investigation into a 33-year-old Belfast murder  —  Journalist tries to fund investigation with ‘dispatches from the trail’  —  Irish journalist Lyra McKee is using Beacon, a crowdfunding service for writers, to raise money to finish a book …
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
ESPN to combine FiveThirtyEight, Grantland and ESPN Films into new unit  —  ESPN is bringing together its FiveThirtyEight, Grantland and ESPN Films franchises under one umbrella.  —  The new unit, dubbed “Exit 31” (a reference to the exit off of Interstate 84 in Bristol, Connecticut where ESPN is based) …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
ESPN's Bill Simmons on ESPN's Nate Silver, Being a Boss and Building His Site
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Discussion: @dankennedy_nu
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Bros. Is Buying a Stake in Struggling YouTube Net Machinima. Here's Why
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Gigaom
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Aiming To Fit Fiction Into Busy Schedules, Rooster Is An iPhone App For Serialized Novels
Discussion: Melville House Books and Mashable
 Earlier Picks: 
Mark Caro / Chicago Tribune:
Oscars coverage shows that entertainment reporters aren't asking hard questions
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Brooks denies approving payments
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast customers can now watch House of Cards - without a Netflix subscription
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Couric's Yahoo show takes shape