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4:45 PM ET, March 11, 2014


 Top News: 
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
CNN, NBCU Alums Jon Klein, Jeff Gaspin Team Up for Online Video Venture  —  Sarah Palin reportedly target by firm for channel akin to Glenn Beck's TheBlaze  —  Two of the biggest names sitting on the sidelines in the media business are teaming up for a new online video venture.
Discussion: TVNewser, The Wrap and AdAge
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
CNN ex-president Jon Klein talks about TAPP, the new online network he's starting with Jeff Gaspin  —  Jon Klein on His New Online Venture: 'We've Created the Company That I Feared Would Come Along'  —  Former CNN President Jon Klein and former NBC Universal Chairman Jeff Gaspin announced …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Disney Ponders the Biggest Big Media YouTube Bet Yet: Buying Maker Studios  —  Disney has been talking to Maker Studios about an acquisition that would value the YouTube network at $500 million or more, according to people familiar with the negotiations.  —  A deal isn't guaranteed.
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Upworthy partners with ProPublica and advocacy media groups on original content  —  When Upworthy raised an additional $8 million in September of last year, they wrote a blog post thanking their readers and making them a promise.  The new funds, they wrote, will “help us branch out into new editorial areas.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Disney TV Shakeup: Anne Sweeney Leaving to Pursue Directing Career  —  Disney's longtime TV chief Anne Sweeney will leave her post in January 2015 to pursue a career as a television director.  —  “The past 18 years at Disney have been the highlight of my executive career.
Tony Haile / TIME:
Chartbeat CEO: “We confuse what people have clicked on for what they've read.”  —  What You Think You Know About the Web Is Wrong  —  If you're an average reader, I've got your attention for 15 seconds, so here goes: We are getting a lot wrong about the web these days.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Gawker Demands Dismissal of Quentin Tarantino Lawsuit  —  The news site says that reading a screenplay is not a copyright infringing act.  —  Gawker is asking a California federal judge to reject a lawsuit filed by Quentin Tarantino over a leak of the director's unproduced script Hateful Eight.
Erik Wemple:
John Cook bolts Gawker for the Intercept  —  John Cook had fun as editor in chief of Gawker.  For instance: When he wanted to commandeer a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack, he fired up a “Crackstarter” campaign that raised $200,000 for the cause.  Publicity followed.
Katharine Houreld / Reuters:
Swedish journalist shot dead in central Kabul  —  (Reuters) - A gunman shot dead a Swedish journalist outside a restaurant in a brazen attack in one Kabul's most heavily guarded districts on Tuesday, police and embassy sources said, underscoring growing insecurity threatening next month's elections.
John McDermott / Digiday:
Twitter testing ‘click-to-call’ button which allows mobile users to call advertisers directly  —  Twitter's direct response pitch: a new ‘click-to-call’ button  —  As part of its continued effort to evolve and broaden its advertising capabilities, Twitter is now touting itself …
Discussion: @digiday, Street Fight and SocialTimes
Dan Taylor / BBC:
Introducing the new BBC iPlayer  —  Hello, I'm Dan Taylor, Head of BBC iPlayer and today I'm delighted to share how we are evolving BBC iPlayer for the multiscreen world, starting today with the rollout of a new version for computers, tablets, mobiles and connected TVs.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Jimmy Kimmel: It's ‘easy’ to fool the media  —  In an interview from Austin, Texas, Peter Kafka asked Jimmy Kimmel about his hoax videos, like the Sochi wolf and the twerking disaster video.  —  “I've heard people suggest that these will get harder for you to do, because people will catch on.
Discussion: Re/code and @poynter
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Men's Journal contributing editor Matthew Power dies on assignment in Uganda  —  Matthew Power dies in Uganda  —  Matthew Power has died while reporting in Uganda, Outside reports on its Facebook page:  —  Post by Outside Magazine.  —  Power was a contributing editor to Harper's Magazine …
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
CBS chief says network could go all-Internet if Aereo wins  —  CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said Tuesday that his company's namesake broadcast network could go “over the top,” or be delivered via the Internet, if Aereo's model of streaming over-the-air programming is ruled legal.
Discussion: Variety and TVSpy
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks: no one told me about lead on Milly Dowler's whereabouts  —  Ex-NoW editor tells phone-hacking trial that if she knew about a call suggesting schoolgirl was alive, it would have been big news  —  No one at the News of the World informed their editor, Rebekah Brooks …
Discussion: Hacked Off and Guardian
Kim Fletcher / British Journalism Review:
Despite longer titles, influence of editors in digital age is inevitably diminishing  —  A recent sacking reveals an historic change in the traditional structure of the newspaper industry  —  British newspaper editors rise and fall like football managers, the beneficiaries or victims of proprietorial whim.
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
John Reynolds / Guardian:
UK mobile advertising set to overtake newspaper ad revenue in 2014  —  New eMarketer research forecasts mobile ad spend to top £2bn this year, and for total digital media to reach £9bn by 2017  —  UK mobile advertising spend is forecast to top £2bn and overtake newspaper ad revenue …
Discussion: @masondan and mUmBRELLA
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Obama bypasses traditional media again in interview with Zach Galifianakis, showing how to take advantage of fractured landscape  —  Obama will sit down with celebrities but not The Washington Post  —  President Obama's interview with Zach Galifianakis, a plug for …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp. taking cautious approach to acquisitions and investments  —  Thomson says News Corp. will take it slow  —  News Corp. made waves in December when it bought the video startup Storyful for $25 million.  —  But the company is taking a slow, cautious approach to acquisitions, chief executive Robert Thomson said yesterday.
Discussion: @raju
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
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Lance Whitney / CNET:
iTunes Radio now third most popular streaming music service
Discussion: Fortune, App Advice and MacRumors
Los Angeles Times:
Apple is asking record labels for exclusive iTunes releases
Discussion: @mellevandijk and The Verge
Jeremy Barr / Poynter:
Are pen names ever OK in journalism?
Discussion: @davidkenner
Sam Petulla / The Content Strategist:
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Associated Press:
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Journalist Lyra McKee uses Beacon to crowdfund investigation into a 33-year-old Belfast murder
Kaylin Bugos /
Life After Patch: Former Editors Start Their Own Hyperlocal Sites
Discussion: @dankennedy_nu