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5:00 PM ET, March 12, 2014


 Top News: 
Emily Bell / Guardian:
Journalism startups aren't a revolution if they're filled with all these white men  —  Nate Silver has a chart to hire for ‘clubhouse chemistry’.  Ever heard of something called ‘workplace diversity’?  —  When the predictive superstar Nate Silver announced last summer that he would defect …
Press Gazette:
Brooks: ‘Climate of paranoia’ during last days of News of the World amid ‘police leaks to Guardian’  —  Rebekah Brooks told of a “climate of paranoia” at News International in the final throes of the News of the World.  —  Brooks accused police of repeatedly leaking information to the Guardian …
Discussion: Guardian and @gazthejourno
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Hacking trial hears details of Blair's offer to help Brooks prepare for committee appearance
Discussion: Guy Fawkes' blog and Guardian
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Time Inc. spinoff probably won't mean name change for Time Warner  —  Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes.  —  Although Time Inc. won't be part of Time Warner much longer, don't expect the media giant to change its name to better reflect its assets.  —  “We haven't decided to change the name …
Art Brodsky / Wired:   Here's How Comcast Plans to Rule American Cable and Internet
Wall Street Journal:   Media Industry Worries About Comcast-TWC
Adrienne LaFrance / Quartz:
Why venture capitalists are suddenly investing in news  —  Something curious is happening in the American news business.  —  Media organizations are hiring again.  Promising young reporters are leaving stalwart publications for new newsrooms.  And venture capitalists are pouring millions into nimble publishing startups.
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web  —  Exclusive: web's inventor warns neutrality under sustained attack from governments and corporations  —  The inventor of the world wide web believes an online “Magna Carta” is needed to protect and enshrine the independence …
Mat Honan / Wired:
Twitter's irreplaceable role in breaking news means it can't crash like it did on Tuesday  —  Why Twitter Can't Keep Crashing  —  Twitter was down for quite some time yesterday.  Once upon a time, that was an annoyance.  But not anymore.  Now, when Twitter goes down, it's a full-on problem.
John Reynolds / Guardian:
60% of UK's video, video games and music sales now come from the internet  —  Netflix and Spotify help drive UK home entertainment revenues to £5.3bn  —  New figures show that three-fifths of Britain's video, video games and music sales are now derived from the internet
Discussion: Variety
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
WSJ Journalist Liz Heron Joins Facebook in News Partnerships Role  —  Journalist Liz Heron announced on Wednesday that she will take a position at Facebook, where she'll work on partnerships between news and media organizations and the social network.  Heron previously worked at the Wall Street Journal …
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
News App Circa Looks to Native Ads for First Revenue Stream  —  Mobile News Reader Plans to Introduce ‘Native’ Sponsored Posts  —  How Advertising Performs in a Social Media World … It's time for the mobile news-reader apps to become businesses.  —  One of the category's earliest players …
Discussion: Co.Labs, @miamabanta and @mhess4
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Ronan Farrow: Awesome on Twitter, Awful on Television  —  Ronan Farrow has the kind of resume that's difficult to match.  He graduated from college at the tender age of 15; went on to collect degrees from Yale Law School and Oxford U., the latter on a Rhodes scholarship …
Discussion: Mediaite and TVNewser
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon hopes to boost MP3 sales with limited music streaming service for Prime members
Discussion: CNET and The Verge
Berkshire to Buy Graham TV Station in $1.1 Billion Swap  —  Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) agreed to buy WPLG, a Miami-based television station, from Graham Holdings Co., the former publisher of the Washington Post, paying with stock that Warren Buffett has held for more than four decades.
Discussion: Benzinga and
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Jonathan Ellis Leaves NY Times for Mashable  —  Jonathan Ellis is leaving The New York Times to join Mashable as its managing editor.  Ellis had been with the Times since 2006, when he joined as a digital producer.  —  Ellis most recently served as the Times' senior editor for digital platforms.
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Amazon Publishing expands to cover German-language fiction  —  Amazon has announced that it's expanding its Amazon Publishing arm into German-language books, and it's now looking to acquire fiction for Kindle-users and print-editions for sale through Amazon.
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
Devin Johnson Named Tribune Broadcasting Digital Head  —  Back to Tribune after a stint at NBCU and others  —  Devin C. Johnson has been named senior VP and head of digital media at Tribune Broadcasting.  Responsible for product development, social media, content, technology and digital sales strategy …
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
VICE News: 'We don't treat the internet like a low-rent version of other media'  —  “There's always been this view that this generation of young people aren't interested in the stories of the world,” says Al Brown, head of video for VICE UK, “Through our work you can see that young people …
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Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
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Michael Rondon / Folio:
New CEO at Reader's Digest
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo