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11:35 AM ET, March 15, 2014


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Moisés Chiullan / TechHive:
Why Veronica Mars embraced UltraViolet and angered fans  —  The campaign to revive Veronica Mars delivered a number of cool things—an enormous number of new Kickstarter users and, lest we forget, a full-length motion picture of a deeply loved TV series that arrived Friday.
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Warner Bros. to Refund Angry ‘Veronica Mars’ Contributors  —  Warner Bros. will provide refunds to backers of the “Veronica Mars” crowdfunding campaign who struggled to download the movie they helped support, the studio said Friday.  Irate contributors complained about their problems throughout the day …
Discussion: @lucas_shaw
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Can ‘Veronica Mars’ Convince Mainstream Hollywood to Embrace Crowdfunding?  —  “Veronica Mars” will be the greatest test yet of Hollywood's uneasy relationship with crowdfunding.  —  Few established filmmakers had experimented with Kickstarter when Rob Thomas, creator of the “Veronica Mars” …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Kickstarter brings hundreds of its funded films to iTunes  —  Kickstarter today launched a new room on iTunes, featuring “hundreds” of films that have launched thanks to the crowdfunding service.  Some notable Kickstarter-funded films in the room include Veronica Mars, Gimme the Loot …
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:   What a German Comedy Can Teach Kristen Bell About Crowdfunding
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Sarah Palin plans “Rogue TV” channel on Tapp, the upcoming $10 per month online network  —  Sarah Palin plans ‘Rogue TV’  —  Fox News contributor and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will be launching her own digital video channel, tentatively called “Rogue TV,” a source familiar with the project told Capital.
Associated Press:
LA Times fires reporter, admits error in 3 stories  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Times dismissed an investigative reporter Friday after discovering he had an inappropriate relationship with someone who was a source for a front-page story that the newspaper says contained an error.
Sina Weibo files for $500 million U.S. IPO  —  A man holds an iPhone as he visits Sina's Weibo microblogging site in Shanghai May 29, 2012.  —  (Reuters) - Twitter-like messaging service Weibo Corp filed on Friday to raise $500 million via a U.S. initial public offering …
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
VOX CEO: Here's How We're Able To Get Tons Of Traffic Without Gaming Facebook  —  Vox Media, parent company of popular websites The Verge and SB Nation, is growing quickly.  It recently announced the launch of a new website,, led by prominent reporter Ezra Klein …
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
For Foreign Journalists in Beijing, It's All About Asking the Right Question  —  Go ahead, raise your hand and wave it back and forth like an overeager first-grader.  If you think you're going to be picked to ask China's second most powerful leader a question, you have another thing coming.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Edirin Oputu / Columbia Journalism Review:
Digital media hiring diversity under the microscope  —  As Nate Silver and Ezra Klein were being criticized for their homogenous hires, suggestions for diversification came to the fore  —  On Wednesday, Emily Bell, director of the Tow Center and a member of CJR's board of overseers …
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Rate Court Judge Rules Pandora Will Pay ASCAP 1.85% Annual Revenue  —  In what is being viewed as a defeat for songwriters, the ASCAP/Pandora rate court judge has decided that Pandora will pay the performance rights organization a rate of 1.85% of annual revenue.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. city attorney sues Time Warner Cable for $10 million  —  Los Angeles is suing Time Warner Cable for $10 million over fees.  (Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg)  —  Time Warner Cable has more problems in Los Angeles.  —  Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer took a swing on Friday …
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
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