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11:30 AM ET, March 23, 2014


 Top News: 
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Story on Pakistan Censored by Local Printer  —  A New York Times story saying Pakistan's government protected Taliban forces was censored by the publisher's printing partner in that country, resulting in a blank hole on the front page of its international edition.
Elizabeth Wahl / Politico:
I Was Putin's Pawn  —  What it was like to work for the Russian propaganda machine, and why I quit on live TV.  —  I knew I had to quit.  I'd been a correspondent for RT—the English-language international cable network funded by the Russian government—for about two and a half years.
Andrea Peterson / The Switch:
Turkey strengthens Twitter ban, institutes IP level block  —  After Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan banned Twitter in the country late Thursday night, many local users found ways to circumvent the restrictions.  But getting around the ban is becoming more difficult …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Refuses Turkey's Requests to Yank YouTube Videos
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
NYT Public Editor on infamous trend pieces: “let's pray that they never go away”  —  Trend-Spotting, With Wink at Mr. Peanut  —  IF only I were gifted at satire, or even its goofy little brother, parody.  Those skills would sometimes make commenting on The Times's journalism so much more fun.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Selling would give newspapers millions in a one-time windfall, but should they?  —  The newsonomics of selling  —  Sometimes, you see the train wreck coming.  —  Tony Ridder, the last CEO of Knight Ridder, saw the classifieds pileup ahead and would talk …
Discussion: AIM Group, @kdoctor, @kdoctor and @raju
Dan Rayburn /
Netflix & Level 3 Only Telling Half The Story, Won't Detail What Changes They Want To Net Neutrality  —  Late yesterday, Netflix's CEO published a blog post making the argument that “stronger” net neutrality is needed and that Netflix will “fight for the Internet”.
Jim Cicconi / AT&T Public Policy Blog:
AT&T: costs caused by Netflix's growth should not be borne by all broadband subscribers
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:   What if Netflix switched to P2P for video streaming?
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Why Are So Few Books From the 20th Century Available as Ebooks?  —  If you're looking to read a best-selling book from 1922 or earlier on your Kindle, you're in luck.  Just about all popular books published between 1913 and 1922 (94 percent, to be exact) are available today as ebooks, often for free.
Patrick Kingsley / Guardian:
Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt loses full use of arm  —  Mohamed Fahmy, one of four imprisoned journalists, reveals injury has worsened after being denied treatment since arrest  —  One of the four jailed al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt no longer has full use of his arm …
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Apple explores Spotify-like streaming service, iTunes app for Android as downloads decline  —  Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)  —  Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about the possibility of launching …
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
ITV Takes Stake in Nordic VOD Channel Cirkus  —  LONDON — U.K. broadcaster ITV has taken a minority stake in Nordic on-demand channel Cirkus.  —  The service showcases British TV series through program supply agreements with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, BBC Worldwide, Endemol and All3Media International.
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Sen. Chuck Schumer predicts Senate will pass media shield bill later this year  —  Chuck Schumer: Shield bill could pass Senate  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer on Friday predicted that the Senate will pass his bill providing protections for journalists this year, calling it “very, very likely.”
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Rhapsody ‘winds down’ partnership with Echo Nest after Spotify acquisition  —  Rhapsody today announced that it is ending its partnership with The Echo Nest, just weeks after the music intelligence company was acquired by Spotify.  —  Seattle-based Rhapsody said it has …
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Kia Kokalitcheva / VentureBeat:
Twitter Music pulled from App Store today, will be shut down April 18
Todd Spangler / Variety:
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Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Guardian
Dylan Byers / Politico:
The great Canadian newspaper exodus
Discussion: @angelapacienza
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LinkedIn plans major Pulse update for Q3, will use your professional info to personalize news
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Stassa Edwards / The Week:
L'Wren Scott, and the awful truth about women's obituaries
Discussion: @theweek
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
F.T. staffers discuss reporting in China
Discussion: Quartz, Forbes and @jackshafer