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1:20 PM ET, March 28, 2014


 Top News: 
Jeremy Wagstaff / Reuters:
Journalists, media under attack from hackers: Google researchers  —  (Reuters) - Twenty-one of the world's top-25 news organizations have been the target of likely state-sponsored hacking attacks, according to research by two Google security engineers.  —  While many internet users face …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon Says It Has No Plans to Offer a Free TV and Music-Video Streaming Service  —  Here we go again: denied a Wall Street Journal report Thursday that the Internet retailing giant is working up a free, ad-supported TV and music-video service.  —  “We're often experimenting …
Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Amazon's Bold Plan to Start a Last-Place TV Network
Discussion: Gigaom, PSFK and Wall Street Journal
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon planning free ad-supported TV and music streaming service, no Prime subscription required
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Newsrooms freeze out freelancers moonlighting for brands  —  For the freelance journalist, the siren call of “brand journalism” is tough to resist.  It's a growth industry, and one that pays pretty well at a time when the $2-a-word magazine piece is hard to find.
Discussion: @niemanlab and @slosee
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
Facebook Algorithm Tweaks Hurt Viral Sites More Than Other Publishers  —  Publishers are claiming that content they share on Facebook pages isn't reaching as many readers as it used to.  —  Adweek reached out to comScore to find out how referral traffic through Facebook has changed …
Discussion: @adweek
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Johnston Press posts £287m loss  —  Value writedowns contributes to loss, but company boosts operating profits for first time in seven years to stand at £54.3m  —  Johnston Press chief Ashley Highfield is confident growth in digital revenues will soon outweigh the decline in print.
Walter Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Tribune's profit declines 43%  —  The parent of the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets reports net income of $241.6 million last year, down from $422.5 million in 2012.  —  Tribune's financial results showed the pressure facing newspaper companies as they grapple with the migration of readers to digital devices.
Erik Wemple:
MSNBC disputes Pew study on newsgathering reduction  —  The Pew Research Center's “State of the News Media 2014” report contained some hard-to-swallow data for MSNBC.  It chronicled, for instance, the network's awful drop in daytime audience and its primetime difficulties.
Preetam Kaushik / The Huffington Post:
American Media Brands Cast Web Over News in India  —  The Indian news cycle has been operating at a feverish pitch of late.  The world's most populous democracy is about to choose a new government, politics is at its polarizing best, and a colorful cast of characters vying for power is supplying a constant stream of sound bytes.
Matthew Lynch / Capital New York:
Jonathan Mahler to join Times media desk  —  Author, columnist and longtime New York Times Magazine contributor Jonathan Mahler will join the paper's media desk full time next month, media editor Peter Lattman told staff in a note today obtained by Capital.  —  According to the memo …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Why the ABC News ‘Pink Slime’ Ruling Is Bad for the Media Business  —  The judge is not only allowing defamation to proceed.  She won't allow the First Amendment to bar a tortious interference claim either.  —  Diane Sawyer  —  For those who have seen the Academy Award-nominated film …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Reuters, @ashmessesq and Guardian
Phone-hacking trial: Murdoch tried to stop Brooks resigning  —  Rupert Murdoch wanted to know if Rebekah Brooks had any plans to resign as News International chief executive so he could intervene to stop her doing so, the phone-hacking trial has heard.  —  Mrs Brooks's husband, Charlie …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Takes Another Crack At Read-It-Later With “Save” Button  —  Facebook's undying quest to be your newspaper has seen it launch multiple News Feeds, the standalone Paper app, trending topics, and more.  You're not always able to stop what you're doing and read what you discover, though.
John McDuling / Quartz:
Inside Twitter's plan to fix itself  —  “I am not going to be satisfied until we reach every connected user on the planet, period,” Twitter's CEO Dick Costolo declared at an investor conference last month.  Them's fighting words for any internet company.  But especially for Twitter, which has a user growth problem and knows it.
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
The case against the venture capital craze for content  —  Last year marked a major shift in venture capital interest back toward media companies, which investors have traditionally shunned.  And for fast-growing digital media companies, it's hard to resist the allure of venture capital.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fresh Off Disney Deal, Maker Studios Comes to Cable TV (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Deal was reached prior to Disney's $500 million-plus acquisition of YouTube multichannel network company  —  Maker Studios, which is being acquired by The Walt Disney Co. in a deal worth up to $950 million …
Discussion: Mashable
Alina Selyukh / Reuters:
U.S. TV stations' test finds channel-sharing technically viable  —  (Reuters) - Two television stations in Los Angeles that tested sharing radio frequencies found it technically viable, they said on Friday in a report to federal regulators who see the practice as one way to free up more airwaves for wireless broadband.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
China's Baidu defeats U.S. lawsuit over censored search results  —  (Reuters) - Chinese Internet company Baidu Inc on Thursday won the dismissal of a U.S. lawsuit by pro-democracy activists who complained that Baidu illegally suppressed political speech on China's most widely used Internet search engine.
Kenneth Li / Re/code:
Roku Will Be Your Future TV's Operating System  —  His world is about to get more crowded — that's a phrase that has haunted the coverage of Roku CEO Anthony Wood for the past decade.  —  Critics are applying the phrase again as the maker of the set-top box that streams Web TV to your TV faces another big rival.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Demands Personal Details of Pirating YouTube Users  —  To many, uploading a music video of their favorite artist seems to be a relatively harmless act, but the major record labels clearly disagree.  —  Up until now “pirating” YouTube users would only get a slap on the wrist by Google …
Discussion: Music Week
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
AOL Goes After $32 Billion Market With Automated Web Ad Service  —  AOL Inc. (AOL), pushing an expansion beyond Web publishing, introduced a system that helps companies automate the process of buying and selling online advertising.  —  The service lets publishers sell space on websites and digital videos using software.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Betaworks-Backed Tapestry Releases Update To Let You Build Stories In-App  —  Today Tapestry, the story-telling service out of betaworks, has released a big update to the mobile application, allowing users to create tapestries within the app for the first time ever.
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
CBS Outdoor to go after more ad dollars as new company  —  (Reuters) - CBS Outdoor Americas' top executive says he plans to convince top advertisers to move more of their dollars toward billboards and other displays as the company splits from media broadcaster CBS on Friday.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
DVD and CD ripping for personal use to be legalized in UK from June
Discussion: @piecritic
Miranda Ward / mUmBRELLA:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fullscreen Acquires Videogame Media Firm ScrewAttack
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‘Why newspapers should steer away from the MTV model’
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Revenge porn could be opening up an exception to publishers' protections online
Discussion: US News and Gawker
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Twitter's brevity is its biggest strength and its big weakness — and a massive challenge
Discussion: The Next Web
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
HitFix Launches Multiplatform Video
Thornton McEnery / Crain's New York:
NBC mismanaged DailyCandy to death, former adviser says
Discussion: Adweek and Street Fight
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
Sources: Dropbox Acqui-Hiring Social Reading App Readmill For $8 Million