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2:20 PM ET, March 9, 2015


 Top News: 
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Behind the turmoil at NBC News, which started long before Brian Williams  —  (Actually) True War Stories at NBC News  —  No one at the table knew whether ­Williams wanted to stay in the anchor chair.  Although he seemed genetically bred to be a newscaster—with that perfect almond hair …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
5 Ways NBC News' Incoming Chief Andrew Lack Can Fix The Fading Peacock  —  NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke took bold measures Friday to revive his news division after years of dwindling ratings and a squall of chaos swirling around the network.  —  Lack, who was NBC News President from 1993-2001 …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
HBO Now launching exclusively on Apple TV by April 12, will cost $14.99/month  —  HBO on the Web is Coming in April, Exclusively on Apple TV  —  HBO CEO Richard Plepler announced the news at the Apple Watch event this morning.  More shortly.
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:
Apple TV price drops from $99 to $69  —  Apple TV gets a new price: $69  —  It's been a long three years since Apple refreshed its streaming box, the Apple TV.  And it looks like that won't be changing anytime soon.  That's not to say the company has forgotten about the platform; in fact …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Guardian claims more US than UK unique browsers as GMG reports 20 per cent rise in digital revenue to £80m  —  The Guardian now claims more unique website browsers in the United States than in the United Kingdom.  —  In a full-year trading update published today …
Discussion: @wturvill and @notscientific
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
The New York Times has Instagram, but its biggest digital efforts may be under the hood  —  In August 2014, Alexandra MacCallum took a new role on the New York Times masthead, charged with overseeing audience growth and engagement.  —  Just three months earlier, the Times had endured …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Poynter, @lheron and @mikeisaac
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
News Corp Buys Indian Tech Media Company VCCircle  —  News Corp is continuing its focus on India after it announced a deal to buy tech and startup-focused media company VCCircle.  —  Founded in 2005, VCCircle runs news sites and, in addition to research platform VCCEdge …
Media Monkey / Guardian:
English MP Nadine Dorries slams Telegraph's owners, the Barclay Brothers, for sending her legal threats over blog posts, brands them “hypocritical”  —  Telegraph owners ‘hypocritical’, claims Nadine Dorries  —  Tory MP uses Commons debate to criticise Barclay Brothers' reputation …
Nick Cohen / Observer:
BBC has forced out or demoted the journalists who exposed Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal  —  The sinister treatment of dissent at the BBC  —  obody from John Humphrys in the morning to Evan Davis at night dares mention a scandal at the BBC.  It undermines their reporting of every abuse whistleblowers reveal.
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
BuzzFeed to stream live David Cameron interview  —  Exclusive video streamed on site's Facebook page highlights its growing presence in the UK  —  BuzzFeed will stream a live interview with David Cameron next Monday, its first with the UK prime minister.  —  Buzzfeed News UK deputy editor …
NDTV protests ban on 'India's Daughter', earns praise after going blank for an hour  —  In rare stance of protest, not quite seen since the emergency of 1975 (when Indian Express and Statesman published blank pages to protest the Indira Gandhi government's censorship), NDTV went blank for an hour …
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
Small blog Wait But Why finds success with longform, thoughtful posts and original images  —  The Secrets Of Writing Smart, Long-form Articles That Go Absolutely Viral  —  Note: BuzzFeed publishes several long and excellent feature stories every week, as you can see on their Big Stories page.
Discussion: @cyrusshepard
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