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7:35 PM ET, March 9, 2015


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
HBO CEO approached Apple about HBO Now deal, calls the plan “additive” and not an inducement to cut pay-TV cord  —  Apple's HBO Now Deal Has Been in the Works for a Year  —  The Apple-HBO deal announced today was set in motion a year ago.  —  In the spring of 2014 …
Edgar Alvarez / Engadget:   Apple TV price drops from $99 to $69
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Not much new detail for news organizations in the final unveiling of the Apple Watch  —  Apple just concluded its final unveiling of the Apple Watch — along with some other interesting business — Monday afternoon.  The Verge has as good a roundup as any of all the announcements, and video will be posted shortly.
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, @lheron, @mikeisaac and Poynter
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: Reuters, @wturvill and @notscientific
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp CEO Robert Thomson sees opportunity for, also expects revenue growth in book publishing  —  News Corp C.E.O. on exploiting ‘mayhem’ at Trulia, online news ‘kleptocracies’  —  As News Corp. expands its presence in the real estate arena, the company plans to exploit the recent combination of Zillow and Trulia.
Rona Fairhead told to resign as BBC Trust chairman over HSBC controversy  —  The chairman of the BBC Trust was told: ‘You are either incredibly naive or totally incompetent.’  —  Rona Fairhead, the chairman of the BBC's governing body, had been told to resign because of her links with HSBC …
Discussion: Daily Mail
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Coming soon to The Huffington Post: documentaries and scripted shows  —  Expect to see more videos when you visit The Huffington Post.  A lot more.  —  The popular news web site, which already has a live streaming channel called HuffPost Live, now says it also wants to make documentaries …
John Hopewell / Variety:
Netflix Negotiates 2015 Spain Launch  —  Internet SVOD giant faces weighty competitors in Telefonica, Canal Plus  —  MADRID - Adding another major territory to its European roll-out agenda, Netflix looks to be negotiating for a second-half bow in Spain either late summer or fall.
Discussion: Gigaom
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 …
Discussion: @jimwaterson and BuzzFeed
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