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8:20 PM ET, March 9, 2015


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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
HBO's $14.99 streaming service HBO Now will launch before April 12, exclusively on Apple devices for three months  —  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
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
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.
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
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 …
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
Carolyn Giardina / Hollywood Reporter:
Director Christopher Nolan calls on Hollywood to preserve film as a medium, says that we'll need film prints and projectors forever  —  Christopher Nolan Urges Hollywood to Step Up Efforts to Preserve Film  —  One month after Kodak announced deals with the Hollywood studios to keep film alive …
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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