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4:55 PM ET, March 15, 2015


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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Gigaom struggled with significant debt for years, recently spent $400K/month on rent and interest; unprofitable research arm became a drag on the company  —  The Long Story Behind GigaOm's Sudden Demise  —  When GigaOm's managers announced the tech news publisher was laying off …
Alex Hern / Guardian:
The dual personality of Reddit: a problem for CEO Ellen Pao should she try to cleanse the site  —  Reddit: can anyone clean up the mess behind ‘the front page of the internet’?  —  The social news site is almost as famous for its never-ending supply of creepy subforums as it is for memes, pictures and assorted lols.
Discussion: @howtogeek and @adrianchen
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Guardian US CEO Eamonn Store aims to double traffic, triple revenue to be profitable in three years  —  Guardian U.S. profitability ‘looks very realistic’ within three years  —  AUSTIN, Tex.—The Guardian's U.S. operation is on track to be profitable within three years, according to a company executive.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Netflix's war with Internet service providers is over, but Comcast and AT&T still have congestion issues with Internet backbone operators GTT and Zayo  —  Netflix war is over, but money disputes still harm Internet users  —  AT&T won't upgrade network without payment; Comcast is working to fix congestion.
Chris O'Falt / Hollywood Reporter:
SXSW: 1 in 3 Films in Competition Funded by Kickstarter  —  It's a very Kickstarter South by Southwest.  —  28 films playing playing this week at SXSW were backed by successful Kickstarter campaigns.  These films include four of the ten narrative features in competition and 30 percent of the festival's entire competition slate.
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Quartz story uses three shades of text to indicate fully-confirmed, reported, and unconfirmed information  —  Quartz experiment: Shades of gray distinguish facts from hearsay  —  As of Sunday night, there remained many unknown elements about the over-the-top subscription service that HBO will launch this year.
Sarah Boxer / The Atlantic Online:
How Charlie Brown Influenced ‘Charlie Hebdo’  —  A week after the massacre at the Paris offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, a story ran on the satirical website The Daily Currant: … The funny thing is that there's a kernel of truth within that bold mockery: Charlie Hebdo …
Associated Press:
New players replacing newspapers in seeking government info  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Newspapers were once the dominant force in dislodging documents and other records from reluctant federal government agencies, but a new crop of media players, advocacy groups and corporate interests now drive the release of information.
Gary Pruitt / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Laws created to give US citizens information about their government aren't working, and the system is getting worse
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
MSNBC and NowThis team up for two daily programs to premier on Facebook, plans to co-produce for Twitter, Vine, and Snapchat  —  MSNBC To Launch Daily Facebook Videos  —  MSNBC's two newest programs won't be seen first on the cable-news network.  —  In the latest example of so-called …
Discussion: @tobalcd and SocialTimes
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Google Fiber's video subscriptions so far: 29,867 total, with penetration rates of 5% to 13%; highest number in Kansas City, Mo., with a 10.5% penetration rate  —  Google Fiber Ended 2014 With 29,867 TV Subs: Report  —  Impact On Video Market Small But Growing, MoffettNathanson Finds
Discussion: @karlbode, PCMag UK and Re/code
Marc Graser / Variety:
Dennis Maguire, president of worldwide home media distribution for Viacom's Paramount Pictures, is stepping down  —  Dennis Maguire Exiting as Paramount's Home Entertainment Chief (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Dennis Maguire, who has served as president of worldwide home media distribution for Paramount Pictures since 2009, is leaving the studio.
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