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4:15 AM ET, March 20, 2015

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Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Tech column by Nick Bilton exploring the research on cancer risks of wearable devices needed more vetting  —  A Tech Column on Wearable Gadgets Draws Fire as ‘Pseudoscience’  —  Nick Bilton writes a tech-related column called Disruptions, but the name might have been changed to Eruptions this week …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
New York Times ends contract with new columnist, geneticist Razib Khan, after Gawker writes about his earlier affiliation with far-right publications  —  New York Times drops Razib Khan  —  The New York Times has terminated its contract with one of its new online opinion writers …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Interview with NYT Now Editor Cliff Levy on the future of the app, mobile, and curation  —  New York Times Shifting Resources from ‘Every Division’ to Mobile  —  Conversation with Cliff Levy, Editor of NYT Now  —  is The New York Times' lower-priced subscription app.
Discussion: @readmark
Mark Bergen / AdAge:
Apple opens iTunes Radio inventory to automated ad buying through iAd, includes granular targeting but emphasizes customer privacy  —  Apple Opens Up iTunes Radio Inventory to Automated Buying Through iAd  —  Advertisers Can Target Apple Listeners With Phone, Email Identifiers
Discussion: 9to5Mac, AppleInsider and RAIN News
Justin Zaremba / New Jersey Online:
Body found in Long Hill ID'd as David Bird, reporter missing for 14 months  —  LONG HILL — Authorities have positively identified the body found in the Passaic River Thursday as David Bird, who has been missing for 14 months.  —  Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp …
Jason Subler / Reuters:
Reuters websites become inaccessible in China  —  (Reuters) - The news websites of Reuters, including those in English and Chinese, were inaccessible in China on Friday, after users first experienced difficulties accessing them late on Thursday.  —  The websites of Bloomberg News …
eMarketer:
Study: 55% of podcast listeners use mobile; weekly listeners average six podcasts per week  —  Podcasts Reach Fans' Ears via Mobile  —  Weekly podcasters listen to an average of six podcasts per week  —  Digital audio consumption is moving to mobile. eMarketer estimates that this year …
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Placing political ads during news makes candidates appear more credible, especially when broadcasts aren't covering elections with depth  —  Political ads overwhelm news on local TV  —  The numbers are simply staggering.  —  During the final two months of last year's election …
Brent Lang / Variety:
MGM net income for 2014 hits $156M, up 27%; full-year revenues fell 5.4% to $1.44B  —  MGM Revenues Fall, but Profits Rise on TV Strength, ‘The Hobbit’  —  The lack of a James Bond picture caused revenue to fall at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 2014 even as the studio managed to record record profits.
Discussion: Deadline and The Wrap
Billboard:
Deezer Goes Global With Its Sonos-Only ‘Elite’ Streaming Service  —  Deezer has officially gone global with its high definition-quality Deezer Elite service.  Launched in the US last year, the premium offering will initially be open exclusively to Sonos customers and will cost 14.99/month for 12 months …
Discussion: The Next Web, RAIN News and Pocket-lint
Scott R Maier / European Journalism Observatory:
US and Canadian daily papers still profitable but faced overwhelming debt, analysis shows  —  Why American Newspapers Are Still Profitable  —  Much attention has been given to the newspaper industry's plight as advertising plummets and circulation steadily declines.
Leah Schnurr / Reuters:
Canadian TV cable and satellite firms must offer a la carte TV and basic $19.70-a-month package by 2016  —  Canadians to be allowed to ‘pick and pay’ TV channels  —  (Reuters) - Canadian television viewers will no longer be forced to pay for vast numbers of channels they do not watch …
Discussion: Global News, Quartz and CBC News
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
Apple's new TV service may undermine the crucial role of cable companies, making programming chargeable to individual rather than household  —  The Changing - and Unchanging - Structure of TV  —  The on-again/off-again rumor mill about Apple's TV efforts is spinning again …
 
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Wall Street Journal:
HBO, Showtime, and Sony Corp. have talked to ISPs about treating streaming TV as “managed” services in separate lanes, avoiding congestion and data caps
Discussion: BetaNews and SlashGear
Anthony Harrup / Wall Street Journal:
Regulations could be placed on Mexico's Televisa after being deemed dominant in cable, satellite markets
Leo Mirani / Quartz:
Buzzfeed's tasteless humor makes it an unlikely hero for free speech in India
Heather Timmons / Quartz:
India wants to train thousands of journalists in government propaganda, just like China
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The New Republic to announce content marketing veteran Kayvan Salmanpour as chief revenue officer in native push
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Prison company says Mother Jones reporter was ‘never transparent’ about line of work
 Earlier Picks: 
Reuters:
Egyptian court adjourns trial of Al Jazeera journalists to March 25
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Facing a 24% decline in prime-time ratings year-to-date, MSNBC shakeup to focus more on news
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Ethical questions rise after The Jinx's filmakers wait six months to contact authorities
Discussion: ABC News and Associated Press
Ina Fried / Re/code:
StoryCorps, the project that preserves oral histories in US, uses $1M TED prize to release app and expand globally