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7:35 PM ET, March 19, 2015

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Facing a 24% decline in prime-time ratings year-to-date, MSNBC shakeup to focus more on news  —  As ratings plunge, MSNBC faces shakeup  —  Insiders say to expect more news, less bombast and, fresh voices.  —  It would be hard to imagine a news event better tailored to MSNBC's Venn diagram of …
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 …
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Refinery29 hiring politics, tech reporters in general-interest news push  —  Refinery29 doesn't want you to think of it as a website devoted exclusively to fashion and style anymore.  —  The digital media site is adding to its editorial staff, with new hires covering politics, culture and technology.
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 …
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: AppleInsider, 9to5Mac and RAIN News
David Folkenflik / NPR.org:
NPR Appoints Michael Oreskes As News Chief  —  NPR has named Michael Oreskes, a top Associated Press executive and former New York Times editor who has led newsrooms in such global centers as New York, Washington and Paris, to run its news division.  —  Officially, Oreskes …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Inside the Guardian's search for a new editor in chief in advance of Friday's announcement  —  Guardian game of thrones  —  Guardian journalists are bracing for a Friday announcement that will be a major victory for one of two long-standing opponents.  —  The three-month contest …
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, CBC News and Quartz
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  —  How to Make Credible Green Marketing Claims  —  NYT Now is The New York Times' lower-priced subscription app.
Discussion: Gawker, Politico and Capital New York
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
A Plus raises $3.5 million at a $30 million valuation cap  —  In April 2014, Evan Beard and Kendall Dabaghi launched a website, A Plus, in Ashton Kutcher's living room.  They worked from the actor's Los Angeles pad for the next six months tirelessly, building a media site they hoped could become the next BuzzFeed.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The New Republic to announce content marketing veteran Kayvan Salmanpour as chief revenue officer in native push  —  The New Republic's comeback plan: native ads  —  The New Republic CEO Guy Vidra has called for massive changes at the 100-year-old institution, contributing …
Anthony Harrup / Wall Street Journal:
Regulations could be placed on Mexico's Televisa after being deemed dominant in cable, satellite markets  —  Mexican Regulator Says Grupo Televisa Dominant in Cable, Satellite Markets  —  Ruling could lead to specific regulations placed on country's largest TV company
Michael Pascoe / Sydney Morning Herald:
With its APN buy, is Rupert Murdoch's News Corp tuning in to radio?  —  Because his father controls the company with a voting gerrymander that would have made Joh Bjelke-Petersen blush, Lachlan Murdoch was made non-executive co-chairman of News Corp a year ago.  —  On Thursday he did something, buying 14.9 per cent of APN.
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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 Gizmodo
Billboard:
Deezer Goes Global With Its Sonos-Only ‘Elite’ Streaming Service
Discussion: The Next Web, Pocket-lint and RAIN News
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
Reuters:
Egyptian court adjourns trial of Al Jazeera journalists to March 25
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Ethical questions rise after The Jinx's filmakers wait six months to contact authorities
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Associated Press:
Myanmar court jails 2 journalists for defamation
Discussion: Reuters, RFA and Voice of America
Ina Fried / Re/code:
StoryCorps, the project that preserves oral histories in US, uses $1M TED prize to release app and expand globally
Vladimir Radomirovic / Nieman Reports:
In the Balkans, Whistle-Blowing News Outlets Struggle to Survive
Discussion: @niemanlab