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7:25 PM ET, March 20, 2015


 Top News: 
Guardian appoints Katharine Viner as editor-in-chief  —  Guardian US chief who also set up Australian operation will take over from Alan Rusbridger this summer  —  Katharine Viner has been appointed the editor-in-chief of the Guardian, the first woman to run the newspaper in its 194-year history.
Sam Thielman / Adweek:
Google to test TV ad-tracking in Kansas City Fiber homes; buyers only pay for ads shown, and ads will appear on DVRed programs  —  Google Fiber May Have Created a Game-Changer: Real Measurement of TV Ad Views  —  Want to know exactly how many people saw your ad on TV?  Want dynamic insertion?
John Paczkowski / BuzzFeed:
Apple to launch new Apple TV set top box at WWDC with A8 chip, increased storage, enabling App Store, Siri, and HomeKit integration  —  New Apple TV Set Top Will Debut This Summer With App Store, Siri  —  Apple intends to show the device off at its annual World Wide Developers Conference in June
Chris Lehmann / The Baffler:
A former news exec looks back at Yahoo News: algorithms defining coverage, blogs that never launched, and PR as journalism  —  Purple Reign  —  When the great granddaddy of opinion journals, The New Republic, abruptly vanished in a sad, squalid burst of pixel dust and management theory last winter …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg's management changes signal a return to basics with focus on Bloomberg Terminal  —  Smith, Tyrangiel reined in at Bloomberg  —  This time last year, Bloomberg Media — the consumer-facing side of Bloomberg LP — was being run by Justin Smith and Josh Tyrangiel …
Alex / digiphile:
“Meerkat Election” hype ignores lessons and tools from prior years and overlooks the app's missing features  —  As “Meerkat Election” hype grows, the presidential primary winner is Twitter  —  The New York Times “First Draft” and Politico Playbook picked up the “Meerkat Election” …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Vocativ's Chief Business Officer Steve Alperin steps down to work on his own video business  —  Vocativ's chief business officer steps down  —  Steve Alperin, chief business officer at the news startup Vocativ, has left the outlet effective immediately, he confirmed to Poynter Friday.
Discussion: Capital New York
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 …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Former NoW reporter faces jail for paying soldier for Prince Harry stories  —  It can now be revealed that Ryan Sabey received a string of leaks from Paul Brunt, who raked in £16,000 from the News of the World and the Sun  —  A former star reporter at the News of the World is facing jail …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo Bets on TV-Style Comedies to Grow Its Video Business  —  The seeds of Yahoo's St. Patrick's Day premiere of season six of “Community” were planted when CEO Marissa Mayer made a critical decision in January 2014 about the future of the Internet media company's video biz.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama Asks Iran to Free Jason Rezaian and Other Americans  —  President Barack Obama on Friday called on Iran to release a Washington Post reporter and two other Americans held there.  —  Mr. Obama, in a statement released by the White House, said Iran must release Post reporter Jason Rezaian …
Discussion: Poynter, Mediaite and Associated Press
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico Magazine contributor writes apology for his story — in The Week [Updated]  —  Publications have more difficulty than ever in suppressing corrections and retractions.  The Internet — especially Twitter — has a way of shaming journalists who refuse to make things right.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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Brent Lang / Variety:
MGM net income for 2014 hits $156M, up 27%; full-year revenues fell 5.4% to $1.44B
Discussion: Deadline and The Wrap
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
Placing political ads during news makes candidates appear more credible, especially when broadcasts aren't covering elections with depth
Scott R Maier / European Journalism Observatory:
US and Canadian daily papers still profitable but faced overwhelming debt, analysis shows