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3:30 PM ET, March 24, 2015

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New York Times:
Facebook to test new format for hosting publisher content within months, initial partners include New York Times, BuzzFeed, and National Geographic  —  Facebook May Host News Sites' Content  —  Nothing attracts news organizations like Facebook.  And nothing makes them more nervous.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Instead of building bespoke platforms, publishers are turning to others, like Facebook  —  A wave of distributed content is coming — will publishers sink or swim?  —  Editor's note: The new issue of our sister publication Nieman Reports is out and ready for you to read.
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed launches podcasts focusing on race, gender, web and pop culture  —  BuzzFeed Joins the Podcast Frenzy  —  BuzzFeed is famous for its ability to draw in the eyeballs of a vast, young audience.  Now it wants their ears, too.  —  The entertainment and news website will on Tuesday launch …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Jason Kilar's Vessel Will Not Offer Long-Form TV Content Like Netflix  —  Vessel, the digital subscription-video startup founded by Jason Kilar — the founding CEO of Hulu — officially launched Tuesday, looking to take a bite out of YouTube.  —  But, he says, the TV content service …
Discussion: Fast Company
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Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar launches Vessel, a $2.99/month early access online video subscription service; 12 months free if you sign up within 72 hours  —  Hulu vets launch Vessel, a premium mini YouTube with a price tag  —  New video site Vessel wants consumers to pay $2.99 a month for early access to clips from online stars.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Trade group led by AT&T and Verizon sues FCC to overturn net neutrality  —  FCC calls early lawsuit “premature and subject to dismissal.”  —  The Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules haven't taken effect yet, but they're already facing lawsuits from Internet service providers.
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Amy Schatz / Re/code:   New Streaming TV Services Could Weirdly Help Comcast
Ken Doctor / Capital New York:
Profile of NPR CEO Jarl Mohn, detailing his outreach efforts to smaller NPR stations  —  What are they thinking?  Jarl Mohn, putting the ‘R’ back in NPR  —  To inaugurate his tenure as NPR's fifth C.E.O. in six years, Jarl Mohn took a page from the playbook of campaigning politicians and embarked on an unconventional listening tour.
Discussion: @davidfolkenflik
Amit Chaturvedi / NDTV News:
Indian Supreme Court upholds freedom of speech online, scraps controversial censorship law  —  Freedom of Speech Online: Section 66 A is Struck Down by Supreme Court  —  NEW DELHI: In a verdict set to have a major impact on internet freedom in India, the Supreme Court has scrapped a controversial law …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
E-Book Startup Oyster Hires Jeannie Mun As Its First CFO  —  Oyster, a Netflix-style service for e-books, has brought on its first chief financial officer, Jeannie Mun.  —  Before joining Oyster, Mun spent a lot of time in the ad world, having recently served as CFO at ad company MediaMath …
Discussion: GalleyCat and @ericstromberg
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The Times and Sunday Times have 400K subs; up 22K YoY, includes 172K digital subs  —  Times and Sunday Times now claim more than 400,000 ‘members’  —  The Times and Sunday Times now claim to have more than 400,000 paid-for subscribers (or “members” as they are being called).
Discussion: @pressgazette and @patrick_kidd
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Times website develops edition-based publishing model  —  Proposed plan for morning, lunchtime and afternoon editions is part of wider initiative called Project D  —  The Times is developing a new edition-based digital publishing model that would see its website refreshed at set times throughout the day …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Prime Music takes on Pandora, iTunes Radio with Prime Stations, offers iOS users ad-free streaming music stations with unlimited skips  —  Amazon Prime Music Takes On Pandora With Addition Of “Prime Stations” On iOS  —  Prime Music, Amazon's free music streaming service for Prime members …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Ex-police chief calls for review of journalists being brought to trial  —  Andy Trotter, a former president of Acpo, voices concern over the wider use of the offence of misconduct in public office  —  A former police chief widely seen as the architect of new restrictions on press-police relations …
 
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Nick Robins-Early / The Guardian:
Insurer Parametrix estimates that the global outage sparked by CrowdStrike's faulty update will cost US Fortune 500 companies, excluding Microsoft, $5.4B

Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft unveils Bing generative search, which shows AI-generated answers with the sources used to create them, currently available to a small subset of users

Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Around 500 World of Warcraft workers vote to unionize with the CWA, bringing the number of unionized US gaming employees at Microsoft to around 1,750

 
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