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11:50 AM ET, March 7, 2016


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Gabrielle Bluestone / Gawker:
Watch the Hulk Hogan v. Gawker Trial Live From Florida  —  The Bollea v. Gawker Media jury trial begins today in St. Petersburg, Fla. and thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can watch it all live right here.  —  The basis of the trial began in 2012, when Gawker posted …
Discussion: @caylenb, @frankpallotta and @dancow
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Opening statements to begin in Gawker-Hulk Hogan sex tape trial, Hogan to testify  —  Hulk Hogan and Gawker head to court over decade-old sex tape  —  Hulk Hogan will finally get his day in court.  —  Roughly a decade since he was filmed having sex with a friend's wife and four years …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, @tomkludt and @marygeorgant
Julia Greenberg / Wired:
How adblockers like Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and others make money and track users  —  Ad Blockers Are Making Money Off Ads (And Tracking, Too)  —  Advertising pays for a lot of what you see on the Internet.  This makes ad blockers a big deal.  Readers are using them.  Advertisers are panicking about them.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCU veteran Alison Moore joins SoundCloud as chief revenue officer  —  SoundCloud Appoints NBCUniversal Veteran to Executive Role  —  A month after reporting wide losses, music streaming startup SoundCloud is bringing in an experienced television executive to oversee its moneymaking businesses.
Discussion: Re/code, TechCrunch and The Wrap
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Spy Magazine co-founders, Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter and Kurt Andersen, two reporters who covered Trump closely in 1980s, discuss the candidate  —  Decades Later, ‘Spy’ Magazine Founders Continue To Torment Trump  —  Listen to the Story  —  Soon after its launch in 1986 …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Apple loses Supreme Court appeal in ebook price-fixing case, must pay $450M  —  Apple Rejected by U.S. Supreme Court in $450 Million E-Book Case  —  Apple Inc. must pay $450 million to end an antitrust suit after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to question a finding that the company orchestrated …
Shira Ovide / Bloomberg Business:
The FCC's failed attempt to unlock set top boxes more than ten years ago with CableCard shows breaking Big Cable isn't easy  —  The Cord Empire Strikes Back  —  There are many prophecies of a coming end to the Big Cable tyranny.  The compelling options for Web video grow by the day.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Michael Finnegan Named President of Atlantic Media  —  Atlantic Media has promoted Michael Finnegan from chief operating officer to president.  Finnegan has only served as COO for the past six months.  —  Finngan joined Atlantic Media in 2o11 as director of business development and analytics.
Discussion: Media Wire Daily
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITN unveils plan to shift focus from TV news to production, boost revenues by 50% within five years  —  ITN to shift focus from TV news to production in ambitious plan  —  News producer for ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 plans to boost revenues by 50% in five years by enlarging ITN Productions
Jack Murtha / Columbia Journalism Review:
How The Influence and other media outlets are challenging the prevailing narratives on drugs that are often shaped and spun by law enforcement  —  How drug reporting is changing  —  Journalism has a drug problem.  It's festered for years, from the panic-stricken coverage of marijuana in the 1930s …
Discussion: @jackmurtha
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Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
News nonprofits like American Media Institute rely on vets for editorial credibility, donors for funding; AMI's 2016 budget is $6.1M, largest donor is anonymous
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Inside Purple, a text message-based news service covering presidential primaries with plans to expand to sports later this month
Discussion: @mayerjoy
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Turkey's Zaman adopts pro-government line after the takeover and firing of editor-in-chief
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T launching programmatic ad marketplace in partnership with ad tech firm Videology for its U-Verse and DirecTV platforms
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Drum
Sridhar Pappu / New York Times:
Young reporters, steeped in social media, accustomed to digital speed and always-on world, grab spotlight on US campaign trail
Oliver Roeder / FiveThirtyEight:
New database helps reveal that more than 60 crossword puzzles edited by Timothy Parker for USA Today and syndicated Universal Crossword copy elements from NYT