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7:25 AM ET, March 7, 2016


 Top News: 
Al Jazeera English:
Turkey's Zaman adopts pro-government line after the takeover and firing of editor-in-chief  —  Turkey's Zaman: Editorial tone changes after takeover  —  Pro-government line marks newspaper's first edition since court order for it to be seized set off two days of protests.
Agence France-Presse:
Zaman defiant in latest issue printed despite takeover; EIC Abdulhamit Bilici fired by new government administrators, protests and clashes resume on Saturday  —  Turkey newspaper defiant after raid as police disperse protests  —  Agence France-Presse By Stuart Williams with Fulya Ozerkan in Ankara 16 minutes ago
Nate Schenkkan / Foreign Policy:
How a soured relationship between former allies Erdogan and Gulen led to government's takeover of Zaman, a possibly fatal blow to a free press in Turkey
Turkish police raid offices of anti-Erdogan daily paper, Zaman, after court ruling placed it under state control
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  —  A Plagiarism Scandal Is Unfolding In The Crossword World  —  A group of eagle-eyed puzzlers, using digital tools …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
NBA star Steph Curry launches Slyce, a new startup helping athletes optimize social media chatter  —  Most sports fans likely know how Stephen Curry is breaking new ground on the court, with the Golden State Warriors star playing basketball this season at an insanely high level and in a way no one has seen before.
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.
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  —  AT&T Plans to Sell Linear TV Programmatically  —  Through partnership with Videology, brands will be able to use software and data to place TV ads
Discussion: Beet.TV and The Drum
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  —  News Veterans Get in on the Nonprofit News Boom  —  After more than two decades at The New York Times, editor Tom Kuntz left …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Inside Purple, a text message-based news service covering presidential primaries with plans to expand to sports later this month  —  With Purple, you can get election updates and political info via text  —  Hours before the first polls closed on Super Tuesday, my phone buzzed.  I had a new text message.
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.
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  —  Millennial Reporters Grab the Campaign-Trail Spotlight  —  When the last presidential race was in its early stages, Katie Glueck was a senior at Northwestern University.
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter Editorial Director Karen Wickre Is Leaving the Company  —  Twitter's editorial director, Karen Wickre, is leaving the company after more than four years.  —  Wickre made the announcement in a Medium post Friday.  She ran Twitter's editorial teams, which includes overseeing …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Samsung says it has no plans to buy Tidal  —  Samsung Says It Won't Buy Tidal (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Samsung has no plans to acquire Jay Z's Tidal music service, the company told Variety Friday.  —  “The rumor of Samsung acquiring Tidal is not true,” said Samsung spokesperson, breaking the company's silence on the matter.
Discussion: BetaNews, hypebot and The Wrap
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