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9:40 AM ET, March 7, 2016


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Julia Greenberg / Wired:   How adblockers like Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and others make money and track users
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.
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
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
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.
Discussion: @johnlegere
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.
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 …
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
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  —  Soon after its launch in 1986, the satirical magazine Spy picked Donald Trump …
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: @mayerjoy
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Sonya Song / MediaShift:
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Discussion: @jimmacmillan