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1:10 PM ET, March 7, 2016


 Top News: 
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Facebook announces a WordPress plugin that lets publishers easily create Instant Articles  —  As Facebook prepares to roll out Instant Articles to all publishers next month, the company said Monday that it's partnering with's parent Automattic to release an Instant Article WordPress plugin.
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Michael Bloomberg mulling new leadership structure that would allow him to step down, is considering running for President, decision expected within 2 weeks  —  Bloomberg again at center of his company, but readying exit?  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Since returning to the financial information company …
Julia Greenberg / Wired:   How adblockers like Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and others make money and track users
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and FishbowlDC
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
Jeremy Barr / Ad Age:
New York Magazine Building Out Branded Content Studio  —  Magazine Poached Justin Montanino From Fusion To Run It  —  Consulting Services Add Creative And Digital Agency Expertise  —  New York magazine, fresh off its stellar performance at the National Magazine Awards for editorial excellence …
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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Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
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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