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8:55 PM ET, March 23, 2016


 Top News: 
Nick Denton / Gawker:
Hogan suit was about racist comments on another videotape, and Gawker will win on appeal  —  The Hogan Verdict  —  The decision by a Florida jury to grant $140 million in damages for a story on about a Hulk Hogan sex tape was extraordinary.  The number is far larger than even the plaintiff himself had asked for in relief.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Blendle launches pay-per-story app in the US with articles from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, and Financial Times, starting at $.09 each  —  Paid journalism startup Blendle launches in the U.S.  —  Blendle, the Dutch journalism start-up developing an iTunes-style payment method …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Interview with GroundSource founder Andrew Haeg, on using messaging over SMS, WhatsApp, more to build community for news sites and others  —  GroundSource is trying to help news sites build community through text-message conversations  —  “I can't imagine many stronger indications …
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Inside Jacobin: how a socialist magazine is winning the left's war of ideas, with a paid print circulation near 20K and a site with 1M unique visitors per month  —  Inside Jacobin: how a socialist magazine is winning the left's war of ideas  —  Bhaskar Sunkara is very eager not to turn into one of the bosses he wants to overthrow.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
How the Financial Times racked up 45M downloads of its 12 podcasts in 2015 and why it continues to launch more  —  The Financial Times racked up 45 million podcast downloads last year  —  Podcasting is the hot new thing to many publishers, but not to the Financial Times.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC proposed cable box rules don't prohibit third party set-top box makers from inserting more ads next to TV channels or in frames around them  —  FCC's cable box rules won't prohibit extra ads around TV channels  —  Ban unneeded as companies like TiVo “are not disrupting advertising,” FCC says.
Discussion: FCC
Sun publisher posts £250m loss due to write-down and hacking costs  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers pushed to loss as value of publishing rights falls and £50m is set aside to deal with continuing cost of hacking scandal  —  The publisher of the Sun has recorded a loss …
Discussion: Press Gazette and @jamesdoleman
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Supreme Court rejects Trinity Mirror challenge against paying damages of £1.2m to eight hacking victims  —  The Supreme Court has rejected Trinity Mirror's challenge against a £1.2m damages award made to eight victims of phone-hacking.  —  The publisher is facing at least 158 claims …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
For France's Libération, Facebook Instant Articles drives a 30 percent increase in time spent  —  As an experiment, French political publisher Libération has spent the last two months publishing each of its 150 daily articles to Facebook Instant Articles.  It turns out, people like reading articles there.
Discussion: @mathewi
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nielsen to Break Out Metrics for Apple TV, Roku, Other Connected-TV Devices  —  Nielsen promises to give clients a look next month at usage metrics for connected-TV devices — including Roku and Apple TV set-tops — segmented by individual brand and device type.
Discussion: Multichannel News, Adweek and 9to5Mac
Associated Press:
Activists call for investigation into March 10 death of Salvadoran radio journalist Nicolas Humberto Garcia  —  Human rights body condemns Salvadoran journalist's killing  —  SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — An arm of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is condemning the slaying of a radio journalist in El Salvador.
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
RIAA report: streaming accounted for more US recorded-music revenue than downloads in 2015, rising from 27% in 2014 to 34% in 2015  —  US recorded-music revenues rose slightly in 2015, says RIAA  —  US music industry body the RIAA has published its figures for 2015, revealing …
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Robert Cookson / Financial Times:
Times newspaper group 2015 revenue down to £345M, profit of £11M, digital subscriptions down 6% to 147K, print circulation up 1% to 394K over year to June
Discussion: Press Gazette
RTL, the German TV and Radio group, aquires video ad tech firm SmartClip for about €47M
Glyn Moody / Ars Technica UK:
UK court rules that 8-second videos are long enough to infringe on copyright in case brought by cricket board and Sky UK against Fanatix website and app
Discussion: Plagiarism Today
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Leo Barraclough / Variety:
BBC Names Mark Linsey as Director of Production Division BBC Studios