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8:15 AM ET, March 24, 2016


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Sources: Google building Periscope-like live streaming app YouTube Connect for iOS and Android  —  Google is building YouTube Connect, a livestreaming app to take on Periscope  —  EXCLUSIVE:  —  Google has quietly been building a new livestreaming app called YouTube Connect, VentureBeat has learned.
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 …
Oscar Williams / Guardian:
British journalism is 94% white and 55% male, survey reveals  —  More women than men are entering the profession but female journalists remain underpaid and under-promoted, new research finds  —  The British journalism industry is 94% white, 86% university-educated and 55% male …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: @sarahvm
Roy Peter Clark / Poynter:
Poynter creates resource guide highlighting Pulitzer winners participating in “social justice journalism”  —  Hate and racism in the South gave rise to ‘social justice journalism’  —  This year marks the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, a celebration in which the Poynter Institute is a key player.
Discussion: @timafranklin and @kellymcb
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Twitter accounts like @UberFacts and @OMGFacts mislead by leaving out valuable context and attribution  —  Do we really want our facts to be ‘Uber’ or ‘OMG?’  —  At the moment of writing, @UberFacts has 13.3 million followers on Twitter.  —  Fun fact: If all of its followers were real-life people …
Discussion: @poynter
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
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
For France's Libération, Facebook Instant Articles drives a 30 percent increase in time spent
Discussion: @mathewi
Associated Press:
Activists call for investigation into March 10 death of Salvadoran radio journalist Nicolas Humberto Garcia
RTL, the German TV and Radio group, aquires video ad tech firm SmartClip for about €47M
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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
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