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March 15, 2015, 11:15 PM

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Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
YouTube may launch subscription video service for a monthly fee  —  YouTube may soon have a subscription option for its best original content.  A comment buried in a Variety report reveals that the Google-owned video site is “exploring the prospect of launching its own subscription VOD service.”
Tweets: @tcarmody
Alex Hern / Guardian:
The dual personality of Reddit: a problem for CEO Ellen Pao should she try to cleanse the site  —  Reddit: can anyone clean up the mess behind ‘the front page of the internet’?  —  The social news site is almost as famous for its never-ending supply of creepy subforums as it is for memes, pictures and assorted lols.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google inserting conspicuous message above search results urging Firefox users to switch default search engines  —  Google Is Practically Begging Firefox Users To Switch Their Default Search Engine  —  It almost looks desperate.  Google has placed a big, new message above its organic search results …
More: PC MagazineTweets: @alex_gibson
Andrea Rodriguez / Associated Press:
Cuba allows for the country's first free public Wi-Fi network at Havana cultural center  —  Cuba allows rare free public Wi-Fi at Havana cultural center  —  Adonis Ortiz chats with his father, who lives in the U.S., using a free Wi-Fi network at a center run by famed artist Kcho, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
Max Chafkin / Fast Company:
YC-backed nonprofit DemocracyOS runs a small political party in Argentina that votes based on polling it conducts online  —  Why Y Combinator Funded a Radical Political Party in Argentina  —  “I got my five guys!”  —  It's a Wednesday morning in mid-February, and Pia Mancini isn't talking about hamburgers.

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