The talk of the press
Your SXSW update of the morning: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt had so much to say about tech's dearth of diversity that he frequently interrupted his co-panelist chief technology officer Megan Smith to say it (~400 shares as of writing this). "It must be said @smithmegan is very classy when it comes to manterrupting -- I would not have been as kind," admits Re/code's Kara Swisher. Meanwhile, things got snarky at The Telegraph after David Cameron did an interview with BuzzFeed (~200). "Telegraph attack on Buzzfeed would be more credible if their own most-read wasn't full of Clarkson & how to make tea," points out Guardian's Peter Walker. But BuzzFeed keeps on buzzing, with CEO Jona Peretti fielding a Q&A about publishing on other sites (~900).
Politico preps to launch in Europe with more than 40 journalists this April (~200). And hey, sports fans (and reporters): Iraq basketball may be a far cry from March madness, but it's not all bad (~300). Wall Street Journal's Brittany Hite notes, "A handful of American basketball players are among the highest paid public employees...in Iraq."