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2:00 AM ET, February 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
NBC closes hyperlocal, data-driven publishing pioneer EveryBlock  —  NBC News has shut down EveryBlock, one of the early pioneers of data-driven hyperlocal community news and information.  —  The decision took effect today.  Vivian Schiller, senior vice president and chief digital officer of NBC News …
The EveryBlock Blog:
Farewell, neighbors  —  We're sorry to report that EveryBlock has closed its doors.  —  It's no secret that the news industry is in the midst of a massive change.  Within the world of neighborhood news there's an exciting pace of innovation yet increasing challenges to building a profitable business.
Adrian Holovaty:
RIP Everyblock  —  I'm very saddened by today's news that EveryBlock has been shut down by NBC News.  —  I founded EveryBlock in 2007 after receiving a grant from the Knight Foundation.  It was launched in January 2008 by an original team of four (Wilson Miner, Dan O'Neil, Paul Smith and me) and was acquired by in 2009.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Coming Soon: A Juniors' Edition of The New York Times?  —  A new CEO is supposed to bring a new way of looking at problems.  So how's this for some new thinking from New York Times Co. chief Mark Thompson: He's looking at launching an edition of the paper just for youngsters.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
What would a New York Times for the youngs look like?  —  The New York Times is testing some kind of “entry-level” product aimed at a younger, more Internet-y audience, new CEO Mark Thompson said in the company's earnings call Thursday.  Forbes' Jeff Bercovici followed up …
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
NYT & Mark Thompson's First Report: Unsteady as She Goes  —  New York Times watchers were looking forward to hearing new CEO Mark Thompson's plummy tones this morning, as he hosted the company's quarterly earnings report for the first time.  This report also included full-year, 2012.
Discussion: Nieman Journalism Lab
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   ‘Times’ C.E.O. Mark Thompson promises a ‘new strategy,’ details in April
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:   At New York Times, 65% of digital-only subscribers are ‘entirely new’
Jennifer Van Grove / CNET:
LinkedIn eyes future as professional publishing hub  —  The company seems set on making business content, not social networking, the focus of the site.  —  LinkedIn spent much of 2012 transforming itself into a place where workers could stay and play awhile — a strategy that paid off handsomely.
Discussion: Forbes
Forrest Wickman / Slate:
Want to Get Paid For TV Criticism?  Shill for DISH.  —  The DISH Hopper, a favorite product of DISH-employed Slate commenters.  —  If you read the comments on TV recaps, chances are pretty good you've seen a comment like this: … It's a unique species of Internet comment …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Digital magazine sales doubled in second half of 2012, as newsstand sales dropped  —  The number of U.S. consumer magazines sold on tablet devices and other mobile platforms in the second half of 2012 more than doubled from the same period a year earlier, according to the latest figures released today …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Digital magazine sales still tiny overall, but titles like Reader's Digest see huge growth
Alan D. Mutter / Editor & Publisher:
Why Digital Natives Hate Newspapers  —  Several years ago, The Washington Post convened a series of focus groups to learn why most people younger than 45 did not subscribe to the newspaper — a problem persisting to this day throughout the overwhelmingly print-centric industry.
Discussion: newsplexer
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Incoming News Corp. CEO Says The Daily Was ‘A Great Success, Revenue Aside’  —  It burned through at least $40 million and never came close to turning a profit, but that doesn't mean The Daily was a failure, according to Robert Thomson, the soon-to-be CEO of News Corp.'s publishing spin-off.
Erik Wemple:
Journal News legacy spreads  —  The decision of the Journal News to publish databases of gun holders in Westchester and Rockland counties (New York) brought on:  —  • Outrage;  —  • A cowardly reaction from Journal News principals; and, ultimately  —  Now, the legacy moves on.
Discussion: Poynter
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
News Corp. Admits 'World's Worst-Kept Secret': It's Planning ESPN Clone  —  Quarter after quarter, analysts have asked News Corp. executives about report that the media conglomerate intended to start its own national sports network to compete with ESPN, and the executives have duly played it coy.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and AdAge
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
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