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3:40 PM ET, April 3, 2013


 Top News: 
Roger Ebert / Roger Ebert's Journal:
A Leave of Presence  —  Thank you.  Forty-six years ago on April 3, 1967, I became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.  Some of you have read my reviews and columns and even written to me since that time.  Others were introduced to my film criticism through the television show …
Mark Caro / Chicago Tribune:
Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert cuts workload after cancer recurrence  —  Roger Ebert announced late Tuesday night that he is stepping back from some duties as the Chicago Sun-Times' film critic after a recurrence of cancer.  —  Calling the move a “leave of presence,” Ebert wrote on his online journal …
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Leno Blesses ‘Tonight Show’ Succession Plan  —  “The Tonight Show” will begin a new era in February when Jimmy Fallon succeeds Jay Leno as host of the most storied and successful program in late-night television.  —  NBC plans to announce on Wednesday its plan to install Mr. Fallon …
Emily Yahr / Washington Post:   It's official: Jimmy Fallon to replace Jay Leno on ‘The Tonight Show’
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Are You A Teenager Who Reads News Online?  According to the Justice Department, You May Be a Criminal  —  During his first term, President Barack Obama declared October 2009 to be “National Information Literacy Awareness Month,” emphasizing that, for students, learning to navigate the online world …
Philip Bump / The Atlantic Wire:   It's a Crime for 12-Year-Olds to Read The New York Times Online
Jamal Osman / The Daily Beast:
Fake Somali Pirates Scam Western Journalists  —  Time magazine, Danish filmmakers among the outlets apparently fooled by Kenyan actors pretending to be Somali pirates. … The story begins in the slums of Eastleigh, a sprawling suburb of Nairobi in Kenya and home to a huge Somali community.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico Puts Web Show On Hold To Retool As Washington Post Staffs Up Video  —  Politico has quietly placed its thrice-weekly web show “Politico Live” on hold while retooling the format, perhaps to a weekly show featuring its marquee writers, according to newsroom sources.
Google to sell second-gen Nexus 7 tablet from July: sources  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc will launch a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet powered by Qualcomm Inc's Snapdragon processor around July, two sources told Reuters, as the software giant pushes deeper into the cut-price mobile hardware market.
Editors Weblog:
Australian startup Newsmodo allows freelancers to name price for their reporting  —  After more than a decade-long career, Australian broadcast journalist Rakhal Ebeli realized his responsibilities had changed.  He was no longer only chasing his own stories but also collecting those of others.
Leslie Meredith / TechNewsDaily:
Instagram and Vine Shake Up News Industry  —  News as we know it is poised to change, and it's in the hands of smartphone users.  —  On March 31, the New York Times ran a photo of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez taken by sports photographer Nick Laham — on his iPhone and edited in Instagram.
Discussion: 10,000 Words
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Times Internet Is Bringing Business Insider To India, Adding To Its Gawker Media Partnership  —  Today, Times Internet, the digital arm of Times of India, is announcing a strategic partnership with Business Insider, the online business news site founded by Henry Blodget, for the launch of Business Insider India.
Discussion: MediaNama and Poynter
Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of the Orange County Register's contrarian paywall  —  Get your hot dogs.  Get your beer.  Get your newspaper.  Step right up.  —  As Opening Day comes to the Big A in Anaheim on Tuesday, you can now expect to hear that barker's call in Orange County.
Discussion: paidContent
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
This tipping-point for paywalls does not fix newspapers' larger crisis  —  Not even the smartest metered model can make up for paltry digital ad revenues and a failure to recruit younger readers  —  To the surprise of many digital evangelizers and old-media doubters, newspaper paywalls turn out to work.
Sarah Kessler / Fast Company:
A Personalized News App At Its Simplest: No Articles, Just Data  —  INSTEAD OF TRACKING HEADLINES, NUMBEEZ TRACKS NUMBERS.  HERE'S WHY THAT MIGHT NOT BE AS ABSURD AS IT SOUNDS.  —  When Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to build a “personalized newspaper,” he's talking about photos, conversations between friends, music and news articles.
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
S.E.C. Sets Rules for Disclosures Using Social Media  —  Updated Chief executives can now feel free to post, blog or tweet — as long as they inform investors about their social media strategy first.  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday outlined new disclosure rules …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Four years in the making, Vdio finally opens up to Rdio subscribers in the US and UK  —  Vdio, the premium video service founded by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, emerged from private beta Tuesday night with an offering that looks more like Vudu or iTunes than Netflix.
Josh Luger / Business Insider:
Inside Andrew Sullivan's Attempt To Turn The Digital Media Business Model On Its Head  —  This January, noted blogger Andrew Sullivan left his perch at The Daily Beast to embark upon a highly visible and seemingly risky enterprise.  He took his blog, The Dish, independent and decided …
Discussion: The Dish
Brent Lang / The Wrap:
Netflix's ‘House of Cards’ Getting DVD, Blu-ray Release  —  “House of Cards” may be upending the way viewers watch television by releasing all of its episodes in one binge-friendly gulp, but Netflix's series will have a rather conventional afterlife.  —  The glossy, 13-episode political thriller …
Associated Press:
US embassy in Cairo briefly shuts down Twitter feed after linking to Jon Stewart  —  Twitter account resumes - minus a link in which Daily Show host mocks Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi over satirist's arrest  —  The US embassy in Cairo temporarily shut down its Twitter feed on Wednesday …
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Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Amazon adds vinyl to its AutoRip service, offering a free digital copy of every LP bought since 1998
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Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Spotify doesn't appear to be slowing Pandora's growth
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TJ Raphael / Folio:
Louis Cona Promoted to President, CRO of Condé Nast Media Group
Janko Roettgers / paidContent:
Angry Birds, fat pigs and the future of television
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Music Video Company VEVO Learns Dutch, Launches In The Netherlands
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Stuart Pfeifer / Los Angeles Times:
Kathy Thomson named chief operating officer of Tribune publishing
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Swartz death inspires expanded effort to liberate paywalled court docs
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Inga Saffron / The New Republic:
After the Newspaper Building  —  What must surely rank among …
Robert Darnton / New York Review of Books:
The National Digital Public Library Is Launched!
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
New CEO's plan for same business model, more flash
Ahmed Rasheed / Reuters:
Armed men attack Baghdad newspaper offices over story on cleric
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Explores Sale of U.S. Community Papers
Associated Press:
‘Illegal immigrant’ no more  —  The AP Stylebook today is making …