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5:30 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’
Felix Salmon:
How paywalls are evolving  —  Last week, I hypothesized that the publishing industry was going to informally settle on a single management-consultancy company to ask for paywall advice from.  That consultancy, having seen everybody's internal figures, could then tell everybody else what “industry best practice” was.
Discussion: GigaOM, Thanks:@ianchaffee
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.
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
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
With New Weather Channel Deal, Twitter Aims to Make It Rain for Brands  —  Forecast: Cloudy, with a chance of promoted tweets.  —  Aiming to attract more big-brand ad dollars, Twitter and the Weather Company have a new deal to create custom content around weather-related Twitter activity.
Discussion: AdExchanger and Mashable
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Twitter adds more ‘Cards’ for app and photo gallery embeds
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.
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.
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.
Tom McGeveran / Capital New York:
Extra!  Print newspaper reports politicians' arrest before it happens  — Arrested: Independent Democrat Malcolm Smith, Republicans Dan Halloran, Jay Savino and Vince Tabone  —  In the predawn hours of this morning, as the yellow trucks carrying today's editions of the New York Post …
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Music Video Company VEVO Learns Dutch, Launches In The Netherlands  —  VEVO just became available in a whole new market, as its streaming music video service was launched in The Netherlands today.  The launch will make more than 75,000 music videos available to Dutch viewers …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Web discovery engine Trapit launches publisher tools, with Here Media as first client  —  Trapit, a discovery engine for web content from the team behind Siri, is rolling out a set of publisher tools on Wednesday.  The tools allow publishers to serve up their content through white-label iOS …
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat, Thanks:@dmfreeman
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
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Amazon adds vinyl to its AutoRip service, offering a free digital copy of every LP bought since 1998  —  Amazon has expanded its AutoRip service, which gives consumers a free digital copy of every CD they buy from the online retailer, to include any vinyl record purchased since 1998.
Discussion:, Wired, VentureBeat and CNET
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The newsonomics of the Orange County Register's contrarian paywall
Greg Sandoval / The Verge:
Spotify doesn't appear to be slowing Pandora's growth
Discussion: MarketWatch
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Stuart Pfeifer / Los Angeles Times:
Kathy Thomson named chief operating officer of Tribune publishing
Discussion: Associated Press and
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Swartz death inspires expanded effort to liberate paywalled court docs
Discussion: RECAP The Law, Techdirt and Boing Boing
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