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11:45 AM ET, April 11, 2013


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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Ebooks made up 23 percent of US publisher sales in 2012, says the AAP  —  Ebooks accounted for nearly a quarter of the U.S. trade book business in 2012, according to statistics released Thursday by the Association of American Publishers.  The ebook industry appears to be maturing, however …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL Confirms Ned Brody Has Resigned As Head Of AOL Networks, CEO Armstrong Takes Over In The Interim [Memo]  —  Some turmoil in the management ranks at AOL, with Yahoo, apparently, hoping to profit as part of its ongoing hiring spree.  AOL (which owns TechCrunch) has confirmed to us that Ned Brody …
Eric Mark Do / MediaShift:
Toronto Star Tests Monthly E-Book Subscriptions  —  The Toronto Star is testing the e-book market with a dedicated subscription model.  Launched in November 2012, Star Dispatches is the brainchild of the Toronto Star's marketing department.  The Star already has more than 20 titles …
Discussion: @jeffsonderman
Sue Marek / FierceWireless:
Verizon CEO: 50% of our wireless traffic is video  —  LAS VEGAS—Video accounts for 50 percent of Verizon Wireless' (NYSE:VZ) network traffic today and by 2017 the carrier estimates video will make up two-thirds of all traffic over the network.  Speaking at the National Association …
Brooke Sutherland / Bloomberg:
Dish Deals Made Possible by Exxon-Like Cash: Real M&A  —  Dish Network Corp. (DISH) Chairman Charlie Ergen has accumulated a record $10 billion in cash, leaving investors to speculate whether he's setting his sights on a takeover of T-Mobile USA Inc. or a merger with rival DirecTV.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
USA Today revises ‘illegal immigrant’ use  —  On the heels of the Associated Press's decision to drop the term, “illegal immigrant,” USA Today has announced that it too will no longer be using the term, except when it appears within quotation marks.  —  “Starting tonight, USA TODAY is also changing its style.
Jackie Spinner / American Journalism Review:
Launching a Startup in Iraq  —  When ExxonMobil hired a former U.S. ambassador to Iraq as a consultant on its oil business there, an upstart news service broke the story.  The February disclosure was the second major scoop involving Exxon for 32-year-old Ben Lando, who founded the Web-based Iraq Oil Report …
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Spotify Eyes Asia & Americas Expansion, Adding Traditional Chinese & Latin American Spanish To Its iOS App  —  Following the global roll-out of its Follow tab on the desktop, Spotify has released an update to its iOS app, adding support for Latin American Spanish and Traditional Chinese.
Dave Winer:
A vision for River of News  —  I had lunch a couple of weeks ago with Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo.  They're just three stops south of me on the A train.  We should do this more often, political bloggers and tech bloggers getting together to share a meal and talk about what's possible.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Josh Catone / Mashable:
Orphaned Tumblr Storyboard Posts Find New Home on Mashable … In early 2012, Tumblr hired an editorial team to cover the “ideas, themes and people” of the vast blogging community.  That team launched Storyboard, which produced hundreds of fascinating stories on everything from Hurricane Sandy relief to One Direction fandom.
Loes Witschge / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Getting personal: A Dutch online news platform wants you to subscribe to individual journalists  —  “It's my own little shop, that's what I like about it.  You decide what goes in — like having your own newspaper.”  —  Arnold Karskens has his own channel on Dutch news startup De Nieuwe Pers (The New Press).
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Exclusive: Microsoft's next Xbox will take over your TV, interact with your cable box  —  The fight for the living room continues  —  Microsoft is investing in TV in a big way with its next Xbox console as part of a fight for the living room.  Multiple sources familiar with the company's Xbox plans …
Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Mark Rock to quit Audioboo  —  Founder to step down as president of audio-sharing service on 1 May after internal tensions at the company  —  Audioboo founder Mark Rock is to leave the company on the 1 May, the Guardian has learned, after being increasingly sidelined as investors …
Discussion: and The Next Web
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