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9:40 AM ET, April 3, 2014

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Dan Kennedy / The Huffington Post:
The View From New Haven: What Went Wrong With Digital First  —  The end may be near for one of the most widely watched experiments in local journalism.  —  Early today, Ken Doctor reported at the Nieman Journalism Lab that Digital First Media was pulling the plug on Project Thunderdome …
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Alan D. Mutter / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Digital First isn't a failure of digital publishing or a reason to stop trying to get it right  —  Lessons from the Digital First implosion  —  Schadenfreude broke out among some publishers today when Digital First Media killed an ambitious interactive publishing initiative and commenced layoffs …
John Paton / Digital First:
Moving On From Thunderdome  —  Media changes very fast these days …
Associated Press:
US govt secretly created “Cuban Twitter” to stir unrest, sought funding from Jack Dorsey  —  US secretly created “Cuban Twitter” to stir unrest  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan …
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Ron Howard, Brian Grazer to Launch Digital Studio with Discovery Communications  —  Discovery Communications is teaming with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard to launch a digital studio, dubbed New Form.  —  True to its name, New Form will be focused on creating programming outside the traditional molds …
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Ex-State Dept adviser Stephen J. Kim sentenced to 13 months for leaking classified information to FOX News  —  Ex-State Department adviser Stephen J. Kim sentenced in leak case  —  A former State Department arms expert who leaked classified information to a Fox News reporter was sentenced Wednesday …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Those Who Insist Aereo Ruling Won't Impact Cloud Computing Don't Seem To Understand Cloud Computing  —  A few weeks ago, we wrote about how the Aereo case, which will be heard by the Supreme Court in a few weeks, is likely to have a huge impact on the future of cloud computing, and went into detail to explain why.
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Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
Parental controls, gaming, and Amazon's focus on kids' content could give Fire TV a boost  —  Here's why Amazon's Fire TV could become a big seller: Kids  —  Amazon's new Fire TV streaming box offers a lot of the same content that's already available through competing devices like Apple TV …
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Terrence O'Brien / Engadget:
Amazon launches Fire TV, an Android-powered streaming and gaming set-top box for $99
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Same Stuff, Same Price, More Features: Amazon's TV Box Aims at Apple TV and Roku
Hayley Dixon / Telegraph:
BBC to send equivalent of 20 football teams to cover Brazil World Cup  —  Corporation bosses defend the coverage, saying it will cost each viewer ‘less than a pint of milk’  —  The BBC will be able to field more than 20 football teams from the number of staff it is sending to Brazil to cover the World Cup.
Telegraph:
Bids for Channel 5 expected to be less than half £700m asking price  —  Auction of broadcaster will disappoint Richard Desmond, say sources  —  The sale of Channel 5 is expected to attract bids of less than half the £700m price tag attached to the broadcaster by its owner Richard Desmond, it can be disclosed.
Joel Hills / ITV:
Independent owner yet to receive a single offer for the newspaper  —  The owner of the Independent has been looking for someone to take on the newspaper since the beginning of the year.  —  Today Evgeny Lebedev admitted, although there have been expressions of interest, he has yet to receive a single offer.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Sam Thielman / Adweek:
You Can Buy Nielsen Ratings on YouTube Starting Next Month  —  Google is now confident enough in Nielsen's Online Campaign Ratings product (which has been nipped and tucked by the data company over the last few years in ways that have quieted some of the more skeptical marketers) …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and MediaPost
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Launches New Arts & Style Section, Redesigned Magazine  —  The Washington Post today announced updates to its Sunday feature sections to enhance the weekend reader experience.  Beginning April 6, the Arts and Sunday Style sections combine into one robust source of arts …
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Julian Assange book to recount clash with Google chief Eric Schmidt  —  When Google Met Wikileaks will recount emblematic 'tug-of war over the internet's future'  —  Julian Assange is writing a “major” new book, in which the Wikileaks founder details his vision for the “future of the internet” …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Major labels sue Russian social network vKontakte for ‘large-scale’ music piracy  —  Sony, Universal and Warner want court to force site to scan for copyrighted songs and pay damages  —  Three major labels are suing Russian social network vKontakte, claiming that the company has deliberately fostered …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Daily Mail merges foreign desk with online and looks to integrate sport across seven days  —  The Daily Mail is merging its foreign desk with Mail Online and looking to integrate sport across the Daily Mail, Mail On Sunday and Online operation.  —  So far the Mail titles have retained distinct daily, Sunday and online operations.
 
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