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12:40 PM ET, April 3, 2014


 Top News: 
Star-Ledger cuts 167 jobs, including 40 newsroom positions  —  The Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest daily newspaper, said today it is cutting 170 jobs, including 25 percent of the newsroom staff.  (Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger)  —  In a grim day of reckoning at the state's largest newspaper …
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 Beaujon / Poynter:
Gawker bans ‘Internet slang’  —  “We want to sound like regular adult human beings, not Buzzfeed writers or Reddit commenters,” new Gawker Editor Max Read says in a memo to the publication's writers.  Words like “epic,” “pwn” and “derp” are no longer welcome on the site.
Jesse Holcomb / Pew Research Center:
News revenue declines despite growth from new sources  —  Total revenues supporting American journalism has declined by one-third since 2006, according to a new analysis by Pew Research Center.  The sources of the estimated $63-$65 billion dollars supporting print, online and broadcast news has also shifted …
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 …
Dan Kennedy / The Huffington Post:
The View From New Haven: What Went Wrong With Digital First
John Paton / Digital First:
Moving On From Thunderdome  —  Media changes very fast these days …
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 …
David Meyer / Gigaom:
European Parliament passes strong net neutrality law, along with major roaming reforms  —  European fans of the open internet can breathe a sigh of relief: the European parliament has passed a major package of telecoms law reform, complete with amendments that properly define and protect net neutrality.
Turkey lifts Twitter ban after court ruling  —  (Reuters) - Turkey's telecoms authority lifted a two-week-old ban on Twitter on Thursday after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expression, an official in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Tribune Buys TV Research Site TV By the Numbers, and Relaunches a TV Portal  —  Do we need more Web sites about TV shows?  We're getting one anyway - or, at least, a revamped one: Tribune Co. is buying TV ratings site TV By the Numbers, and is using it to relaunch …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
IBT's new editor: a focus on the “undercovered” parts of the globe  —  Last week, Peter Goodman started as international editor-in-chief of International Business Times, the site that's been less known for its content than for its founders' controversial religious ties and its parent IBT Media's controversial bitcoin story in Newsweek.
Dominic Patten /
Aereo gets support from Dish Network, EFF, small broadcasters and more in Supreme Court briefs  —  Aereo Attracts Support From Dish Network, EFF & More For SCOTUS Hearing  —  DEVELOPING: With less than three weeks before Aereo argues its case in front of the Supreme Court …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:   Those Who Insist Aereo Ruling Won't Impact Cloud Computing Don't Seem To Understand Cloud Computing
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 …
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Yahoo unveils encryption measures to protect users' data  —  Response to Snowden revelations aims to make encryption the default for all traffic through Yahoo  —  Yahoo has announced major steps to encrypt its users' data in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden's revelations about the extent …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Heseltine takes control at Haymarket Publishing as it reports £8m loss  —  Owner of magazines, including Stuff and Autocar, produces one-off results for 18 months and outlines reorganisation  —  Lord Heseltine has taken full control of Haymarket Publishing.  Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian
Martin Sorrell: 'Don't underestimate the impact of Snowden revelations among consumers' - video  —  Martin Sorrell, chief executive officer of WPP Group, speaks to Mark Sweney at the Advertising Week Europe conference about Google v NewsCorp, why people are underestimating the significance …
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.
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Liberty Media to Sell Most of Its Stake in Barnes & Noble  —  Nearly three years ago, Liberty Media wanted to buy all of Barnes & Noble, before settling for a big stake.  Now it appears that the media conglomerate has had enough.  —  Liberty announced on Thursday that it would divest …
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
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” …
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Hayley Dixon / Telegraph:
BBC to send equivalent of 20 football teams to cover Brazil World Cup
Joel Hills / ITV:
Independent owner yet to receive a single offer for the newspaper
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Daily Mail merges foreign desk with online and looks to integrate sport across seven days
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Launches New Arts & Style Section, Redesigned Magazine
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Heather Timmons / Quartz:
China's state media seem to be at odds with China's state censors
John McDuling / Quartz:
CNN's over-the-top, nonstop coverage of MH370 might solve its ratings problem
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
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Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Vanity Fair To Launch First-Ever TV Series On Investigation Discovery
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
As it prepares to spin off on its own, Time Inc. tries to write its own script