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11:00 PM ET, April 8, 2014


 Top News: 
Alex DeMarban / Alaska Dispatch:
Online competitor Alaska Dispatch is buying Anchorage Daily News from McClatchy for $34M  —  Alaska Dispatch to purchase Anchorage Daily News  —  In what amounts to a stunning media shakeup in the 49th state, the still-young online news organization Alaska Dispatch announced on Tuesday …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Michael Wolff: 'Online journalism can't pay for itself'  —  When author, Internet entrepreneur and media pundit Michael Wolff surveys the landscape, few are safe from his bleak prognostications.  In recent columns for USA Today, the Guardian and GQ, he has skewered Marissa Mayer for wanting …
Felix Salmon / Politico:
Is There a Wonk Bubble?  —  Why the boom in data journalism actually makes sense.  —  Call it the Wonk Bubble.  If you're in the market for serious, empirical, quantitative analysis of national policy—or of just about anything else in the news these days—the East Coast Media Elite has you covered like never before.
Cecilia Kang / The Switch:
Comcast the little guy?  There's competition everywhere, the company argues.  —  Comcast says it has loads of competition — everyone from Facebook to Apple, which Comcast says is contemplating a television set-top box to compete with cable service.  Plus, Netflix and Amazon are already giants …
Discussion: Free Press Blog and @jcstearns
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast, Time Warner Cable Defend Union as Benefiting ‘Millions’ in FCC Filing
Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV Reaches Deal With Weather Channel  —  Pact Ends Monthslong Dispute, Will Restore Channel to Satellite Operator's Lineup  —  DirecTV reached an agreement to restore the Weather Channel to its program lineup, say people familiar with the matter, after a monthslong dispute between the two companies over program fees.
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How some journalists are using anonymous secret-sharing apps  —  Gwyneth Paltrow's divorce from rock star husband Chris Martin is not an event with great civic impact.  But it's big news to the many writers whose salaries depend on highly trafficked stories about celebrities, as well as to the massive audience that loves to read them.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Jill Colvin / The New York Observer:
De Blasio Places Personal Call to CBS to Keep ‘Late Show’ in NYC  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio today revealed that he placed a personal call to CBS head honcho Les Moonves yesterday, urging the network to keep the Late Show With David Letterman in the city after its host's departure next year.
Jack Shafer:
NYT's Times Premier is mainly a repackaged New York Times subscription, not worth the upgrade  —  Dressing up the NYT with fins, chrome and glitter  —  At the beginning of April, the New York Times launched its “Times Premier” digital offering, accessible to Times home delivery subscribers …
Discussion: @sulliview, @antderosa and @lmoses
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Just having a 4K TV isn't enough to see Netflix's 4K streams  —  Netflix just added 4K, but it won't work everywhere.  —  Netflix has added 4K streams to its slate of offerings as of Tuesday, according to a report from CNET.  However, the streams only work on TVs that were released this year …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Accelerator: Condé Nast tries its hand at social ads  —  Social is the new search, but many publishers are then left with heaps of traffic they can't make money from.  —  Condé Nast is attempting to solve that problem with The Accelerator, a platform that predicts when a story …
Discussion: @ben_kaplan and Business Insider
Press Gazette:
Android fastest-growing platform for Sky News as app downloads hit 10 million  —  Sky News says it has reached the 10-million download milestone for its mobile applications - across iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and Blackberry.  —  The jump from 9 million to 10 million downloads …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Discovery Acquires Stake in DogTV, a Network Aimed at Canine Viewers  —  Discovery Communications has invested in DogTV, a 24-hour cable channel aimed at entertaining and relaxing pooches.  Really.  —  The size of Discovery's stake was not disclosed.  DogTV said it will use the investment to drive sales and marketing of the network.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Esquire Network Quicker to Attract Advertisers Than Audiences  —  Esquire Editor David Granger pitched a TV show to Adam Stotsky.  But the general manager for Esquire Network, the cable channel named after Mr. Granger's magazine, passed.  —  “He was pretty frank with me that it was a good idea …
Venezuelan Globovision editor Nairobi Pinto kidnapped  —  Ms Pinto's father said the journalist was seized at gunpoint when she arrived at home in Caracas  —  The assignment editor of the Venezuelan TV news network Globovision has been kidnapped, according to her father.
Discussion:, Associated Press and Guardian
Rachel Bartlett /
The digital strategy ‘journey’ at Al Jazeera English  —  A look at Al Jazeera English's approach to multi-platform content production and the ‘opportunity’ of user-generated content, based on an interview with managing director Al Anstey  —  Al Jazeera English's move to implement …
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Yinka Adegoke / Billboard:
Rhapsody increases subscribers 63% year-over-year to 1.7M by bundling with Telefonica and other mobile carriers
Discussion: GeekWire and CNET
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon Streams More Video Than Hulu or Apple, But It's Still Miles Behind Netflix
Press Gazette:
Ex-Reuters London bureau chief takes up chief executive role at Index on Censorship
Discussion: Index on Censorship and Guardian
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Time Out creates new product to let users review venues and events
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Rachel Bartlett /
Engadget launches UK site to target its second largest audience with dedicated staff of two
Discussion: HITC, and Engadget
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Twitter launches photo-centric profile redesign, rolling out over next few weeks
Paul McNally / Press Gazette:
Law set to give Attorney General power to edit online news archives in the run-up to trials
Arti Patel / Folio:
PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy on Digital Publishing Startups: Like Chewing On Glass
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Attributr bookmarklet updated to scrape Flickr source code to get Creative Commons attributions after breakage caused by redesign
Discussion: @stevengould